November 2016
Safe operating procedures for snow pusher operators & equipment
Long work hours, heavy snowfall and icy road conditions comprise snow season at its finest. As many snow and ice removal contractors know, this high-stress environment creates a slippery slope of potential injuries, equipment damage and lawsuits. The following pusher practices and features keep the...
Use technology to look ahead & speed up data processing & reporting
How long does it take for most non-publicly traded construction companies to produce financials? A firsthand observation of construction companies shows the average close is greater than 10 days after month end. How about processing payroll? Most companies take several days to post payroll. For...
6 opportunities to take advantage of benefits in the tax code
Americans are headed to the polls on November 8 to elect the next president of the United States. This election will play an important role in determining who will shape future tax policy. There are some current tax planning opportunities that construction companies can still take in the 2016 tax...
How employers can encounter these new challenges & avoid violations
Election years often bring a flurry of legislative and regulatory activity. And this year is no different. The first of this two-part series will describe some key changes in federal regulations that could potentially make it harder, costlier and less efficient for employers to run their...
Q&A with industry expert reveals what could affect your company in the coming months
Part of an effective risk management program involves monitoring the industry and economic trends that could affect your business. Cal Beyer is the director of risk management at Lakeside Industries in Issaquah, Washington. Beyer has over 27 years of professional experience in safety, insurance and...
5 reasons why this technology should appeal to a diverse workforce
It is safe to say there will always be conflict among the members of an organization when it comes to trying something new. This conflict often comes to light when new technology is introduced, such as remote-controlled equipment. It is easy to imagine the difference in opinion of early adopters,...
6 jobsite advantages of earthmoving & hauling with ADTs
One of the most common mistakes made when selecting an off-highway haul truck is assuming that rigid and articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are alike. Although they both have massive hauling capabilities, each truck type has specific features that are valuable in certain applications. Since an ADT’s...
Demystifying lean construction
For centuries, construction firms of all makes and models have struggled with productivity. While other industries have benefitted from robotics, automation and other technological advancements, many studies indicate that the construction sector has suffered with no sizeable gain over the last 50...
Managing risks associated with design/build
After an exasperating few years, many experts are predicting a robust, healthy commercial building environment for 2016 and beyond. Fueled by the growing integration of sustainable and energy-efficient features, which are now viewed more as essentials than commodities, as well as contractors’...
A West Virginia agency’s improper rejection of low bid for immaterial defect & its implications on public contractors
In theory, contractors bidding on public work face a level playing field, with the underlying assumption being that the lowest, responsible, responsive bidder will be awarded the job. But, in reality, this rule is often unevenly applied. Low bids are often rejected for what seem to be...
Maintain employee accountability to improve results companywide
I used to get tired of the same old excuses for poor performance. It was difficult to get our construction company managers, supervisors, foremen and field crews to do what I wanted them to do. They always offered semilegitimate reasons why they didn’t get the job done on time, why they didn’t...
How has construction marketing changed with new technology?
Steve Wright Vice President of Information Services Whirlwind Steel Buildings Inc. Digital marketing has had a tremendous impact on construction marketing, offering higher visibility for construction companies and vendors than ever before. Online marketing allows you to measure performance in...
Get the details on Section 179 & how you can save
With Section 179 in effect for the remainder of 2016 and onward, there has never been a better time to invest in new construction and office equipment for your organization. With recent improvements approved by Congress, Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code now allows organizations to...
Use risk resources to identify your company’s weaknesses & associated liabilities
As the peak construction season begins to slow down, many companies will review what occurred in 2016 and begin to project for the remainder of the year. Unlike the fiscal year, an evaluation of your company’s risks and its approach to risk management does not end December 31. Contractors should...