Calvin E. Beyer, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership

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Calvin E. Beyer

Calvin E. Beyer

Cal Beyer is the vice president of Workforce Risk and Worker Wellbeing. He has over 30 years of safety, insurance and risk management experience, including 24 of those years serving the construction industry in various capacities.

Prior to joining CSDZ, Beyer was the director of risk management for Lakeside Industries in Issaquah, WA. At Lakeside, he catalyzed the construction industry mental health and suicide prevention movement that became the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (www.preventconstructionsuicide.com). Beyer also spent time with Gallagher Bassett Services, Cities & Villages Mutual Insurance Company, Zurich NA and Arch Insurance.

As a testament to his deep industry knowledge, Beyer frequently presents at national and regional construction, safety, and risk management conferences. He has also written over 70 articles for various industry publications.

Active in the industry, Beyer is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and served as National Secretary for 2009-2010. He was also the 2016 recipient of the Danny Parrish Outstanding Leadership Award and the 2017 Chairman’s Award. In February 2017, he was named one of the 25 Newsmakers for 2016 in the global construction industry by Engineering-News Record (ENR) for his work with suicide prevention.

Beyer is a member of the National Wellness Institute. He holds the Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) designation. He has been a leading voice in making mental health, substance use disorders and suicide prevention elements in construction safety, health and wellness culture and practices.
He has served on the workplace task force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention since its inception in 2010. He served as co-lead of this task force in 2015-17 and was appointed to the executive committee in 2016. Beyer was a driving force in this task force being awarded the 2016 Gary Bird Horizon Award for Innovation from the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). He was appointed to the expert advisory group of the Center for Workplace Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation in 2019. He also helped launched Construction Industry Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Groups in WA and OR in 2019.

When he’s not at work, Beyer loves to spend time with his wife and five grown children. He is also a fan of soccer and hockey and enjoys nature hikes whenever possible.

Recent Articles by Calvin E. Beyer

Construction Workers’ Mental Well-Being

A culture of worker well-being hinges on the understanding that a “whole worker” shows up at the jobsite each day. Fatigue in construction is not new. However, with fast-tracking, schedule compression and the growing complexity of projects, fatigue is becoming an increasingly big issue affecting the workforce.  Fatigue doesn’t just affect workers from a physical […]

How to Expand Safety Supervision

Safety performance can either make or break a project and help or hinder one’s future career prospects. It can both positively or negatively reflect on a company’s reputation and affect its financial health. Front-line supervisors hold the key to unlocking your company’s potential for high safety performance. Supervisors are responsible for directing the allocation of […]

Blueprint for Suicide Prevention

On Sept. 3, 2015, a press release was issued by the Carson J Spencer Foundation; RK, a construction company in Denver; and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This press release was timed to coincide with Suicide Prevention Month in September and World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 . This press release announced […]

Risk Management for Human Capital

A contractor’s most important resource, and one of its leading costs, is its employees. By investing in employee, supervisory and leadership development programs, those in construction and facilities management (CFMs) can expect positive ROI and other measurable outcomes in both risk management and human capital. This strategy combines organizational development practices to leverage human capital […]

Construction Risk Management in the Rollercoaster Recovery

Although the long-term forecast for the construction industry is robust, it is experiencing malaise as it recovers from the recession. Week after week, positive reports from the government are offset by negative industry news reports, only to be followed by yet another optimistic outlook. So goes the rollercoaster recovery. The continuing uncertainty of the economic recovery makes strategic risk […]

How to Turn Workers’ Comp Into an Advantage

Workers’ compensation should be a win-win proposition for employers and employees, but many contractors describe it as an insurance and risk-management pain point. Workers’ compensation premium is a major part of contractors’ total insurance costs, and the indirect costs associated with claims are a significant multiplier. Additionally, recent formula changes have caused some companies to receive a […]

Zero Injury: A Cultural Imperative for the Construction Industry

If there is a silver lining in the protracted downturn and delayed recovery in the construction economy, it is that “fatal construction injuries are down nearly 42% since 2006,” according to the BLS National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2011. That same report observed that “fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined […]

Risk Performance Metrics

For the past several years, up to three of the top five concerns expressed by respondents to CFMA's Construction Industry Annual Financial Survey have been insurance-related. And, contractors continue to seek how to leverage their investment in safety and risk management. The traditional view of safety has been as a line item expense calculated within […]

Internal Vs. External Benchmarking Of Insurance Claim Data

Data-driven analysis is a critical decision-making tool for Construction Financial Managers and other industry leaders. Decision-making is arguably the most important responsibility of company leadership. Companies that make better decisions make fewer mistakes, and achieve a distinct competitive advantage in the marketplace. The underlying purpose of benchmarking is to continually improve the quality of organizational […]

Construction Defects: A Primer For Construction Financial Managers

The construction industry's reputation has been tarnished by poor quality performance. Construction defects decrease the satisfaction of property owners and erode the confidence of the financiers, buyers, and end users of construction projects. Total construction costs are increased by lost productivity, and higher rework and insurance costs. Defective construction undermines the reputations of affected contractors […]

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