Connectivity Solutions for Wireless Sites

imageBy Roy Rasmussen

The connected home market is estimated to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 14.07 percent to reach$121.73 billion by 2022. By 2020,50 percent of North American householdswith broadband access are expected to be connected. As connectivity becomes standard, construction teams are enjoying the benefits of being connected as well. Being connected on-site improves communications, efficiency and safety. But there are many connectivity options and choosing one can be challenging. Here’s a look at today’s construction connectivity options to help you choose the right solution for your project.

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Tags: connectivity, wi-fi

What Construction Workers Should Know about Varicose Veins

By Michael Bardwil, M.D.

Varicose veins probably aren’t among the top medical concerns for most construction workers. But years of long hours standing on job sites can lead to the swollen, twisted and enlarged veins – particularly for people who have a genetic predisposition for the condition.

Experts regularly count construction workers among those most likely to develop varicose veins – right up there with postal workers, hair dressers, cashiers, nurses and miners. They all have jobs that involve standing all, or most of, the day, making it harder for veins to pump blood from workers’ feet back up to their hearts.

It’s a condition more common in women than in men – and often associated with post-pregnancy medical issues. But in the last 30 years, I’ve treated hundreds of workers – often men in construction – and others who perform difficult tasks such as heavy lifting and standing for long periods of time who have struggled with varicose veins. Today, such patients are more fortunate than their predecessors, as modern medicine is providing more effective and less invasive relief.

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Spot and Stop Dangerous Habits in the Workplace

By Susan Finch

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. Among those, 17 percent included fatal injuries involving contractors. Further, the census found that among the 937 fatal work industries in private construction in 2015 represented the highest total since 2008.

Reducing workplace injuries and fatalities starts with proactive prevention and a culture of safety. It’s not enough to simply advise workers on safety expectations and policies and then hope for the best. It takes careful planning and systematic training to reduce workplace injuries and prevent them from rising. Get started by looking for dangerous habits in the workplace. Here’s what to look for.

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Tags: safety

Three Ways Helical Piles Aid Disaster Resistance and Recovery

By Gary L. Seider 

Pipe shaft helical piles have the ability to provide a superior foundation solution during disaster recovery and resistance when compared to other deep foundation options. Preliminary results show that helical piles offer improved seismic resistance due to their slenderness, higher dampening ratios, ductility and resistance to uplift.

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The Future of Work: Collaboration and Technology Drive Workplace Design

By David Kung

The design of an architectural space has a direct impact on the way employees think and work within it. Today’s most innovative companies prioritize collaboration in workplace design in order to empower workers as meaningful contributors. In fact, these companies are five times more likely to prioritize both individual and collaborative group workspaces, according to a recent U.S. Workplace Survey by Gensler, the world’s leading global architecture firm.

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Know Before You Grow

By Matt Stock

Fundamental to running a successful business is determining its path for growth and enrichment. Companies that rest on their laurels and remain stagnant for too long eventually erode and die. But, there’s no wisdom in growth just for the sake of growth. When are the best times to expand? Which risks are calculated versus careless? How soon should you expect to see a return on your investment?

Here are some things to consider and address before growing a business.

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SURVEY: How important are culture and leadership to safety?

Construction Today safety columnist Joshua Estrin is conducting a survey regarding the future of construction safety. 

The short surveys, below, are completely anonymous and will allow you to share your expertise and insights by answering questions that will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  We encourage you to take ALL the surveys that apply.

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Navigating Financing Needs

By Jim Salters 

As the new year kicks off, most construction companies are laying out plans for the months ahead. While planning, it’s important to consider whether the company will need an injection of capital at some point throughout the year. This may serve to fulfill a budgeted need, but there should also be room for unexpected costs like hiring on staff when you suddenly land a new contract.

Taking some time to prepare for the search for capital can provide the flexibility and agility needed to act quickly and stay on the path towards growth. Here are a few key areas to consider:

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General Contractors, Independents and Workers’ Compensation

By John Rosmalen 

Finding the right workers’ compensation insurance at an affordable price is a challenge for every general contractor. It is an especially difficult dilemma for independents in the trades and services industry. As independents, they are by and large subcontractors, and in many cases, one-person bands who are not obligated to maintain coverage. They are considered owners and operators because of their independence, which is why general contractor (GC) do not have to include them in their company’s workers’ comp coverage.  

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How to Help Homeowner Clients Decide to Renovate, Build or Buy

By Roy Rasmussen

62 percent of homeowners planned to spend money on renovation in 2016, up 9 percent from 2015. This trend is projected to continue into this year. But renovation isn’t for everyone, and homeowners and prospective buyers often struggle with whether to renovate, build from scratch or buy the house of their dreams outright. If you’re a construction professional, part of your job is helping clients make this decision. Here are some factors to consider when clients are deciding to renovate, build or buy.

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