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02/08/2011
Wild start to the New Year. Winter Storms hitting from the Rockies all the way to Boston. These storms have brought record low temperatures, record snow levels, and high winds. When times are hectic, especially during area wide events, that’s when you truly need a trusted partner you can count on. Here at Interstate, we believe in taking care of our clients. When things are slow, there are a lot of companies that will tell you what you want to hear. It’s when events like these hit...
01/31/2011
Are you prepared for winter storms? Winter is here and that means it is important for you to prepare your properties to withstand freezing temperatures to prevent pipes breaking and have a plan for snow removal to prevent a roof collapse. Having a winter storm disaster recovery plan in place can protect your properties and save you time and money. Make sure your disaster recovery plan includes the following seven winterization tips: Check your properties for cracks or obvious weak points...
01/24/2011
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a new directive withdrawing a former one that allowed residential builders to bypass fall protection requirements. The former directive had allowed residential roofers to utilize alternative fall protection means to protect their workers from falls during their work processes. The use of alternative means including slide guards must be incorporated with conventional fall protection plans and devices. The new ruling will take...
01/17/2011
Many companies invest a lot of time and resources into making their business successful.  They hire good people, build a solid customer base and pay their suppliers on time.  But a lot of these same companies are not prepared when a disaster strikes.  “It is estimated that 90 percent of medium to large companies that can’t resume near-normal operations within 5 days of an emergency will go out of business,” says Neal Rawls, Continuity Central Security Columnist...
01/10/2011
We should all be aware of the weather this time of year no matter where you live. In the event of a fire, flood, or natural disaster, take into consideration the obstacles your emergency responders may encounter. We all know it is the duty of our responders to serve and protect however, we must also realize they must protect themselves first in order to protect us. The same goes for your Restoration and Construction contractor. Let us keep in mind many times we are an extension of the emergency...
12/17/2010
With the Holidays in full swing, it’s important to stay focused on what we stand for. ‘Safety’ and ‘Do the right thing’ are two components that drive our business. With the financial crisis of the past two years, these two items have come into play more often. More people are trying to value engineer, save money or just plain cut corners. The first two are acceptable, but cutting corners by not testing for asbestos, covering up mold, not pulling permits or proper...
12/15/2010
Effective communication can make you or break you! When dealing with your contractors make sure all priorities are communicated thoroughly and at the beginning of your loss. The efforts put in on the front end will speed up your recovery efforts not to mention keeping costs inline. One of the most common denominators in a mis-managed loss is poor communication between the client and contractor. Advice from an emergency restoration and reconstruction contractor.... Request a detailed...
12/07/2010
The Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis has decided that her compliance officers can’t see everything everywhere so it’s time to recruit assistance from other governmental organizations. The friendly…or in some cases “not so friendly” building inspectors in 11 pilot cities will now report to OSHA, any safety or regulatory violations they may witness while inspecting any project requiring their approvals or permits. The inspector notes a safety violation, OSHA...