Unrealistic Expectations or Poor Project Management? 

Construction sites are collaborative by nature, and each party has their own agenda. The customer wants something; management outlines policies and procedures; subcontractors predominantly work independently. And the construction team needs to be encouraged and motivated to perform their work effectively.  The responsibility of making all parties happy falls on the shoulders of the project…

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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 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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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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