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Falls are the leading cause of death on construction sites — but they are preventable. Don’t miss your chance to participate in OSHA's 2018 National Safety Stand-Down and commit to protecting against fall hazards on your jobsites.
One of the most important safety programs you'll implement is a lockout/tagout procedure. Neglecting the lockout/tagout procedure can result in injury and even death, so emphasize its seriousness during employee training.
An important part of owning a construction business is vetting qualified individuals to operate your valuable assets, and part of that vetting includes making sure they have the correct knowledge to operate the equipment.
The 2018 National Safety Stand-Down is your chance to address fall protections and safety plans. Here on The Yard, we talk about fall protections often, and for good reason: they’re the leading cause of death on construction jobsites — and they're preventable.
Spring is finally here, and though winter weather isn’t over for everyone, it’s time to start preparing for what the change in season brings. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind through unpredictable spring weather.
Tired driving is dangerous, particularly when you're operating a several-ton machine. But HOS regulations often aren't enough to prevent drowsy driving. Here's a deeper look at fatigued operation and what you can do about it.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) takes place in April, which also happens to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month. That makes now the perfect time to talk about distracted driving on the jobsite and in work zones.
In construction, there are countless rules and regulations to stay on top of and changes can fly under the radar. Here’s an update on what’s happening on the regulatory front in construction.
ELDs need to be certified and registered with the FMCSA to be compliant with the ELD Mandate. Whether you've already chosen a provider or are still in the market for an ELD, you should know what registration and certification mean.
It’s a simple fact when it comes to construction — on the jobsite, clear communication means fewer mistakes and faster project completion. And it’s no secret that communication is one of the biggest challenges in the industry. What can you do to improve communication on your projects?
The Controller Area Network (CAN) bus system is the brain of your vehicles and equipment. But if you're not an engineer, you might not know much about it. Here's an overview of how the CAN bus works.
Safety is important for every person on a construction jobsite, but women face unique safety challenges that shouldn’t be ignored. Make sure your safety policy works for every member of the team — learn about unique issues women face and continue making safety a priority.
In construction, like most industries, efficiency is the name of the game. And while there’s something to be said for a hard day’s work, elbow grease is no replacement for efficiency and labor maximization. The key to getting things done in a timely and cost-effective manner is working smart and efficiently.
Why aren't women seeking jobs in construction? There's no easy answer, and there's a lot of work to do to make the industry more welcoming to women — and it starts with introducing girls and young women to career possibilities in construction.
It's Women in Construction Week 2018, and we're celebrating by recognizing the outstanding women here at EquipmentShare. Get to know some of our employees and learn about what brought them into the industry.
Prevailing wage is up for debate in the Missouri General Assembly. Bills that both repeal and reform current prevailing wage law are being reviewed by legislators, and it seems likely that prevailing wage will undergo some kind of change.
During the slow winter season, you might have a few pieces of equipment you don’t get much use from. Don’t make the mistake of leaving assets out in the cold — winterize your machines to keep them kicking for years to come.
Work doesn’t stop just because temperatures plummet. But harsh winter weather has a huge impact on your equipment — especially how it’s maintained. If you don’t take the necessary precautions, you could not only bring jobs grinding to a halt, but do serious damage to your machines.
It’s typically the largest operating expense for any construction fleet — maintenance and repairs. But no matter how efficient you think your current maintenance schedule is, there’s always room for improvement.
The skilled labor shortage is one of the construction industry’s most pressing problems—there are plenty of jobs, but no employees with the training needed to fill them. So, across the U.S., construction companies, labor organizations and local governments are finding ways to encourage job-seekers to explore the trades.
In 2016, OSHA penalties were adjusted for inflation, and adjustments now occur annually. The latest fine increase took effect on January 2, 2018 — see what the adjusted fine amounts are for the new year.
Wearable technology has the potential to completely revolutionize construction jobsites, simultaneously improving safety and productivity. Let’s take a closer look at some of the available choices in wearables and how they can benefit the construction industry.
2017 was a good year for the construction industry, depsite the skilled labor shortage. Technology use keeps growing, OSHA brought a few new rules to the table, and qualifying commercial vehicles were outfitted with ELDs.
OSHA’s long-awaited crane and derricks operator certification was set to take effect on November 10 after years of delays. Though it’s been delayed until 2018, you should start getting familiar with what the rule will eventually bring.
On any construction jobsite, efficiency is crucial. Minimizing wasted time and materials means better profits, happier clients and an improved reputation. Here are some tips to help ensure your projects are more efficient and your bottom line stays strong.
Predictive maintenance and the Internet of Things are revolutionizing how machinery is operated and maintained. From reduced costs to minimized breakdowns, the benefits are clear. Here's a quick look at this game-changing technology.
Telematics are the future of construction. A cutting-edge technology that is constantly being improved upon, telematics for contractors will reap benefits time and time again, whether it’s cutting costs, boosting efficiency or improving strategic fleet organization.
When it comes to disputes, accidents or billing, there’s no such thing as “too much documentation.” To protect yourself, your company and your reputation, you should have a paper trail on every possible aspect of your business.
Technological advances are changing the way the construction industry works. Here's a look at a few of the biggest current technology trends, how they affect contractors and why you should consider implementing them.
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