Construction Companies Turn to IoT to Improve Safety

IoT technology is helping contractors minimize equipment-related delays, and improving safety while boosting employee productivity.

Time is money, so even the smallest delay on a construction project can be costly. How, then, do you keep critical heavy equipment from going down and causing delays? How do you keep crews productive and safe? Increasingly, the answer to these questions lies in sensors that monitor temperature spikes, excessive vibrations, heart rates and… Read more »

Video: How to Qualify for a Surety Bond

As any construction surety bond underwriter will attest, they don’t get any pleasure in saying “no.” Here are 3 things you need to do to get a “yes.”

Construction surety bond underwriters don’t get any pleasure in saying “no.” Here are three things you need to be sure you’ve nailed down to get a “yes.”

Climate Change Raises Concerns of Valley Fever

Valley fever is at its worst when conditions are dry. At the beginning of this year, much of Colorado was still very much in drought.

Valley fever may be less of a problem this year, thanks to a Colorado snowpack that is about 50% above average. That’s good news to the construction trade, agriculture and anyone else who comes into contact with soil. For the uninitiated, valley fever is a sometimes-lethal infection caused by a fungus that lives in the… Read more »

Vacant Property Coverage, for When You’re Between Tenants or Selling

vacant property coverage

After more than six years, it’s still a seller’s market, values continue climbing, and property owners, whether they’re holding residential, office or industrial space, are seeing their properties snapped up in days, sometimes hours. All of that can change when the economy slows, of course. And even in a hot real estate market, vacant space… Read more »

America’s Safest Companies: What They’re Doing Right

Injury and illness rates lower than the average for their industries. Comprehensive training programs. A look at what America's safest companies are doing.

Innovative solutions to safety challenges. Injury and illness rates lower than the average for their industries. Comprehensive training programs. According to EHS Today, America’s safest companies have all of the above and more. Better still, their attention to safety also makes these companies some of the most productive and successful in their fields. EHS Today,… Read more »

How to Qualify for a Performance Surety Bond

Construction surety bond underwriters don’t get any pleasure in saying “no.” Here are three things you need to be sure you've nailed down to get a “yes.”

Surety bond underwriters don’t get any special pleasure in saying “no.” Hard to believe, right? But the fact of the matter is that surety companies are in the business of issuing bonds, not denying them. So why do you keep getting the cold shoulder? The list of possibilities will, of course, be unique to you… Read more »

OSHA Offers Answers on Silica Standard FAQs

Most any general contractor could have told the public health researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell what their recent air samples showed. Protecting workers and bystanders from respirable silica during chipping and crushing activities is not easy, even when dust-control measures are in place. The air samples found that workers involved in chipping and… Read more »