Archive For The “Construction” Category

Construction Risk Insights: Providing Safety for Women in Construction

By | April 22, 2014

As increasing numbers of women enter the construction trades, concerns about their health and safety are growing. In addition to the primary safety and health hazards faced by all construction workers, there are safety and health issues specific to female construction workers. The small percentage of females within the construction trades and the serious health […]

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Construction Risk Insights: Job-made Wooden Ladders

By | April 22, 2014

Workers who use job-made wooden ladders risk permanent injury or death from falls and electrocutions. By understanding the hazards that workers are likely to encounter while working on job-made wooden ladders, employers can take steps to reduce injuries through proper training. What is a Job-made Wooden Ladder? A job-made wooden ladder is a ladder built […]

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Construction Risk Insights: EIFS and Managing Your Risk

By | March 10, 2014

In response to the surge in construction defect claims in recent years involving exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), most insurers have placed broad EIFS exclusions on nearly all contractors’ general liability policies. As a result, contractors who install EIFS have been forced to look elsewhere for coverage, such as risk retention groups, or have […]

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Construction Risk Insights: Liability Exposures for Green Contractors

By | March 10, 2014

Green building is a growing trend, as businesses want to do their part to help the environment while lowering energy costs at the same time. Plus, green building is becoming increasingly more difficult to avoid because federal, state and municipal governments are starting to mandate it for new residential and commercial construction. Jumping into the […]

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Construction Risk Insights: Completed Operations Liability and Obligations

By | March 7, 2014

Even quality workmanship is not immune to potential claims of property damage or bodily injury. All operations carry the risk that injury or damage may occur as a result of the work, leading to costly lawsuits. Considering the complicated mix of contractors and subcontractors that contributes to each project, who is liable for this risk? […]

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Construction Risk Insights: Reducing Falls During Floor Joist Installation and Decking

By | March 7, 2014

Installing floor joists and decking can be a dangerous task if precautions are not taken to prevent falls. It is important to protect workers engaged in “leading edge” work to ensure that they do not fall through openings to lower levels. Read on to learn about the risks associated with these jobs and ways to […]

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Construction Risk Insights: Implement Safety Programs to Save Money

By | February 27, 2014

Saving money, boosting productivity and employing happy, healthy individuals is something every business strives for, and you can do all three by taking one simple step: construction and contracting businesses that establish safety and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent. Some experts say this percentage is […]

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Construction Risk Insights: OSHA Compliance on Sites Near Water

By | February 27, 2014

Managing a site on or close to water presents a host of risks for your workers. Several Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements apply that you should consider whenever beginning a job close to water. Avoiding OSHA citations and worker injuries that lead to elevated workers’ compensation costs means examining site-specific risks and taking […]

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Construction Risk Insights: Ground-fault Protection for Construction Sites

By | February 27, 2014

According to the National Institute of Safety and Health, the most frequently cited Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) electrical violation is improper grounding of equipment or circuits. This is especially troubling for construction managers in light of the fact that construction workers suffer more electrical burns and fatal electrical injuries than workers in all […]

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Construction Risk Insights: Reducing Falls During Roof Repairs

By | February 27, 2014

Roofers typically work at heights that put them at risk for falls. Workers making roof repairs face the same hazards, but they can be at increased risk if the roof shows signs of lost integrity or if they are uncertain of how to use fall protection on a roof that is already weatherproofed. Employers should […]

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