What is a Flagger Proficiency Test?

In many parts of the country, construction must be done almost exclusively during the warmer months of the year. Our roads and highways often need work due to wear and tear from winter elements or just general improvements. During construction, traffic must be redirected and controlled. Flaggers work on roadway construction sites directing traffic with flags and other signs. They have a key role in keeping workers, motorists (and themselves!) safe from oncoming traffic so construction progress can continue. Keeping the construction site safe As oncoming traffic presents a direct hazard to the safety of all workers on a roadway… Read more »

Signs of Heat Illness (And How to Prevent It!)

As the weather heats up, working outdoors can become more dangerous. This is especially true for those whose work involves strenuous physical activity, such as construction workers. Outdoor workers don’t have the comfort of an air-conditioned office space, so it’s vital to understand how to work safely in summer weather conditions. The dangers of heat-related illness When your body becomes overheated in the hot summer months, you can suffer from a range of heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rash and even sunburn. The severest of these is heat stroke, which can result in unconsciousness, organ… Read more »

Implementing a New Safety Plan? Here’s the #1 Key to Success

Maintaining a safe workplace is the best thing you can do to ensure the success of your business. So it’s important to take steps to develop and implement a safety plan your workers can follow every day on the job. The number-one way to design the most effective safety plan is by incorporating the expertise of those closest to the work—your employees! As first-hand observers of daily operations, your staff can suggest steps you can take to improve any potential safety concerns in your workplace. How to develop and implement your work site safety plan As you design your plan… Read more »

Want to Be a More Effective Manager? Here Are 5 Tips to Adopt

After years of working up the corporate ladder, you’ve finally been put in charge. You’re a manager. A leader. The field general of an efficient, finely tuned money-making force. So, why doesn’t anyone listen to you? Just because you hold the title of “manager” doesn’t immediately engender respect and loyalty from the people who work for you. Those qualities must be earned. Being in charge often means slogging through complicated, thankless, dourly political tasks that just seem to make everyone mad. But don’t despair. There are ways to build respect and create a meaningful relationship with the rest of the… Read more »

4 Tips to Help You Turn a Temporary Job Into a Perm Position

Companies commonly use temporary assignments as stepping stones to permanent positions. This provides a lot of structural value – both for employers and for workers. Employers don’t get locked into expensive and potentially unfortunate hires. Meanwhile, workers get to try a situation before making a firm long-term commitment. While this sort of “minor league” system has many benefits, making the jump to a permanent position can prove difficult. Just like making the big leagues in baseball, you must beat out competition and prove your long-term value, before getting a shot at “the show.” Here are four tips on how to… Read more »

How to Conduct a Safety Audit

During Workplace Safety Month, we reflect on the value of safety precautions and their role in protecting workers. A safety audit is one way to review your company’s safety plan and ensure it’s up to date and compliant with safety standards and regulations. How to audit your safety plan A safety audit is an evaluation of your workplace activities and your process for safety management. They are frequently conducted by an external third party and aren’t held as frequently as safety inspections, which are usually handled in-house. Safety audits review the effectiveness of your current workplace health and safety procedures.… Read more »

Tips for Including Temp Jobs on Your Resume

Careers unfold in funny ways. Starting out, we think the course of our professional lives will consist of a series of regular positions, hopefully representing a steady progression along our chosen track. But that kind of career is rare these days. Instead, the journey often includes detours along strange paths and into surprising cul-de-sacs. It’s not usually an unbroken string of full-time positions. Instead, it can involve long stints of temporary or contract positions. While this type of work experience is increasingly common, resumes can’t always capture the twists and turns. It’s relatively easy to summarize full-time positions, but what… Read more »

5 Tips for Starting a Temp Job

Starting a new temp job is exciting yet stressful. Walking into a new situation can be overwhelming, but it is important to tackle a temp assignment just as you’d tackle any other job. If you do well, your recruiter will be more likely to recommend you for future work and employers may be open to offering you a full-time role. Follow these five tips to set yourself up for success on a new temp assignment. One: Talk to Your Recruiter Before Your First Day Connect with your recruiter before your start date to make sure you have all of the… Read more »

Spotlight on Workplace Safety Month: Seven Things You Can Do

June is National Safety Month, developed by the National Safety Council to help reduce common causes of work site injury. It’s also the perfect time to revisit what you can do to keep yourself and those around you safe on the job. Seven ways to stay safe at work Your work site has safety procedures you’re expected to follow. They’re part of your training and how you conduct your daily work. These are in place for you and those around you—so you can rest easy knowing you’re protected as you work with equipment that could be dangerous if handled improperly.… Read more »

How to Never Miss a Construction Project Deadline Again!

Missing a project deadline can be costly to your company. Whatever the reason, overshooting milestones and completion dates can cost you fines, can damage relationships and cause losses to your bottom line. Use these strategies to ensure you never miss a construction project deadline again. Hire Reliable People There are numerous factors you can’t control on a construction project, but the best way to ensure you can control as much as possible is to hire the right people from the beginning. Just one call off or no-show can set back a project by days or even weeks. Hiring reliable workers… Read more »