An infographic from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.
In the construction industry, many new employees are relatively undertrained. Therefore, it is extremely important to provide safety education to all employees on their first day of work, before they step onto your job-site. As industry experts at Builders Mutual, we are dedicated to setting you and your employees up for success. That’s why we are providing this quick reference tool that you can use when training new employees.
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Part four of an ongoing series about the labor shortage from experts at Builders Mutual
Throughout this series, we have covered the challenges of today’s labor shortage along with potential recruiting, hiring, and training practices. To conclude the series, let’s take a look at the cost of a poor hire. Sean Purcell, risk management technical manager at Builders Mutual, joins us to answer frequently asked questions.
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Part three of an ongoing series about the labor shortage from experts at Builders Mutual
The labor shortage has made it increasingly difficult to find and retain skilled workers for the construction industry. Finding and hiring dependable workers has proved to be a challenge for most builders. Many have had to train unskilled workers from the ground up instead of hiring experienced and skilled professionals.
In the previous article in this series, we discussed recruitment and vetting. Once you have hired your crew, it’s time to train and onboard. Let’s see what the experts at Builders Mutual have to say about industry best practices for the training and onboarding process.
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Part two of an ongoing series about the labor shortage from experts at Builders Mutual
In the years since the Great Recession, the construction industry has experienced a shortage of skilled workers seeking employment. Some of the industry’s most experienced workers were forced to either establish careers in other industries or relocate to other countries during the economic downturn. So, in these better times, how do you find the best people to hire as new employees? How do you rebuild your workforce in a thoughtful and educated way?
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Part of an ongoing series on the labor shortage from experts at Builders Mutual.
When compared to jobs in other industries, opportunities in the construction industry are often overlooked by today’s youth and the unemployed. Yet the demand for employees in the construction industry is booming. The opportunity for a worthwhile career in construction at an average salary of $55,000 is tremendous. The current climate even allows for construction workers to quickly become owners of their own businesses. So why aren’t people running to take these jobs?
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Construction can be a dangerous industry, especially if your workers aren’t properly trained. Unfortunately, given today’s labor shortage, we often have new crew members coming and going on our job-sites. Workers may claim to have general construction experience, but every job-site is unique and each task requires a special set of skills. Because you can never be certain what training a worker has previously received, the best practice is to assume all newly hired workers will benefit from a basic safety orientation. Before your new hire begins work, cover the safety basics. It’s up to you to create a culture of safety in your organization.
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Tips from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.
According to the US Department of Transportation, 70 percent of the nation’s roads are located in snowy regions that receive an average of more than five inches of snowfall annually. Twenty-four percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement, resulting in more than 1,300 deaths and 116,800 injuries every year.
Before winter weather takes full effect, let’s review winter driving best practices. In this post, we will cover preventive maintenance, tips for starting your drive, and reminders for driving in wintry conditions.
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Part two of a two-part respiratory protection series from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.
The first article in this series discussed OSHA’s final rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica, which reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for crystalline silica from 250 to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (μg/m3), averaged over an eight-hour shift.
The compliance date for the new rule for those in the construction industry was September 23, 2017, so it is time to start embracing new tactics. Now that we understand Table 1, let’s go through the available methods for controlling exposure.
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Part one of a two-part respiratory protection series from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.
Crystalline silica, commonly referred to as quartz, is a basic component of soil, sand, granite, and many other minerals. While it may sound harmless, it can create serious health risks. When construction workers chip, cut, drill, or grind objects that contain silica, such as brick, concrete, or HardiePlank, the particles released may become respirable.
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Part of an ongoing accident prevention series from experts at Builders Mutual.
There are many differences between new construction and typical remodeling jobs. With new construction, you must consider risks to your workers and job-site visitors. But with remodeling, it is possible that your customers may be living in the home at the time of renovation, which poses a host of differentiating hazards. These unique risks call for new considerations to be made in your risk management strategy.
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