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Member Spotlight: Pueblo West Metropolitan District

Pueblo West Metropolitan District has shown an exemplary commitment to the safety and wellbeing of their employees and visitors, which is why they’re our featured member spotlight. Utilizing a multi-pronged approach to address worker health, safety, and loss prevention topics, Pueblo West has demonstrated a commitment to constantly improve while instilling a culture of inclusion and buy-in from all district employees.

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‘Megadroughts’ Appear Likely to Pummel Western and Great Plains States for Half a Century

In recent years, California and other parts of the American West have been forced to find ways to cut back on water usage in response to a prolonged period of drought. The New York Times wrote that “the drought, now in its fourth year, is by many measures the worst since the state began keeping Read More

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Do Your Part to Protect Your District from Lightning

Lightning strikes in Colorado about 500,000 times annually, and over the past 10 years, the Pool has paid just under $1 million for property claims resulting from lightning strikes. Most claims involved strikes to buildings, wells, motor vehicles, control panels and phone systems. In almost all of these cases, damage would have been minimized had simple safeguards been put in place.

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Wearables and ‘Smart’ Devices to Change the Workplace and the Insurance Industry

Recently, you’ve probably been hearing about the increased prominence of “wearable technology.” One in five Americans already use a wearable device, with rapid growth in the next several years anticipated. The worldwide market for wearable technology is expected to reach $12.6 billion by 2018, and the insurance industry has already gotten on board.

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Tips to Get Your Safety Grant Approved

To date, we have reimbursed $1.3 million to members through the Safety Grant program, helping you improve safety for workers and visitors, upgrade buildings and facilities, and set the groundwork for a safer future. For the first few years of the program, no applications for reimbursement were denied. However as the program has grown, so too have the number of participating districts and variety of submissions.

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Meet TRISTAR’s VP and Regional Manager Jason Schultz

The Pool has added numerous new faces over the years, and we would like members to be able to put a face with the names of the people who work on behalf of the Pool behind the scenes. We are starting this effort with Jason M. Schultz a key professionals at TRISTAR Risk Management, the Pool’s Claims Administrator.

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Park and Recreation Districts without Slacklining Policies Are Walking a Tightrope

Before districts decide to promote or even allow slacklining activities and other adventure sports in public parks, there are many things to consider. It’s a good idea to start by developing a district policy on slacklining to not only mitigate damage to prevent injuries, but also to protect public property.

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Add Value to Your Coverage by Taking Advantage of the Pool’s Free Training

Unlike private insurance companies, our goal is to charge you less. The best way we can achieve that goal together is by providing services that allow you to reduce your risks. Training is the best way to do that because it empowers employees at every level of a district to do their jobs safely.

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Fitness For Duty: Understanding the National Fire Protection Agency’s 1582 Standards for Physical Fitness

Considering the physical nature of the job and the dangerous environments in which firefighters operate, there is considerable risk of injury, disability or death if fire service personnel return to work environments in which they are not physically prepared to fully function.

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Bringing Home a Piece of History

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a team of disaster responders from Colorado–several of whom were from Poudre Fire Authority (PFA)–rushed to New York to aid in the recovery and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero.

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