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Preparing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This is a guide for business continuity and preparedness in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The guide is based on the current known information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional information will be updated by the CDC as it becomes available. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Working Around a Backhoe Loader: Learning from Tragedy

  New Jersey – Tragically, a day laborer was fatally struck in the head by the bucket of a backhoe loader while helping two other workers build a concrete retaining wall. The 34-year-old worker was standing near the backhoe loader when the operator rotated the boom without checking to ensure the swing area of the boom was […]

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OSHA’s Top 10 for the Year

OSHA recently released their annual report of the 10 most-cited safety violations from the year, and it provides interesting insight of national trends. OSHA’s annual list reflects the past fiscal year (October 1st, 2017 through September 30, 2018). The top four on the list have been on the list since 2015, the same year OSHA […]

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Columbia Pulp Wins Operational Excellence Award

The Integrated Group was honored to join Columbia Pulp at the 2018 Evening of Excellence, held by the Association of Washington Business. We enjoy creating personal relationships with our clients, especially when their growth and development is recognized. John Begley, CEO, Michele McCarthy, CFO, and Mike Schock, VP, accepted the Operational Excellence Award on behalf of […]

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Honoring our Veterans and Filling the Skill Gap

  Every year, just under 250,000 people leave military service in search of a new life and career in the United States. The construction industry, meanwhile, continues to struggle with a declining workforce and a lack of available talent and candidate shortages. To solve this talent crisis, companies should refocus their recruitment efforts on the countless […]

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Dropping Costs!

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently proposed a 5% decrease in the average premium employers pay for coverage. We’re doing a better job helping injured workers heal and return to work. That’s good for workers and employers, and helps us lower the cost of workers’ compensation coverage – L&I Director Joel Sacks […]

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New Washington State Labor and Industries Development

Starting June 8th 2018, the Washinton State Department of Labor and Industries has begun using the same WAC codes to cite both the subcontractor and general contractor for a single violation. This means if the Department cites a subcontractor for a violation of any kind, the Department can also cite the general contractor with the same violation […]

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Establishing a Heat Standard? A New Pitch to OSHA

With the Summer officially coming to a close, many organizations are looking back to assess better ways to improve their safety standards. Recently, more than 130 organizations have asked OSHA to establish a heat protection standard, with a goal of creating an industry baseline of safety standards and regulations. According to the Bureau of Labor […]

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The Risks of a Construction Boom

It is no surprise that Seattle has been experiencing a construction boom for quite some time. As more and more jobs begin to sprout up, the demand for workers spikes and timelines are rushed. While Seattle has had a fair amount of success maintaining low injury and fatality rates, it is hard not to see […]

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Holy Smoke

Air quality right now? Not so great. As some of you may have noticed, the air is a little…cloudy. The sun is a a bright red (fun fact: natural aerosols from forest fires create this effect). What does this all mean? Not the apocalypse, if that’s where your brain went. Due to an increasing amount […]

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