Contractors and owners involved in construction projects must understand the terms of express and implied warranties, attorney Samina Kapadia writes. Keys to avoiding warranty issues include reviewing the construction contract; oral or written interpretations; and local laws.
Construction contractors that hire foreign workers should protect themselves by having proper insurance coverage, an insurance executive writes. In addition to coverage such as workers' compensation, contractors should have employment practices liability insurance, the executive writes.
Project float can be useful in construction scheduling but can also turn into a counterproductive game among contractors. Infrastructure Project Services' Allen Chilmeran recommends several ways to avoid the problem, beginning with devoting greater attention to determining the actual contract time.
Pulling together and sharing project information in the construction and engineering sector has been difficult, which has hurt productivity. But a new wave of technology startups has raised $10 billion in financing since 2011, and McKinsey & Co. looks at how new tech could affect job sites, back offices and digital collaboration.
Wearable devices hold the potential to give companies the data they need to significantly improve workplace safety and curb associated risks. Sphera's Andy Hosman looks at how the technology can be used as well as the challenges it presents, including persuading workers to use such devices.
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Triax Technologies attended Associated General Contractors' Safety & Health Conference recently and spoke about wearable technology's role in keeping workers safe. Triax says the implementation of safety technology should also coincide with teaching workers after an incident.
Raising employee awareness of risk engages them in helping prevent it throughout the organization, a Haley & Aldrich report notes. The report outlines five components of a "risk-competent" culture and advises making safety as important as performance.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 in July, above economists' average expectations, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The construction sector added more than 6,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell from 4.4% to 4.3%.
We continue to hear from many of you that the labor market remains tight. While it is clear that worker shortages are, in some cases, a significant problem for many contractors, we feel it is important to continue our efforts to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we are asking you to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey.
The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of a tight construction labor market, the more likely they are to act on the measures we identify in our Workforce Development Plan that are designed to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs. We invite you to share this survey with your members so that we can hear from as many voices as possible. Thank you for your help in getting the word out.