Construction Business Owner, February 2012
 Try ThisUse this example to develop and track your annual field productivity improvement goal: Goal: Improve field productivity 10 percent or  $100,000 per $1 million in crew costDeadline:Design and implement a productivity improvement program within one month.Deadline:Save 10...
Computer models provide a proactive approach to jobsite safety that can translate into reduced injuries and more profits.To win business, several construction business owners have turned to predictive analytics to drive their safety programs. This is especially true in the current economic...
Industry experts expect the equipment rental industry to outperform the general economy. Today’s economy magnifies the benefits of renting equipment, and many contractors have started exploring the rental option as the construction industry recovers.A shift to renting equipment in...
Lower emissions through emerging technologies and alternative power. Over the last few years, the construction industry has faced more than its share of financial challenges. And the industry’s widespread use of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment has attracted attention from both health and...
Reduce confusion and prevent accidents with wireless communication systems.Clear communication is essential for creating a safe, productive and effective workplace, especially in construction environments where crew members often struggle to hear each other over excessive background noise. In...
Practical steps to prevent slips, trips and falls that commonly occur at construction jobsites. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2009 that falls resulted in 605 deaths and an estimated 212,760 injuries. And these injuries accounted for about one quarter of days away from work in the...
Test your knowledge of OSHA’s personal protective equipment (PPE) standards- the reuirements, hazards, training, and types The responsibility of protecting employees falls on both the employer and workers. The employer should provide all the necessary safety precautions—safety equipment,...
Stop leaving money on the table—take advantage of these cash-saving opportunities.Construction firms often leave money at the jobsite—not a pile of cash, but they lose money in indirect ways. For instance, they may fail to collect their utility and telephone deposits from a construction site after...
Is your construction company prepared for a pollution claim? Generally, insurance companies will attach a total pollution exclusion to the Commercial General Liability (CGL) policy to remove any and all coverages. Typical exclusionary language is “any bodily injury or property damage liability...
Evaluating Estimators—What you can learn from the movie “Moneyball”  Editor’s Note: This is the first in a 3-part series titled “How to Develop a World Championship Team,” that examines how to evaluate estimators; part two will discuss criteria for project managers; and part three will...
Set, track and monitor your targets and goals for you construction company.Imagine coaching a basketball team without keeping score. You would put in your best players, call plays designed to outscore the opponent and hope to finish the game with more points. But without a scoreboard, you would not...