Recently the top ten construction site O.S.H.A. violations were released for fiscal year 2014, and while the results are similar to years past, what is surprising is how the top 4 violations account for over 15,500 citations, which would seem to indicate three areas where OSHA is really focusing enforcement actions.
As one would expect, fall prevention, specifically the duty to have fall protection, was the number one construction safety violation with 6,540 citations being issued.&nb
In today’s general contracting world, a majority of all general contractors self perform little if any of the work being performed on the job, instead subcontracting all of the work on site to various specialty subcontracts. The only real work the general contractor is providing is a variety of construction management services including on and off site supervision, coordination and interface between the various subcontractors, the owner and the project architect. In many way
Heavy construction equipment is extremely expensive to own, operate and maintain and the cost of ownership to contractors and subcontractors alike substantially increases during the winter months. These increased costs are due to a number of factors including additional start up procedures that must be observed, additional maintenance and decreased production.
Often during the winter months, it is necessary to use various techniques to facilitate
Working outdoors on a construction site during the winter can be a dangerous proposition for any construction worker, unless certain steps have been taken to protect the worker from the winter elements. While traditionally contractors have focused on the protection of materials during winter construction operations, there is now more focus on protecting the workers. Winter protection of workers is focused around proper clothing, proper nutrition and hydr
Lead generation is often the most difficult part of any job; whether it’s in construction or any other field. We’ve put together a pretty good list of great places to find and bid on local construction jobs. Some of these ideas are common sense, but we think you’ll really benefit from making use of a combination of them. Take a look at our list here: Company Vehicle: Have your company logo and information professionally painted on your company vehicles. Make sure the lettering is large enough
The housing market is finally starting to come out of the slump it dipped into about five years ago. Homeowners are working diligently to get their homes ready to sell so they can take advantage of a quickly-changing market. So what does this mean for you, the unlicensed general contractor? It means you need to work at getting your license so you’re more credible. Let’s take a look at how getting your contractor’s license now will increase
Residential contractors face many winter construction hazards throughout the coldest months of the year. Construction can’t simply come to an end just because the weather isn’t agreeable. We’ve put together the following list of winter construction hazards that affect project management to help you plan ahead for the winter months. Let’s look at some of those now.
Construction projects don’t always come to a halt just because of bad weather conditions; if that were the case, most of us would go hungry all winter. Winter is often brutally cold, especially this year with temperatures reaching sub-zero through most of the eastern U.S. The cold temperatures put general contractors at risk of frostbite if proper safety precautions are not taken. We’ve discovered that under many circumstances winter construction safety
If you had always wanted the freedom and independence of owning your own contracting business but were holding off getting your contractors license due to the downturn in the construction industry then there is great news for you. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that hiring numbers in the construction sector are now at their highest levels since 2009, which was the height of the construction downturn. Growth was the strongest in Florida and North Dakota but show strong gains in most