Tag Archives: Kent Leighton

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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Understanding Labor Burden and It’s Effect on The Bottom Line

One fact always amazes me when I work with companies on improving profitability. It doesn’t matter if they are a small builder or sub with three employees or contractors doing fifty-million dollars or more in revenues – MOST do not have a clear understanding of what constitutes Labor Burden, how to calculate it, and what […]

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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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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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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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Success is Where You’re Going — NOT Where You’ve Been

Ever notice how some people live life looking in the rear-view mirror. They can’t let go of the past and the “what ifs” in order to live in the present and forget about the future – it’s not even in the picture. On a weekly basis, we talk to companies that are struggling with hindrances […]

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Contractors vs. Subs – Assembling the Successful Project Team

Many of you are going to suggest that the ideas expressed in this article are elementary or even stupid.  I’m okay with that, but if everyone is doing everything right, then why do we encounter so many adversarial relationships, lawsuits, wasted time, manpower, and money trying to complete building projects and get paid? Construction is […]

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