Real Estate

October 20, 2021

OSHA Reveals the Top 10 Most Cited Standards for the 2021 Fiscal Year

Using preliminary data, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revealed its top 10 most frequently cited standards in the 2021 fiscal year. This information is valuable for businesses of all kinds as it helps them identify common exposures that affect their workforce and gives them the information they need to plan their compliance...

October 18, 2021

Boost Your Company’s Safety Culture

Safety culture is a much-discussed concept these days, but what does it actually mean? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Construction Safety & Injury Prevention Program Workbook, “a culture is an attitude that develops over time, based upon learning, personal experiences, beliefs, and upbringing; and is widely demonstrated by company staff. While adjusting...

October 6, 2021

Protecting Your Business From Wildfires

Wildfires are a powerful and deadly force of nature that can wreak havoc on the lives, land and structures that stand in their path. Protecting your business and property from wildfires is more crucial than ever, as wildfire season becomes longer and generates larger fires—resulting in more acres and properties burned each year. According to...

October 4, 2021

Cal/OSHA to Expand Enforcement Authority

On Sept. 27, 2021, California adopted Senate Bill 606 (SB 606) to expand the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (Cal/OSHA) enforcement authority. Among other things, SB 606 creates a new egregious violation citation category and an assumption that violations are enterprise wide under certain circumstances. SB 606 also addresses issues with abatement, notice in...

September 24, 2021

Aging Buildings: Roofing Systems

Roofing systems are more complex than meets the eye, and they can develop structural issues if they are not properly updated and maintained as they age. When assessing the structural integrity of a building’s roofing, the main concern is the age of the roof itself, not the building’s age. In fact, old buildings with new...

September 22, 2021

Catastrophes and COVID-19 Fallout Proving Especially Challenging for Real Estate Companies

Among the many industries suffering from the dual impact of COVID-19 and severe weather events, few would want to trade places with the real estate sector. Between tenants having difficulty paying rent or trying to break leases, a myriad of rules around COVID-19 safety, volatile construction material and labor costs, and record-breaking hurricane and wildfire...

September 8, 2021

14 Important Factors Impacting Commercial Real Estate In 2021 And Beyond

Like nearly every industry, the Covid-19 pandemic has rattled the commercial real estate (CRE) sector. As businesses reopen, owners are being forced to make tough decisions, such as whether or not they should continue to rent office space. Consequently, landlords and other CRE investors may see a continued impact on their revenue stream. As experts...

September 3, 2021

After Hurricane Ida — What Happens Now?

With more than one million homes and businesses without power across Louisiana, assessing the damage from Hurricane Ida will definitely take some time. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Port Fourchon, La., on August 29, approximately 40 miles away from where Hurricane Katrina had landed just 16 years earlier. Preliminary damage estimates of uninsured losses in...

August 25, 2021

Premises Liability: Securing Evidence to Diminish Exposure

Premises liability is a legal concept that stems from circumstances where an injury is caused by an unsafe or defective condition on property someone either owns or occupies, and insured commercial property operators must understand the importance of gathering and preserving evidence when an accident occurs to help mitigate extremely costly claims. Whether the property...

August 19, 2021

Structural Issues and Aging Buildings

While modern building codes and structural engineering have made buildings extremely safe, facilities managers must maintain a high level of upkeep for them to remain that way. As buildings age, they can lose their structural integrity. As such, if simple repairs are left untended, they can balloon into bigger issues, potentially causing significant damage that...