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Five critical fire safety tips

Five critical fire safety tips

A comprehensive commercial property insurance will come complete with some protection against fires. This security is important — a blaze can decimate an entire project. In the best case scenario, however, you won't ever have to file a claim. Here are give tips that can keep your site safe from the ravaging influence of flames. Make sure you have smoke detectors, and that they work: Smoke detectors can warn you that something is amiss, even before you realize it yourself. However, it's not very helpful to have one if it ...
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 10 most dangerous are somehow related to construction. In tenth on that list are construction ...
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 the nationwide rankings for sun-derived energy, giving it enough to power over 600,000 homes. California ...
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 particular saw or air compressor possible being used at multiple sites in a single day. ...
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, as federal, state and local projects declined, gains in the private sector were more than ...
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 of the employees and of the industry. According to a study released in the Journal ...
Poor contractor performance costs Navy upwards of $20 million

Poor contractor performance costs Navy upwards of $20 million

Sailors aboard the USS George Washington had been at sea for a month when they finally reached Brisbane, Australia. While they were no doubt excited to enjoy themselves on dry land, they were stuck onboard for six hours while a contractor, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, hunted for a runway.  This wasn't an isolated incident for the beleaguered company. Earlier this year, it was dressed down by the Philippine Senate for dumping untreated sewage from Navy ship into protected waters.  Despite these embarrassments, the contractor continued to get work. Just two days after ...
Shady contractors prey on tornado-ravaged towns

Shady contractors prey on tornado-ravaged towns

When last month's tornadoes tore through the Midwest, Indiana residents were left to deal with the fallout of damaged homes. Donations poured in to help affected families, and volunteers around the state pitched in to provide assistance. One group, however, has recently arrived with intentions that are anything but charitable: unscrupulous contractors.  Signs are popping up all over the place advertising their services, and some are even directly approaching homeowners and peddling their shady services. Not only do they charge a premium to consumers they presume are desperate, they do ...
California man ordered to pay millions for contractor insurance fraud

California man ordered to pay millions for contractor insurance fraud

When it comes to getting insurance, fraud doesn't pay. Richard Lopez Escamilla Jr. found that out in a big way. The Fresno, California contractor was ordered to pay over 4 million dollars in fines, according to the State Department of Insurance, amidst allegations that that he lied to get lower rates. This gave him a financial and competitive advantage over honest companies, and allowed him to secure contracts he otherwise would not have been able to. The department also states that he committed other types of fraud, including altering the name ...
How do I deal with independent contractors?

How do I deal with independent contractors?

Depending on the nature of your business, you might have to deal with independent contractors. While in some ways, they function as other employees do, there are some key nuances that you should keep in mind.  The first is how exactly the worker should be classified. There are specific guidelines for what constitutes a contractor versus an employee, and you should be aware of them as you foster business relationships. If there are strict rules about hours, you provide hands on training and you require on-site work to be done, ...

 

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