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Safety

Safety is paramount in construction. It must be top of mind at all times. The construction industry has taken great steps to create safe worksites and it is paying off. As Construction Citizen has reported, the injury rate on construction sites in Texas over the last decade has fallen 50 percent. That progress can only be maintained through vigilance on every job site every minute of every day.

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Shoe Lights Perfect for Safely Hunting and Holiday Gifts

These OSHA-compliant, 400-lumen lights provide advance warning of trip and fall hazards and back facing “tail-lights” make users visible from all sides. The hands-free LED lights enable safe working conditions without equipment getting in the way. Read more » about Shoe Lights Perfect for Safely Hunting and Holiday Gifts


Update on Silica Rules for Construction Job Sites

OSHA, in a move thought too restrictive by some and too loose by others, released new rules for Permissible Exposure Levels for silica in the construction industry on March 25, 2016. The rules reduced allowable levels of exposure by 80% and covered workers who might be exposed to levels of silica dust particles of over 50 micrograms per square meter over an 8-hour time span. Read more » about Update on Silica Rules for Construction Job Sites


Preparing Construction Sites for Hurricanes

“As the 2018 hurricane season takes shape (running from June 1 to Nov. 30), it’s imperative to begin construction site hurricane planning efforts early and to be as prepared as possible prior to any storm,” Gilbert says. “Preparing for a storm can help ensure the safety of not only project and onsite teams, but also of the surrounding communities." Read more » about Preparing Construction Sites for Hurricanes


UTF Announces Arrival of Kask Safety Helmets

The KASK safety hats/helmets are unique because of the advanced technology built into each product. Workers who wear the KASK safety helmets enjoy maximum ventilation in various climates from 10 air intakes and multiple outflow channels, which guarantee effective breathability. Read more » about UTF Announces Arrival of Kask Safety Helmets


Worker Safety on the Jobsite: Who’s Responsible?

Experts in the construction industry met at a luncheon hosted by the American Subcontractors Association Houston Chapter recently to talk about employer responsibility for worker safety on the jobsite. The panel discussion focused largely on safety education and risk assessment, employer liabilities in situations of co-employment, and employer responsibilities when there’s a filing with OSHA or a workers’ compensation claim.  Read more » about Worker Safety on the Jobsite: Who’s Responsible?


Six ABC Chapters Renew OSHA Partnership Agreement with OSHA Region VI

On July 21, six Texas Chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and its member companies renewed their partnership and established a two-year agreement with the Texas offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor (OSHA), in order to recognize the importance of ensuring a safe and healthy work environment in the construction industry. Read more » about Six ABC Chapters Renew OSHA Partnership Agreement with OSHA Region VI


Women in Construction in the Rest of the World

There is lots of buzz in the US about women in the construction industry. Questions are being asked about why more women are not attracted to the field, how more women can be attracted to a career in construction, and who are the leading women in US construction Read more » about Women in Construction in the Rest of the World.

The Future is Here

“The Future is here, it is just not very evenly distributed yet.” - William Gibson, Author

Advanced technology is screaming onto the construction jobsite today. Everything from remote driverless dump trucks to self driving concrete trucks, smart phones, ipads, laser scanners, thermal imaging cameras, RFIDS and geospatial devices are all being adopted by contractors on the jobsite. Some companies are investing in the new technologies and others are waiting. They will soon be screaming if they don’t pay close attention to the rapid development of augmented reality and its impact on all parts of our industry.

Personal protection too, is about to get a makeover for the first time in decades.    Read more » about The Future is Here