John Donne said, “No man is an island.” The same can be said for construction firms. Today’s general contractor requires a vast network of subcontractors and suppliers to deliver projects on time and within budget. But contracting with these vendors brings additional risk as GCs are ultimately accountable for all project operations, whether they’re performed by their own employees or vendors. This risk includes supply chain interruptions, safety violations, quality of work, project delays and licensing issues, just to name a few. Meanwhile, choosing the right vendor can ease some of the heavy lifting and accelerate projects at the same time. To help you in your search, here are [Read more…] about Tips for Choosing Construction Suppliers and Subcontractors You Can Trust
Falling objects, such as work materials and tools, present a serious safety concern whenever work is done overhead or in an elevated location. This hazard is commonly forgotten until a near miss or injury serves as a stark reminder.
The solution is simple: Be proactive and “Stop the Drop”. Simple passive and active safety measures can minimize the risk of falling objects and protect workers below. Several of these are listed below. But first, it’s important to understand how quickly seemingly harmless falling objects accelerate to deadly speeds.
Falling Object Statistics
- A solid object dropped from 64 feet will hit the ground in 2 seconds at a speed of 43.8 miles per hour.
- The same object dropped at 106 feet will hit the ground in 3 seconds at a speed of 65.8 miles per hour.
- A 2-ounce pen dropped from 230 feet has the potential to penetrate a hardhat.
Tips for Preventing Falling Object Injuries
Learning to recognize hazards and establishing a low risk tolerance is the first and, perhaps, most important step toward instilling a climate of safety and reducing costs associated with poor safety performance.
What’s your Risk Tolerance? Does your team know how to recognize and correct hazards on the job site? Unsafe work behaviors are increased by inattention as a result of repetition and/or becoming complacent and overconfident with the job task. The result is an increase in unsafe behaviors that cause work-related injuries.
Hazard recognition requires daily practice. Teaching workers to evaluate every task or situation over the course of a project can have a tremendous impact on safety awareness and [Read more…] about Understanding and Evaluating Hazard Recognition and Risk Tolerance
As temperatures dip and the winter weather sets in, spending a few minutes to make sure your office trailer is ready for winter can help avoid service outages and project delays. Watch this short video to learn what you need to do to get your office trailer ready for winter.
While the industry is continuing to grow, construction companies have been facing issues with finding talent to fill positions and get their jobs done. We’ve researched and found what some companies are doing lately to overcome the labor shortage and get new talent.
Offer More Training
Lack of training may be one cause behind the lower interest by millennials in the construction industry. According to Construction & Demolition Recycling, “The formal training required in the construction trades is harder to come by today than it was before the housing bust.” They suggest that vocational programs, technical schools and colleges may not be as prevalent as they were in the past, therefore younger generations are not as knowledgeable when choosing [Read more…] about Tips for Gaining and Retaining New Employees Amidst the Construction Labor Shortage
As the last quarter of 2018 draws near, the construction industry is already looking to the future hoping to determine what non-residential construction markets have the greatest growth potential in 2019. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) weighed in last month suggesting that the U.S. economy will see a modest 4 percent jump in construction spending, a slight decline versus the expected 4.5 percent this year.
Some segments are poised to grow faster than others. The top three construction sectors for growth in 2019 are:
3. Industrial – 4.9% (up from -0.1%)
2. Education – 5.2% (up from 4.0%)
1. Public Safety – 5.9% (down from 10.9%)
These segments at the bottom of the list stand to show little or no growth:
3. Amusement/Recreation – 2.8% (down from 4.0%)
2. Retail – 2.7% (down from 6.3%)
1. Religious – 0.0% (up from -4.1%)
See the AIA’s forecast here, then get started on your game plan for 2019.