How to Get Rid of Punch Lists

“Buy cheap, buy twice…” is how the saying goes. The same logic can be applied to your building company. Investing in cheap labor, materials or tools can cause you headaches and cost you both in time and money. Call backs are expensive and they wreck havoc with your scheduling. Here are some ways choosing quality …

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Corrections to OSHA Fall Protection Standards

OSHA’s Personal Fall Protection System Standards were released last year, but contained some errors. Corrections took effect in December 2019. Some of the corrections included updating the gate strength of protective equipment like D-rings, carabiners and snaphooks. These items must be proof tested to a minimum tensile load of 3,600 pounds without any damage. Side …

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Construction Employment Numbers Have Gone Up in 226 Metro Areas

Out of the 358 Metro areas analyzed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) between November 2018 and November 2019, 63% registered increases in employment numbers. Thanks to the current labor shortage, most construction companies expect to add workers in 2020, although some fear it will be challenging to fill positions. A recent AGC survey discovered that …

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Resources for Women in Construction

Suffering a major labor shortage, the construction industry is finally opening up to women. If you are thinking of a career in construction, there are a number of resources that can help you along the way. If you are already involved in the industry, these resources can connect you with the large network of resources, …

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Garage Storage Tips

The garage is a convenient place to store goods and we tend to use it as the repository for all that doesn’t fit in our homes. There are items, however, that should not be stored in the garage. Here’s a couple of storage tips to follow. Dirty Rags If you’ve used a rag to clean …

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Dealing with Fatigue on the Jobsite

In a recent survey by the National Safety Council, 69% of construction workers report being tired at work. With labor shortages, construction workers are experiencing increased demand on the jobsite as well as longer commutes. With construction workers at risk of injury, managers must find effective ways to combat fatigue on the jobsite, especially as …

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Tips on Dealing with Extreme Cold

The extreme cold affecting large swathes of the US and Canada has many crews working in life-threatening conditions. Hyporthermia can affect you even when the temperature is above freezing, so it’s important to know the signs and ensure your crew is properly prepared for cold weather. Get the Right Gear Start by dressing right. Layering …

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3 Ways Construction is Attracting more Women

The construction industry has been a male-dominated world for decades, but that is changing fast. A dire labor shortage has seen many companies turning to women to take up their tools. “What I find most fulfilling about working in the trades is starting with an idea and turning it into something that people can enjoy …

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