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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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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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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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Site Safety Improvements with New Technology

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There are many jobsite dangers that can be difficult to measure with traditional resources. But with new wearable tech, like smartwatches and fitness trackers, site safety managers can better identify and mitigate construction hazards. Recently, IBM has partnered with top companies to better monitor working conditions in hazardous environments with the use of wearable tech.

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Preparing Your Site for a Snowstorm

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There are many construction site dangers associated with winter weather, including the wind, cold, and snow dangers created by snowstorms. A diligent construction site safety manager can protect jobsites and workers from the dangers created by snowstorms. At The Safety Group, we offer site safety manager training and safety consulting services to help with this…

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Longer Winter Days – How to Work Safely in the Dark

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With shorter days and longer nights, many workers are burning the midnight oil on construction sites. At The Safety Group, we offer construction safety consulting and safety management services, helping workers and site safety managers keep workplace safety at the forefront of everything they do. Construction night shifts require additional safety steps to reduce workplace…

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Measuring and Treating Fatigue in the Workplace

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Fatigue can happen to anyone, and a fatigued employee will not preform at their very best. In fact, fatigue is one of the first phases of a dangerous workplace. New wearable technology, such as fitness bands and ankle movement trackers, can help employers and site safety managers identify signs of fatigue in workers. Once these…

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