Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring is Coming... Forewarned is Forearmed!

Spring is truly a season of transition and, for many of us, a season we are anxiously awaiting!

However, as the earth thaws from months of cold winter chill, and as the snow is melting, the sun is warmer and spring rains are frequent. And this all creates slick, slippery and potentially dangerous working conditions for workers and other personnel who have access to job sites.

If, as the poem goes, we experience the typical "April showers," there are a number of conditions affected by rain storms, such as slippery surfaces, cold stress, and visibility.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ladder Safety Month

Did you know March has been designated as National Ladder Safety Month?  The American Ladder Institute’s 2016 research study showed the two most common causes of ladder accidents are overreaching and missing the last step when descending the ladder. Falls are among the leading causes of worker deaths every year, especially in construction. Read the full article from Click Safety with additional information and safety tips.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Subcontractor Tips

Most general contractors rely on trade contractors to assist them in successfully completing construction projects. Likewise, trade or subcontractors often depend on GCs for work. Many general and trade contractors have long-standing relationships and a mutual respect for each other. However, when trade contractors are considering working with a GC for the first time, there are some tips to be aware of. Read the full article from Construct Connect…

  • Do your homework on the contractor 
  • Make sure you have a contract/change orders in place before beginning any work
  • Read the details and fine print of the contract
  • Review payment bonds, if there are any
  • Clauses to watch for:
    •  Pay-when-paid or pay-if-paid clauses
    •  Flow-down or pass-through clauses
    •  Indemnification clauses