May 2018
What that means for the success of your team
Humans are pack animals. Sure, there are always those who live in solitude, interacting little with the outside world, but most of humanity seeks community, conversation and connectivity. Sports teams are a great example of this. For instance, coaches work to instill a deep sense of unity...
Crawler carriers are redefining the transportation of materials, equipment & personnel
While standard-wheeled and steel track carriers have traditionally been the go-to solution for most material transport applications, a growing number of industries are finding productivity suffers when these heavy haulers become stuck in wet ground conditions. Additionally, the machines often cause...
How to outperform paper processes & increase worker productivity
One of the most distinguishing features of the heavy civil construction industry is the volume and complexity of productivity, labor and materials that must be managed daily. This amount of activity presents challenges for communication and collaboration, and these challenges are exacerbated...
How encouragement from project owners, technology & design can make jobsites safer
Safety has long been a touchstone in the construction industry, but new trends offer exciting possibilities to improve the well-being of construction workers. “Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2017 SmartMarket Report,” a recent study by Dodge Data...
How the right people will clear a path for success
On a construction jobsite, innumerable things can go wrong—many of which might be completely out of your control. For example, you cannot control who will show up for work, when equipment might break down, if the weather will be favorable or whether plans will be complete and accurate. On top...
Why it matters to the safety of your workers
Aself-retracting lanyard (SRL) is much like a sophisticated seatbelt. When used as intended, it stops the fall or controls the impact experienced by the wearer in the event of a fall, which is why overhead fall arresters have long been used to harness workers to help prevent stability hazards....
Addressing the legal implications in the aftermath of the tragedy
On March 15, 2018, a pedestrian bridge undergoing construction at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida, collapsed. The concrete bridge fell onto moving traffic below, killing six people and injuring 10. The 174-foot span that made up the main portion of the unfinished bridge...
One size does not always fit all when it comes to generators
“This is how we’ve always done it” is the most expensive phrase on the jobsite. The fact that one method worked previously does not mean it is still the best or most efficient for getting the job done. Take powering the jobsite for example. In the past, site managers brought in one large generator...
How to overcome telematics overload
Over the last decade, equipment manufacturers have made many advances in machine intelligence and communication, especially when it comes to telematics. Consequently, types of real-time data collected and how it is transmitted have rapidly changed since telematics was first introduced. In fact...
Create a plan for preparedness to ensure you can bounce back
Within the construction industry, crises can occur rapidly and without warning. Whether it be a safety issue, lack of trained professionals or a cyber incident, when a crisis hits, being unprepared can lead to catastrophic results. In the construction industry, emergencies can include weather-...
Insight into factors facing fleet decision-makers
With so many major factors affecting efficiency on the jobsite, it may seem trivial to pause and think about your work truck, how it’s performing and what might help it perform better. On the contrary, the work truck is one of the most important pieces to the puzzle of jobsite productivity, and one...
How you can take a strategic approach to safety innovation on the jobsite
Establishing and maintaining a best-in-class safety program is a business imperative for general contractors. In addition to protecting workers, mitigating risks and minimizing downtime, cutting-edge safety initiatives are critical to helping companies remain competitive in an industry faced with a...
Succumbing to the stress of decision-making can lead to loss
Running a successful business, especially in construction today, involves challenges at many levels—none as important as the ability to make decisions. An indecisive CEO, president or business owner dooms their company’s ability to operate and grow. Decisions lurk around every corner, within tasks...
How to make IoT a key part of your company's growth strategy
For most business executives, the internet of things (IoT) is far from a foreign concept. According to a recent Hewlett Packard study, more than 95 percent have an understanding of the IoT, while 85 percent plan to implement it by 2019. When it comes to making the most of IoT technology, however,...
What to watch for in the insurance & surety marketplace
There are many questions concerning the insurance and surety marketplace for construction in the United States in 2018. Will auto insurance rates continue to increase? How will the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria affect insurance rates? What should construction companies budget for...
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Find valuable protection in these standard, but lesser-known documents
Have you ever spent hours drafting a contract, only to discover that there is already a standard contract that would have worked well, or at least given you a good starting point? While there are several documents that contractors use regularly, there are also other lesser-known legal documents...