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December 11, 2018

Safety

Safety Awards Deadline – December 14th!

The deadline to submit for the Master Builders of Iowa safety awards is quickly approaching and we don’t want you to miss out on an excellent opportunity to showcase the safety efforts of your team and the outstanding results they produce.

Recognizing an individual or a team for their commitment to safety is an excellent tool to begin or continue building a strong safety culture within your company. From one employee to another and project to project, the safety culture of your company affects productivity, recruiting, profits, etc.

Upcoming Webinars with a “SAFETY” Twist!

While the titles of the three webinars below may not scream “SAFETY”, there is a component of safety in each presentation. 
 

1. Radon kills about 21,000 people a year from lung cancer and this webinar will address this odorless gas and systems designed to detect and mitigate it.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 11:00am – 12:00pm | Radon Testing and Mitigation in New and Existing Structures | REGISTER

WORKSAFE Certified Classes

Once again, CSSI professionals will be conducting WORKSAFE Certified training classes.  This program is a specifically developed safety training that will enhance the knowledge base of jobsite supervisory personnel.  To become WORKSAFE Certified, individuals would need to satisfactorily complete a 2-day training curriculum that is primarily focused on hazard awareness and mitigation. 

Environmental Workshop Coming Soon – Register Today!

Master Builders of Iowa has partnered with Iowa Lead & Asbestos Safety / Iowa Air Quality to develop a 1 day workshop that will address the health hazards, code compliance, exposure levels and more on some of the most dangerous and deadly products on a construction project.

The key topics that will be addressed in this workshop include Lead, Asbestos, and Silica as well as the role that proper respirator use plays in keeping workers safe and healthy. For each of these topics, we will explore the health risks involved, air quality monitoring, recordkeeping, permissible exposure levels, medical surveillance, and much more.

In addition to great information to keep employees healthy, this workshop will provided individuals enrolled in the Master Builder Designation program with seven (7) Ecological credits toward the Master Builder Achievement Award.

Introducing the Next Generation of WORKSAFE

WORKSAFE 3.0 is the next generation of new aspects within the traditional WORKSAFE program.  If you recall, Iowa OSHA and Master Builders of Iowa launched WORKSAFE in September 2012 by offering an onsite construction safety program that involves a customized approach, unique to each project and job site team. WORKSAFE is the nation’s first safety program to involve public-private partnerships between construction contractors, MBI via Construction Safety Specialists, Inc. (CSSI) and the Iowa OSHA.

Does Your Team Need Specific Training and Need It Soon? Contact MBI for Training-on-Demand!

In addition to the training programs outlined in the education section of the website, we offer training programs based on the requests of one, or several construction companies.  Training-on-Demand courses can be planned to fit the schedule of your company and can be offered either as a private in-house program, or a public course open to other companies.  Training-on-Demand has become a popular alternative to the traditional training schedules used throughout the indust

Save on Workers' Compensation Premiums with Midwest Builders' Casualty

Workers’ compensation insurance is required for all Iowa employers. Without it, some businesses would suffer because the costs of medical care have risen and are continuing to do so. Insurance companies pay close attention to these rising medical costs. When the costs they pay out exceeds what they charge in premiums, they find ways to maintain their profits. One way they do this is by raising the premiums for every customer. Another way is to raise the premiums on the other types of insurance that employers buy in order to offset the costs of keeping their workers’ compensation premiums stagnant. The only way an employer can avoid the increased premiums is to: 1) reduce or eliminate the number of claims, and 2) get competitive bids on its workers’ compensation insurance. This is easy to achieve by having an effective safety program, and by having Midwest Builders Casualty submit a quote at your next insurance renewal.

In 2013, MBI partnered with Midwest Builders’ Casualty Group (MWBC) to provide our members with access to their specialized workers’ compensation insurance program.  MWBC has focused on providing workers’ comp coverage to the commercial construction industry throughout the Midwest for over thirty years.  Their success has come from providing the highest level of service and knowledge because of their focused market.  They understand the construction industry and have built their program on fostering long-term partnerships by maintaining both competitive and stable pricing, while not overreacting when claims occur.  MWBC is also a dividend paying program that utilizes the most generous loss ratio for dividend qualification purposes in the industry.  

433 WORKSAFE Projects and Counting!

Master Builders of Iowa and Iowa OSHA Consultation enrolled the 400th construction project designated as a WORKSAFE job site in March! WORKSAFE was launched in the fall of 2012 and is a unique public-private partnership between the Iowa OSHA and MBI. The WORKSAFE program was developed jointly to encourage contractors to identify hazardous conditions before construction begins and conduct job site surveys to monitor safety goal implementation to ultimately prevent job site injuries.

Learn How to Hold Your Own Successful Safety Week

It seems every month, week or day has a specific focus to it anymore: “National Nurses Week,” “National Robotics Week” or “National Volunteer Week.” In our industry, “National Safety Week” is acknowledged throughout the country. However – when was the last time your company celebrated “Safety Week?” A lot of companies want to take the next step, but they just don’t know where to start.

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