Protect Roofers From Deadly Falls With These Safety Precautions

Construction is widely recognized as a dangerous business. The tools, materials and conditions that construction professionals operate with and in can cause serious injuries and even death. Some simple precautions and adherence to safety regulations can reduce or eliminate much of the risk found in construction categories. Among these is roofing, a task that exposes workers to potential harm from falls. Here are some ways to protect roofers from deadly falls.

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  • Identify risks before work starts  – Safety managers and related professionals should carefully assess the site and requirements before any roofing work begins. Remember that conditions on a roof can change quickly, whether from wind, rain, shifting materials or other factors. Take these into consideration as you plan for roof safety.
  • Use appropriate fall prevention equipment – Fall safety requires the use of fall prevention equipment appropriate to the setting. Safety devices could include fall-arrest systems, guardrails, ladders and other equipment. Make sure all components of these systems are working properly and are in compliance with OSHA regulations or other requirements.
  • Assess structural strength of roof surface – Make sure you know how strong the roof is and whether or not it will be able to safely hold the weight of one or more roofers, their equipment and roofing supplies. Take steps to make the roof stronger, if needed. Pay particular attention to safety around skylights or other openings in the roof.
  • Wear personal protective gear – In addition to fall prevention devices, roofers should wear appropriate clothing and gear. This can include sturdy work shoes with treads that provide good footing, knee pads or elbow pads to protect joints, and durable clothing to protect against cuts, scratches or other minor injuries.
  • Create clear work areas –Place equipment and supplies in areas where they won’t be an obstacle to roofers as they work. Make sure material is staged to prevent the possibility of tripping and falling over tools or supplies.

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5 Factors That Affect the Insulation Market

Insulation remains an important element of construction projects in the United States and abroad. Insulation improves energy efficiency, boosts indoor comfort, allows HVAC systems to work better, and decreases energy costs in both commercial and residential applications. The market has grown by about 3 percent each year between 2000 and 2010, according to Insulation Outlook. Globally, the 2012 insulation market totaled more than $84 billion.

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The insulation market is affected by five important factors:

  1. Codes and regulations – Building codes in the United States and abroad have placed restrictions on the types of material that can be used in building applications. This has extended into the insulation market to affect the type of material that’s appropriate or allowed in certain situations.
  2. Urbanization and increased population – Increases in population drive the need for more residential structures, which in turn drives the need for more insulation. This is especially true in situations where urban populations are growing. A little more than half of the global population is living in urban areas.
  3. New building construction – More and more construction of new buildings, whether commercial, industrial or residential, demands more and more insulation for those structures.
  4. Cost of energy – Energy costs continue to be a major influence on the global and domestic economies. Since the use of insulation in construction projects tends to reduce the costs of energy for commercial or residential clients, insulation is likely to continue as an effective solution to keeping energy costs under control.
  5. Sustainability – Sustainability and its associated areas in energy use will continue to influence the use of insulation and the type of insulation used. While insulation itself may not be a sustainable material, the significant energy savings it promises allows it to contribute to energy conservation and sustainability in different contexts.

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U.S. Hotel Construction at 6-Year High

According to Lodging Econometrics, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based strategic intelligence and consulting company serving the hospitality and lodging industry, the total number of hotel construction projects in 2014 reached a six-year high. A total of 3,645 projects, comprising more than 460,000 rooms, were identified by Lodging Econometrics. The data indicates five consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year growth.

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The Lodging Econometrics data included all known hotel projects in the construction pipeline, including those in the early planning stages, those expected to begin within the next 12 months, and those currently under construction.

Total hotel projects under construction were 1,086 in the fourth quarter of 2014, with a total of 136,442 rooms. In contrast, the number for the fourth quarter of 2013 were 793 under construction for a total of 101,735 rooms.

More than 1,200 hotel projects were in the early planning stages as of the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to 1,071 in the fourth quarter of 2013. These projects represent hotels that are expected to be completed and in operation within three to five year.

Projects expected to begin within 12 months were listed at 1,351 in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 1,156 during the same period in 2013.

