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March 2020

Daylight saving time and worker safety

At 2 a.m. on March 8, daylight saving time begins here in Colorado. Too many workers will show up yawning and with eyes at half-mast. As in past years, a real concern will be the increased risk of workplace injuries.
Consider this: A government study of injury data in the U.S. mining industry from 1983 to 2006 found that more injuries happened on the Monday after DST began, and those injuries were more severe.

February 2020

Heart Attack and Strokes: Know What to Do

How do you know if one of your workers is having a heart attack or stroke? What exactly should you do? And are your employees prepared to step up and do what’s necessary? Now is the perfect time for your organization to answer these questions, since February is American Heart Month. Each year, 10,000 Americans suffer heart attacks at work. Here are some things to know and do to reduce the chances of becoming one of the statistics.

January 2020

The most dangerous day for workers in Colorado is Jan. 9th

Weather-related “slip, trip and fall” injuries primary driver of workers’ comp claim frequency
Pinnacol Assurance analyzed its data to identify the “Most Dangerous Day” for workers in
Colorado and found, over the past five years, it was consistently Jan. 9. As Colorado’s largest
workers’ compensation carrier, Pinnacol tracks trends in worker injuries with the goal of
providing increased education where it counts.

December 2019

How To Prepare for an OSHA Inspection

True or false?

1. Typically, OSHA will notify your organization of an upcoming inspection.
2. If you’re in a “high hazard” industry, you’re more likely to be inspected by OSHA.
3. Only management personnel are present at the opening inspection conference.

Find the correct answers at the conclusion of this article.

November 2019

Enhance Safety for Your Older Employees

When you look across your workforce, do you think it’s aging? If so, you’re not alone. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us one in four workers in 2020 will be age 55 or older. That’s well more than the one in 10 workers in 1990.

October 2019

Winterizing Your Workplace for a Safe, Productive Season

As the seasons change, there’s a buzz at work. Employees grow excited about fall and the upcoming holidays. But as the days grow shorter, we know that inclement weather — snowy and icy conditions — is on its way, as well.

September 2019

Fall Fatalities: Simple Steps to Safer Steps

Not surprisingly, most worker deaths come in the construction industry.   But did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction trades?  In fiscal year 2017, falls accounted for 39 percent of deaths in construction…

August 2019

Reduce Injuries – and Your Premium – Through State Certification

Has your organization applied for cost containment certification (CCC) by the state of Colorado? The CCC program provides a firm foundation for a safety program and offers two important benefits…

July 2019

Sniffing Out Fraud in Workers’ Compensation

Do you suspect a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim at your organization? If so, that’s serious. Fraudulent claims cost businesses like yours millions of dollars every year. They waste resources that can help workers with real injuries…

June 2019

Services and Resources for a Safer Workplace

We all know a safer workplace  experiences fewer injuries and lower claim costs.  But there are other benefits too.  Well-conceives plans and practices gives rise to a culture that supports employee safety and health, a more dedicated workforce…

May 2019

Getting Injured Employees Back to Work Faster

Pinnacol’s Return to Work team can help you get injured employees back on the job sooner and
keep claim costs down … and the services are free of charge! At no cost, Pinnacol’s Return to
Work team can help your organization in several ways…

April 2019

Designating Provider Clinics for Your Employees

If one of your employees is injured on the job, who will they see for care? Has your organization designated several medical clinics that can treat your workers? If you haven’t, Pinnacol has assigned providers to serve your company so you are in compliance with state law.


Flood and Peterson
Rob Ronzio

Eric Zurbrigen

Dani Beauvais

Patti Gillette
CMCA Affiliated Programs
303-433-3375 ext. 4