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Learn how to comply with OSHA's silica standard and how to remove silica dust safely. » More

When renting scaffolding, choose a reputable provider and understand who is responsible for inspections and maintenance. » More

Take your fleet program risk management to the next level with driver screening, comprehensive training, clear rules and vehicle inspections. » More

When temperatures drop, protect the workers on your jobsite with planning, strategic scheduling and quick ways to warm up. » More

When transporting equipment by trailer, understand your load rating, plan your tie downs and drive with your load in mind. » More

Contractors can manage heat dangers with simple solutions like water, rest and shade. » More

Contractors can use these resources to create a COVID-19 preparedness plan for their construction job site. » More

The easiest and most effective way to improve excavation safety is to designate a competent person. Here's how to choose a competent person (or how to become one) and what responsibilities go with the designation. » More

Sometimes the dangers to your organization’s vehicles are obvious: a deer runs across the road in front of you, or you need to drive through an overhang with low clearance on the way into a worksite. But some hazards are not so easy to spot. Here are five less–obvious fleet risks that contractors deal with. » More

Silica is a hazardous compound found in concrete, engineered stone, bricks and other materials. Protect your employees by understanding how silica works, assessing your exposure and implementing effective controls. » More

Nearly one-third of injuries to construction workers affect those with 6 months of experience or less. Understanding who is most at risk and making changes to your training programs can help prevent injuries so your employees can keep working. » More

Equipment theft from jobsites is the leading cause of loss to contractors’ equipment. Protect your assets by knowing which types of equipment are most vulnerable, when thieves are most likely to strike and learn ways you can secure your site. » More

Job hazard analysis can help you identify and address hazards created by the jobs your employees do every day. The process can seem complicated, but we’ve broken it down into a step-by-step process you can follow easily. » More

Injuries from overexertion are a leading cause of workers’ compensation claims for contractors. You may not be able to remove all the physically demanding tasks from your team’s to-do list, but these six strategies can help you improve safety and efficiency. » More

The beginning of the year is a great time to look at your organization’s safety needs and retool anything that hasn’t been working as well as you’d like. Not sure where to start? You can get some direction from your claims data, a general risk management process or these suggestions from the experts. » More

Building season doesn't end when winter arrives. When planning for winter jobs, don't forget about less-obvious issues like where to put all that snow and how to prevent slips in unexpected places. » More

EMC offers a variety of online loss control resources for contractors. Use our free tools to manage your operation’s overall risk, get a handle on your commercial vehicles, and solve contractor-specific problems like silica exposure and seasonal hazards. » More

Backover incidents happen when a worker is struck by a backing vehicle. You can help prevent backovers on your worksite with strategies such as internal traffic control plans, strategic use of spotters and an awareness of equipment blind spots. » More

Personal protective equipment (PPE) can be an effective way to prevent injuries to your employees, but only if it's the right PPE for the job and the right PPE for the worker. Not sure if you're getting the PPE strategy right at your organization? Here are three problems to watch out for. » More

Spring is in the air, and landscaping contractors everywhere are ready to get back to work. As you’re booking jobs and prepping equipment, make sure you carve out some time to review safety. Time spent planning and training now will help ensure you’re at full capacity when the busy season arrives. » More

It’s cold outside. If you’re lucky, you managed to get your project’s outside perimeter closed up before the temps dropped, and now you’re working in relative comfort thanks to a few salamander heaters. With the help of some generators and propane-powered forklifts you’re probably getting a lot done, too. What could go wrong? » More

Are you supplementing your usual lawn and landscaping or construction income by plowing snow this winter? Lots of contractors do this successfully, however there are some risks to your operation that even seasoned snow removal pros might find surprising. » More

Sometimes the dangers to your organization’s vehicles are obvious: a deer runs across the road in front of you, or you need to drive through an overhang with low clearance on the way into a worksite. But some hazards are not so easy to spot. Here are five less–obvious fleet risks that contractors deal with. » More

If you’re a contractor, your work often requires you to complete jobs in public places surrounded by people who don’t work for you. Members of the public may wander into your worksite, putting themselves and your employees at risk of injury. » More

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, accounting for one out of every three construction-related deaths. » More

Excavation, an activity that causes the deaths of two workers every month, is one of the most hazardous construction operations you might undertake this spring. » More

When an employee is off work due to an injury or illness, an effective return to work program can help you bring that employee back to work-in a modified capacity-as soon as they are medically able. » More

Contractors of all kinds spend a lot of time and effort figuring out how to protect their assets. You might keep a locked storage container at a worksite to guard against overnight theft or install a security system at your office to prevent unauthorized entry. » More

For contractors insured by EMC, falls from elevation are the most costly accidents, averaging over $48,000 per claim. If you examine the data, this category includes falls from a variety of elevated surfaces including ladders and roofs. Many of the incidents involve falls from scaffolding. » More

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published new rules meant to protect employees from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Not sure what the new silica standard means for you? We've got answers. » More

Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the U.S., affecting a variety of industries and job categories. Contractors and their employees are especially vulnerable due to the nature of their work and the equipment they use daily. Try these ideas for turning down the volume at the jobsite. » More

Falls are the most frequent cause of fatalities on construction sites, and account for one of every three construction-related deaths. If you have employees working on a surface with an unprotected side or edge that is 6 feet or more above a lower level, then you need to address fall protection. » More

Want to provide the best possible medical care to your injured employees while still keeping a handle on your medical claim costs? Consider designating a preferred medical provider to handle your company's workers' compensation claims. » More

Many contractors in fields such as landscaping and road work also provide winter services, such as snow removal, to supplement their off-season income. If you’re considering this option, make sure you keep these risk management tips in mind. » More

Aerial lifts have replaced ladders and scaffolding on many job sites due to their mobility and flexibility, however those benefits don't come risk-free. While falling from an elevated basket or boom is a relatively obvious concern, lesser known hazards (electric shocks, tip-overs and contact with overhead objects) can also put employees in danger. » More

We all know the standard advice for working outside during the summer: take frequent breaks in the shade, drink lots of fluids and wear sunscreen. Since you already know the basics, here are some lesser-known facts about working safely in the summer heat. » More

Workers on the job account for a significant portion of the total number of people struck by lightning. Roofers, construction workers, road crews, pipe fitters and farm workers are at especially high risk because they spend much of their time standing on open ground or a roof. » More

When it comes to safely transporting your equipment, shortcuts that save you a few minutes may cost you a lot in the event of an accident. Laws that regulate cargo securement vary from state to state, but here are some good guidelines to help you keep equipment and supplies where they belong. » More

Accidents while backing a vehicle are extremely common. In fact, nearly one in four vehicle accidents involves backing. These tips can help you reduce the risk of a potentially expensive backing incident. » More

Do you take on snow removal jobs to supplement your winter income? Here are some tips to help make your plowing safer and more efficient. » More

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