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5 Challenges Currently Facing the Construction Industry

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Construction Planning Tools

Working in any industry presents a number of challenges, such as maintaining employee productivity, overcoming financial hardships, and dealing with industry-specific struggles. The construction industry comes with a unique set of obstacles to overcome. Issues with safety on construction sites, a huge labor shortage, problems with employee productivity levels, and technological setbacks are just some of the major challenges the construction industry is facing today. We’ve broken these issues down to provide a better picture of just what is going on in the industry.

Labor Shortage

Construction is one of those industries that is constantly in motion. There are always time-sensitive projects progressing at a rapid pace, new buildings going up, and new roads to be paved. If there aren’t enough employees to handle these projects, construction companies can find themselves stretched too thin. A major problem like labor shortages challenges these companies with several additional hurdles, such as added costs and a lengthened project timeline. In short, lack of quality talent makes it hard for companies to provide quality work. After the recession, millions of construction workers left the industry and only about half came back. This makes it difficult for companies to find experienced workers in the industry. On top of that, fewer and fewer students are choosing to go into construction professions. Trying to recruit more young people and encourage them to build a career in the industry is crucial to closing this gap.

Worker Productivity

Within the construction industry, a high level of employee productivity is critical for completing high-quality projects in a timely manner. The labor shortage the construction industry faces is a direct cause of falling productivity levels. As the older generation begins to retire, leaving the workforce, the younger, less experienced generation takes their place. With construction projects becoming more complex and demand for projects remaining high, finding and retaining skilled workers is essential, not only for the safety of your employees and others but for your company, too.

Safety

Maintaining safety and ensuring proper precautions are in place are ongoing challenges within the construction industry. Putting up homes or buildings requires a variety of complex tools and heavy machinery, making construction sites hazardous. Lack of safety training can be a major problem for construction companies. If your employees aren’t trained to operate certain machinery or tools in the proper way, those oversights can lead to injury--or even death in some cases. If there is one thing that your construction company should never skimp on, it’s safety. When you are dealing with safety issues, it can be a major financial deficit. You lose time and money with lost wages, potential legal fees, and costs to implement a better safety plan. Making sure you already have proper safeguards, essential training, and skilled employees can help a construction company run more safely and more efficiently.

Technology

Advancing technology has a major impact on all industries, but the construction industry has been slow to adopt technological changes. Whether your company uses certain programs or software will not necessarily mean your subcontractors will utilize them. This can make it difficult to navigate around those differences in technological capability at times. Introducing new technology can provide a number of benefits when it comes to running your business and managing projects. Adopting certain technologies and practices, such as the use of drones for monitoring workers, can help keep employees safe and the project running smoothly. Those companies that are evolving and adopting smart changes will have a major competitive edge over those that aren’t progressing at the same speed.

Rising Materials Cost

One of the last major challenges facing modern construction companies is the rising cost of materials. The pricing of land and raw materials is always changing, and those fluctuating costs can be a major issue for smaller construction companies. Contractors and companies who depend on individual projects don’t have as much leverage and are greatly affected by the costs of a project, while larger companies are able to look beyond the current costs to other or future projects. On top of that, natural disasters can affect supply lines and cause a higher demand for materials, naturally making the prices go up.

Alleviate the Stress of Construction Challenges by Renting from On Site

With rising costs of materials, labor shortages, productivity downfall, and more creating tough challenges in the construction industry, something you shouldn’t feel stressed about is how you’re going to keep your employees safe and comfortable. With a construction porta potty, portable showers, or heating and cooling you can make sure that your employees are always feeling clean and comfortable while on the job. On Site can help you find exactly what you need for various projects. Contact us today for a quote!

When to Rent a Temporary Air Conditioner

by Erik Hendricks 0 comments

Air Conditioner Construction Weddings

The summer months can be hot, humid, and hard to find relief at times, especially if you’re outside. More than likely, at a construction site you’re already working up a sweat, and nobody wants to go to an outdoor event in the summer and feel uncomfortable. A/C rental can make a huge difference for a company or event. With the option to escape the heat and truly cool off, guests won’t wish they had stayed home and your employees will likely feel more comfortable throughout the day, boosting morale. Air conditioning rental for outdoor events can be the key to happy guests, and A/C rental for construction can make working a little more bearable.  

Air Filtration: What it is and When to Use It

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Construction

It’s no secret that construction sites can create a lot of dust and result in poor air quality. Constantly breathing in particles can potentially cause serious health problems for construction workers. Being exposed to contaminated air can decrease productivity in employees, as well. Certain situations may require construction teams to evaluate their air quality situation, such as working inside an enclosed building or at a healthcare facility. If a construction team isn’t always exposed to these elements, being able to rent the air filtration equipment your team needs can be beneficial. Proper construction air filtration is crucial to providing a healthy and safe environment for every member of your crew.  

