The Construction Productivity Dilemma: Why Aren’t We Improving?

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Part II of our series on construction productivity explores the many elements that make the construction industry unique, challenging, and primed for disruption.  Basic building processes haven’t changed in decades, yet construction productivity lags behind every other industry in the global economy. So, what about the construction industry prevents contractors and their work crews from…

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Construction Productivity: Major Improvements with only Minor Changes

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Construction productivity figures have been stagnant for years.  But what if you could significantly improve your team’s productivity with just a few minor changes? And what if you can do it with the tools and resources already at your fingertips? Leveraging technology to improve construction productivity  Technology has been creeping into the construction industry for…

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Construction Safety: Learning the Hard Way

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I started my career in construction the way most others do; I hired on with whoever would take me.  I had no experience or formal training. But I did have a willingness to learn and a solid work ethic.  “Strong back, weak mind.” “Get in where you fit in.” “Can you show up on time?…

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Construction Safety by Design: Improving the Hierarchy of Controls

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Improvements to construction safety have been slow in coming.  Before the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act of 1916, employers had no financial incentive to protect their workforce. As a result, safety on the job site was primarily the worker’s responsibility.   It would take almost two decades for that attitude to change when Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer…

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Protect Your People: The Proactive Approach to Construction Safety

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Historically, construction safety measures have been reactive. Whenever injuries or fatalities occur, we’ve called these events accidents or tragedies.  And if enough accidents and tragedies kill or injure construction workers, the industry responds with personal protective equipment, fall protection systems, or other occupational safety measures. This backward, reactive thinking isn’t working. Barriers to proactive construction…

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Your Construction Safety Plan is Incomplete Without This Crucial Topic

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Content Warning: This post discusses suicidal feelings. The content of this article may be upsetting to some people. If you or someone you know is stressed and struggling, please speak up or use these free and confidential resources: Dial 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Text…

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