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Cycle Construction Hosts First Annual Safety Stand Down

Cycle Construction recently hosted its first annual “Safety Stand Down”. Established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the initiative enables business owners to better explain construction safety guidelines to staff. Cycle’s Safety Stand Down included a presentation by Louisiana One Call and an onsite, “digging around underground utilities” demonstration by Cycle President and CEO Jonathan Kernion.

Tips to Keep Your Construction Project on Schedule

 

“Time is money.” No better phrase describes the importance of keeping a construction project on schedule. When projects run off the scheduling rails – be it from inclement weather or poor communications among team members – the end-result is almost always lost profit and a blow to the construction company’s reputation.

The smart contractor plans for contingencies and aligns all the moving parts into a reasonable schedule. 

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 on the job. 
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.

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:

Why wetland restoration is important for Louisiana and how the construction industry can help

Louisiana is home to approximately 40% of all coastal wetlands in the United States. Sadly, the Bayou State is also where 90% of the nation's coastal wetlands disappear each year. In fact, every thirty minutes, Louisiana loses one acre of wetlands!  

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