Construction has never moved at the same technological pace as other industries. The nature of the business is that conditions change from job to job, and even construction of “cookie-cutter” restaurants and hotels present different geographic, regulatory and labor challenges. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when a tool or system works—outdated though it may be—there’s hesitation when it comes to changing it on the mere promise of a better deal. As the old saying goes, if it’s not broken, why fix it?
Keep Employees Safe During Cold Weather Construction Contractors Must Take Precautions to Keep Employees Healthy During the Winter
When winter comes, many jobsites stay active; but working in the cold poses many more safety hazards than warmer temperatures. There are plenty of ways to minimize hazards and maximize efficiency when the temperatures drop. Construction business owners must prepare their workforce to keep them safe during the winter.
OSHA to Increase Crane and Derrick Operator Requirements Construction Contractors Must Prepare and Train Employees Now on Safe Equipment Operation
This time next year, OSHA’s new certification requirements for crane operators goes into effect. The new requirements revise the current Cranes and Derricks Standard to detail work practices and qualifications necessary for employees to safely use cranes and derricks, according to OSHA.
Five Guidelines for an Effective Wellness Plan Tips for Construction Companies to Keep Employees Healthy and Productive
While construction owners and suppliers face many strategic decisions to lead a growing business, one to keep top of mind is the health and wellness of their people. The construction industry demands a skilled workforce with high mental and physical engagement. Making an investment in a wellness plan for employees can contribute to good health on and off the job, increase productivity and reduce common jobsite errors that may lead to injury.
When a worker is exposed to airborne hazards on the job, adverse health effects may return home with them. Respiratory protection is more than just an onsite precaution. It’s a preventative step workers and employers must take to protect and preserve a person’s health today. On jobsites where airborne hazards such as dust, fumes, mists or vapors are or may be present, a worker’s respiratory health must be considered.
When a job involves working on energized power lines, there is no room for error—one safety incident could be deadly. Coutts Bros., a Maine-based utility contractor, understands the potential fatal consequences and created a culture of safety to minimize that risk.
A few insider tips used by workers’ compensation cost control consultants can help employers cut the cost of their insurance. Following are proven methods to reduce the cost of this vital insurance to the absolute minimum.
In recent years, construction workers have incurred the most injuries of any industry in the private sector, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet, these workers count on being healthy to work and support themselves and their families. In the event that a worker experiences an accident on the job, he or she may not be able to afford the financial setbacks associated with medical bills.
Contractors have placed increasing importance on developing a world-class safety culture in their organizations for their jobsite crews. According to a 2016 Dodge Data & Analytics SmartMarket Report, 85 percent of the survey respondents felt jobsite worker involvement is essential to a building a high class safety program—up nearly 20 percentage points from the 2012 survey.”¹ Providing these workers with the tools and training they need to report on incidents in a timely and accurate manner is crucial to maintaining a culture of safety. Continue »
Safety: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility Award-Winning Companies Build Their Culture From the Top Down, Bottom Up and Everywhere in Between
In the midst of his 17-year career with Houston-based D.E. Harvey Builders, Inc., Scott Oliver left the comfort of his job as a superintendent to take on a safety role. The firm had landed a 30-story Anadarko building, and part of the contract required a full-time safety coordinator to be onsite. Oliver’s previous experience working within a highly regulated chemical plant thrust him to the top of the list of employees well-suited to take on the position.
Across the country, downtown office buildings, warehouses and other commercial buildings are being transformed into multi-unit residential buildings to meet the demand for urban living. Upgrading fire sprinkler systems is often a part of the conversation, whether it’s required by code or because developers know tenants expect the safety sprinkler systems to be provided.