3 Steps to a Safer Jobsite

Creating a conscious and robust safety culture is essential to the bottom line. A history of, and reputation for, stringent safety protocols will help contractors win more bids and reduce potential exposure to costly fines. Now is not the time to be complacent, even for contractors with a clean, or relatively clean, safety record. Situations…

Preventing Overexertion at Work

According to the National Safety Council, overexertion is the third-leading cause of injury in the United States—with an estimated 3.5 million overexertion injuries taking place each year. These injuries can happen in the workplace when you push your body beyond its physical limits during a task. Overexertion injuries are typically caused by one of these…

Three Leadership Attributes Every Employee Will Follow

Construction leaders must possess a variety of attributes, characteristics and qualities to earn the respect and loyalty of their employees. However, for an employee to become—and remain—a life-long follower, leaders should develop and refine three characteristics above all others: be caring, be communicative and be consistent. IF LEADERS DON’T CARE, WHY SHOULD THEIR EMPLOYEES? All…

Electrical Safety at the Construction Site

Operating electrical tools without proper safeguards in place at the construction site can lead to various hazards. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrocution is one of the construction industry’s “Fatal Four.” Implement the following guidance to ensure electrical safety at the construction site. Tool and Cord Selection Be sure to provide electrical…

Types of Construction Defects

Construction defects can result from deficiencies in the product itself, how something is designed, installed, operated or maintained. Damages might be seen immediately (such as a burst water pipe), or appear over time (such as a slowly shifting foundation). When allegations of construction defect are presented, understanding each of these potential failure mechanisms (design, installation,…