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Accidents Happen: Routine Safety Audits Must Be A Top Priority

 

Fact: One in ten construction workers are injured every year. 
Fact: Over the course of a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 1 in 200 chances of dying. 
Fact: Falls are the greatest cause of fatal construction injuries.
Fact: The most-violated OSHA standard is fall protection. 
Fact: The construction industry is #2 in the United States for fatal injuries in workers younger than 18. 
Fact: Sixty percent of construction workplace injuries occur within the employee’s first year of employment.
Fact: Exposure accounts for 15.7% of all construction injuries.
Fact:  Between 2002 and 2012, 19.5% of all workplace deaths were from the construction industry.

How to avoid construction cost overruns on your project

 

Civil construction projects are typically long-term projects with an array of moving parts. Over the course of several months and sometimes years, these parts often change, impacting the project’s budget and leading to cost overruns. This happens as a result of design errors, unexpected site conditions, increases in project scope, weather conditions, engineering changes and more. Nationwide, construction cost overruns average 15% to 25%, and most lenders recommend including a 20% contingency for project budgets. At Cycle Construction, we challenge these statistics and do everything possible to minimize cost overruns for our clients.

Empire, LA Floodgate Removal

Cycle Construction recently played a key role in a project designed to help vessels access and navigate a busy channel in Empire, LA. Performing as a subcontractor to Kiewit-Pittman JV on this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE) project, the family-owned company was tasked with removing a 105-ton floodgate. Having weathered decades of storms and tides, the old floodgate – which lay under water when not closed – was damaging the bottoms of passing vessels in the channel.  In 2017, Kiewit-Pittman completed construction of a new structure and gate, making the remaining old structure both obsolete and a hazard. 

6 Key Qualities of a Successful Heavy Civil Contractor

When researching heavy civil contractors for your upcoming project, it is important to establish criteria to be met to ensure a successful project. Large, civil jobsites can be chaotic at times, with many moving parts. You want to hire a contractor that can effectively and efficiently run the job, keep all workers safe and keep the job within or below budget.  A civil contractor should be “on top of their game” to handle the challenges that arise daily. Here are six key qualities of a heavy civil contractor that are integral to successful projects:

Nashville Avenue Wharf: “A” Substructure Repairs

Cycle Marine Group, Inc of Kenner, LA is overseeing the restoration of more than 4,000 piles supporting the Nashville Avenue Terminal Complex in New Orleans. The family-owned company was awarded the $20 million project in early 2017.  

Cycle awarded 1st Place in Heavy Division for the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards

Cycle Construction was recently awarded 1st Place in the Heavy Division for the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) from the Associated General Contractors of America. The CSEA recognizes those construction companies that excel at safety performance, examining each candidate’s commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control. 

CityBusiness Features Cycle's Work on Brechtel Park Lagoon

Cycle Construction crews are in the process of rehabilitating the lagoon at Brechtel Park, a 110-acre recreational park located at 4401 Lennox Blvd. It served as the West Bank’s only regional park before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wrecked the area. Read CityBusiness article.

Seven employees earn their Cycle Red Hardhat

After completing a 90-day onsite training period, seven Cycle team members were given their coveted Cycle Red Hardhat, a symbol of understanding and dedication to Cycle’s safety guidelines and operating policies.

Raising the Bar on Safety

Cycle Construction is preparing to roll out a new safety management software that should save time and money – while saving lives. Created specifically for the construction industry, HCSS Safety is a complete system that centralizes and streamlines all of Cycle’s safety operations. The result: Less paperwork and administrative time; and more opportunities for project teams to improve efficiency and take a more proactive approach to the safety protocol.

Boys Town Louisiana Honors Cycle President Jonathan Kernion and wife Lynn

Cycle Construction President Jonathan Kernion, along with his wife Lynn, were recently honored at Boys Town Louisiana's Annual Retro ReProm Fundraising Gala. For many years, the Kernions have dedicated themselves to Saving Children and Healing Families through Boys Town.

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