Injury and Illness Prevention Program

In California, every employer is required by law to provide a safe and healthful workplace to his/her employees. In accordance with the California Code of Regulations, your employer needs to have an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) in writing.

There is a specific IIPP required for the construction industry, the Construction IIPP. What should you expect to see in an IIPP? It is a written plan that has the following elements: Read more

Safe Winter Driving

Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in northern regions that get a lot of snow and ice. Additional preparations can help make a trip safer, or help motorists deal with an emergency. This sheet provides safety information to your residents to help prevent motor vehicle injuries due to winter storms. Read more

More OSHA Enforcement Action Against Motor Carriers

Following on the heels of two enforcement cases last summer against truckload carrier J.B. Hunt and LTL carrier Old Dominion (see August 2013 issue of California Transportation News), the Occupational Health and Health Administration (OSHA) Office of Public Affairs issued two more enforcement announcements against motor carriers in early January. Read more

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2013

  1. Fall protection: Fall protection, according to OSHA, should be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry, and eight feet in long shoring operations.
  2. Hazard communication: The adoption of the GHS-aligned HazCom 2012 standard means a lot of big changes, so read the rule in its entirety.
  3. Scaffolding (construction): Workers must have proper fall protection when working on raised surfaces.
  4. Respiratory protection: Companies must provide appropriate respirators to employees as part of a respiratory protection program.
  5. Ladders: Common issues include non-parallel positioning relative to landings, too much or too little space between rungs, inadequate landing size, and ladder bases more than 12 inches off the ground.
  6. Machine guarding: Machine guards protect workers’ limbs, skin, and eyes from nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks.
  7. Powered industrial trucks: Ensure that forklifts and other industrial trucks are in top mechanical order. Operators must be trained and certified to operate vehicles safely.
  8. Electrical wiring methods: Trust wiring to licensed, bonded electricians. Use caution with extension cords.
  9. Lockout/tagout: Machinery or equipment can unexpectedly energize, start up, or release stored energy. Use professional-grade lockout and tagout supplies.
  10. Electrical general requirements: Avoid consumer-rated appliances for commercial work environments.

SANDAG Litigation Update

November 19, 2013

From the office of BCF Public Affairs:

Last Fall, your organization joined more than 30 others throughout the state in signing onto an amicus brief in the lawsuit against the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) challenging their adoption of the state’s first Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) under SB 375. You’ll recall that several environmental groups and the Attorney General sued SANDAG. Though they all admitted SANDAG fully complied with SB 375, they sued nonetheless claiming the SCS and overall Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) violated CEQA. Read more

Soledad man gets jail time, probation in workers’ comp fraud case

A 42-year-old Soledad man was sentenced Friday to 60 days in Monterey County jail and five years of probation for wrongfully using a contractor’s license and not providing workers’ compensation insurance for his employees, authorities said.

The county District Attorney’s Office said Lavaki Fale, who’d done business as ‘Vei Construction,’ was also ordered to pay $15,000 in fines, not contract without a valid contractor’s state license and stay away from the victims.

For information on license numbers of contractors, visit the Contractor State Licensing Board at

Workers’ Comp Premium Plunges for Fifth Year in a Row

California’s workers’ comp total direct written premium declined by almost 10% in 2009 down to $6.9 billion from $7.6 billion in 2008, according to data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The latest figure is in sharp contrast to where the market was just five years earlier at a whopping $16.1 billion. Since then premium volume has shrunk by $9.2 billion.

Even as premium volume declines, the market continues to reshuffle the deck among the top 10 writers in the state with only one notable exception dropping off the list. But while the names are largely the same their premium totals show where much of the statewide premium loss originated. Read more

OSHA Issues Guidance For Acceptable Silica Levels On The Jobsite

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Sept. 15 issued guidelines outlining the permissible exposure limit to dust containing crystalline silica on construction jobsites in a document titled, “Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction.”  Crystalline silica has been known to cause the lung disease silicosis. Read more

Workers’ Comp Rates May Climb on Back of Budget Plan

os Angeles Business Journal, Howard Fine – 8/10/2009

Construction companies and similar businesses be warned: Workers’ compensation rates could soar if the state’s plan to sell part of the State Compensation Insurance Fund comes to fruition.

The budget compromise reached by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature calls for the state to appropriate $1 billion from the State Fund, and the only realistic way of hitting that goal is selling off its most profitable lines – which have been subsidizing the rates. Read more

Safety Overview From Armstrong

Armstrong & Associates is committed to providing you with the highest quality safety information and loss control services. Our team of agents, safety consultants, and claims analysts pride ourselves in giving you the tools to maintain a safe and productive workplace. Even more importantly, our team’s action-focused approach provides the support you need to put these tools to use. Read more