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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. [...]

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 […]

Prevent injuries with PPE

PPE or personal protective equipment — hard hats, goggles and steel-toed work boots — may not generate the same envious stares at the worksite as the latest power tool or a new pickup truck, but the right stuff can help protect you from serious injury or worse. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report, “Injuries, […]

Heat illness prevention on the jobsite

On some jobs, exposure to heat is difficult to control. The resulting heat illness and heat-related accidents can be very serious – even fatal. Both are most likely to occur among those who have not been given time to adjust to working in heat or who have been away from hot environments. When you work […]

A closer look at safety glasses

Thousands of eye injuries occur on jobsites every day, and many of them could have been prevented with the proper safety glasses. There are a few different types of lenses available in safety glasses, and knowing the properties of each material will help you choose the best protection. Plastic lenses for safety glasses Lighter and […]

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