Category Archives: Resources

Basic Survival Questions for Today’s Challenging Construction Marketplace

 To survive and prosper in today’s marketplace it is imperative you, as the owner or top management, spend time evaluating your company and the marketplace. Below are some high level questions you might want to ponder. Do you have clearly defined goals for your company and a vision you can articulate to your employees and […]

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Survival or Success in The Construction Industry – The Choice is Yours

We have been, and are still, in one of the most challenging business environments any of us will ever experience as contractors, subcontractors or service providers. But the most fascinating fact is that many businesses are busier and more profitable than ever. What’s Up With That?? The answers might be simpler than you think. While […]

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Thinking back over the thousands of conversations and meeting I’ve been involved in during 2014, I continuously witness behavioral patterns that can only be described as “dysfunctional” and “dishonest.” I see it in all aspects of life, be it personal, corporate or community. I purposely did not include government in the list as it is […]

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Crane Hand Signals

The crane operator is ultimately responsible for all aspects of crane safety; however, he depends upon the qualified crane “signaler” to assist him by being the operator’s eyes and ears on the ground. Who Calls the Shots?  As with any jobsite activity, it is important that everyone understands who the cast of players involved in the activity […]

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It’s Not That Hard To Work Smart

Here’s the story.  In my very early thirties, I was blessed to be hired by a large, regional commercial GC to create and manage their Business Development and Marketing program, basically, from scratch. A couple of weeks into the gig, I attended one of their quarterly, day long, offsite divisional financial/operational meetings attended by more […]

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Toolbox Talks: RIGGING EQUIPMENT for MATERIAL HANDLING

Over the years workers in the construction industry have been seriously injured or killed while working with or near rigging operations. Employees whose work activities include rigging must be trained in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions. Below are some basic Rigging and Material Handling guidelines. Rigging equipment includes chains, wire rope, synthetic web […]

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Toolbox Talks: Hazard Information on Container Labels

When using any chemical it is important to know if the chemical is actually hazardous. So, what qualities make a chemical hazardous according to OSHA? Flammable, combustible, and / or explosive. Corrosive (acids or caustics). Irritating or damaging to the eyes and / or body. Poses a hazard through inhalation, ingestion, or body contact. Any […]

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Falling Feels Just Like Flying — for a Second!! Always Think Safety

My wonderful wife Sandy recently reminded me I’m still not quite caught up on the outdoor chores I promised to complete before summer. Some of these chores will require power tools and ladders so she also reminded me of my last aerial act with a chainsaw and sat me down for a toolbox talk before […]

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Aerial Lifts Safety

Before you operate an aerial lift you need to be qualified.  Qualification can accomplished through classroom and hands-on training with the type of aerial lift that will be used.  Do not operate or work from an aerial lift unless you are qualified.  This tool-box-talk will highlight some basic requirements. Aerial lifts include the following types […]

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OSHA Electrical Standards ToolBox Talk – The Shocking Truth Revealed

Electricity is such a part of our everyday life we take it for granted and don’t treat it with the respect it deserves. Like the previous standards we have reviewed, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see and understand the hazards – Just common sense. We all know that electrical shocks can be extremely […]

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