November 2015
New fleet monitoring approach puts operators in charge of their own success
Driver safety is an important issue no matter the industry. The average cost of each accident is approximately $21,000, and the average accident rate for all commercial fleets is approximately 20 percent. A good deal of this accident rate can be attributed to the uptick in driver-related accidents...
Provide the right level of training to all project participants
The commercial construction industry continues to embrace technology to drive operational efficiencies and improve the bottom line. But at times, one critical element is overlooked: training. Without effective instruction, delays will limit the vital operational and financial benefits that...
Avoid painful noncompliance fines and optimize fuel-supply performance
Federal and local governments are serious about enforcement of the newly established diesel fuel and air quality laws. Just ask the California-based trucking firm that received a noncompliance fine of more than $500,000. Modern fuel management systems have been developed to comply with complicated...
8 common issues and solutions to keep saws operational in the field
Many factors of the jobsite are uncontrollable. However, two items that you can control are the equipment and diamond tooling selected for the job. Most blade problems that arise in the field result from using the wrong blade for the job, using the blade improperly or equipment problems. For the...
Know the active interference exception and how to protect your project
No damage for delay clauses—in which a contractor is granted time but no money for critical path schedule delays—are common in construction contracts. In response to the perceived unfairness of the clauses, many states have developed common law exceptions to the enforcement of the clauses in order...
8 tips for starting the drug and alcohol testing program your company needs
In 2015, construction is projected to bounce back to a growth rate of 13 percent in commercial construction and 8 percent in residential construction, according to the FMI Second Quarter Report. With this increase in project volume, project owners, developers and contractors will have a greater...
6 ways to hit your mark and achieve positive results
Many business owners don't understand that while content marketing is a new term, the foundation of the strategy has always existed. Content marketing brings a certain value to an organization that doesn't always correlate with website page views or form submissions. To understand the real value of...
Consider these insurance trends when working with design firms
The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast recently projected that spending will increase by nearly 9 percent this year, with another 8 percent gain in 2016. Size is also an issue. In fact, findings by the United States Energy Information...
How SMBs can compete against mega-contractors with this alternative
More property owners are now inserting a clause in their construction contracts that could limit the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs): the requirement for wrap-up insurance. By relying on one policy to cover all participants on a project, it provides better...
5 questions to evaluate risk in your solar installation projects and how to proceed
The interest in rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system installation continues to steadily increase. The growth of the solar industry has led to an investment of more than $17.8 billion in 2014. Last year alone, the U.S. solar industry installed more than 30 percent of all new electricity generating...
Gregg Schoppman outlines a definitive list of core values
Integrity and safety are the cornerstones on which firms build their businesses. Unfortunately, for every firm that acknowledges these words as sacred, there is another that feels obligated to utilize them only because that is what their customer base, firm and the general public want to see....
How to properly store your compact excavator in harsh weather conditions
The decision to store your compact excavator during winter can be based on a variety of factors, including where your business is located geographically and what type of work you do on a daily basis. If your company is located in the southern portion of the United States and in need of a compact...
9 proper operation tips to ensure safety and productivity on your next project
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 4,585 workers were killed on the job in 2013, and 58 percent of those workers died while working on construction sites. The leading causes of death were falls, being struck by an object, electrocution and being caught between objects....
What contractors need to know about risks associated with drone use
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, represent an enormous growth industry with potential uses across many trades. Drones are well suited for applications in construction, agriculture, energy, wireless communications, insurance, search and rescue, law enforcement,...
Stop making excuses and focus on finding solutions to recurring problems
Construction business owners and managers continue to blame unfavorable results on the economy, competitors, customers, location or employees. Do you blame poor results on any of these common excuses and problems? Final job cost is higher than estimate Low profit margins Too much...
Educate your workforce about common concerns including eligibility, deductibles, copays and out-of-pocket costs under different coverage options
Starting in 2014, the "Individual Mandate" of the ACA required everyone in the United States get health coverage or pay a penalty. For 2014, that penalty (technically an excise tax) was typically $95 per person, per household. So, if your employee has a spouse and two kids who are not covered by a...