OSHA Changes Injury Reporting Rule

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OSHA is looking for new insights into workplace injuries that can help to reduce injuries, disabilities and deaths. A changed reporting rule goes into effect next year. (Copyright: stockbroker / 123RF Stock Photo)

Starting in January 2015, employers in states covered by federal OSHA must report all work related fatalities to OSHA within eight hours, and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and eye losses within 24 hours, according to Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Employers in states with OSHA-approved state plans must check with their state plans to find out their implementation dates. Continue reading

Is Construction in a Dark Age of Moisture Damage Prevention?

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Handling moisture issues in days of old was largely a process of channeling it away from where you didn’t want it. Today, tighter buildings, climate change and variations across regions makes controlling moisture a much more scientific and high profile process. (Copyright: justdd / 123RF Stock Photo)

The Dark Ages, so called because civilization forgot a lot of stuff, led to human misery on a grand scale. Now, some people claim construction has entered just such a phase when it comes to mitigating moisture and mold problems in buildings. Continue reading

Empowering Construction Employee Wellness

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Workplace safety programs get a big lift when there is a genuine concern for wellness across the company. (Copyright: luislouro / 123RF Stock Photo)

By: Kristin Hodgkinson

When people discuss health and safety in construction, the typical topics pop up; proper headgear, avoiding falls, and lifting and electrical safety.

But what about employee health and well-being? With such a focus on avoiding work-place accidents in the short-term, employers in construction can sometimes overlook the significant damage that unhealthy employees can cause to themselves and others – including the business itself – in the long run. Continue reading

Infographic Offers Surprising Details About Skyscrapers

Chase Culpan at the Calgary Window and Door Guys did up a fascinating infographic on skyscrapers. Besides listing the tallest skyscrapers, the graphic details the cities with the most buildings over 300 meters (984 feet) high, the most iconic buildings in this class, the first skyscraper, the evolution of the skyscraper and illuminating facts about these very tall buildings. The infographic itself is very tall so you’ll have to click the Read More link to view it. Continue reading

Choosing Between Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Tile

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A cost conscious alternative to hard wood flooring, laminates of all types have made significant inroads to the flooring market. (Copyright: lightkeeper / 123RF Stock Photo

(Thanks to Selby Carpets for providing and sponsoring this post. Selby offers every type of carpet and flooring in the London area for both commercial and business premises. Whatever type of flooring you go for, and whether you’re looking for commercial flooring or something for the home, you’re assured of a durable, cost-effective purchase.)

With all the flooring products on the market it is challenging for architects and designers to feel confident in specifying the right one. For homeowners, and for homebuilders, the job is even tougher. In particular, the choice between laminate and luxury vinyl tile often catches people off-guard just because of their similarities in  elegance, durability and low-maintenance properties. However, there are some differences, and choosing the right solution really depends on priorities. Continue reading

An Ancient Material Finds a Place in the New World Trade Center

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No longer a waste material, slag has found an important place in the building industry. (Copyright: graf_montekristo / 123RF Stock Photo)

Many people probably don’t know the One World Trade Center shares a characteristic with Roman Empire roads, railroads, and 18th century masonry work in Europe.  That characteristic goes by the unassuming name of “slag.”

Slag, the leftovers from the metal smelting process was a key component used as a base material in Roman roads. And while Germans made cannon balls from the stuff in the 1500s, it wasn’t until the 1800s that Europeans and Americans got serious about slag for building. Continue reading

Virtual Reality Stimulates Interest in Construction Careers

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Getting more youth interested in construction may take appealing to them at the technology level they’re used to. (Copyright: dskdesign / 123RF Stock Photo)

There isn’t much exciting about a hammer, especially to a young person. And running a shovel can’t be nearly as engrossing as running a backhoe. But hammers and shovels are the construction of yesteryear. Problem is, many kids don’t know that.

Add in our nation’s preoccupation with the “four-year degree,” and you’ve got a recipe for a long-term talent shortage in an industry that’s a significant part of the national economy.

But, what if you could show young people the real side of construction today? Continue reading

Five Ways to Research Your Next Construction Employer

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Changing construction jobs takes skill and research to avoid getting into a worse situation than you are already in. (Copyright: andrewgenn / 123RF Stock Photo)

If you are unsatisfied working at your current employer and you don’t see anything changing anytime soon, then you’ll have to be the one to make the change happen. And, now is a pretty good time to do just that.

By most accounts, construction is in for a period of labor shortages because many people left the industry during the recession, and there are massive numbers of baby boomers retiring. Continue reading

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