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Supplemental Snow Plowing: 3 Unexpected Risks to Your Operation

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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