Month: April 2021

Falls Remain Biggest Challenge to Construction Safety

One new technology is believed to go a long way to increase construction safety. A long way up, that is. Recently, two skyscraper building projects used enhanced cocoon robotic technology to make their projects safer and faster. A “robot” that hydraulically scales the side of a high-rise building drops walkways for workers. As workers complete …

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Construction Industry Encouraged to ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves!’

Among U.S. workforces, the construction industry has the lowest rate of workers willing to be vaccinated. Something we should be asking ourselves is “Why?” It’s demeaning to the construction industry when statistics indicate we are less-educated and therefore make uninformed decisions about COVID-19 vaccination. Many construction workers say they work outside; not in cramped offices where …

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4 Goals, Rules for JV Teams

We’re not talking junior varsity. We’re talking about joint ventures for construction business profits. Together, everyone achieves more. Construction business owners are competitive, but the smart ones know when to team with another contractor. Some contractors have long-time ins with materials and service providers. Some have special expertise or have the number of employees needed …

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Construction Business Miscommunication

There is a big market for articles, studies, and how-tos about communication in the construction business. The reason is obvious: miscommunication is extremely costly to our industry. Fifty-two percent of construction business rework is caused by miscommunication. In 2018, that cost our industry $31.3 billion. We’ve all felt the pain of miscommunication in the field and know …

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Women in Construction Add Value to Our Industry

It’s an old phrase but it really puts the HIS in history: “The good old boy network” or “club” enabled White men to keep financial development opportunities within their network. Any woman or person of color that wanted to join the club quickly discovered membership was exclusive, not inclusive. Let’s make a better historical legacy …

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Commercial Spending, Infrastructure Boosts Engineering and Construction Industry

In 2020, while many businesses floundered, Dollar General’s sales increased by 16.3%, and operating profits grew to $3.6 billion. Dollar General announced it will add 1,050 stores in 2021, with plans to double the size of its current 17,000 stores. The two designs feature 8,500 and 9,500 square feet. In 2021, about 700 stores featuring the …

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5 Habits of Effective Construction Business Teams

Do you know someone that attributes failure to “bad luck?” Have you also noticed those types of people rarely have “good luck?” Effective construction business teams don’t depend on luck. They plan for success and it usually happens. Here’s how: 1. Automate To Save Time You hear so much about “communication” being the most effective …

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