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News and ideas from Dade Moeller, an NV5 Company.


Ribbon Cutting

Celebrating Our Transition to NV5

June 8, 2017


On June 7, 2017, we celebrated our transition from “Dade Moeller” to “NV5” at a ribbon cutting ceremony held in conjunction with the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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What Is "EMR" and Why Should Employees Care?

April 24, 2017


"EMR" stands for the "Experience Modification Rate" and is a number used by worker compensation insurers to determine the premium price for a company. Additionally -- and this is where employees might want to take notice -- a company's EMR is often requested during contract bidding. If a company's EMR is too high (over 1.0), they will be unable to bid or will be at a significant disadvantage against companies that have EMRs less than 1.0. No bidding means fewer contracts, resulting in less work, and ultimately fewer employees.

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West Virginia Interpretive Amendment

April 10, 2017


On March 16, 2017, the West Virginia Department of the Environment (DEP) published an Interpretive Amendment to an Existing Rule titled "Disposal of Completion Waste." It pertains to materials and practices generated at horizontal well sites (frac sites). 

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2017 STEMcon

Tri-Cities STEMcon

April 5, 2017


NV5 health physicists Heather Healy and Brett Rosenberg volunteered at a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach event where high school students had the opportunity to interact in half day sessions with local career professionals in related fields. The event, called “STEMcon,” was held at the Tri-Cities Campus of Washington State University and included participants from two local high schools. The topic was “Radioactivity is Everywhere.”

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NSC Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Reducing the Risk of Transportation Fatalities

March 27, 2017


Your employees probably spend many hours behind the wheel of a vehicle, and some may have an additional risk of working adjacent to traffic. Considering transportation fatalities accounted for 42% of all occupational fatalities in the United States in 2015 (up from 41% in 2014), let's discuss why there is such a high percentage of transportation fatalities and what we can do to lessen the risk.

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Respirable Crystalline Silica

OSHA’s Final Rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction

March 20, 2017


As our understanding of the potential associated non-silicosis and non-cancer diseases are recognized in academic literature, we believe that retrospective and prospective claims and lawsuits will be forthcoming. There may even be some legal "double dipping." For example, an employee might claim or sue separately for exposure to both asbestos and silica. The way forward is treacherous and may require further legal counsel as claims arise. 

Based on these potential legal outcomes, NV5 recommends the following actions:

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STEM Like Me!

March 6, 2017


Last month, Susan Winslow and Dalene Zabel of our Richland, Washington, office volunteered as “STEM Like ME!” mentors at McLoughlin Middle School in Pasco. The goal of the event was to get the 7th and 8th grade students excited about local STEM careers, as well as the skills, education, and training needed to pursue them.

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