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    A Safety Culture Boosts Productivity & Profits

    Posted by John Rexroad on Jul 5, 2017 7:43:00 AM

    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.)

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    Topics: Safety

    The Q1 Nonresidential Construction Index Says Prepare for Growth!

    Posted by John Rexroad on Mar 21, 2017 12:53:37 PM

    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.

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    Topics: Construction Systems, Safety, Construction Industry

    Latest Hardware Monitors Construction Workers' Safety

    Posted by John Rexroad on Sep 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    SmartSite is currently testing out new, technologically advanced sensors, as a way to improve upon the safety of workers at construction sites. Construction is a notoriously dangerous industry, and many construction companies have been working towards finding new ways to improve safety without putting the burden on employees. Passive safety measures such as sensors may be able to improve the overall safety of employees without requiring that they take additional measures to protect themselves.

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    Topics: Safety

    Importance of Continual Safety Training

    Posted by John Rexroad on Aug 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Safety training isn't a one time proposition. Continual safety training is essential to maintaining a safe work site and safe employees. Continual safety training provides a refresher for older, senior employees while offering information that newer employees may have been missed or may not have properly absorbed. It's very easy for safety training to be forgotten or fall by the wayside when other priorities are in mind. Continual safety training fills in these gaps.

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    Topics: Safety

    How To Train Temporary Workers For Safety

    Posted by John Rexroad on Jul 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Careful training of temporary employees is critical not only for the safety of the temporary employee but also the rest of the crew. The training of temporary employees is often complicated by a few factors: temp employees come from a variety of backgrounds, often have a limited amount of time for safety training, and usually aren't familiar with the environment or the equipment. OSHA has been cracking down on safety regulations for temporary workers and has given some suggestions to employers looking to improve their safety.

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    Topics: Safety

    Exercising Safety Around Leading Edges

    Posted by John Rexroad on Jun 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Leading edges can be extraordinarily dangerous. When constructing new metal decking, construction workers are required to slowly move across the surface, creating a new edge as the decking is built. This edge has to be properly secured in order to be safe, but the changing environment of the deck can make it easy for workers to misidentify where they are stepping and where the edge truly is. Comprehensive safety protocols and safety equipment must both be used to protect metal workers from the fall hazards inherent to this type of construction build. 

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    Topics: Safety

    How To Prevent Skylight Falls

    Posted by John Rexroad on Jun 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Fall accidents are among the most likely to be fatal on a construction sites. Many fall accidents occur while either ascending or descending, or because a worker isn't aware of the layout of the area. In particular, skylights tend to be very dangerous. In the dark, skylights are often unnoticeable, and even a closed skylight is likely to give out before a worker notices that they're on it. Here are a few tips for preventing skylight falls.

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    Topics: Safety

    5 Ways To Keep Employees Safe On Construction Sites

    Posted by John Rexroad on Jun 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Everyone wants to keep their employees safe. Unfortunately, construction sites are naturally dangerous places, and all employees occasionally make mistakes. Employers who want to protect their employees will need to maintain both strict and proactive safety protocols. 

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    Topics: Safety

    Report: There Were Over 4,800 Worker Deaths In 2014

    Posted by John Rexroad on May 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    A recent report by the AFL-CIO has determined that approximately 4,820 workers were killed on the job through the year 2014. This only includes those who were physically killed while working; the same report estimates that up to 60,000 workers may be dying from work-related diseases. These deaths should ideally be preventable through the use of safety protocols and equipment.

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    Topics: Safety

    How To Manage the Safety Department Solo

    Posted by John Rexroad on Apr 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    As a single professional, how can you reliably manage your safety department? A one-person safety team can still be effective, and also has the benefit of being able to be agile and not having to form a consensus for initiatives. However, a one-person safety team also needs to be extremely vigilant and aggressive if they are to maintain safety standards and advocate for their own safety initiatives.

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    Topics: Safety