Construction

August 1, 2022

Construction Safety Professionals Struggle to Prevent Fall Hazards

Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a new initiative to conduct surprise safety inspections for fall hazards. A day later, the agency announced $32,113 in fines for a Florida construction company where a 19-year-old worker died after falling from a clubhouse roof. The fines were far from unusual, but the juxtaposition...

July 27, 2022

For an Edge on Office Leasing, Get Health Conscious

A research note out of Marcus & Millichap on the office market claims there are “bifurcated fundamentals.” Central business district (CBD) offices are seeing faster climbing vacancy rates than those in suburbs, so preliminary second quarter data suggests. What’s causing the unhealthy disparity? Concerns about health. “This is in part due to the increased emphasis...

July 21, 2022

Water Damage: As Disruptive as Major Fires, Explosions

Water-related events can be particularly devastating in buildings with extensive damageable interior finishes such as carpeting, drywall and furniture — all which are significantly more vulnerable to water damage than buildings without these finishes. While many companies have risk management programs that address various types of incidents and crises, most are not aware of the water damage...

July 14, 2022

Managing Safety With Tablets and Smartphones at the Jobsite

With construction workers able to access the digital tools they need from a hand-held device that connects to the Internet, workers are more likely to use the device while moving or trying to complete multiple tasks, posing a safety risk for everyone. How we work has changed drastically over the last few years. Employees can...

July 8, 2022

How to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

All heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Yet, an average of 658 people die each year as a result of exposure to extreme heat. The summer before last, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) did an in-depth study on heat exposure. It revealed that more than one-quarter of the U.S. population suffered from symptoms such as nausea,...

June 28, 2022

Builder’s Risk – Construction Projects Rush to Plug Cover Gap

Supply chain challenges and inflationary pressures have left contractors and developers with soaring insurance costs amid a scramble to extend cover for delayed projects. The cost of some materials has surged since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, while an underwriting expert told Insurance Business that supply chain delays have meant policyholders may require an extension of...

June 22, 2022

5 Safety Blind Spots in the Workplace

There are many kinds of safety blind spots. Mastery Training Services published a white paper highlighting some of these. Safety Plans. Employers should not assume a workplace is safe, even if injury rates are low. Safety plans and frequently updating these plans can help employers and workers prepare for all situations, even common hazards. Slips, trips and...

June 21, 2022

The Importance of Surety Bonds for the Concrete Contractor

Placing concrete requires specialized skills and equipment. The licensing requirements for concrete contractors vary from state to state. In some states, concrete contractors need a specific license for working with concrete. In others, licensing for concrete contractors is included in the general contractor’s license. To obtain a contractor’s or concrete license, you must meet multiple...

June 14, 2022

How to Avoid Heat Illness

When it is hot outside, your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels. Normally, your body cools itself through sweating. However, in hot and humid weather, sweating is not enough and the result can be a heat illness. Staying Cool Follow the suggestions below to stay cool when working in hot weather: Wear loose, light-colored...

May 31, 2022

How Technology is Helping Lower Risks in Construction

Construction projects are becoming more complex, while the timeframes to complete them are shortening. On top of these challenges, supply chain troubles and labor shortages are raising the potential risks for builders, insurance industry sources tell PropertyCasualty360.com. “Each of these factors can increase business expenses and insurance rates, which underscores why it’s more important than ever for...