February 2018
Why safety starts with understanding your footwear & its functionality
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports slips, trips and falls comprise nearly 25 percent of all reported accident claims, including roughly 12,000 accidental deaths every year in the United States. Employers are placed in a difficult position. While slips, trips and...
A look at the trends in compact loader equipment
Looking at equipment trends during the past decade, it seems compact track loaders have led the way. These durable, versatile and cost-effective loaders have continued their reign in the compact equipment industry because of their power and ability to extend working seasons. Today, compact track...
Deciding how, when & where to interact with technology at work
So much of life and business runs parallel because business is life. Picture this: It’s the weekend, and you have a lot to catch up on after a busy workweek. A friend who just happens to be in town contacts you, and the decision is made to meet for lunch. You’re having a great time, enjoying the...
Preparing for an economic disaster even when business is good
The markets are soaring and the stock market appears to have no upper limit. Unemployment continues to hover at near microscopic levels. Backlogs remain strong and employers are optimistic in their business planning. With all of this, one indelible question remains: Have you started planning for an...
The new frontier of too much information & the processes you need to regain control
There’s a paradigm shift happening in our industry. Ready or not, every company involved in construction—no matter what phase it supports in the building lifecycle—must now also consider itself a data company. When we design, construct and operate a building, we’re not only constructing walls,...
How you can use marketing to increase sales
To understand how to better market your services, you should first take a step back and challenge your perspective. While you sell your services, you should also consider the receiving end. Many dismiss this perspective, claiming that positivity and preparedness from customer satisfaction teams...
AIA Architectural Billings Index, Annual Value Update & more
Each month, the Construction Business Owner team compiles statistics from several different sources, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Census Bureau, to give you a better understanding of the current state of affairs for the construction industry. The...
Adapting for an autonomous future
One of the most exciting developments in the construction, agriculture and mining industries today is the introduction of autonomous machines. Tractors are piloting themselves through fields to plant, water and harvest crops, and massive, self-driving rock trucks can make their way in and out of...
5 considerations for finding a damage prevention partner
The emergence of new regulations, awareness campaigns and best practices across the United States and Canada has thrust the topic of damage prevention to the forefront of construction safety conversations. Excavation remains one of the riskiest construction activities, and a utility line is damaged...
Why employee engagement, training & technology can change your outcome
Tom Merritt is an example of how a local contractor transformed his company into a leading commercial civil, earthwork and concrete company by focusing on continuous improvement. After working as a laborer and doing side jobs on weekends using his truck, trailer and tractor, he started Merritt...
The company's motto is "Build Safe. Build Smart."
New South Construction Company, an Atlanta-based general contracting firm, operates under the motto, “Build Safe. Build Smart.” Created in 2014 as an approach developed to communicate safety across all projects, it has become more than a company mission statement, evolving into a philosophy that...
Construction leaders discuss what will take your company to new heights in 2018
Project managers are often the jacks of all trades on a construction project. They are tasked with the responsibility of keeping the entire project running like a well-oiled machine. And we don’t have to tell you how difficult that can be. Because of this, some of the best lessons come from the...
We asked industry experts about fleet needs and how to meet them
Kenneth Tysinger Director Independent Equipment Dealers Association Contractors should consider a mix of new and used equipment, as well as leasing or renting equipment that is used less frequently. Buying used machinery is always a great option for growing your equipment fleet. A...
A review of the guideline updates that affect your training requirements
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) determine standards that govern the design and use of aerial work platforms across North America. The last big change to these standards took place in 2006. Today, new standards are in the works....