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 OP CIVIL 01

By Brian Fielkow

Based on recent data, severe workplace injuries happen every day, but a new report from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration indicates that more than 50 percent of the severe work-related injuries in 2015 went unreported. In an effort to increase reporting and thereby reduce accidents, as is the theory, OSHA has issued new guidelines and a 400 percent increase in the maximum fine for failing to report work-related severe injuries.

Unfortunately, intensifying rules and regulations will never be enough to prevent safety failures from occurring. We will only improve safety with the deliberate creation of safety cultures within all of our individual companies. Investing in your safety culture is a hard-core business proposition with profound bottom line results. It starts with shared beliefs and values implemented by people and ritualized through process. Here are six tips to help you create a world-class safety culture in your company and reduce work-related accidents: 

 MEGAPROJECTS 01Large, complex projects need strong leaders.   

By Hans Roth and Natalie Macaulay

“Megaprojects,” defined by many as projects of more than $1 billion U.S. or greater in scale, are fast becoming a central feature of modern life and global development. The state of commodity prices continues to put pressure on mining, energy and related industries, though government and infrastructure projects are seeing more attention in the down cycle. Regardless of the sector involved, running a megaproject encompasses very high stakes. McKinsey & Company estimates that nine out of 10 megaprojects exceed their budget in part because of technical and human capital complexities. 

 ISO 9001 02The ISO 9001:2015 standard requires a risk-based approach.   

By Anita McReynolds-Lidbury

More construction professionals today are looking to ISO standards to help solve problems in all stages of the development process as well as to facilitate technological advances and good management practices. Now with the recent release of the ISO 9001:2015 standard, construction professionals should be tuned in to some fundamental changes in how ISO accredited firms are expected to operate to remain compliant.

 IOT TO COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS 02Buildings are becoming smarter thanks to IoT technology.   

By Tanuj Mohan

The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the rise and impacting the building landscape. Buildings are now becoming even smarter thanks to this technology – with real time and historical data on space utilization, HVAC and more that can inform key decisions in the building management process. Through networked lighting systems with app-based technology, smart building owners are able to easily integrate the IoT in new construction and retrofit projects with little or no added expense in dollars or time. 

 HEALTHCARE 01Overcoming insurance cost challenges requires an entrepreneurial approach.   

By Dr. David Berg

It’s not an unusual situation. Your employee is injured on the jobsite and seeks treatment at his doctor’s office or the emergency room. Or, maybe you have an arrangement with a workers’ compensation clinic promising to save you money. You and the doctor both file a workers’ compensation claim to cover the cost. And that’s it – right?

 FIVE MISTAKES TO AVOID 01Mismanaged relationships can very be costly to your project.   

By Joanna Horsnail and Sara Hess

When problems arise in complex construction projects, owners and contractors may attribute problems to design or oversight by the project’s architect/engineer (A/E). A poorly defined relationship between the owner and A/E on a project may contribute to problems, and the perception of the A/E’s responsibility for those problems. As costs of a project escalate, owners and contractors may seek recourse from the A/E and its insurance policies. There can be large costs to all parties when the relationship between the owner and the A/E is mismanaged.

 COMPLIANCE TRAINING 01There are things wrong and right with construction industry compliance training.

By Mary Bennett

Despite some market turmoil in recent months, this decade’s strong spending in construction continues, reaching its highest point in eight years in January. The growth isn’t just an American phenomenon. From a worldwide perspective, the construction industry has grown anywhere from 4 percent to 7 percent, depending on the region, since 2013, according to statistics portal Statista.

 PREFABRICATED CONSTRUCTION 01Facility owners are looking to prefabricated construction for savings.

By Ron Antevy

The healthcare industry is no stranger to change. In recent years, shortages in critical areas and the impact of ongoing healthcare reform have required healthcare systems to adapt quickly through increased efficiencies and cost cutting measures. Compounding the complexities of tackling these challenges is the fact that healthcare capital improvement programs typically involve large expenditures and considerable public scrutiny, bringing together a number of parties and stakeholders with competing interests.

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