shutterstock 285047216By Alison Stanton

As a business owner, it goes without saying that you are committed to staying compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). But as you have found out firsthand, wanting to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and keep your workplace safe as per the OSHA standards requires constant vigilance as well as a keen knowledge of the rules and regulations.

In order to help ensure that your company is compliant with OSHA requirements, check out the following tips:

ThinkstockPhotos 584210406By Construction Today staff editor

Travelers’ latest Risk Index identified three major risks in the construction industry: 1) the ability to attract and hire qualified workers, 2) employee safety and 3) the changing workforce. Other emerging risks include the potential for a cyber attack and distracted driving.

shutterstock 578108446By Roy Rasmussen

A would-be thief got more than he bargained for when he tried to steal a $1,200 saw from a construction site in University Park, Texas. When the suspect tried to get in his car and flee, one construction worker jumped on the hood to prevent him from seeing the road, while others pursued in a pickup truck. The truck then began bumping the car to force it off the road, knocking the back off of the vehicle. Instead of getting away with the saw, the thief barely escaped a beating, and was eventually caught and arrested.

Blog 42 Mediocre TalentBy Brian Binke 

Settling for mediocre talent could be sabotaging your construction company’s success and shaving thousands of dollars off your bottom line. Since there is an ongoing labor shortage to fill construction jobs, some companies are attempting to resolve the issue by hiring subpar workers. Although it might seem like convenient, short-term solution, it’s a costly mistake that will only hurt your bottom line in the long run.

Blog 41 Assisted LivingBy Brian Binke

American Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers and are often looking to simplify their living arrangements. With the number of Americans over 65 years expected to (more than) double to 88.5 million by 2050, it’s easy to see that assisted living construction will be in high demand. Even though a significant portion of the aging population prefers to remain in their own homes, there are also those who need more specialized living arrangements that are typically provided by senior living communities, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

ThinkstockPhotos 492914418By Liz Holland

Mixed-use commercial property design is clearly in vogue across the country, but turning the vision of “Live, Work, Play” into reality isn’t easy. How does a developer maximize profitability and minimize road blocks? Through clear, constant communication and condensed timelines.

There’s an inherent push-pull with these types of projects from Boston to Chicago to Houston. Residential and office tenants want to see that first-floor retail hub they were promised in place on move-in day. But retailers and restaurants prefer to wait until loads of built-in shoppers are daily traffic before they commit.

By Alison Stanton

As you're already likely aware, driving your vehicle to and from as well as within construction sites is not the same as commuting to the office. Of course, these locations can be inherently dangerous, requiring you to maneuver around heavy equipment, through muddy conditions and to avoid fellow employees.

In addition, some of the sites may be quite a distance from your office, which means you'll be putting a number of miles on your vehicle. Ensuring your vehicle is job-site-ready requires some preparation, so here are three tips to get you started.

shutterstock 485734309By Jayme Cook

Construction workers constitute between 5 and 10 percent of the workforce in first-world countries and, in the U.S. in particular, it is an industry that requires few qualifications yet offers relatively good pay, possibly even financial security. Construction work, however, is also one of the most physically demanding and potentially dangerous jobs an individual can work. For construction managers, professionals and executives, the safety of their crews is usually a top priority and never far from the front of their minds. To ensure that safety, employers of construction employees that work in dangerous environments should use this checklist of safety equipment items and consider these tips regarding industry concerns and construction safety.

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