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Commercial Construction Jobsite Safety – There’s An App for That

There are thousands of mobile apps on the market geared toward the commercial construction industry that can handle everything from bid management to plan viewing to performing estimating calculations. There are even apps available that can turn your mobile device into a digital measuring tape and level. Since ensuring worker safety should be the number […]

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Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Construction Industry Standards Violations

Listed below is the OSHA part number, part title, subpart, subpart title, standard number and title for the cited violations in the infographic above. 1. Part Number: 1926 Part Title: Safety and Health Regulations for Construction Subpart: M Subpart Title: Fall Protection Standard Number: 1926.501 Title: Duty to have fall protection. 2. Part Number: 1926 […]

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The Affordable Care Act and Your Construction Company, Are You Prepared?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, was signed into law on March 23, 2010. For brevity’s sake we will refer to it as the ACA. While a number of provisions have already gone into effect, there are a number of key provisions that will take effect on January 1, […]

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Avoiding OSHA’s Fatal Four Safety Hazards – Caught-in/-Between Hazards

In our fourth and final installment on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) “Fatal Four” construction safety hazards we will focus on caught-in/-between hazards. In 2011, these hazards accounted for only 19 fatalities or 3 percent of the 721 construction related deaths. Caught-in/-Between Hazards Caught-in or caught-between accidents occur when someone is caught, crushed, […]

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Avoiding OSHA’s Fatal Four Safety Hazards – Electrocution Hazards

In our third installment of our four-part series on OSHA’s “Fatal Four” construction safety hazards we focus on electrocution hazards. Electrocutions accounted for 67 deaths in construction related accidents in 2011 which is the most current data available. According to OSHA this accounted for 9 percent of all construction related fatalities that year, the third […]

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Avoiding OSHA’s Fatal Four Safety Hazards – Struck-by Hazards

  Today we will take a look at struck-by hazards in the second of our four-part series on construction safety. OSHA has determined that there are four main safety hazards that account for 57% of all fatalities at construction sites. Dubbed the “Fatal Four” by OSHA, they include falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects, and […]

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Avoiding OSHA’s Fatal Four Safety Hazards – Fall Hazards

Construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces in the country. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.” […]

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The Importance of Proper Construction Fleet Maintenance

Whether you have a construction fleet of five or 500, the key to keeping your company’s vehicles and heavy equipment operational is implementing an effective preventive maintenance program.  The average cost for a piece of heavy equipment is over $20,000. Depending on how many pieces of equipment your company owns, a large percentage of your […]

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LEED Certification and the Future of Green Construction

What is LEED? LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) which began certifying projects in 2000 to promote green construction. LEED certification is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) which provides independent, third-party verification based on five categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, […]

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The Next Generation of Building Materials

For centuries, technological advances have allowed the construction industry to develop stronger, cheaper and more durable building materials. These days, factors like sustainability, transportability and functionality are driving manufacturers to create innovative building materials. Imagine an office building whose exterior can clean the air around it or sidewalks that repair themselves when they are cracked. […]

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The High Cost of Construction Site Theft

Construction site theft is a major issue plaguing the construction industry. From building materials to tools to heavy equipment, construction site theft is an industry wide epidemic. In addition to the direct costs of replacing the stolen goods, there is also the indirect cost due to increased insurance premiums, rental costs to replace stolen equipment […]