Author Archives: Executive Director

Fall Safety Training: Ladder and Confined Spaces

The Denver PDCA chapter would like to thank CRS Loss Control Consultant, Allison Miles, for guiding us through the steps to reduce risk at the Pinnacol Tri-Safety Group and CRS Insurance Brokerage sponsored ladder and confined safety classes held in November where Allison discussed the associated costs that can impact insurance coverage and your business.

Considering the cost of replacing damaged equipment, the loss of a productive crewman, lost production, and possible damage to customer property, it makes sense to prevent these losses.

“Supervisors own the safety. Accidents can lead to fatalities,” and you need to be aware of the potential risks that can impact wages, a family and the business. In this workshop, Allison highlighted OSHA penalties and citations for not using appropriate ladder safety practices on the job site.

Here are some highlights.

Ladder safety tips to reduce risk:

  • Have 3 points of contact using the 2 hands and feet on the ladder at all times for stability
  • Ladders are fit for a purpose and fit for a duty: use the type of ladder for the work
  • Inspect the ladders prior to starting the job to ensure it’s ‘fit for duty’
  • Document your inspections of all tools and ladders
  • Include training for all new employee orientation
  • Include basic annual refresher training sessions for all employees and crews such as hosting a 15 minute safety meetings annually


Tip: check with your ladder manufactures for safety training videos and written publications to share with your crews.


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Another topic covered was safety in confined spaces with limited entry and exit points. What IS a confined space? What hazards are present? What chemicals may be present? Is there a limited entry and exit? Is the space large enough to enter? Are permits required when working in a confined space? How is insurance impacted by these claims and how can you minimize risk?


Allison discussed confined spaces and what constitutes a space while talking about ways to practice due diligence to ensure safety to all persons, thereby, reducing risk and claim submissions.


For more informatiimg_1177on please contact Allison Miles at or visit the CRS Website link is or call 303-996-7818 and speak with our representative Scott White for more information.

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Specialty Coatings with Faux Finishing Expert Bobbi Shupe

The Denver PDCA would like to thank Faux Finishing expert, Bobbi Shupe for her time in showing us the basic techniques of faux.  Shupe discussed positive and negative techniques, tactile and painting textures and how to apply paint using different mediums (sponge, rags, plastic pull, color wash, feather dust, masking) to walls and other surface… Continue Reading

2016 Labor & Employment Legal Update

  In April of this year, the Denver chapter welcomed attorney, Kate Raabe of Fisher & Phillips, LLP to speak for our group about the upcoming changes in labor and employment law that included proposed overtime exemptions/regulations, proposed federal regulations, new OSHA provisions, NLRB joint employer decisions, independent contractor verses employee developments and I-9/Colorado work… Continue Reading

7 Technology Applications to help you Streamline your Paint Business

The Denver PDCA welcomed Jeff Van Dehy of Karen’s Company at the November meeting as he reviewed software, applications and technological tools that can save you time and money in your paint business so you can become more efficient and comfortable streamlining your business, spending more time focusing on what you do best: running your… Continue Reading

Contracts and Warranties: Presented by Harmon Graves

On August 26th, the Denver PDCA was pleased to welcome attorney at law, Harmon Graves, who discussed issues related to contract intrepretation and drafting at our end of summer meeting. In his presentation, Graves addressed writing contracts, bid warranties, creating a two year warranty and simplifing the terms of service.  He also discussed how to… Continue Reading

RMC Denver Hosted 105th Annual Conference – Improve Your Odds!

RMC Denver Hosted 105th Annual Conference – Improve Your Odds! The Denver PDCA chapter hosted the Rocky Mountain Council’s 105th Annual conference in Black Hawk, Colorado this past September at the Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa.  Attendees enjoyed a casino night reception where they learned how to play Craps and Texas Hold’em before gearing up… Continue Reading

Recycle Used Paint with Colorado’s PaintCare Program

Colorado’s Paint Stewardship Law is slated to go into effect on July 1st, 2015 and if you are a painting contractor, the fees and services that will become available from PaintCare will impact your business. Denver PDCA was happy to welcome program manager, Cathy Lurie, at our last meeting to discuss where to take your… Continue Reading

2015 Executive Committee Installation Dinner

Thank you all who attended the Denver and Southern Colorado’s executive committee installation dinner this past Saturday evening. Siena at the Courtyard offered us hearty Italian-American dishes in a bustling trattoria in Castle Rock with a European-feel. Congratulations to our Denver Executive Committee Members: President: Larry Torres Vice President: Vanessa LaSarre Secretary: Jeff Van Dehy… Continue Reading