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One of the most dangerous jobs in the United States is construction work, as evidenced by the fact that thousands of workers are injured or killed each year in construction accidents.

Construction accidents occur when contractors take shortcuts to cut costs or to get a job done on time when weather or supplies cause an unwanted delay.

Even competent architects, engineers and other design professionals make mistakes. This is why there are professional liability policies.

These policies provide an additional layer of protection for those hiring design professionals. However, there are several unique aspects of professional liability policies that can limit the coverage – and monetary compensation – that is available.

The construction industry missed out when it came to Generation X, but cannot do so with the Millennial Generation. Through no fault of the industry, Gen X – born from 1965 to 1981 and currently 31 to 47 years of age – has not embraced construction as a career in the same percentages that prior generations did. Why?

A common question for construction companies is when to repair or replace failing equipment that may have some life left in it. Too often, this question arises at the time of equipment breakdown, when other matters are more pressing. The fleet manager and business owner make a decision based solely on the cost of the repair versus the cost of a new piece of the same equipment. They know there are additional factors to consider, there just isn’t enough time to address them.

When it opens later this year, the Bullitt Center in Seattle will take the ideas of sustainability and “green” building further than they have ever gone before for office buildings.

“This is designed to be the world’s first living office building, and the most efficient commercial building in the world,” says Casey Schu­chart, a project manager with Schuchart, the general contractor.

An American embassy is more than just a building – it’s a physical representation of diplomacy that communicates the values and spirit of the United States while acknowledging the cultures of the nation in which it resides. For the citizens of countries that have a U.S. diplomatic presence, it represents the United States itself.

In today’s residential construction market, the routine of buying land, breaking ground, building new homes and expecting people will come to you is timeworn and passé. Just waiting for customers to visit guarantees failure. You need to be proactive and engage with potential buyers, and that means you must establish and maintain strong relationships where customers are performing a majority of their leisure activities. That area now is social media.

As more local consumers look for construction companies online, if your marketing plan is still primarily offline, you could be missing out on customers. Luckily, you don’t have to start from scratch when developing your online marketing plan. You can transition many types of offline advertising you may be doing now to the Web.  Here are five ideas to consider: 

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