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Summer Heat Safety: Essential Tips for Contractors Working in July

Summer Heat Safety: Essential Tips for Contractors Working in July

As the temperatures soar in July, contractors face the dual challenge of maintaining productivity while ensuring the safety and well-being of their crew. Working in the summer heat can lead to serious health risks, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To help you navigate these challenges, we’ve compiled a list of essential tips for staying safe and efficient during the hottest months of the year. Understanding Heat-Related Illnesses Before diving into preventive measures, it's crucial to recognize the common heat-related illnesses and their symptoms: Heat Exhaustion: Characterized by heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. If not treated, it can...

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The Right Steps to Effective Contractor Safety Management

The Right Steps to Effective Contractor Safety Management

For owners of a contracting business, safety management is every bit as important as quality of work and customer satisfaction. In fact, effective contractor safety management can result in an improved return on investment and reputation, which is vital for gaining new business. When a contracting business is committed to safety, productivity is improved and risk is reduced. Below, we’ll discuss some steps to include in an effective safety management program. Safety should start at the pre-project planning stage. Every job should begin with a thorough risk assessment, trying to identify all of the relevant hazards. They should then be...

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Contractor Tips: Go Green with your Remodel

Contractor Tips:  Go Green with your Remodel

If you’re planning to tackle a remodeling project, keep in mind that it’s an excellent opportunity to make use of all of the green options available today. When doing so, make sure that you are adding green elements that are both practical and sustainable. Below, we’ve listed some ways that you can remodel using a greener way of thinking. Use zero-VOC paints. VOCs is an acronym for volatile organic compounds. They are unstable, carbon containing compounds that rapidly vaporize into the air. They are both harmful to the environment and to those who come in contact with them. Some health...

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Independent Contractor Taxes: What You Need to Know

Independent Contractor Taxes: What You Need to Know

There are a lot of benefits that go along with being self-employed. One of which are the tax advantages. These benefits won’t happen without a little effort, though. You must be diligent about keeping records, organizing all receipts and paying estimated taxes. With some foresight, budgeting, and good record-keeping you should be well on your way. Below, are some things to keep in mind as tax season approaches. First and foremost, it’s important to verify your independent contractor status. When it comes to the IRS, they have their own definition of what an independent contractor is and not all companies...

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Building Green: Sustainable Ideas for Contractors and DIY Enthusiasts

Building Green: Sustainable Ideas for Contractors and DIY Enthusiasts

In the modern era, construction and home improvement are no longer just about creating structures; they are about building a sustainable and eco-friendly future. For both contractors and DIY enthusiasts, embracing sustainable practices not only contributes to a healthier planet but also enhances the longevity and efficiency of structures. In this blog post, we'll explore a variety of sustainability ideas that contractors and DIY-ers can integrate into their projects, ensuring a greener and more responsible approach to construction and home improvement. 1. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials: Opting for recycled and reclaimed materials is a cornerstone of sustainable construction. Contractors can...

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