Construction

April 12, 2021

Construction Safety Matters – Fall Protection: Guardrails

Fall Protection: Guardrails According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from elevation account for the majority of fatalities within the construction industry—with over 300 fatal falls occurring each year. That’s why having adequate fall protection is crucial when working from height. OSHA standards require some form of fall protection (e.g., guardrails, safety...

March 26, 2021

Construction Site Safety Considerations for Spring

As the winter season—and the frigid conditions that accompany it—officially concludes, construction employers like you can start preparing for spring projects. Nevertheless, spring weather comes with its own set of risks. After all, this season is often the most difficult to navigate in the scope of working outdoors. Between fluctuating temperatures, frequent rain showers, fog,...

February 5, 2021

Fire Department Connections for Sprinkler Systems

In the event that a fire occurs at your commercial property, it’s vital to have emergency response measures in place—such as an effective sprinkler system—to suppress the flames as quickly as possible and minimize potential damages. In addition to a sprinkler system, a fire department connection (FDC) can also play a major role in your...

January 28, 2021

Most Costly OSHA Violations for the Construction Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps records not only of the most frequently cited standards overall, but also within particular industries. An analysis of the most recent statistics from OSHA reveals the top standards cited in the fiscal year 2020 for the construction industry (NAICS 23). Many of these recurring violations are associated...

January 26, 2021

CDC Provides Guidance on Ventilation in Buildings

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a webpage providing guidance on ventilation in buildings to reduce COVID-19 exposure indoors. The CDC provides recommendations on what heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) strategies employers should use to lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19 throughout the workplace. One of the recommendations is...

January 8, 2021

DOL Issues Final Rule on FLSA Independent Contractor Status

On Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that clarifies how to determine whether a worker is an employee who is protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor who is exempt from it. The final rule becomes effective March 8, 2021. “Economic Reality” Test...

October 20, 2020

Improving Safety and Compliance Risk Management in Construction

By relying on effective technology and expertise to ensure contractors and vendors are qualified and compliant with company and industry-specific policies, rental companies can better manage evolving risks to create stronger, safer businesses. From the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA guidelines and regulations to best practices and specifications published by the American National Standards Institute...

October 12, 2020

Tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

As school, socializing, and many aspects of life have moved online this year, it’s more important than ever that you protect your digital devices and steer clear of cybercriminals. So during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), observed each October, the FBI and partner agencies remind you to do your part and #BeCyberSmart all year long. Now in...

October 7, 2020

A Look at 2020’s Construction Risk, Insurance Market

The International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) is gearing up for a virtual installment of its annual Construction Risk Conference on Oct. 19-20, 2020. The event agenda includes sessions on supply chain management and catastrophic claims along with online networking and more. Construction is an industry that may experience the delayed impact of pandemic-driven financial hardships that have wracked...

September 29, 2020

Positive Impact Of COVID-19 On the Construction Industry

As we head into the latter portion of 2020, we are able to take a comprehensive look on the impact COVID-19 had in a variety of industries. Construction industry professionals—from developers to contractors, HOA Managers, Board of Directors and beyond—faced unprecedented hurdles as a result of stay-at-home mandates and other COVID-19 regulations. Closed borders and...