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
2017 presents great opportunities and equally great challenges for general contractors. The promise of a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure by the new administration gives hope of a decade-long boost to the entire industry. Aside from President Trump’s infrastructure plan, Dodge Data and Analytics is forecasting a 5 percent year-over-year growth — a moderate but positive outlook.
With spring and the building season on the horizon, savvy general contractors are working now to make the most of every opportunity. But even established GCs will have to overcome some tall obstacles to be successful. Here’s a quick look at the top 5 challenges for general contractors in 2017.
The lack of skilled labor has been a significant issue for the last few years. The industry is trying to bring new talent to construction by increasing wages across the board. The average pay rate in construction increased by 3.2 [Read more…] about Top 5 Challenges for General Contractors in 2017
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
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
An “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:
- Social Environment [that develops…]
- Undesirable work traits – recklessness, lack of knowledge, nervousness [that creates…]
- Unsafe work acts / Unsafe work conditions [that cause the…]
- Incident [that results in…]
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…] about Common Mistakes that Lead to Construction Injuries….And How to Prevent Them
Where you place your office trailer at your site can have a tremendous impact on workflow, productivity, safety and costs. Watch this short video to learn how to choose the best place for your office trailer at your site.