Although asbestos can severely damage our lungs if inhaled, it was a common substance used between the 1950s–80s due to the many structural advantages it gave. The use of asbestos has now been banned, however it is still present in many older structures that exist today. With this said, we discuss the top three hazards that are commonly associated with asbestos and how to prevent exposure to them.
When assessing budget and putting together a financial plan in the construction sector, the aspect of safety can very often take a back seat. While it’s easy to neglect this area and focus on other concerns such as equipment and marketing, safety is one area that no business can afford to skimp on. It’s vital to give a good amount of attention to your safety budget, so to help you put an effective plan together, consider these three strategies.
The construction industry traditionally used supplies that were not environmentally conscious, but that’s all changed. Now people use these eco-friendly and green building materials for construction in many different sectors, whether it be for specific residential projects or commercial remodeling plans. They won’t strain the planet’s natural resources to produce the same high-quality projects.
Many of us know someone with a building-related horror story. Whether it’s shoddy workmanship or a project running hopelessly over budget, there are a million and one things that can go wrong during building works. If you want to avoid any nasty surprises halfway through construction, here’s what you need to know to find the right builder for the job.
Do you want to buy a new heating or cooling appliance? These purchases can be expensive, so it’s beneficial to look for opportunities to save money. You may think that you have to purchase replacements at full price, but you can actually capitalize on different sales periods. As a result, you’ll keep more money in your pocket. Take a look at the best times to buy new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units.
There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has had, and is going to have huge mental health implications on the nation, and figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in July showed that the number of people in the UK affected by depression has risen from one in ten to one in five since the same time last year. As the construction industry has historically had higher-than-average rates of suicide and negative mental health, it’s crucial that we all work together in order to look after our construction workforce, especially as the second wave begins to emerge, so says executive chairman of Pagabo, Gerard Toplass.
When you are trying to find the perfect air filter for your home and your heating unit, you will often see that there is an MERV rating attached to almost every brand. No matter what type of furnace and heating system you have, you need to make sure that you have the right rating. Let’s take a closer look at MERV ratings and why they are so important.
Professional builders have a bad rap for not communicating effectively. In 2018, miscommunication and poor project data were responsible for nearly half of all rework in the U.S, costing the construction industry roughly $31 billion. While part of the problem may be poor communication between workers, a lack of connection between contractors and their clients may be to blame as well.
When you’re looking to hire a contractor, you may not even know exactly what to ask them to ensure you’re hiring someone who’s right for you and the job you’re doing. There are numerous contractors and businesses out there, all with their own specialties and histories. Regardless of the space you are looking to renovate, finish off or add to, there are a few questions you should ask your contractor to get a feel for how they’ll fit within the job.
The construction and building industries emit up to 39 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. With the public more eco-conscious than ever, there’s plenty to gain for businesses who can demonstrate their green credentials. Sam Tracey at Actavo Direct explores how businesses can make the switch to more eco-friendly practices.
Just as there is no one-size-fits-all construction site, there are no one-size-fits-all construction uniforms. Of course, PPE and hazard protections should be taken into account, but how important is it to be able to wear work shorts on the construction site? Considering the different categories of work shorts for men and some tips on how to choose the best fit, here is why you should think about work shorts on your next construction job.
In May 2016, one of the UK’s leading independent environmentalists, Chris Baines, wrote a thought-provoking article for the BBC’s Wildlife magazine. In the article, he put forward the novel idea that developments, such as the construction of high speed rail line HS2, could actually be good for nature. Controversial though this might be to environmentalists and naturalists, the fact is, with an increasing population comes an increasing need for more infrastructure. So, it’s never been more important to try to align the two problems; that is nature vs developments.
While the Government is mobilising resources, there are significant shortages for frontline staff in the NHS, GP practices and social care sectors. Cantillon and DeGroup are therefore encouraging the demolition and wider construction sector to retain a base stock of PPE, and make the rest available to those frontline services who need it far more at this time. You have the ability to save lives by doing so, no donation is too small!
COVID-19 has had unprecedented effects on the lives of us all. The heating and plumbing industry carry out essential frontline work to maintain the supply of heating and hot water to UK homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. It cannot simply cease to operate. Therefore, the heating industry has identified a number of actions that frontline engineers- who are currently still operating – can take to help protect themselves and their customers during the COVD-19 outbreak.
Brexit uncertainty and political paralysis has played havoc on the construction industry’s jobs market, workload predictions and clarity on what a post-Brexit construction sector would look like. However now it seems perceptions are changing, construction is beginning to move on from the previously stagnant market and is ready to get going again.
Personal protective equipment is essential to conducting safe construction projects. Safety protocols, equipment safeguards and PPE all work together on the field to protect workers from injury. If even one of these measures fails, employees face the risk of injury or death. 2020 brings a new decade of enhanced worker safety and efficient, effective projects.