With activity in the multifamily housing market picking up steam across the nation, concern about how the construction sector will meet increasing demand for qualified labor is mounting.
Turn Your Website Into a Recruiting Machine Construction Contractors Can Recruit Better Employees by Focusing on Their Websites
The construction industry is staring down the barrel of a decades-old talent shortage. There is no clear answer to the problem. The only thing certain is that firms will continue to compete fiercely to attract and recruit talent.
As we move from one phase of life to the next, our priorities naturally shift. It stands to reason then that our careers are shaped by the transitions we make in our lives. For example, the lifestyle and career goals of a 25-year-old are going to be very different from those of a 55-year-old.
The U.S. economy’s performance slowed in the first quarter of 2017, but nonresidential fixed investment expanded at an impressive 9.4 percent seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
Construction sector executives named geopolitical instability and workforce management issues as the biggest challenges facing their industry, according to new research by leading global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson. The company surveyed 350 C-suite executives across the globe to look at the most significant megatrends and critical risks facing the construction sector.
Improve Driver Safety Using Telematics Construction Companies Can Keep Drivers Safer Using Data From Fleet Telematics
Employee safety is a high priority for construction businesses. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries. Due to the obvious importance, a lot of time is spent formulating safety guidelines and protocols for potential hazards such as falls, trenches collapsing, electric shock and the use of personal protective gear.
Move Away From Safety Banners to Better Promote Safe Construction Four Ways to Improve Jobsite Safety
During a recent jobsite visit to check on his electricians, Glenn Taverna, regional safety manager of Starr Electric Company, Inc., was haunted by what he saw. Hoisted from a crane directly outside of the executive trailer was a crash test dummy in a safety harness. In its hands was a sign that read: “Two days ago this harness saved a life on this jobsite.”
With the Trump administration in full gear, hopes are high the new president and Congress will enact legislation supporting and expanding investment in U.S. infrastructure. While the two political parties may disagree on the details of President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, the overarching goal of putting Americans to work through the construction of highways, bridges, rail, airports, tunnels and other projects is a rare area in which bipartisan compromise might be achieved.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has published standard form agreements since 1888. AIA Contract Documents have long been viewed as the industry standard in reflecting current industry practices and fairly balancing the risks and responsibilities of all project participants. To keep up with legal and practice developments, AIA has put together a comprehensive set of revisions to its 2017 owner-contractor agreements. Continue »
Construction companies, general contractors, developers, and property owners involved in land clearance and disturbance activities will want to take note of the new Stormwater Construction General Permit (Construction General Permit) issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that took effect Feb. 16.
Can you get away with using a letter, or even handshake, agreement when performing construction work on a small project? After all, you may have used them in the past, so what could possibly go wrong? Contractors should be aware that even their first lawsuit could be the one that sinks their company and risks their professional livelihood. Continue »