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December 2022

Powerful safety tool: The job hazard analysis

Taking time out of your busy schedule to assess workplace hazards takes a bit of effort and planning. But the payoff for you and your team makes it well worth it in the long run.

A job hazard analysis (JHA) eliminates guesswork by forcing you to take deliberate action, including identifying and mitigating dangerous situations. It also signals to your employees you genuinely care about them and their well-being.

Every task can benefit from a JHA, but these situations are prime for the process:
• Higher incidence of injuries or near misses
• Tasks with potential for serious injuries
• Complex processes
• Recently changed job description
• New hires on the job

November 2022

Walk like a penguin to avoid slips and falls

Every winter Colorado sees a drastic increase in injuries due to slipping, tripping and falling on ice and snow. In fact, the spike is so significant that our data reveals the most dangerous season for Colorado workers is always wintertime because of slippery conditions.

But falls on ice aren’t inevitable. Walking like a penguin dramatically decreases the chances of falling on ice. This is how you can do it:

October 2022

10 Tips for a successful OSHA inspection

The thought of an OSHA inspection can keep business owners and risk managers up at night. Could you be on their list of workplaces to visit? Will OSHA give you notice they’re planning an inspection? Are you ready to talk about how you mitigate your site’s top hazards?

Pinnacol hosted an OSHA inspection webinar featuring Meredith Post, Compliance Safety and Health Officer at the Denver OSHA office. Here’s what you need to know so you can rest easy knowing you’re prepared if OSHA visits your workplace.

September 2022

The workplace safety training your team needs this fall

Keeping your team up-to-date on the best practices in workplace safety is not only a good idea – it’s also required in certain professions. As a Pinnacol customer, you have access to a full slate of low-cost training from our team of safety experts.

Here’s what’s coming:

August 2022

7 easy steps to spot insurance fraud

Picture this: A subcontractor forges a certificate of insurance to secure work with a Front Range construction company.

Luckily, the company’s general manager is savvy and informed about identifying signs of insurance fraud. The manager brought the suspicious-looking certificate to the attention of the company’s insurance agent, who then contacted Pinnacol.

July 2022

Measuring safety programs: E-mods and incidence rates

Today’s business world is chock-full of data. Do a little bit of digging and you can find metrics on just about anything. These metrics can help tell your company’s story — where you’re succeeding, where you can improve, and where you stand head and shoulders above the competition.

June 2022

Teen worker injury rate 2-3x higher than older workers

As teenagers across Colorado enter the workforce, in many cases for the first time, we’re offering tips for keeping your younger workforce safe.

Last year, Pinnacol claims data showed more than 1,104 Colorado workers under 20 were injured or became ill because of their summer jobs.

May 2022

Situational awareness: Keeping your head on a swivel

Most employees move around their workplace without much thought because they’ve done it so many times. It’s natural to go on autopilot. But when something looks or feels different, what do your employees do? Ignore it or report it?

Their choice could be the difference between a normal day on the job and a serious workplace injury.

April 2022

Cost Containment Certification

Want to save 5% on your workers’ comp premium? Get certified.

When you obtain cost containment certification from the state of Colorado, you’ll qualify for a five percent discount on your Pinnacol policy premium.

Certification involves implementing a safety program with these six components:

March 2022

Give Your At-Home Workspace an Ergonomic Makeover

Two years into the pandemic, working from home has become the norm. The percentage of people working from home doubled in 2021, and by 2025, nearly three-quarters of the workforce may work from home at least five days a month.

Making sure your workers have ergonomic home offices helps them perform their jobs better. A safe, efficient workspace benefits everyone. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, almost a third of dollars spent on workers’ compensation stem from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) associated with improper ergonomics. Improved ergonomics can reduce injuries and boost your company’s productivity.

February 2022

How To Improve Safety By Setting The Right Goals

Every employer wants to improve safety in the workplace. Effective goal setting can assist in achieving that aim and set up employees for success. Goal setting invites employers to drill down into an issue and implement actions that create change.

Setting goals helps employees and management concentrate on a tangible result while fostering team building. When everyone works to meet common goals, it encourages camaraderie.

How can employers identify the best safety goals for their workplaces? Share these tips to find areas to improve and see results.

January 2022

A Handy Guide to 2022 OSHA Deadlines and Resources

It’s the start of a new year, which is always a great time to get organized. As 2022 begins, it’s an opportunity to refresh yourself on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping guidelines and see what’s new. Use this rundown of resources and information for reference all year long.

Who Must Keep Records for OSHA?


Flood and Peterson
Rob Ronzio

Eric Zurbrigen

Dani Beauvais

Patti Gillette
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