News and ideas from Dade Moeller, an NV5 Company.

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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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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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New OSHA Rule Effective January 17, 2017

Dec. 12, 2016

Ready or not, the new OSHA rule on walking working surfaces and fall protection for general industry takes effect January 17, 2017.

This update is intended to better align the general industry rules with the construction rules to help employers who do both functions remain compliant and keep workers safe.
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