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WORKMANSFinding the right workers’ compensation insurance can be challenging.   

By John Rosmalen 

Finding the right workers’ compensation insurance at an affordable price is a challenge for every general contractor (GC). It is an especially difficult dilemma for independents in the trades and services industry. As independents, they are by and large subcontractors, and in many cases, one-person bands who are not obligated to maintain coverage. They are considered owners and operators because of their independence, which is why GCs do not have to include them in their firm’s workers’ comp coverage.

GPRGPR can increase safety and reduce project liability.   

By Daniel Bigman

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is a non-invasive mapping and subsurface imaging tool that is growing in popularity in the construction industry. When applied properly, this technique can increase worksite safety and reduce project liability by creating 2-D and 3-D renderings of buried infrastructure and subsurface geology. 

EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE SOFTWAREMoving to a CMMS can be beneficial for your company.   

By Greg Norris

Equipment maintenance can be a make-or-break profitability factor for heavy civil contractors. Assets that are large, expensive and increasingly sophisticated are essential to most jobs, and efforts to keep that fleet in operation and minimize cost of ownership impact heavily on operating and capital budgets. That’s why a growing number of companies are turning to specialized software programs to manage maintenance.

CLOUD COMPUTINGThe future of construction work is in the cloud.   

By Stewart Carroll

In an industry built on blueprints, clipboards and spreadsheets, the move to databases and 3-D modeling systems has been nothing short of a revolution. Change may have been slow in coming, but make no mistake – it’s here. And as more construction technology moves to the cloud, the biggest changes of all are on their way.

SAFETY

Management style is critical to a safety culture. 

By Joshua Estrin

With the release of OSHA’s documented increase in 2015 in the number of fatal work injuries – the highest annual total since 2008 – the construction industry, one of the most hazardous of all workplace settings, must approach safety management by not only utilizing pre-existing models, but also by supporting new research and insights into ways in which to keep the worker safe.

Managerial leadership styles play an important role in understanding safety outcomes with the ultimate goal of protecting the worker from unsafe acts, unsafe conditions or a combination of both.

OP RESIDENTIALBy Steve Benesh and Patrick Caballero

In response to sight-unseen purchases property that turned out to be uninhabitable swamp land, the United States Congress in 1968 enacted the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) to penalize fraudulent land sales and ensure that consumers are informed about a development before purchasing a subdivision lot. Although ILSA’s regulations apply to developers who sell certain types of unimproved subdivision lots, the remedies for purchasers protected by ILSA can have important consequences for contractors working in the development.

 OP INSTITUTIONALBy Pete Wiezalis

The results of the 2016 presidential election no doubt left many in the construction industry wondering how they will be affected in the long term. Although we are still far from understanding all of the changes to come, proposed shifts in spending and policy are emerging that may have a major effect.

OP INDUSTRIALBy Todd Andrew

I recently had the privilege of speaking to construction students at a local college, and quite a few expressed a desire to run their own company or work as a general contractor. It dawned on me that, very soon, these young people will be in a position to start making their dreams a reality. So with graduation season upon us, here are 17 tips for all the budding entrepreneurs in the class of 2017:

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