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Learn How to Organize Tools Easily and Efficiently

It’s a problem every contractor can relate to. They can’t seem to find the tool they need when they need it. Without a system, contractors who don’t know how to organize tools exert extra effort and lose precious time.

If your workspace is a disaster zone, these tips will help you clean up your act. Read more

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Cold Weather Construction Checklist for Winter Work

Cold Weather Construction Checklist

Brace yourselves — winter is coming! These words aren’t just for popular television series; they’re a call to action for anyone in the construction and contracting industry. This time of year is especially hazardous for construction workers, with low temperatures, slippery surfaces and other conditions caused by inclement weather and environmental factors. It’s always a good idea to have a cold weather construction checklist to manage your liability in terms of financial and human costs. Now is the time to prep for working during the winter.

Dangers of Cold Weather Building

Building in winter actually makes many construction projects impossible. Concrete won’t always set properly. There are dangers from cold metal, slippery surfaces and more. Even with modern equipment that allows you to mitigate some of the risks, working in the winter is not an optimal choice. This is why many contractors close up shop in those four months. They spend the time hiring, getting ready for spring projects, taking on smaller, seasonal jobs and the like.

Advantages of Cold Weather Work

There are many advantages to making a go of it in the winter months. Competition will be down, since so many businesses close in the winter months. Supplies and costs of leasing equipment and tools will be far lower since fewer people are looking to use them. There will be less distraction and crowding.

While winter work carries its own risks, it can also provide a lot of benefits. You need to decide what is best for you and your business.

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Follow this Checklist 

For those who do decide to go it in the winter — and there are many reasons to do so — a checklist is vital to make sure that your job site and workers remain safe and stable. Ask yourself important questions such as:

  • Is the jobsite insulated from cold weather?
  • Can jobs be undertaken in the cold?
  • Have your workers been given proper training on cold weather procedures and protective equipment?
  • Do you have the right personal protective equipment (PPE) for your workers, including coats, hats, gloves, and boots?
  • Are first aid policies solid and are there readily available supplies?
  • Can you insulate and keep equipment and tools free from ice, snow or mud that can foul their operation and create risks?
  • Will there be easy access to the job site in case of snow or inclement weather?
  • Can you exercise solid wind and temperature control?
  • Have your workers been trained to recognize the symptoms of frostbite and/or hypothermia?
  • Do you have the staff to properly rotate job assignments?
  • Do you have heated areas where workers can go to take breaks and warm up?
  • Can you keep your workers hydrated and provide access to broth, soup, coffee, tea, hot cocoa or other warm beverages?
  • Do you have the proper contractors insurance coverage to deal with cold weather dangers?

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Do You Have the Proper Permit?

Construction work often affects more than the person who is going to use the structure. Counties and state governments want to know that anyone performing the work will be qualified, prepared and aware of the current standards before they hammer so much as one nail.

Different types of jobs will require different permits, and not every job will actually need a permit. To help you stay organized and keep tabs on all the different requirements, here are the general situations in which you will need a permit: Read more

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Working Safely Around Electrical Hazards

Electricity can be one of the most dangerous forces lingering around construction sites, renovation projects and even workshops. OSHA estimates that an average of 300-350 people die every year from on-the-job electrical incidents.

Since electricity is such a major part of our modern lives, hidden hazards can lurk anywhere. People involved with job sites must take precautions and always be aware of potential dangers. Here are some ways they can reduce their likelihood of injury: Read more

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The Benefits of Roofers Insurance

Roofing is one of the more methodical jobs in the contracting world, but it is also one of the most dangerous. A study of fatal construction falls from 1992 to 2009 found that a third of all the incidents happened while atop a roof. Time magazine even revealed that roofing is the fourth most dangerous job in the country, with 40.5 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Aside from occupational hazards, roofing is a job with little room for error. Every procedure must be done consistently so that the home or building will be properly protected from the elements. Even a single misplaced screw can cause a leak that leads to water intrusion and full-blown structural damage.

For reasons like these, having insurance while operating on the job is a necessity. Read more