Though current construction trends in the hotel industry are showing encouraging signs of significant growth, the industry still hasn’t bounced back to levels seen in 2007. In that year, the total number of projects in the construction pipeline was 5,438, totaling 718,387 rooms.

Construction Monitor regularly reports on trends and developments in the U.S. construction industry, including housing starts, building permit issuances and important construction events. Contact us today for more information on the latest trends in hotel construction throughout the United States.

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Boise Construction Project Focuses on Infill Development

LocalConstruct, a Boise construction company, is focusing its latest efforts on creating an infill project for one of the city’s main neighborhoods. This is the seven-story apartment building on the west side of 5th Street in the Central Addition neighborhood of Boise. The building is expected to contain 150 apartment units, ground-floor commercial and retail space, and a two-story covered parking facility.

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“Infill” refers to projects and developments that “fill in” gaps of undeveloped or underdeveloped spaces in existing neighborhoods and urban areas. Infill can involve designing and constructing entirely new buildings, or it can also be accomplished through the renovation and retrofitting of existing structures.

A major goal of infill projects is to create a greater density of residential and commercial space in a particular area. For city managers, this is often seen as a way to encourage more development while at the same time relieving stress on roads and other infrastructure. When a neighborhood has a substantial amount of residential and commercial options in a smaller space, both visitors and residents are more likely to walk rather than use their cars.

The Boise project reveals some of the difficulties posed by infill development. For example, LocalConstruct’s proposed building site isn’t empty, nor is it undeveloped greenfield land. The lot contains three empty historic houses that have long had the attention of local historic preservationists. Efforts to raise interest in saving those buildings and other historic structures in Central Addition are ongoing.

As of early 2015, Boise’s preservationist community had not protested LocalConstruct’s plans for the apartment and commercial building. However, dealing with the issue of historic preservation is likely to become necessary as the project moves forward.

Construction Monitor helps construction professionals plan and execute their projects using the latest and most accurate data on housing starts, building permits and industry trends. Contact us today for more information on Boise construction and on industry developments in areas related to infill and urban center expansion.

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The Dallas Suburb of Richardson Sees Construction Boom

Richardson, one of Dallas’s first-ring suburbs, is emerging as one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. It’s experiencing a substantial construction boom that’s making it a top-flight destination for many white-collar and technical companies.

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Do Drones Have a Place in Construction? 5 Potential Uses

As the uses and abuses of small drone aircraft continue to be evaluated, some construction firms are turning to these versatile flying machines to add a level of observation, security and practicality that can’t be obtained from the ground. Here are five areas for potential drone use in construction.
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Up Your Safety Standards on the Construction Site and Enjoy Cheaper Surety Bonds

safety standards in constructionApplying strict safety standards in construction creates an environment in which injuries are reduced. Boosting safety standards in construction can also have a substantial financial benefit for construction professionals who want to obtain lower-cost surety bonds for their projects. Reducing costs while improving safety benefits everyone involved in the project.
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The Fastest Growing U.S. Cities of 2015 — Where Construction Is Booming

fastest growing U.S. citiesConstruction trends in 2014 and early 2015 indicate that the industry is continuing to expand after taking a significant hit from the U.S. economic recession of 2007 to 2009. Commercial, residential and industrial construction are showing significant increases, while investments in infrastructure are prompting growth in several regions. Industry analysts continue to expect significant growth in the construction sector throughout 2015 and beyond. The following are some of the fastest growing U.S. cities where construction is increasing and industry-related firms could see significant growth in revenue.
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How Is the U.S. Construction Industry Affected by Lower Oil Prices?

Plunging prices for crude oil have lowered costs for many Americans, particularly at the gas pump. But lower oil prices may also affect the U.S. construction industry in both positive and negative ways.
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Lumber Liquidators Under Fire After Reports of Formaldehyde in Flooring Products

Lumber Liquidators, a discount flooring supplier based in Toano, Virginia, is alleged to have been selling hardwood flooring imported from China that contains high levels of the chemical formaldehyde. The allegations against the company were made in a report by the television news program “60 Minutes.”

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