HURRICANE RESPONSEHurricanes shouldn’t be the end for your projects.

By Daniel A. Kapner

This year’s hurricane season – which saw hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria causing widespread destruction in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – has caused unprecedented damage and economic loss. According to some estimates, the damage may reach as high as $375 billion. Owners of construction projects and their contractors should carefully consider certain legal and insurance-related issues as part of their recovery strategies.

DISTRACTED DRIVINGIs Your Distracted-Driving Policy Working?

By Construction Today Staff

A study conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) reveals that nearly 80 percent of vehicle accidents involve driver inattention. Although distracted driving is a common and costly issue, only 27 percent of businesses have a formal distracted-driving policy. Clearly, companies can do more to limit this threat to employee safety and business performance.

Construction Today recently spoke with Travelers President of Construction Rick Keegan and Bob Kreuzer, Travelers’ vice president of construction risk control, who discussed auto risks in the construction industry and how businesses can take a proactive approach to safety.


The rapid growth of advanced hardware and software technologies supporting huddle rooms and teaming spaces has gathered speed recently. Driving the trend is a more mobile and geographically distributed workforce combined with an increasingly complex business environment where competitive market forces and regulatory requirements converge. How can an organization address business complexities with speed and accuracy on a daily basis? Solving this collaboration challenge is a critical engine of value creation for companies. Creating the right workspace for team collaborators – both physically and technologically becomes vital.

Civil openerBy Al Feaster

Infrastructure repair, demolition projects, bridge and roadway restorations, residential renovations – the construction industry varies in jobs but the need for productivity and safety is consistent. With more than six million employees and $1 trillion worth of projects, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction site managers and employers should prioritize both productivity and safety, and proper labeling can get the job done.

With workers subject to the dangers of falling objects, slips and falls, electrocutions and power tool accidents, site managers should always encourage safe practices to prevent against these potential hazards. A construction site where efficient, protective measures such as proper signs and labeling are utilized is one way to ensure a safe and productive job site.

PREVENTING FRAUDYou can prevent fraud and mistakes by going digital.   

By John Kennedy and Richard Bergfeld 

Every construction site is busy. Suppliers deliver shipments. Subcontractors complete tasks. An architect may consult with a foreman. Invoices, receipts, planning documents, blueprints and more move from person to person. At the heart of it all is a construction trailer where workers, supervisors and vendors come and go, leaving and taking paperwork as they handle their tasks. It’s an exercise in controlled chaos, and the resulting mix can become a recipe for costly mistakes or even purposeful fraud. 

HULCEYou can leverage shared values to attract and retain top construction talent.   

By Sharon K. Hulce

As leaders within construction, how many of you have hired someone – you know, that guy or gal we “knew” would be amazing – and they ended up not working out at all? The people side of our industry is the toughest task we undertake. It’s easier to manage a bid, a project or a subcontractor to success than it is to get our own team right. Why is that?

HENMANSuccessful construction leaders need to make tough calls.   

By Dr. Linda Henman

Most people agree about what it takes to move up the ladder in an average construction company: hard work, loyalty, technical knowledge and people skills.  These form the foundation for success and explain why some people receive promotions and others don’t. But then both the game and rules change.

What impact does a company's size and leadership style have on safety?

By Joshua Estrin

While the construction industry is comprised of companies of all sizes, big companies often have large marketing budgets allowing for maximum industry exposure. Yet, while small construction firms (between one to 50 employees) comprise a large portion of the industry, little is heard from them. This begs the question: does the size of a company impact job site safety?

Before this question can be answered, one must also recognize that the leadership styles of those charged with worker safety are an integral part of understanding the obstacles that continue to face the industry. There are three general leadership styles that have been recognized across the continuum of all areas of occupational safety and health but have rarely been clearly articulated by the construction industry: autocratic, participatory and free rein.

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