Construction

The Silica Standard Fully Enforced

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on The Silica Standard Fully Enforced

Construction builders will want to hear this: OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs is getting serious about the silica standard. In a recent memo, acting director Patrick J. Kapust says that as of October 2017, OSHA is going to enforce all the provisions of the silica standard. This can be challenging for some companies, as compliance and insurance costs can change. The new standard creates guidelines for construction companies. Under the OSHA standard, exposure limits of 50 µg/m3 and an action level of 25 µg/m3 are the maximum allowable in an eight-hour period. This standard has been...

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Recent Storms Demonstrate Why Builders Risk Protection is Important

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Recent Storms Demonstrate Why Builders Risk Protection is Important

Building during hurricane season carries risks for entrepreneurs and construction companies. Storms tear into construction sites ravaging materials and destroying site preparation. Beyond the physical toll, construction companies shoulder extra staffing, transportation, and other costs due to delay. Construction continues year-round, regardless of hurricane season. Each year, builders take a gamble projects will safe from major storms. Builders risk insurance protects residential and commercial construction projects from damages caused by storm activity. Often, the language in a builders...

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Making Workers Safe With Guardrails

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Construction, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Workers Safe With Guardrails

Construction sites are active environments. Active transfer of people and materials creates the potential for anything to happen. Site safety is a regulated industry. Safety standards and guidelines in place by OSHA and the International Code Council help maintain site and worker safety These agencies recommend safety measures developed following years of real-world learning. In the early 1990’s, builders discovered gaps in standardized building safety ordinances. By 1997, the ICC published the first international safety guidelines: the International Building Code (IBC). Alongside OSHA,...

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Improve Construction Workforce Management to Reduce Risk

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Improve Construction Workforce Management to Reduce Risk

Building and construction managers know the importance of an effective workforce. In the trades, time is money. Businesses that want success must use every resource available to maximize workforce potential. At the same time, poor management increases risk, adding to insurance costs. Effective management will help grow your business, reduce overhead, and maximize employee output. Reduce risk and increase productivity. These four methods help construction managers improve building and construction management: 1. Create Effective Processes Information is accessible like never before. With...

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Substance Abuse in Construction on The Rise

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Substance Abuse in Construction on The Rise

Construction sites might not be as safe as you think! A recent Substance Abuse and Mental Wellness Services Management survey found the building and construction industry ranks high for substance abuse. The building and construction trades ranked second-highest for substance abuse disorder. This accounts for an incredible 14.3% of construction employees between 16-64. Construction workers also ranked second-highest for alcohol abuse. Although well-intended, the 25-year-old Drug-Free Workplace Act has failed as of late. Today, Substance Abuse Disorders (SUDs) are causing increased safety and...

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New Construction Safety Helmets Coming

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on New Construction Safety Helmets Coming

Hard hats have long been a staple safety item for the construction industry. For years, builders and tradespeople have relied on traditional construction hard hats to keep them safe – but things are changing. Bloomberg BNA recently released a report highlighting an increased interest in new, high-tech construction safety gear. More construction companies are switching to helmets of a new design, reducing the risk of workplace injury. These helmets protect employees from dropped objects, flying debris, and offer protection from falls. These types of accidents are the chief causes of traumatic...

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