3D printer risks investigated

In a previous blog post—3D Printers: Do emitted chemicals from inexpensive desktop models pose health risks?—we discussed a study on emissions and possible risks associated with small commercial desktop 3D printers. Due to lower cost, this class of printer is becoming more widespread in universities, commercial facilities, and even homes. As a result, they’re increasingly […]

Fire trends in multifamily housing

Advances in automatic fire and smoke detection, central station alarms, and automatic sprinklers have helped property losses decline slightly in the last decade. But despite the best efforts of builders, code officials, and fire prevention experts, the number of fires in multifamily residential buildings remains relatively consistent. Recently, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) issued […]

Reducing the risk of commercial vehicle crashes

In 2014, in the United States, 3,903 people were killed and an estimated 111,000 injured in police-reported traffic crashes involving large trucks. Seven percent of the fatal crashes involved a truck hitting the rear of another vehicle. In an effort to reduce crashes, a number of trucks are currently equipped with crash avoidance systems (CAS), […]

Risks and rules for small commercial drones

Drones are entering the mainstream. The agriculture and real estate industries may currently dominate commercial usage, but a wide and varied market is shaping up. Many fields can use drone technology, including construction, surveying, oil and gas, security, television and film, and delivery services, among others. As any general liability insurer can attest, that’s a […]

Traumatic brain injury deaths highest for small company construction workers

As you might imagine, the construction industry has the greatest number of both fatal and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in U.S. workplaces. A total of 2,210 construction workers died because of a TBI from 2003 to 2010. That’s a rate of 2.6 per 100,000 full-time workers. The deaths represent 25 percent of all construction […]

Fire safety best practices for construction of 5- and 6-story wood buildings

As more builders use wood as the primary building component in modern buildings, there’s a growing concern for fire safety during the construction process. Large volumes of wood at construction sites, as well as exposed wood surfaces during construction, can lead to massive fires and large property losses. Several trade associations and building code groups […]