How to Cure Concrete In Sub-Freezing Temperatures

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Construction Heating

The Midwest is typically subject to some pretty cold temperatures during the winter months, but although the weather may sometimes be unbearable, construction doesn’t necessarily stop. Winter can seem like a tough season for curing concrete, but it can’t always be avoided. Concrete is best set at a mild temperature of 50 to 60 degrees F. In the winter, the temperatures are likely to be significantly lower, making it hard to properly cure. Snow, ice, and cold weather cause delays in construction, and if not exposed to the right elements, the concrete can be weak and brittle once dry. Curing concrete in cold weather can seem like a bit of a challenge, but with the right tools, it can be achieved.  

New OSHA Regulations Your Construction Team Needs to Know

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Construction

Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updates their rules and regulations. With new technologies and rapidly changing workforce demographics, there is a constant need to keep improving these rules and regulations in order to keep work environments safe, especially for construction sites. While it is important to always keep in mind OSHA regulations to prevent workplace injury and avoid fines, we know it can be hard to keep up with the near constant implementation of new rules. We’ve created a list of some of the 2018 OSHA regulations that construction teams should look out for.  

Construction Site Showers: Why Renting Shower Trailers Will Boost Your Construction Team’s Morale

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Construction Sanitation

There is no better feeling in the world than being nice and clean after a hot shower. While having portable restrooms, heaters, and air conditioners are obvious things to have at a construction site, having a portable shower is beneficial, as well. Not only will it show that you care about your employees’ health and cleanliness, but it can improve their work ethic and overall morale. At On Site, we take employee morale seriously. By offering the best of the best when it comes to construction site sanitation we do our part to keep your crew clean and happy.  

8 Things Your Construction Team Should Be Recycling

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Construction

Throughout a construction project, whatever it may be, you’re bound to be tossing away a lot of debris. Debris is generated from all phases of a project and often just gets thrown away and later taken to a landfill. Recycling and reusing materials is many times overlooked, especially during the cold, winter months when you want to finish a project as quickly as possible. With the use of an electric construction heater, you’ll stay warmer on the job site and be more apt to implement a longer timeline, making recycling more attainable.  

OSHA Rules and Regulations for Bathrooms at Construction Sites

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Construction Sanitation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) likes to keep you on your toes by regularly updating and revising its standards, regulations and compliances for healthy working conditions. When it comes to safety and sanitation, OSHA’s constant changes makes ensuring that your construction sites are up to code a cumbersome task.  Furthermore, the details and provisions of the regulations differ from state-to-state. The best way to make sure you site is OSHA compliant is to make a habit out of checking for OSHA updates. At On Site, we take pride in providing you with all of the information and resources you need to complete your construction jobs safely and on schedule. Today, we’re going to do that by giving you the latest rundown of OSHA’s rules and regulations when it comes to bathrooms at construction sites.  

6 Ways Renting a Concrete Blanket Will Improve Your Construction Project

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Construction

Working on a cold construction site can be challenging, particularly when the weather threatens to damage equipment, tamper with your concrete’s setting process, or keep the ground from thawing during landscaping projects. If you don’t take the proper precautions, low temperatures can force your contracting team to stay at the same site for weeks on end to finish up. Costing you valuable time, money and preventing you from moving on to the next project. Here at On Site, we offer a wide selection of concrete curing blankets that are specially designed to keep concrete, blocks and bricks at an optimal temperature. Today we’ll be discussing six reasons why renting a concrete blanket will improve your construction project. But before we do, let’s briefly explain how cold weather can affect your site.  

Ways to Quickly and Thoroughly Cure Concrete in the Winter

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Construction

Just because winter has come doesn’t mean that construction gets to stop. Whether your job is big or small, battling the elements while trying to complete your project can be trying. One of the hardest aspects of working with concrete in the winter is trying to get your concrete to thoroughly cure before the next storm rolls through. Luckily, On Site offers multiple solutions to help you cure your concrete quickly this winter. No matter the size of your project, we have the ground heater that can fit your project’s scale and scope. With one of our ground heaters, you’ll be able to thaw frozen ground, cure concrete, prevent frost and provide temporary air heat during the colder months of the year.  If you need to perform some foundation curing in winter, then you’re in luck. Winter concrete curing doesn’t need to be a pain. With the right tool, you’ll be able to cut your project’s timeline in half; it’s as simple as choosing which ground heater is right for you.