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Creating a safety culture:
Focus on more than just recording zero incidents

by Bob Fitzgerald, Sr. Risk Control Consultant at Willis Towers Watson Great news! Your project achieved a safety milestone with zero OSHA-recordable injuries. Mission accomplished, right? Not entirely. Most safety practitioners insist that there is always room for improvement with safety practices and procedures. While the OSHA Recordable Incidence Rate (RIR) is a common and important metric for many organizations, some industry groups rank this indicator too high. Avoiding OSHA-recordable injuries is always a good thing, but claiming victory basedRead More

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Adding the arts to technical skills can generate more productivity, innovation

by Stuart G. Walesh, PhD, PE In 1871, engineer James Watt patented a steam engine that produced continuous rotary motion. Steam engines both figuratively and literally drove the Industrial Revolution and introduced the expression “build a head of steam.” When critical pressure is applied to pistons, things happen. Construction-sector professionals and organizations must strive to achieve the same momentum by building a head of STEAM – that is, by adding the “A” to STEM, the already-developed skill levels of science,Read More

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How to keep a millennial on staff

Hiring and retaining millennials is a growing concern for companies across the country. Although they now comprise a majority of the work force, according to a Gallup poll, six in 10 millennials are currently open to exploring new job opportunities, So, why the unrest? Part of the reason is the ability to search for a seemingly infinite number of jobs wherever, whenever. There are thousands of positions listed across dozens of job sites, so why would employees limit themselves toRead More

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How to create a workplace culture that helps retain employees

Construction companies are facing a crucial time. An abundance of available projects is unquestionably a good thing, but the industry’s positive momentum is exposing one of its most serious issues – the lack of a skilled work force. While manufacturers, distributors and company owners are beginning to invest in recruiting measures, keeping those new faces on staff will be the next challenge. So, what can your company do to ensure that new hires stick around to receive their five-, 10-Read More