Electrical Contractor blog

By Andrew Pempek

When it comes to the items they're ordering from distributors, electrical contractors may require a full round of everything available  or just a few select items. For contractors, quantity and volume do not matter as much as getting the parts or products they need, when they need them. If it takes a week to even get acknowledged for parts, it might be time to find a new supplier. Here are a few important details electrical contractors should look for when working with distributors.

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By Jeffrey Gayer
According to a report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the construction and manufacturing industries are the sources of the most job related eye injuries in the U.S.  These workplace eye injuries range from simple eye strain to severe trauma, which can cause permanent damage or blindness, requiring emergency attention.  However, “90 percent of all workplace eye injuries are preventable with the appropriate eye protection,” the AAO says.
So if 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable, why do workers not wear protective eye gear?


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In the construction industry, upstream parties, such as project owners and general contractors, typically seek to secure insurance risk transfer protection from accidents that occur on the job. An indemnification clause in a contract with a subcontractor is one way to achieve that goal. Another way is to require the subcontractor to include an additional insured endorsement in their general liability coverage to extend coverage to an upstream party as an additional insured (AI).

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By Jemima Meyers

Equipment is expensive, and you definitely want a decent and high ROI on the capital that you have invested.  Heavy industrial equipment –especially farming, industrial or mining equipment – demands proper maintenance to ensure it functions smoothly.

Tips for Keeping Track of Your Construction CostsBy Robert J. Hall

The construction business is full of variables: Recent statistics put private sector construction spending, after a variable decade, once again almost at the level it had reached in 2004. Unfortunately, there is still room for growth before it reaches the highs of 2006 to 2007. Public sector spending has held relatively stable over the past eight years, with a slight dip recorded in 2013.

Interview blog

By Bess Cadwell and Jacque Linaman

The construction industry has changed a lot since 2008, as have the job shortages and talent abundance that gave companies the upper-hand during the downturn.

Experienced professionals are in high demand, but finding those employees is not the only challenge. The interview process is a bigger opportunity and risk than most people realize. The candidate across the table from you could be your future director of preconstruction, or your future vendor, partner, or business referral.

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Colder winter days are a common sight in this time of year. However, we can’t allow it to put our construction work on hold for a longer time. Regardless, if you undertake construction jobs regularly or less frequently, this post outlines some best practices on how to pour concrete in cold weather, which can be of great use for your next concrete pouring project planned in a close timeframe.

Red Wings BlogBy Dennis LaPorte

The Detroit Red Wings will soon be getting a new home in downtown Detroit. After breaking ground in 2014, crews are on-site working six days a week to ensure that the arena will be ready to host Red Wings and visiting teams' fans by 2017. The newly designed arena is rumored to have an exterior that is capable of changing colors, a larger concourse, “gondola” seating near the rafters, practice ice and even team training rooms. All of these bells and whistles come at a price to the construction industry, at least from a local perspective. Projects of this scale take a lot of hours and manpower from local construction contractors, and could end up costing them in the long run, especially contractors in the immediate area.

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By Rebecca Stone

Several states put construction defect laws on the books in the 1990s and 2000s in response to increasing complaints from new-home owners about shoddy workmanship, defective materials, and other flaws. While these laws serve to protect homeowners with legitimate claims, in some cases they also put a damper on new home and condominium building and created a deficit of developers willing to invest in them.

Of course, there is no way to completely avoid risk of legal action, but here are the top five ways developers and design firms can head off potential stumbling blocks and move their projects forward with confidence.

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