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Ladder safety is improving, step by step

Compared to power saws and drills, electrical wiring, and other potentially dangerous tools and materials construction professionals train to use properly, ladders look simple and non-threatening. Unfortunately, the opposite is true as ladders are involved in many workplace injuries and deaths each year. By Jim Cook Construction managers and workers often underestimate the dangers posed [...]

Safety concerns for temporary construction workers

A contractor is awarded a great remodeling project but its crews are already working overtime hours. Not quite ready to hire full time employees, it turns to a staffing agency for the additional temporary construction workers they need. Hiring temporary construction labor is a solution that’s on the upswing. Analysts believe the penetration rate for temporary and […]

Battling Summer-Related Weather Issues

From extreme heat and sun exposure to lightning, the summer months can bring challenges to outdoor workers. Properly preventing the effects of these issues can help keep you safe as you work outside. By Maureen Upchurch Summer is the prime time for completing long-term construction projects or catching up on projects that were delayed in [...]

Tips for how to mix mortar with colors

Experienced masons know that the procedures for how to mix mortar with colors (or pigments) is a precise science of combining mortar mix, cement, pigment and water in the right proportions.

Working with wet cement

Cement contains lime, silicates, aluminum, iron, magnesium and other additives that are corrosive to human tissue. Prolonged contact can cause burns or skin ulcers that take months to heal and may require hospitalization. More than 1 million American workers in 30 occupations are exposed to the dangers of wet cement, a component in concrete, mortar, [...]

Construction Worker Classification on the Jobsite

You may not think the ‘W2 versus 1099’ decision is overly important. But when an accident occurs, the construction worker classification becomes the focus of OSHA and, ultimately, the employer and the injured employee. By Maureen Upchurch When ground breaks on a construction project, the first order of business is completion of the “standard” paperwork. [...]

Keene Rainscreen Installation Video

This informative instructional Keene Rainscreen installation video offers an overview of how to install Keene’s Rainscreen, a drainage and ventilation mat used in masonry applications. Technique is explained along with surface considerations.

Protecting Construction Workers from Zika

You may not think Zika affects you, based on your location. But if your workers travel to other states for work or pleasure, they may very well be affected. Take a look at these tips to start protecting construction workers  from Zika now By Jennifer Morrell Mosquitoes have long been the outdoor pests we’d love to see [...]

Best 2017 pickup trucks for the Contractor

If you’ve got stuff to haul or tow, you’ll definitely want to take a look at Car & Driver’s choices for the best full-size pickup trucks and best mid-size pickup trucks. If you see a truck wearing an Editors’ Choice badge, you’ll know Car & Driver considers it to be one of the best 2017 pickup […]

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