Safety Plans are Smart Business

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By Scott Hullinger
Director of Loss Control & Risk Management
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

If a disaster strikes your company, affects your employees and impacts the bottom line, will you be prepared?

Although workplace disasters are usually few and far between, they can range from minor to catastrophic, oftentimes with significant consequences. Today, some of the most common workplace disasters include:

  • Smoke or fire
  • Flood
  • Electrical outage
  • Hazardous materials exposure
  • Earthquakes or other natural disasters
  • Workplace violence

Employers would be wise to be prepared for these types of disasters by having a written safety plan in place. Safety plans, also known as disaster recovery plans or emergency Continue reading

The Art of Ergonomics

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By Carl Hamilton
Loss Control and Risk Supervisor
CopperPoint

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one-third of all employee injury and illness cases are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that occur in the workplace. These injuries add up to the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time.

MSDs commonly affect the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons due to poor posture Continue reading

Strong West Valley Outlook for 2017

WESTMARC, the Western Maricopa Coalition of West Valley communities, businesses, and the educational sector, outlined its 2017 priorities during the organization’s annual meeting on Feb 23. Sintra Hoffman, President and CEO of WESTMARC, shared these insights and more with members, government officials, and invited guests. The group’s top priority is promoting economic development, workforce talent and job growth that is vital to the 15 unique communities that call the West Valley home.

Recent data collection efforts indicate that Maricopa County’s West Valley is home to 1.5 million people. By the year 2020, that number is projected to grow to 1.8 million people. More than fifty-eight percent of the population is eligible workers between the ages of 18 to 64, and the average annual income is approximately $65,000.

“We are a community rich in talent. But our talent is also the West Valley’s greatest export,” said Hoffman. “Our goal is to retain the engineers, health care professionals and manufacturing personnel who live here, but drive and work in other parts of the Valley.”

From left, WESTMARC President & CEO Sintra Hoffman, Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor Bill Gates, Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar and State Rep. Jesus Rubalcava discuss economic development issues.

In her annual address, Hoffman presented WESTMARC’s 2017 strategy which includes creating a long-term workforce plan to keep these workers employed in the region. Healthcare, advanced manufacturing, insurance, aerospace, and defense are the top economic drivers. Banner Health, Luke Air Force Base, American Express, Grand Canyon University and Amazon are the area’s top employers.

She highlighted additional measures on the horizon for WESTMARC to fuel the economic development and job growth that is vital to the West Valley. These activities include:

  • Completion of a data collection effort
  • Strengthen the workforce development strategy
  • Conduct industry focus groups
  • Strengthen connections between industry and education
  • Update WESTMARC website
  • Promote quality of life
  • Celebrate Best of the West 25th anniversary

For more information, visit WESTMARC.

CopperPoint is a proud member of WESTMARC’s Chairman’s Circle.