June was National Safety Month, recently reminding us that all workers should have the expectation of safely leaving their job after a day’s work. On the job, everyone needs to feel the confidence of performing tasks without fear of injury. Excluding military, police, fire and other emergency workers, no employee should expect openly hazardous or deadly situations at work. Even military and first responders take robust safety measures to protect themselves against the known risks they face due to the nature of their work. (Gratitude for their sacrifices and brave service comes to mind here.)
Netting can be the perfect solution for temporary and lightweight barriers.Sometimes the solution to a costly, nagging problem comes as the Eureka moment when creative thinking is applied. For example, think of situations where people (or animals) need to be kept from veering into certain areas. This could be for safety, security or other reasons like protecting delicate and valuable items from being handled and disrupted. How can you best accomplish this without building walls or rigid enclosures?
Have you noticed how fast some new construction projects get completed these days? Within months or even weeks, a plot of empty or defunct real estate can be completely transformed into a vibrant shopping village, office building or residential complex. Advancing technologies make it all possible. We can thank the construction industry for developing many technological innovations that improve life and work as we know it today.
Topics: Construction Industry
The first quarter of 2017 rumbles with growing consumer confidence and a number of other key economic indicators that signify more significant growth than we’ve seen in the last few years. The construction sector, as always, will help to directly drive growth in other areas like energy, manufacturing and business services. Not enough can be said about the impact of a healthy construction market on a prosperous country. At the risk of sounding too bullish, we’re very excited about the possibilities for a construction boom in just about every region of the country over the next few years.
There is now more flexibility in safety rules for industrial walking-working surfaces thanks to OSHA’s recently released standards for General Industry Personal Fall Protection and Walking-Working Surfaces. The term “general industry” applies to just about everything outside of construction, agriculture and maritime industries. Warehousing & distribution, manufacturing, service centers and many other commercial enterprises fall under the new standardized rule.
Some of the safety standards have been informed by effective fall protection measures used at construction sites. One of the benefits of this new ruling is more consistency between construction standards and general industry standards, making compliance easier for companies that conduct business in both of these sectors. Such consistency in rules clearly affects most organizations with industrial facilities or physical plants.
It’s a huge problem in New York City! Dark, unsightly, restrictive and even dangerous steel and wood debris scaffolding, aka “sidewalk sheds,” are plaguing entire city blocks throughout Manhattan. These steel tube structures with wood-plank roofing are constructed to protect pedestrians from falling objects and debris around building exteriors amiss of building codes or under renovation. In many cases, especially in New York, they can linger for years and present a host of serious problems for local businesses, residents, tourists and passersby. Unintended consequences can even include providing darkness and cover for crime, which is well known to occur.
Topics: Construction Systems
An immense stadium is currently being constructed in Inglewood, which will eventually house the Rams'. The stadium has already been in construction for over a year, but much of the construction is still yet to be completed. Within the next two or three months, more thorough and complex construction is slated to begin. It's believed that the stadium will be entirely completed in 2019, which means that the project is likely a little more than a quarter completed.
The largest indoor theme park in America will soon be opening in Meadowlands. With a size of 3 million square feet, the American Dream will contain a variety of attractions by Nickelodeon in addition to retail spaces. Spongebob Squarepants, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will share spaces with Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, creating an all-in-one venue for those of all ages and all interests.
Not every museum has to serve as a complete repository of art, history, and culture. In fact, in the last few decades, many interactive museums have been developed for both kids and adults. Quirky, alternative, and interactive museums can be a great way to round out a trip, or even a destination all of their own.
Though these countries have been traditionally resilient to distractions such as amusement parks, amusement parks are nevertheless beginning to appear throughout the Persian Gulf countries. There are two major driving forces here: the Westernization of many countries, which have made parks more socially acceptable, and the need to bolster tourism. Of particular note is a new $1 billion Spider-Man and Hulk themed park.