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September 2020

The aging workforce: Protecting older workers in the age of COVID-19

People age 65 and over represent the fastest-growing workforce segment from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects their employment will surge by more than 50%. Colorado’s over-65 population is growing in size faster than in all but two other states.

August 2020

Everything you need to prepare for an OSHA Investigation

Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigations monitor how businesses manage everyday risks for their workers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted risk management as a priority for many businesses. No matter what their industry, employers are evaluating workplace safety protocol and becoming more proactive about improving it.

July 2020

Masks and heat stress: Know the signs to reduce employees’ risks

It has already been an unusually hot summer in Colorado, with temperatures soaring above usual highs. The blazing weather arrives as employers implement protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks.

June 2020

Why Your Hazard Communication Program Needs Attention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For many Colorado businesses, now is the right time to update their hazard communication program to ensure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.   The standard requires employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces to label all containers, obtain safety data sheets (SDSs) and train exposed workers to handle the chemicals appropriately.

April 2020

Supporting Colorado through the COVID-19 crisis

Pinnacol Assurance has been protecting Colorado businesses and their employees,  through good times and bad, for more than 100 years.  In our recent history, we’ve never seen anything like the impact of COVID-19, but our community has been through other crisis,  and we’ll get through this one too.   Here’s what we are doing to support our customers:

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.


Flood and Peterson
Rob Ronzio

Eric Zurbrigen

Dani Beauvais

Patti Gillette
CMCA Affiliated Programs
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