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Gantry Crane Disconnect: Compliance With the National Electrical Code (NEC)

Construction electricians are occasionally called upon to install a gantry crane system. The National Electrical Code provides specific rules for such an installation in Article 610, but gantries differ from other electrical installations in one particularly surprising way. Specifically, we’re talking about disconnecting means for the power supply. The NEC is pretty clear on the subject as it pertains to… Continue Reading

Electric Forklifts at Construction Material Warehouses

Construction professionals are probably familiar with gas-powered rough-terrain forklifts, but electric counterbalance lift trucks are often the best option for indoor applications like a firm’s materials warehouse. Electric forklifts offer many advantages over the construction industry’s standard rough-terrain lift truck, at least when operating in a strict material-handling capacity on warehouse floors designed for such traffic. The benefits of going… Continue Reading

OSHA Confined Space Standards for the Construction Industry

While OSHA’s confined space standards have been on the books since 1913, it wasn’t until 2015 that the Administration issued such rules specifically for the construction industry. Construction workers encounter many risks you won’t find in other industries, particularly when workers enter tight, hard-to-reach spaces. Besides, construction sites typically feature multiple employers, and for this odd situation, the generalized standards came up short. At some point, it became clear that the general-industry standards for working in confined spaces weren’t addressing hazards at construction sites. That’s when regulators developed the rules found in 29 CFR 1926 subpart AA. Here’s what employers within the construction industry need to know about the newer set of OSHA standards for working in confined spaces: What… Continue Reading

OSHA for Construction Welders: Storing Gas Cylinders

Gas cylinders present obvious dangers for welders, but fortunately, proper equipment — and strict adherence to OSHA guidelines — can mitigate the risks. Whether you’re working with gas cylinders for the first time or you’re simply looking to ensure full compliance in your facility, this overview should help you understand OSHA requirements for storing gas cylinders safely. The good news… Continue Reading

Mulch and Soil Recycling for Landscapers

At a certain point in any landscaping company’s growth, it becomes more profitable to produce mulch and topsoil in-house. Initial costs amount to capital investments that can start producing a return within just a few seasons. Even better, landscapers who produce their own soil products can avoid the inevitable bottlenecks that accompany late shipments from third-party producers. Manufacturing topsoil and… Continue Reading