Author Archives: Contributed

National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

National Safety Stand-Down Begins May 8

Construction employers are encouraged to participate in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down program to be held the week of May 8-12. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective...

A Big Partnership for Tiny Homes

While many builders are pondering over whether there is really enough serious money in tiny houses to warrant jumping into the market, one company in Salida, Colorado, is forging ahead. In a press release, Sprout Tiny Homes (OTC PK:STHI), announced its collaboration and partnership with WeeCasa, known as the world’s largest tiny home hotel...

Gary Auman

OSHA’S NEW Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

-By Gary Auman – The new Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s electronic recordkeeping rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illness became effective on January 1, 2017. The rule includes provisions to protect those who report injuries or illnesses from retaliation by their employer, and these provisions went into effect on December 1,...

Wisconsin Becomes 23rd State to Ban PLAs

On April 17, Wisconsin became the 23rd state to adopt legislation or executive action against controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) on state, state-assisted and local construction projects. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a supporter of the move, applauded Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) for signing Act 3 that prohibits the government from mandating PLAs, noting...

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Voting Open for Gold Key Awards

Do you have a favorite post-frame or low-rise metal building supplier you’d like to see rewarded for the products and services your business has come to rely on? For the past 35 years, Rural Builder magazine has enlisted the help of builders to select businesses that deserve some recognition. Companies that receive the most...

Marketing Advantages of Building Dealer Networks

If you are a contractor who would prefer to hire someone for your marketing, you might be best served by becoming an independent building dealer. Companies like Wick Buildings and Lester Building Systems have extensive tools designed just for you, and they provide ample opportunities for their partners (dealers/builders) to become well versed in...

What you Should Know about Skylights and Polycarbonate Panels

POLYCARBONATE PANELS Some of you are old pros at installing and handling polycarbonate, but some of you may handle it so infrequently that sharing a few tips and tricks would be helpful to ensure a successful installation. Palram Americas offers the following: On the Job Site When storing the materials either in the yard...

Marketing Help Outreach: Suppliers Have Answers!

If you are a contractor who dreads the marketing aspects of your business, you’re not alone. Fortunately a lot of your suppliers have already developed the tools you need. They are hoping that you will use them because they know that your success is their success. Central States Manufacturing Every marketing professional will tell...