Understand the new ANSI standard for fall arrest and rescue systems.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has served as coordinator of the voluntary standardization system for more than 90 years and provides an unbiased platform for the development of policies on standards issues. The institute serves as a regulator for standards development and...
Learn the right questions to ask before you sign on the dotted line.
A common trait of successful construction companies is the ability to manage risk and minimize the effects of uncontrollable conditions. However, not all adverse jobsite conditions can be mitigated. So, many businesses, construction and otherwise, develop financing relationships beyond banks to add...
Maintain a layered security plan to prevent theft.
The cost of theft in the construction industry is estimated to be a billion dollars by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Unsecured equipment and materials are especially at risk. Additionally, heavy equipment owners can’t rely entirely on insurance to offset the cost of theft. If you suffer such...
Subcontractors learn how to build connections with GCs at the ASA Conference.
At the American Subcontractors Association National Convention in Las Vegas on March 21, 2013, subcontractors took advantage of an opportunity to ask general contractors a question that has become more important to their businesses, given the current construction marketplace: “How can I get more...
Don’t be caught off guard by an OSHA inspection.
In December 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it had sued DKS Structural Services, a Huntsville, Ala.-based company that specializes in structural relocation, foundation repair and leveling, for allegedly terminating an employee who refused to enter a 15-...
A construction company recognized for its safety program shares the practices that made them successful.
Creating a culture of safety should be the highest priority and the moral obligation of every individual in the construction industry, from the CEO or president to the newly hired employee sweeping the floors. As business owners, you must lead the effort to create a culture that is committed to the...
BIM can improve the safety of your projects.
Traditional safety planning for construction projects is largely based on past experience and knowledge of common hazards and how to avoid them. Safety professionals are often tasked with creating a safety plan based on 2-D documents with little to no input into the design and construction process...
Use the hindsight of historical data to deliver more accurate forecasts.
Most project owners know that forecasting is essential to project success, but many fail to focus on the accuracy required to achieve its optimal functions. Forecasting offers insight about the future, and its basis in the past reveals what is effective and ineffective for any project. From this,...
It pays to hire a professional for your construction photography needs.
Famed oil well firefighter Red Adair said, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” Though usually not as dynamic as capping a rogue well, construction photography requires expertise, too. And for a business hiring a photographer, the...
Get the most out of the Section 179 extension.
Enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended tax benefits that can make a significant difference to a construction company’s bottom line. In this still-challenging construction environment, that’s a refreshing piece of news. The law extends 50-percent bonus (first-year)...
Monitor profitability on an ongoing basis to avoid unwelcome surprises.
This article is the second in a two-part series. The first part can be found here.All contractors experience profit fade, a trending reduction in gross profit on a project, at some point. However, the magnitude of such a loss of profit can be mitigated if the correct controls are in place.Since...
Manage your company’s safety procedures to prevent workers’ compensation claims.
There are numerous resources to help construction companies prevent workers’ compensation claims. Companies can refer to their insurance carriers and agents or broker partners who employ consultants specializing in worker safety and injury prevention. They can also engage third-party consultants...
Create a firm-wide strategy to retain top producers.
One of scarcest resources available to contractors today is not manufactured, mined or processed. It is qualified field personnel. The effects of a diminished labor force are multifaceted and compounding. First, it is important to consider how a labor deficit affects the way firms market and sell...
Cover all potential issues before work begins to ensure a smooth project.
Starting projects with excellent subcontractors and detailed subcontracts will help you make more money, finish faster and reduce field issues. However, it’s easy to gloss over proposals and hire subcontractors you like or know without performing a scope review or cost-estimating analysis. When...
It can be done.
The smartest contractors realize that, while bids have to be competitive, trying to win work through low pricing alone is not a sustainable way to run a construction business. Some, however, feel that potential customers lack the knowledge to understand the quality that is lost by going with the...