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The Rise of Addiction in the Construction Industry

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that of the millions of Americans who struggle with alcohol or substance abuse, those in the construction industry make up 16.5% of alcoholics nationwide and 11.6% of drug addicts nationwide.1 It’s a silent problem that supervisors, workers, and managers often turn a blind eye to. But…

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Important Safety Gear to Wear

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Construction safety gear is designed to reduce the risk of respiratory, skin, eye, head, and hearing injuries. There are many construction site hazards that can be reduced or eliminated with the right gear. Also known as personal protection equipment (PPE), construction safety gear should be worn at all times when workers or everyday people are…

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Why Millennials Quit Jobs and What to Do

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We know, millennials are entitled and they don’t understand the value of honest work. This might be why there’s a decline of millennials in skilled trades, millennials don’t want to work. Still, there are millennials in construction, which means it’s important to understand how to work with them. If not, the decline in construction workers…

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Dangerous Equipment and How to Stay Safe

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We get it, you’ve completed your safety training and you know about all the common construction site dangers. But the longer you’re on a site, the less dangerous that bulldozer or heavy crane may seem. In 2017 alone, there were 6,147 fatal work injuries, with those in construction accounting for 47% of worker deaths.1 Safety…

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Get Ready for New DOB Safety Requirements

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Are you compliant with Local Law 196? The NYC Dept. of Buildings has extended their construction safety training deadline, giving workers and managers until June 1st to complete all training courses and required NYC Department of Buildings Classes. This includes at least 30 hours of safety training for workers and at least 62 hours of…

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What’s Causing the Decline in Construction Workers?

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Though there’s a high demand for construction workers, there’s a shortage of construction workers aged 24 and younger, with a 30% drop in workers of this age group from 2005 to 2016.1 So, what’s causing this shortage of young people in the construction industry? There are several reasons why fewer millennials are seeking construction and…

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How to Lift Construction Materials Properly

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At our construction safety group, we see many different types of workplace injuries. Overexertion by lifting items that are just too heavy causes 36% of workplace injuries.1 Back pain, shoulder injuries, and neck problems are caused by improperly lifting bulky or heavy items. While you should have learned proper lifting techniques and other construction safety…

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Managing Millennials on the Construction Site

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A lot has been said about millennials. They’re lazy, they love participation trophies, and they’re technology focused. They’re also the largest generation in the labor force, outnumbering Baby Boomers and Gen X.1 There are lots of roadblocks keeping millennials from joining the construction industry, leading to a construction labor shortage that can be damaging to…

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Elevated Danger on Construction Sites

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From 2003 to 2016, elevator-related deaths on construction sites doubled.1 The bulk of these deaths were caused by falls down elevator shafts, but other dangers such as electrocution contributed to the growing numbers. Why are elevator deaths increasing, and what can site safety managers do to mitigate this construction site danger? Our site safety experts…

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