Hurricane Season: A Quick Guide to Storm Recovery

A post-hurricane guide from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

Hurricane season is here, and it is important to protect yourself and your business before a storm hits. High winds and flooding can arrive quickly and leave little time to prepare if you haven’t planned ahead. You can get started with a plan by learning about hurricane preparation in this article.

After a storm, you’ll also need a plan to assess and resolve any property damage. Jeff Lenhart, claims litigation specialist at Builders Mutual, joins us to share his recommendations for storm recovery and the best ways to get your business back on its feet as quickly as possible.

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Fact Versus Fiction: Hydration

The industry experts at Builders Mutual bust 3 myths.

 

Summer is upon us, and the change in seasons brings long, hot days on the job-site. As temperatures rise, the importance of hydration rises as well. Each year in the US, there are roughly 30 fatalities and 4,000 heat-related illnesses, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Many of these deaths and illnesses are preventable with proper personal hydration. Water provides basic health benefits, including, but certainly not limited to, temperature regulation. The human body can adjust to high temperatures if hydration is consistently maintained.

 

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Preparing for Summer: Planning for and preventing heat-related illnesses

Prepare your workers with tips from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

Working in hot weather can be both difficult and risky for all involved. However, understanding these risks can make all the difference for job-site workers exposed to hazardous temperatures. Pat Urtecho, Senior Risk Management Consultant at Builders Mutual, offers these tips to help educate you and your workers on the prevention of heat stress. By understanding the differences in symptoms and using a few basic practices, workers can maintain their health and safety while working in the heat.

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Know Your Options: Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care

Tips from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

When an injury occurs on the job-site, your team will likely spring into action. It’s important that you have established where your team members should seek medical attention so they act in the best way possible. The biggest decision is whether to go to an emergency room or an urgent care facility.

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Heavy Lifting: Are You Following These Five Steps?

Tips from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

When addressing the safety of your team, it’s important to think about workers’ overall health in addition to accident prevention. Many tasks in the construction industry can be labor-intensive, but with proper controls in place, all injuries are preventable.

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Plan, Train, Protect, Clarify: Preventing Injury on the Job-Site

A safety checklist from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

Which factors tend to increase the chances of workers getting injured on the job? To find the answer, we turned to three industry experts at Builders Mutual.

According to Risk Management Technical Manager Sean Purcell, Senior Claims Adjuster Wendy Maunu, and Director of Claims Tina Hill, injuries most often result from a lack of planning, a lack of training, or a lack of leadership on the job-site.

To address these factors, our experts created a checklist to ensure you are thinking about injury prevention from every angle.

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Ten and Two: 10 Lessons for Safe Driving

Tips from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

Our industry expert Sean Purcell, the Risk Management Technical Manager at Builders Mutual,  recently revealed the truth behind distracted driving myths and reviewed three driver monitoring systems. A major takeaway: Employee training and clear expectations about safety behind the wheel are critical to a company’s overall safety culture.

Here, Sean offers 10 driving lessons that a company can incorporate into its driving policy and training or share with workers as a reminder. Remember, vehicle safety begins before anyone even enters a vehicle and requires ongoing attention.

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Try Driver Monitoring: Choosing the Right Option

A services review from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

According to Zendrive, an estimated 60 percent of drivers use their phones while driving. Distracted drivers make the road more dangerous for everyone, and distracted employee drivers are a liability for all types of companies, including construction. This can lead to avoidable injuries and deaths as well as increased insurance costs. Fortunately, there are several ways to monitor employee driving, helping to limit distracted driving and prevent accidents on the road. Sean Purcell, Risk Management Technical Manager at Builders Mutual, reviews three driver monitoring options.

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Building a Culture of Safety: Bridging the Cultural Gap

Hear from Patricia Urtecho, Senior Risk Management Consultant at Builders Mutual, as part of our series on safety culture.

 

When we look around construction job-sites, we see the diversity of our workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 27 percent of construction workers in 2014 were Hispanic or Latino, and that number is expected to continue to increase. This is great news, considering how often I hear from GCs that they appreciate their Hispanic and Latino employees because they genuinely want to work. Even if these workers don’t have a strong background in the trade, they bring an excellent work ethic.

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Building a Culture of Safety: Proactive Accountability

Hear from Andy Baird, Risk Manager at Builders Mutual, as part of our series on safety culture.

 

Implementing proactive accountability as part of your company’s safety culture means working together to find solutions and share responsibility. It requires a commitment throughout the company. Each member of your team must do their part in pursuit of the company’s common goal. A sustainable and progressing culture of safety will not succeed until all levels of the organization adopt proactive accountability.

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