Monday, July 24, 2017

Composite Pavers

More production equals more waste, more waste creates environmental concerns both, in air quality as well as on our land and in our water sources.
We all know that a small but important partial solution to this problem is the reutilization of our waste products.

Recycling of waste materials saves natural resources, energy, reduces solid waste at the landfills and helps to reduce greenhouse gases.

The construction industry must always strive to reduce our contribution to the waste issue and utilize Green Products and methods when possible in the construction of new facilities.

Read the full article...

Friday, July 21, 2017

New Hampshire’s Labor Crunch

As any business owner who is looking to hire more employees knows, it’s a tough market now to attract qualified applicants. And it’s been that way for nearly 2 years since New Hampshire’s unemployment rate has been at 3 percent or lower since November 2015. As an economist with the state Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau said, “Normally, it’s a great thing to have low unemployment, but you can argue it’s a problem not to attract enough labor.” 

Many employers are having to get creative and boost their benefits packages to attract and retain employees. Some of the perks include more paid holidays and/or vacation days, 100 percent payment on health insurance premiums, contributing to retirement plans, tuition reimbursement or school scholarships, bonuses, flexible schedules and catered lunches. 

This ‘economic heat wave’ has a ripple effect over many industries and can be seen all over the state’s economy. Read the full article from NH Business Review.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Heat is On!

Now that we’re in the middle of summer, heat related illnesses become a "hotter" concern. For those who work in the construction industry, staying out of the sun on hot days frequently isn’t an option. Heat illnesses range from heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and can be a matter of life and death. There are three simple words to remember to prevent heat stress and heat illnesses: Water, Rest and Shade
Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to stay safe while working outdoors this summer.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. 
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. 
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes. 
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. 
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat and look out for each other. 
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors and seek shade.

 During heat waves people are susceptible to three heat-related conditions. Here’s how to recognize and respond to them.

Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat.
·  Get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. Lightly stretch the affected muscle and gently massage the area.
·  Give an electrolyte-containing fluid, such as a commercial sports drink, fruit juice or milk. Water may also be given.  

Heat exhaustion is a more severe condition than heat cramps. Heat exhaustion often affects athletes, firefighters, construction workers and factory workers. It also affects those wearing heavy clothing in a hot, humid environment.
·  Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
·  Move the person to a cooler environment with circulating air. Remove or loosen as much clothing as possible and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fanning or spraying the person with water also can help. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of a cool fluid such as a commercial sports drink or fruit juice to restore fluids and electrolytes. Milk or water may also be given. Give about 4 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes.
·  If the person’s condition does not improve or if he or she refuses water, has a change in consciousness, or vomits, call 9-1-1.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion. Heat stroke develops when the body systems are overwhelmed by heat and begin to stop functioning.
·  Signs of heat stroke include extremely high body temperature, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; confusion; vomiting; and seizures.
·  Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
·  Sponge the person with ice water-doused towels over the entire body, frequently rotating the cold, wet towels or cover the person with bags of ice.
·  If you are not able to measure and monitor the person’s temperature, apply rapid cooling methods for 20 minutes or until the person’s condition improves.