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W. Webber’s Utilities Division Uses HeavyBid to Build Master Estimates

June 15, 2016
HeavyBid /

When estimator Syd Jones was searching for a new job across the country, he had one firm condition.

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Which Mobile Device Should I Buy for My Construction Company?

June 8, 2016
Field /
crews /
If you’re wondering what kind of iPad or tablet to buy for your crew, you’re not alone. HCSS customers often ask this question, so to save you from doing the research, here are our recommendations for the best tablets to buy for your job site.
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6 Things to Consider Before Buying Equipment Management Software

If you’re trying to decide whether using fleet management software is the right move, you’re not alone. Buying equipment management software can mean spending a nice chunk of change and asking your team to change the way they work. On the other hand, managing your fleet digitally can help increase productivity and make your employers happier.

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XL Industrial Services: Safety Culture Shift After Six Months

When XL Industrial Services, Inc. implemented HCSS Safety, the company’s main goal was to eliminate some frustrating paperwork issues.

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I Might Actually Like Running, Thanks to HCSS

April 19, 2016
HCSS /

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
Safety /

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
Safety /
osha /
agc /

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
Safety /

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
HeavyBid /

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
Safety /

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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