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Construction Industry Digs into Social Media for New Opportunities

Construction in social media Construction Industry Digs into Social Media for New OpportunitiesIt’s interesting how a few hard years can be a catalyst of change. Construction is a great example. The economic downturn forced builders to find new ways to grow business. Enter social media. Though construction has a long-standing reputation of being averse to new technology, widespread adoption of social media is changing the way builders get business done.

With more than a billion users on Facebook and no cost for company pages, it’s not hard to see why construction firms are boosting their brands socially. Read more

Fall Protection and OSHA Compliance: What You Need to Know

Construction Fall Protection e1396013849818 300x192 Fall Protection and OSHA Compliance: What You Need to KnowWe recently published an article about the 46% jump in OSHA violations from 2012 to 2013. Not surprisingly, fall protection topped the list, again, with more than 8,000 violations, or 33 percent more than the second most common violation, Hazard Communication. The article sparked some good conversation around the industry about fall protection compliance and best practices.

With this in mind, here are some OSHA codes and general information that every project manager and worker should fully understand before stepping onto a jobsite. Because regulations can change, it is important that you consult the appropriate professionals when considering code compliance

Meet or exceed these codes:

Top 10 OSHA Safety Violations Make Big Jump in 2013

Construction Safety small 300x208 Top 10 OSHA Safety Violations Make Big Jump in 2013A year ago, we reported on the  top 10 OSHA safety violations for 2012. A year later, the number of OSHA safety violations is up 46%. While the list of common violations remains largely intact, many have moved up or down the list. Most importantly, every violation in the top 10 earned more citations than the previous year.

Here’s the top 10 OSHA safety violations for 2013. Click on each to see OSHA’s recommendations for safe operation and compliance.

1. Fall Protection  (code: 29 CFR 1926.501)

Up 14% to 8,241 violations
2012 Rank: 1

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BLS and ADP Release Conflicting Reports for December Construction Employment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released December’s employment numbers today. Not surprisingly, it reported a decline in construction employment by 16,000 jobs. In November, construction employment rose by 17,000.

Historically, December has always seen low levels of construction employment. In an interview with Forbes, Bankrate.com Washington Bureau Chief Mark Hamrick said that the wave of inclement weather in December likely played a role in the decline. He noted that new Read more

Common Mistakes that Lead to Construction Injuries….And How to Prevent Them

construction worker1 186x300 Common Mistakes that Lead to Construction Injuries….And How to Prevent ThemAn “accident” is normally defined as an unexpected or unforeseen condition with an element of “chance”. In the world of construction, incidents can happen to even the most experienced professionals and are not normally due to “chance”. Incident causation is usually based on unsafe acts and/or unsafe conditions and therefore can be prevented. Developed in the late 1920s, Heinrich’s Domino Theory regarding the sequence of events that lead to construction injuries still holds true today. The theory states:

  1. Social Environment [that develops…]
  2. Undesirable work traits – recklessness, lack of knowledge,  nervousness [that creates…]
  3. Unsafe work acts / Unsafe work conditions [that cause the…]
  4. Incident [that results in…]
  5. Injury

This theory places strong emphasis on the Unsafe Work Act / Unsafe Work Condition “domino” as Heinrich believed that unsafe acts more frequently are the cause of Read more

State of the Industry: 2013 U.S. Construction Performance Scorecard

Construction Scorecard 300x214 State of the Industry: 2013 U.S. Construction Performance ScorecardWith the building season winding down, it’s a good time to look back at how construction in 2013 stacked up against industry predictions and look ahead to 2014.

U.S. Construction Growth

In October 2012, McGraw-Hill Construction’s Dodge Outlook report predicted U.S. Construction would see an uptick of 6%, bringing construction to $483 billion in 2013. The August 2013 update shows that for overall growth, the McGraw-Hill prediction was spot on. Here’s a breakdown of how sectors within construction performed this year compared to projections.

Single Family Housing

McGraw-Hill predicted an increase of 21% more units and a 24% increase in revenue. Building is on-track to outpace those predictions, with 28% growth. The increase is due Read more

Worker Injuries on the Rise as Construction Rebounds

shutterstock 45462577 150x150 Worker Injuries on the Rise as Construction ReboundsThe recent uptick in construction has resulted in a concurrent rise in recordable injuries on job sites. In 2012 construction site fatalities jumped to 750, or 5% over the previous year. As the industry continues to rebound, new emphasis is needed on safety to keep total recordable incidents to a minimum.

Rising Risk

With construction on the upswing, new workers are flocking to the industry. Inexperience is the single greatest factor in the growing number of incidents. And as baby boomers retire by the thousands, younger, less experienced workers are taking their place.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is acting to combat the rise in Read more

How to Spot Workers’ Comp Fraud

shutterstock 94651684 150x150 How to Spot Workers’ Comp FraudWorkers’ compensation insurance fraud is an unfortunate but still common occurrence in the construction industry. Fraudulent claims increase insurance rates and put additional strain on already-struggling construction firms. While legitimate claims should always be filed and paid according the state and federal requirements, spotting fraudulent claims can help protect your business and reduce expensive insurance rate hikes.

Here are a few red flags that may prompt further review of a worker’s comp claim. Read more

Chasing Jobs: Current and Future U.S. Construction Hot Spots

ModSpaceHQ BarclaysCenter Brooklyn 300x215 Chasing Jobs: Current and Future U.S. Construction Hot SpotsThe national outlook for the construction industry remains positive, though some regions are outpacing others on the road to recovery. As new projects get started across the country, here’s a look at where the U.S.’s current and future construction hot spots lie. 

The Big Apple Gets Bigger

New York City leads the way, according to a recent report from Forbes.com. The City (and its NY and NJ suburbs) remains strong in residential and non-residential development. Two massive Read more

Construction Unemployment Hits 5-year Low

shutterstock 94802578 300x225 Construction Unemployment Hits 5 year LowFor the first time since 2008, unemployment in the in construction industry has dropped below double digits to 9.8 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed the addition of 195,000 jobs for June, 13,000 of which were in construction. Gains in construction were offset by the loss of 6,000 manufacturing jobs. The national unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent.

Investing in Construction

June’s job growth comes on the heels of a recent industry-wide increase in construction Read more