May 2016
Preparation & protection when falling tools become fatal
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 50,000 "struck by falling object" OSHA recordables every year in the United States. That is one injury caused by a dropped object every 10 minutes. But how many dropped object accidents go unrecorded? With the number of objects...
Project safety starts with a preventive culture; make sure your company has one
Construction sites are dangerous for workers, and ensuring employee protection can be challenging for employers. To protect employees from on-site dangers, physical health and safety must be managed in the same manner as cost, quality, scheduling and productivity. To avoid major catastrophes, site...
Improve workflow, gain visibility & reduce labor waste with real-time tracking
Effective materials management can either make or break project success. Efficiently moving materials through the construction supply chain and installing those components according to code rests at the core of successful project scheduling, quality, safety and cost. Yet, many project managers do...
What your operators should know before using construction equipment
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 4,251 fatalities were reported in private industry in 2014, and approximately 21 percent of those fatalities were construction related. The leading causes of death were falls, followed by electrocution, being struck by an object and...
How Dunn Construction works to ensure workforce longevity
As the industry gains ground through what has been a slow but steady recovery, more jobs become available and more companies continue to seek qualified candidates. A large number of the industry's skilled laborers packed their bags and left for a new frontier during the recent economic downturn,...
Finding consistency & creativity in standard operating procedures
The cup of joe is an iconic institution that occupies the majority of American mornings. Whether it is the jolt of caffeine or that intoxicating aroma with the same hypnotic effect as fresh popcorn, the cup of coffee has managed to achieve even greater popularity over the last decade. Starbucks has...
Draw on technology dependency to increase awareness & safety on the jobsite
Today’s workforces are both technology savvy and technology dependent. Instead of racking their brains for arcane information, they have all the knowledge they need on the touchscreen of a smartphone. These “moment of need” pioneers have forced employers to approach employee training and awareness...
Meet new standards & use technology to drive safety & productivity
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed a new rule in December 2015 regarding the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) in commercial motor vehicles in which drivers are mandated to record their hours of service (HOS). The construction industry is currently in the "...
What areas of construction will see the most growth this year and why?
I see technology becoming even more integrated into the industry this year. Ten years ago, we may have had cellphones with average cameras. Today, we are completely mobile on the jobsite. If there is an issue with the project, we can quickly snap a high-quality picture with our smartphones,...
Know the pros & cons of taking this road to construction equipment
Renting equipment is a growing trend in the construction industry. According to Research and Markets, the amount of money the construction industry spends on equipment rentals will reach $84.6 billion by 2022. Why? Many contractors find ownership expensive and time consuming. Equipment ownership...
How contract documents prevent financial risk & enable faster payment
The mechanics lien is a powerful tool, but in everyday practice, the true value of a mechanics lien may be in waiving the right to claim one. Unlike the mechanics lien itself, waiving the right to claim a lien can work to the benefit of all parties and can be a true collaborative, relationship-...
Follow this guide to eliminate profit margin shrinkage
Profit margin shrinkage starts when the estimator prepares a bid based on the cost of completion he thinks a job might require versus the cost history of similar, completed jobs. He then reviews this estimate with the owner, who looks at the plans quickly, studies the proposed inclusions and...
Increase brand awareness & engagement with a cohesive message on all platforms
Developing and representing your brand effectively on social media is one of the most important tasks to consider before jumping into social media marketing. By doing so, you bring brand awareness and cohesiveness to your audience, which builds familiarity and trust. Representing your brand on...
Alabama event for women in construction draws 450 attendees
A recent event for mothers and daughters in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, was the culmination of months of planning and several days of programs in schools throughout the state. Power Up: It's A Mother-Daughter Thing, aimed at instilling interest in the skilled trades for school-aged girls, was...