How to Prepare and Maintain your Equipment for a Winter Workout

To ensure heavy equipment stays in peak operating condition and to minimize breakdowns, equipment managers must begin thinking about winterizing their fleet as soon as temperatures begin to drop. asp_resize_edit For heavy equipment operators, special attention has to be paid to their equipment before they start work. In some cases, extreme overnight conditions can be detrimental to their equipment. It …

How one Mobile App is Improving and Expediting Pipeline Inspections

Inspections and assessments are vital to the long-term useful life of oil and gas pipelines. In such a highly regulated industry, work performed on pipelines must be properly documented and tracked to ensure the highest levels of transparency and compliance. With so many parties involved in the upkeep of pipelines, it can be exceptionally difficult to make sure that the …

Top 5 Job-site Tested iPad Cases and Accessories for Construction

Tablets in construction have become a staple for running an efficient jobsite that instills clear communication from the field to the office. They eliminate the hassle of paper records and have the ability to update all decision makers immediately of what is being recorded. As any contractor knows, the jobsite and its elements are not the easiest on electronics, especially …

Biggest Factors Affecting Labour Productivity in Construction

Poor labour productivity is one of the main reasons for costs overruns and projects falling behind schedule. To help you identify and prevent poor productivity in your work force, listed below are some of the most recognized factors affecting labour productivity in the construction industry in a recent study by Intergraph. 1. Overtime Scheduling of longer work days than a standard …

6 Summer Tips to Keep Cool on the Jobsite

Every year, thousands of workers across the country suffer from serious heat-related illnesses as recorded by OSHA. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which has killed – on average – more than 30 workers annually since 2003. Labor-intensive activities in hot weather can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating. …

Top Ten Heavy Equipment Safety Tips for Incident Prevention

Heavy equipment or earth moving machines have been recently reported due to multiple accidents and fatalities. It is a must that all operators have identifiable and verifiable training on the equipment before operating. Accidents can happen to both the newly trained and seasoned veterans.  Tips to Avoid Equipment Accidents For everyone’s safety especially those of the operators, here are ten …

Using Real-Time Paperless Data Collection to Improve Asset Management

Real-time, Field Data Collection As a supplier of mission critical infrastructure service, utility companies must constantly deliver the highest level of service and safety to their customers and the general public.  One Canadian utility company set out to engage and secure a partner to provide them with services in data collection. The goal was to simplify, automate, and have real …

Million Trees NYC Being Tracked in the Cloud

The New York City parks department is piloting a process of monitoring the contractors who plant and maintain their trees as part of the MillionTreesNYC.org program.  The technology they are using is Histree, a green industry product that is powered by Nektar Data Systems. (www.histree.net & www.nektardata.wpengine.com) Each tree for the Million Trees NYC campaign is provided with a unique identity …

Improving Construction Worker Safety through Mobile Safety Management

“A work culture where safety is not a top priority can really hamper a company’s ability to attract good workers and its ability to do business.” In 2012 alone, 4,628 workers were killed on the job in the USA according to the Occupational Safety & Health Association, which translates to 12 deaths per day across the country. Hazard communication was …

How to Communicate Successful Safety Moments

Safety doesn’t happen by accident. Hazards on the Job Site As our weekly schedule fills up, we want to do every job faster and easier at work with short-cuts and hurry-ups, which can end up endangering ourselves and those around us. How often have we rushed a simple daily task, such as not letting your car windshield defrost, or driving …