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 17 Tips for Choosing Construction Suppliers and Subcontractors You Can Trust
Keeping people injury free at work and at the job site is always the top priority. With that said, Total Recordable
Injury Rate, commonly known as TRIR, is an indicator that can help your company assess your safety performance and how other companies assess you.
TRIR is determined using the following calculation:
Total OSHA recordable injuries x 200,000 / total hours worked = TRIR
With this in mind, here are a few tips on how to improve your TRIR with a Safety Performance Plan.
Some suggest that awareness alone is sufficient for a safe workplace. But it’s important to make the distinction [Read more…] about How to Improve Safety Performance and TRIR
The furniture you choose for your mobile office can have a tremendous impact on your quality of work, comfort on the job, client and vendor relationships and your bottom line. Here we’ll guide you through the key considerations and available choices, along with the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Top 4 Furniture Considerations
These questions will help you determine what type of furniture and how much is needed for your project.
- How many people will be in the office? Include those who will be in the mobile office on a daily basis, plus any frequent visitors.
- What will your office trailer be used for? A basic construction management office needs different furniture than a professional sales office. This also affects your space planning.
- How long will you be using the office trailer? Consider how comfort, convenience and functionality will affect your productivity. Basic folding tables and chairs may be the least costly option, but you’re likely to feel more tired and uncomfortable at the end of a long day.
- How do you want to represent your business? Will you be hosting clients, vendors, suppliers or no one at all? What do you want your temporary building to say about your brand?
As the name implies, anchors connect office trailers and large modular complexes to the ground to provide structural stability. Here are some simple guidelines to help you determine if you need anchors for your office trailer.
High Wind Areas
If your building is located in a region susceptible to high winds, such as the Gulf Coast or Midwest, you’ll need to anchor the trailer. Many coastal states require anchors. Ask your mobile office provider if your state requires [Read more…] about Do You Need Anchors for Your Office Trailer?
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.
If you live in a region where temperatures may dip below freezing, it’s important to prep the plumbing system in your office trailer before it is left without power or returned. The process is commonly called winterizing, though it should be done year round for returns. Watch this short video to learn how to winterize your office trailer. As always, feel free to contact your local branch office or customer service with any questions.