Fall Protection Failures Top OSHA’s List of 2017 Safety Violations

Fall protection (general requirements) was OSHA’s most frequently cited workplace safety violation this year, totaling 6,072, according to a preliminary report from the National Safety Council. Next was hazard communication with 4,176 violations, followed by scaffolding with 3,288 citations. Rounding out the top five were respiratory protection (3,097) and lockout/tagout (2,877).

Three Channels for Selling Used Machinery

  When offloading used machinery and heavy equipment, sellers want two things: to sell quickly and to get the best price possible. Finding the right potential buyers, uploading and updating listings, selecting the right marketing and advertising channels, setting up meetings, and working out the logistics of the transactions can add up to a lot of money spent and hours wasted. 

2018 Regional Construction Outlook

Starting in 2012, the construction sector generally has turned in stronger growth than the overall economy. However, that growth has not been evenly distributed within the industry. Residential construction has had the strongest rebound, with notable differences. Multifamily construction has fully recovered, while single-family construction, although improving, struggles with starts still well below the nation’s long-term needs. The outlook is for multifamily construction to continue roughly around its current level and for single- family construction to slowly grow. The South and West will be the main beneficiaries of the improvement in single-family construction. 

2018 Construction Economic Forecast: Confidence Is the Key

  Last year, the U.S. economy only managed 1.5 percent growth. It then expanded just 1.2 percent during 2017’s initial quarter on an annualized basis, the latest in a string of weak first quarters. In other words, for more than a year, the U.S. economy has been consistently growing at less than 2 percent.

That changed, at least temporarily, during the second quarter of 2017. Based on revised estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. economy expanded 3 percent on an annualized basis from April through June. As has been the case for several years, much of the progress was driven by growth in consumer outlays. Government spending, by contrast, continues to contribute little, if anything, to the current pace of economic expansion. In fact, based on construction data, investment in a number of publicly financed infrastructure categories has been in decline, including spending on dams and levies, highways and streets, and water systems.  

The DNA of Giving Back

This month marks 89 years in business for Vogel Bros. Building Co., a fifth- generation construction services firm with offices in Madison, Wis., and Lakeland, Fla. The firm’s mission statement says it all: “to continually improve our services in order to enhance the lives of the people in the communities we serve.” In other words, giving back to the community isn’t something Vogel Bros. does in addition to its core services—it is part of its core services.

Make a Great Impression With Best-in-class Marketing Strategies

Many contractors find marketing to be daunting or frustrating, but the heart of marketing is simply understanding and managing how businesses make first impressions. A properly managed marketing program can give contractors more control over managing first impressions than ever before. By incorporating the following tips into their marketing efforts, any contractor can easily improve the impressions they make. 

Bradley Named 'Law Firm of the Year' by U.S. News

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) member Bradley was recently named the nation’s “Law Firm of the Year” for Construction Law in the 2018 “Best Lawyers” edition of U.S. News.One law firm is selected from each legal practice area as the “Law Firm of the Year.”

Check Out These Upcoming BuiltWorlds Events

  BuiltWorlds, a media partner of Construction Executive, is a community and network that believes in innovation through collaboration to push the built industry forward. Through its events, ecosystem, and supporting video and written content, BuiltWorlds provides tools, knowledge, inspiration and connections to grow careers, companies and the industry.

Silica Update: OSHA Issues Interim Enforcement Guidance

  On Oct. 19, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Galassi issued a memorandum on Interim Enforcement Guidance for the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard. The memo provides interim enforcement guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the standard, stating: “Effective Oct. 23, 2017, OSHA will fully enforce all appropriate provisions of the Silica in Construction Standard. This memorandum will serve as interim enforcement guidance while the standard's companion compliance directive is proceeding through the review process. It will expire when the compliance directive becomes effective and available to the field.”

Bonding as an Empowerment Tool

It’s a fact: Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. And surety bonding is the lifeblood of any successful contractor, regardless of size.  

Another fact: Construction is risky business. Contractors often face a myriad of challenges during the life cycle of a construction project. 

 

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