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Construction-related jobs among the most dangerous

Construction-related jobs among the most dangerous

Few people are satisfied with every aspect of their profession. Sometimes clients or managers are difficult or communicate poorly. Other jobs can be repetitive or tedious. Some vocations have hours that force their employees to toil long into the night.Those occupational hazards pale in comparison to those faced in the most dangerous jobs, where serious injury or death is an ever-present possibility. While the riskiest professions are somewhat spread across industries, three of the ...
The role of construction in renewable energy

The role of construction in renewable energy

Concern about the future of energy is becoming louder. Perhaps in no state is this more true than California, where progressive ideals and unusually sunny weather have many seriously considering switching to a more renewable source of energy, such as solar. In fact, the state installed as many megawatts in 2013 as it did in the previous 30 years combined, doubling its total capacity to nearly 4,000 megawatts.This only further cemented its spot atop ...
Six ways to keep hackers out

Six ways to keep hackers out

You can't guarantee the integrity of your website. Like a physical storefront, people will sometimes find ways to elude your security and get access to your information. That's why getting IT contractor insurance is an important part of staying safe. However, just like you wouldn't leave the doors to your store unlocked or your most valuable merchandise within easy purloining distance, there are ways to make sure that your digital data is as locked ...
San Diego robberies highlight need for California contractor insurance

San Diego robberies highlight need for California contractor insurance

In San Diego, the contracting industry is experiencing a crime wave.In the last six months, police officers have responded to dozens of thefts in the industry, with some losses extending into the thousands of dollars. Construction sites are particularly ripe targets for crooks for a number of reasons. The tools used are often expensive, difficult to trace and easy to sell. In addition, many larger companies draw from a shared equipment pool, with a ...
How the Affordable Care Act will affect seasonal workers

How the Affordable Care Act will affect seasonal workers

Moreso than many other industries, construction work is variable. For one, it tends to be heavily project-based: rather than going into the same office every day from 9-5, employees work on a particular building or structure and then move on to a different site. Also, there are often permits to wait for or paperwork that needs to be attended to before building can start. Even something as ephemeral as weather can affect the ability ...
Small businesses face both high-tech and low-tech threats

Small businesses face both high-tech and low-tech threats

Hacking technology is getting more complicated every day, with criminals devising new and devious ways to bilk business owners of their money and personal information. It's important to note, however, that not all attacks are of the high-tech variety. Even modern scammers are not opposed to using crude methods to rip people off.One simplistic scam involves wrapping aluminum foil around the antenna of a credit card reader. With the signal blocked, it's much easier ...
New technology solutions require increased technology insurance

New technology solutions require increased technology insurance

Tech industry analysts are using the new year as an opportunity to project the exciting changes and new innovations of 2014. As has been the case for the past several years, the focus around technology is the advancement of mobility, particularly in the business space.Many suspect that 2014 will be the year mobility finally becomes commonplace in corporate culture. An article in the online publication SitePoint says this will be the year of the ...
Construction industry reaches five-year high

Construction industry reaches five-year high

After years of recession-related downturn, construction in the United States is looking healthier than it has in a long while.Spending on projects reached its highest level in nearly five years in November, following a strong performance in both the residential and non-residential sectors. The latter, which includes factories and gas pipelines, saw an 11 month peak, while the former has found a level that it hasn't seen since June 2008.While public outlay actually dropped, ...
Construction jobs correlated with mental distress

Construction jobs correlated with mental distress

Contracting is well-known as a field during which accidents and harm are possible, and with good reason: the 11 million workers in the industry show a higher rate of workplace related injuries and of muscle and skeletal pain. The nature of working in a demanding and fast-paced environment can lend itself to these sorts of problems. Non-physical issues, however, are less discussed and could very well be just as important to the overall health ...
Five forces that will influence insurance next year

Five forces that will influence insurance next year

From shifts in regulation to advances in technology, the societal landscape is changing, and insurance companies have no choice but to keep up. In order to keep these external pressures from becoming overwhelming, businesses will have to adjust their policies to account for a new environment. Here are some of the most pressing outside concerns. Changes in legislation:Online poker went under in the United States a couple years ago, but it's popped back up ...

 

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