Tag Archives: construction education

Why Contractors Fail

There has been significant research performed to determine why construction companies struggle financially, why they are dysfunctional and why some ultimately fail. The top 10 reasons (in no specific order) are basically business fundamentals and grouped as follows: Lack of a Clear Vision Casting and Defining Corporate Values / Goals and a Solid Market Value […]

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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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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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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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Accident Reporting

Accidents shouldn’t happen, but, if they do, they must be reported them immediately to your foreman or supervisor; not days or weeks later. An accident analysis must also be conducted to try and determine how to prevent it from happening again. Even if no one is injured or no property damage occurs, don’t ignore the […]

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Applying Historical Principles to Grow Your Construction Company

In these tough economic times, we see construction companies surviving and growing and those failing or just fading away. Interestingly enough, the Bible reveals some time-tested principles that we should all heed and apply in our daily lives. As a Trusted Advisor to the industry, I have observed one interesting phenomenon regarding companies that fail.  […]

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Personal Protective Equipment – What is the Employer’s Responsibility?

When most people think about construction sites and safety equipment for employees the first thing that probably pops in their mind is a hardhat. The international icon of the industry, but only one element of many that  contractors and subcontractors  must provide – at no cost – to their employees according to OSHA. Do you […]

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