Thursday, December 1, 2016

OSHA Injury & Illness Reporting

Recent provisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s record keeping rule will take effect on January 1, 2017. Are you aware of what will change

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Shipyard Renovation Project Award

We're happy to report that we were awarded a renovation project at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in building 184. 

The initiative is being conducted to accommodate the relocation of personnel from another building, which is scheduled for demolition. 

The scope-of-work will encompass select interior demolition, reconstruction of floors and utilities, lighting upgrades, the relocation of steam water and sewer systems, and the construction of a complete pre-fabricated office building within the shipyard’s current paint blasting facility. 

Brookstone Builders has enjoyed our professional business relationships with both the Navy for many years and has also collaborated on several projects with CCI, the primary contractor, of Augusta Maine.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

General Contractor vs. Construction Manager

General contractors and construction managers play distinct roles in the construction industry and there are a number of areas which clearly set them apart from each other. 

The role of general contractor most often involves taking the helm of a construction project. They are typically responsible for assembling teams that will perform specific tasks on the construction project, maintaining personnel for administrative and or supervisory roles, and hiring sub-contractors, suppliers and other professionals for specific construction related tasks. The general contractor usually manages the schedule and project’s quality as well.

The construction manager usually serves as an agent to the owner and is solely responsible for nearly all aspects of the construction project. Unlike a general contractor, a construction manager tends to be more closely aligned with the building owner, and is essentially entrusted with making decisions on behalf of the owner. 

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Safety Violations

Which safety violations occur most often on a construction job site today? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the worst offenses have predominately remained the same over time and fall-protection accidents top the list. Following in second and third place are faulty ladders and inefficient eye, face and head protection. See the full report issued by OSHA here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Emergency Preparedness

According to a National Safety Council poll, one third of U.S workers do not feel well trained in emergency practices while 75 percent of managers and supervisors say their employees are well trained to handle an emergency. To bridge the current gap in perception, safety leaders should take this time to re-assess and improve their current level of emergency preparedness.
Here's a 3-step guide from online training provider ClickSafety.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hearing Matters

Do you protect your ears and hearing when working in a loud environment? Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Here's information from the US Dept of Labor on why Hearing Matters.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Military Design/Build Award

We are proud to announce that the US Navy has recently selected Brookstone Builders, Inc. to perform an interior and exterior renovation project. 

This design/build initiative will involve exterior renovations to a historic building (B99) at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. 

The scope-of-work will encompass a total slate roof replacement with copper trim and downspouts, historic brick repairs and retooling, window maintenance and painting. The project will also include the construction of a new boiler room along with the installation of a new furnace and a natural gas feed.

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