May 2017
Get the right plan in place & evaluate your options to find the best fit
Demand for compact excavators has grown tremendously over the 30 years since some of the first models made their debut in North America. In fact, according to data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the compact excavator market has grown by 218 percent within the past 6 years....
Why your employees aren’t performing & what you can do about it
He does the bare minimum. It’s extremely difficult to have him on your team. The guy is a real energy drain. Sound familiar? At any given moment, there are legions of employees busy “working,” but not doing the work their managers expect them to do, or doing their work in ways that hurt morale and...
Help your business get a grasp on its level of risk
Cyber insurance generally covers the risks of loss from system breaches, data losses and other wrongful acts of rogue employees or outside hackers. Coverage can be specifically crafted to the specific needs of your business, but common coverages often include: First-party coverage—Business...
Look to team strengths to find the best way to implement new tech
Ask any business owner, executive or manager about his/her company’s most powerful asset. The answer will likely be: “Our people.” Although construction has a unique set of challenges in the face of the rapidly changing technological aspect of our society, communication and collaboration make a big...
EHS software solutions & how to make safety a part of everyone’s job
Significant advancements in environmental, health and safety (EHS) software are helping employers in the construction industry save time and money and work with greater efficiency by streamlining EHS management activities. By eliminating many of the manual tasks and processes associated with safety...
How sustained focus & a top-down approach are the secrets to one company’s safety endurance
Often, the best sources of advice come not from industry analysts and consultants, but from the contractors and supervisors on the jobsite every day. In January, Western Specialty Contractors, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, earned the company’s lowest OSHA safety rating in its 100-year...
Extend the life of this expensive component with consistent maintenance
As the busy season approaches, it is important that you and your operators maintain a productive fleet of tracked heavy equipment, particularly crawler excavators, to ensure you stay on schedule. The most effective way to do this is by training your equipment operators on the proper operation and...
Why your company should gear up on compliance to stay ahead of the curve
“Vetting” is a word we hear often. This term can be instructive as it applies to your business, such as when you are heading into a mandatory, pre-bid meeting. Basically, the client wants to know exactly who the people are who are bidding on a job. Conversely, if you aspire to be at the top of the...
You may be holding back your project without knowing it
Sometimes we hurt the ones we love the most. For many construction organizations, project managers often wear targets the size of a barn door, and they don’t even realize it. A great project manager can have a big impact on an organization, similar to that of a quarterback on a football team. The...
AIA Architectural Billings Index, Annual Value Update & more
Each month, the Construction Business Owner team compiles statistics from several different sources, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Census Bureau, to give you a better understanding of the current state of affairs for the construction industry. The...
How to detect it & make companywide changes to reverse the problem
Before becoming Harley Davidson, William Harley offered a supervisor a new idea. The supervisor literally smashed Harley’s invention, and told him to get back to work. How did Harley react? He continued his innovative project outside of his workplace, where the iconic brand was born. This was a...
New respirable silica dust standards aim to improve conditions for workers
When the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its ruling aimed at better protecting workers from respirable silica dust, few industry veterans were surprised. The new rule is currently in effect and substantially reduces the permissible exposure limits (PEL) for workers in the...
What aspect of your leadership role is most important to the success of your firm?
Dan Owens, CPA, MBA, CCIFP Shareholder VonLehman, CPA...
Tips to define operations & align goals in your company
Going on a mission implies you are fully focused and working toward a significant goal. It also implies that you have the passion and determination needed to reach your destination. Is your company meandering along and only reacting to opportunities as they become available? Or is it on a mission...
Record-breaking show demonstrates industry commitment to progress
The latest installment of CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 7-11. The trade show, which showcases the latest innovations in construction equipment and technology solutions, hosted nearly 128,000 attendees, with 26,000 international attendees from 150 countries. The...