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A Simple, Four-Step Approach to Construction Safety

It's a well-known fact that working in construction has its hazards, and with construction season upon us – if winter ever decides to leave, that is – safety on the job site should be a focal point for every project manager's mind.

If safety's not a main concern, take these numbers into consideration (courtesy of OSHA): the construction industry accounted for 20.3% (or 796) of all worker fatalities in 2013. It also came in at number one for fatal injuries in 2013.

Those are some staggering facts. Although accidents can and unfortunately will happen, contractors and their employees must take the necessary precautions to mitigate risk as much as possible.

According to OSHA, four types of accidents accounted for more than 50% of construction worker deaths in 2013. These accidents, referred to as the "Fatal Four" include falls, struck by an object, electrocution and caught-in/between.

How do you decrease construction accidents and fatalities? How do you make sure your workers are being safe, know proper safety protocols and are taking the necessary precautions to help eliminate accidents and injuries? And more importantly, how do you ensure safety is one of the most important aspects of completing a project?

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4 Ways Project Managers Can Save Money on Construction Projects

As project manager, it’s your job to make sure a project is completed. Responsible for the planning, coordinating, budgeting and supervision the project from start to finish, you are the point person. You make sure everything goes smoothly – even though it probably won’t. (It’s the sad truth, my friends.)

Despite the hours spent planning and coordinating, we know issues and setbacks will arise, and it’s up to you to oversee and make sure those issues are resolved – all in a timely manner, of course. Not only is it your duty to ensure the job is completed on time, you must also do it within budget!

Luckily, you’re not alone. You have the help of building specialists including architects, engineers, and your team of trade contractors. However, “too many hands in the cookie jar” is often the culprit for things getting out of hand, costs increasing quickly, and work not being completed on time.

We know how competitive the construction world is, and we want to make sure as project manager, you’re able to help save money on construction projects, not spend more than you have budgeted.

While there are various are to make cuts and save money, here are four ways to consider during your next (or current) project:

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