Construction Business Owner, May 2012
Ladders are standard equipment on most construction sites. Unfortunately, hazards from misusing ladders commonly occur, resulting in a surprisingly high accident rate. Ladder-related hazards are also a prime Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) target and one of the most frequently...
Train your construction crews to safely use portable power to avoid construction accidents Contractors working on commercial jobsites depend on the power delivered by generators to keep projects on schedule. Selecting the right generator, maintaining it and using it safely all result in a job...
The benefits of combining articulated dump trucks with scrapers for your earthmoving needsTo move dirt, many contractors have benefitted from using Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs) as power units to pull earthmoving scrapers. This productive equipment pairing provides a return on investment, leading...
An environmentally-friendly and cost-effective method to prepare asphalt, concrete and steel surfacesFor more than 35 years, shotblasting has been used in the industrial flooring market and on America’s roadways and bridges. However, many engineers and federal, state and local Department of...
Consider this construction risk management strategy to gain increased stability and control.The captive insurance market has existed for more than 60 years, with the first formal captive established in the 1950s. Since the first captive, the market has grown substantially with at least 3,440...
Avoid common construction safety training mistakes by customizing your approach.The cornerstone of any risk management plan is safety training. To safely execute construction projects, workers must act with intelligence. Workers who act intelligently evaluate their situation, materials, equipment...
Restructure risk management in your construction company to prepare for increased exposures and maximize results.Throughout my 22 years in construction insurance, I have worked with many different construction companies operating in different markets—from large general contractors to small...
Understand provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which resulted in the most far-reaching changes to the U.S. healthcare delivery system since Medicare’s inception in the...
Discover how to minimize expenses by including a dispute resolution plan in construction contracts. Developing a construction dispute resolution plan that includes a staged implementation of multiple resolution methods can help construction business owners avoid long-term impacts and minimize...
Learn how certified payroll reporting programs can help you manage government requirements.Government work has always been profitable, especially in recent years. But government projects come with strings attached. The Davis-Bacon Act applies to federally-funded contracts in excess of $2,000,...
Understand the basic coverage and exposures to negotiate a construction risk financing plan.Most states require contractors to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. Some exceptions, such as Texas, do not require this, and other states have exemptions that allow smaller contractors to opt...
The Lone Rangers: Why isolation and inconsistency in project management drives inefficiency before bodyReminiscent of the days of Wyatt Earp, Jesse James and Billy the Kid, marshals, wranglers and rogues roam the construction industry today. And construction project managers resemble lone rangers,...
Start working on your business, not in it. I recently coached a construction business owner who told me he has terrible employees. He said they miss deadlines, produce sloppy work and exceed the budget on every job. He wanted to know how to get them to be responsible.As I probed deeper into my...
Will there be a mild and moderate recovery? CBO examines growth trends for the private construction market.On April 2, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reported that “construction spending in February topped year-ago totals by 5.8 percent as a double-digit increase in private...