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I Might Actually Like Running, Thanks to HCSS

April 19, 2016
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The tank top I wore during my last leg of the 2016 Texas Independence Relay sums up my general feelings toward this sport: I HATE RUNNING. But in order to truly understand the significance (and humor) of that outfit choice, I should probably provide some background to set the scene.

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XL Industrial Services Wins Indiana Safety Award with HCSS Safety

April 14, 2016
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XL Industrial Services, Inc. credits one thing to its recent big safety award victory.

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Construction Industry Challenging OSHA's New Silica Rule

April 13, 2016
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The construction industry has taken a stand against a one of the most long-awaited and controversial Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules to be released in years.

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The Safety Risks of Construction Theft

March 17, 2016
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At a construction site in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in September, security camera footage shows a man in a hooded sweatshirt and jeans calmly walking up to a Bobcat steer-sled, entering the vehicle and starting the engine. After maneuvering the equipment onto a tractor-trailer, owner and landscaper Mark Hoppe was now about $30,000 poorer, according to local news station WISN. While police claimed they had a suspect in mind, the ordeal had turned into "an insurance nightmare" for Hoppe, who had taken precautions to protect the equipment, such as setting up cameras and fencing.

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5 Simple Steps for Managing Single Bid Items on Multiple Job Sites

March 7, 2016
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If you're an estimator who deals with the Department of Transportation (DOT), chances are you've had to manage dozens of single bid items at different job sites. You also know that the DOT’s single bid item structure makes calculating job value difficult for most estimators.

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Immigrant Workers Face Disproportionate Safety Risk

March 3, 2016
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A recent feature story from the New York Times went in-depth on the safety and health strugglesof New York City's construction industry, which has wide implications for construction workers around the country. In "Safety Lapses and Deaths Amid a Building Boom in New York," reporter David Chen details disturbingly similar trends in incident reports and lawsuits involving construction deaths in the city for the past two years. In diving deeper into these official statements, with the help of hundreds of interviews, Chen found a persistent culture of safety ignorance among industry leaders.

"Time and again, in thousands of pages of safety reports, handwritten notes, crude drawings, lawsuits and other documents, as well as interviews with the workers' relatives and friends, the same issues emerged," Chen wrote. "In many of the projects, a premium was placed on speed, causing workers to take dangerous shortcuts."

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Construction Work Among Highest Risk for Injury

March 1, 2016
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One of the latest annual reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has troubling news for the construction industry. In the latest installment of the report on "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away from Work," the BLS found that construction laborers were among the top 10 occupations for the highest injury and illness rates. This provides specific and unquestionable data that demonstrates how important construction safety systems are on the job..

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Work Shortage May Be Slowing

February 25, 2016

Recent data suggests the much-discussed worker shortage may be in the process of easing pressure on the quickly booming construction industry. The question, however, is if this is a sign of good things to come or just a temporary, yet unsustainable boost.

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Green Building Boom Good News for Construction Industry

February 23, 2016
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Concern for the environment is becoming more widespread among the general population, and as this trend continues to grow, so does consumer demand for buildings that reflect these values. According to a preliminary report compiled by Dodge Data & Analytics, demand for energy-efficient, environmentally conscious buildings has doubled every three years since 2008. Some of the highest growth rates have been seen in emerging economies, meaning that green buildings have contributed a significant amount to the overall global economic recovery.

With these trends in mind, developers and builders are bracing for even greater demand among consumers for environmentally conscious homes and buildings. The challenge lies not only in keeping pace, but with meeting the constantly changing expectations and engineering considerations such projects entail. Technology will also play as much of a role in building these structures as it will in helping them meet energy efficiency standards. Construction firms who can effectively leverage construction safety systems, among other new innovations, will see even greater rewards from this rapidly growing market.

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Six Hidden Dangers on Construction Sites [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 17, 2016
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Some of the most dangerous jobs on a construction site are those which seem the most innocuous. The way in which equipment is used and having the right construction safety systems in place on site can have a major impact on the safety of everyone.

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