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    Take these steps to avoid COVID-19 personal injury lawsuits

    The more a construction firm can limit workers' exposure to the coronavirus on the job, the less likely it will be liable for either an OSHA violation or a lawsuit, according to attorney Stefan Borovina.

    Stefan Borovina • Feb. 04, 2021
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    2020's data can help construction firms succeed in 2021

    Before creating a strategy for the year ahead, it’s important to take a look back and evaluate your projects and teams from the year before. Here are five metrics to consider.

    Michel Richer • Feb. 03, 2021
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    Construction employers can help alleviate workers' risk of heart disease

    While one in four construction workers are at high risk for heart attacks and strokes, employers can offset the dangers with education efforts focused on healthy lifestyle choices, writes a Skanska executive.

    Gordon Childress • Feb. 01, 2021
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    Insurance 101 for small contractors

    Here are 10 ways that small and medium-sized construction firms can keep insurance costs low while maintaining proper coverage.

    Rakesh Gupta • Jan. 22, 2021
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    7 legal, other trends influencing construction in 2021

    Prolonged court closures, more payment disputes and increased small business bankruptcies are a few of the factors that will influence commercial construction this year, according to two industry experts.

    Jeffrey Kozek and E. Mitchell Swann • Jan. 19, 2021
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    Ed Brown

    How OSHA priorities could shift under President-elect Biden

    In addition to COVID-19 issues, there are several other construction-related workplace concerns that could become front and center for OSHA this year, according to attorney Casey Verville.

    Casey Verville • Jan. 05, 2021
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    Many contractors overlook this lucrative tax credit

    The research and development federal tax credit of up to 12% is available to innovative construction firms, but many are unaware of it, says tax expert Cole Marr.

    Cole Marr • Nov. 02, 2020
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    Infrastructure investments will be driven by new technology

    New innovations and practices will be imperative to stretching public dollars and convincing private investors of above market returns on infrastructure opportunities, writes industry expert Kate Gasparro.

    Kate Gasparro • Oct. 14, 2020
  • Why construction documentation matters more than ever during COVID-19

    The pandemic has forced contractors to quickly shift to solutions such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, virtual tours and project management software, says the head of contech firm StructionSite.

    Matt Daly • Aug. 19, 2020
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    Paying employees during a coronavirus-related project suspension: What do federal laws say?

    As the number of contractors faced with a project suspension continues to mount, one increasingly common question arises: "Am I obligated to pay my employees for time off during a COVID-19-related suspension?”

    Roscoe Green and Benjamin Briggs • April 17, 2020
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    After a coronavirus-related project suspension, take these steps to protect your rights

    A force majeure clause should not discourage contractors from taking the steps necessary to preserve their claims, writes attorney Roscoe Green.

    Roscoe Green • April 09, 2020
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    The right contract provisions can protect construction firms from coronavirus-related shutdown costs

    Attorney Roscoe Green says contractors can be on the hook for damages and delays even if a project is suspended for reasons out of their control. 

    Roscoe Green • April 02, 2020
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    Essential or not, all construction requires enhanced safety protocols

    Can construction continue safely within CDC guidelines? In some instances, it can’t, but in many cases, it can — and it should, writes Associated Builders and Contractors' Greg Sizemore.

    Greg Sizemore • April 01, 2020
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    5 steps to proactively prepare your construction project to get back online after the COVID-19 crisis

    When the world returns to normalcy, inevitably there will be questions about schedule delays and a scramble for labor, materials and equipment. Your company can stay ahead of the curve by taking action now, an expert explains.

    Larry Dany and Garrett Gibson • March 31, 2020
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    Shut down all nonessential jobsites to protect construction workers from COVID-19: A superintendent's perspective

    By continuing construction on sites that aren't critical for a community's wellbeing, companies are putting their people at risk in favor of schedule and profit, writes New York-based superintendent James Lang.

    James Lang • March 24, 2020
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    Force majeure clauses take center stage in contractors' coronavirus response

    The time is now for firms to protect themselves from the potentially devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to attorney Trent Cotney. Careful bidding and specific contract provisions can help mitigate the risk.

    Trent Cotney • March 16, 2020
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    Extreme winter construction requires important safety precautions

    Pre-planning is critical to ensure projects remain on schedule and, more importantly, that workers stay safe when subfreezing temperatures, ice and snow hit, says Rockford Construction's safety director.

    Paul Rozich • Feb. 04, 2020
  • Data transformation starts at the C-level

    An in-house chief executive with a background in technology and data can guide executives and employees into this mostly unchartered — but essential — territory.

    Jit Kee Chin • Sept. 25, 2019
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    How to land a government construction contract

    A procurement expert says common myths should not hold construction companies back from bidding on a sector that offers huge growth opportunities.

    Ben Vaught • Aug. 29, 2019
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    Construction wearables' futuristic features are more feasible than you think

    The technology can help prevent accidents, improve efficiencies and enhance quality of life for construction workers, says an insurance official working with contractors on pilot programs.

    David P. Galbraith • June 26, 2019
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    The top 10 reasons contractor succession planning has evolved

    Societal and economic forces like the labor shortage and the rise of technology have changed the way construction business owners plan their next steps.

    Wayne Rivers • May 21, 2019
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    How to demolish the construction worker suicide epidemic

    With swelling numbers impossible to ignore, there’s no better time than now to learn how to make your employees’ mental health a priority.

    Aaron Wilson • May 20, 2019
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    Autonomous construction equipment key to improving site safety, efficiency

    While jobsites are tougher to navigate than the average roadway, two emerging sensor types used in combination could offer the industry the robust detection it needs, writes an expert in the technology.

    Andrew Boushie • April 17, 2019
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    Why contractors should nix 'casual use' of jobsite drones

    As use of the technology expands, contractors, subs and other stakeholders should heed the safety and liability risks involved, an aviation attorney writes.

    By Mark A. Dombroff • April 10, 2019
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    Scan, plan, execute: 3D reality capture in construction

    Digital twins created via laser scanning and photogrammetry offer value from pre-planning to well after completion, a proprietor of the emerging technology explains.

    Cale Collier • March 20, 2019