Gallagher Construction Services is committed to providing risk management and insurance protection to the construction industry. Our client-centered focus is designed to keep you abreast of issues affecting the industry. As we discover relevant information and resources about hot topics and trends, we will share it with you to help simplify your time and keep you informed.
The surety bond labyrinth; what construction firms need to know [ Article]
Surety Bonds are often referred to as lifeblood for a contractor. All public work, and quite often private work, requires the contractor to provide a surety bond that guarantees execution of all obligations under contractual terms. If the contractor cannot secure a bond, they cannot get the work!
Construction and opioids-a lethal combination [ Article]
The construction industry has long been known as one that takes a toll on workers, from injuries on the job to sore backs and, as people get older, stiff knees. The opioid crisis is making these problems even worse.
The vanishing workforce in construction and how to get it back [ Article]
Gallagher’s John Wagner, National Construction Director, discusses labor shortages in the construction industry and 6 strategies for change.
Opioids in the Workplace "From Prevention to Protection" [ Article]
Opioids provide value in pain management associated with a variety of conditions, but it comes with the trade-off of a high abuse and addiction potential. Prescription opioid drug misuse and abuse has been recently declared a national epidemic and state of emergency. Both federal and state agencies are devoting resources and issuing updated guidance to address this widespread problem.
Construction Safety Training [ Event]
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is hosting a free training seminar, and your company is invited to attend! This seminar is designed to provide employees with a basic understanding of OSHA practices and policies.
Heat Illness Liability Issues: OSHA and ADA Regulations [ Webinar]
Given work environments that may be impacted by warmer weather or extreme heat in the workplace environments, supervisors should be aware of critical regulations that protect employees from both OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act ). This Gallagher-sponsored webinar features attorneys specializing in OSHA and heat illness as the program's keynote presenters.
State of Construction, Trends and Emerging Risks [ Video]
During the recent 2014 IRMI Construction Risk Conference in Nashville, Brian Cooper, Gallagher Construction’s Managing Director, was interviewed by World Risk and Insurance News about some of the current trends, difficult risk exposures and growth opportunities in the construction industry. View the full video interview.
Susan Hecker selected as NASBP President for 2015-2016 [ News]
Susan Hecker, Gallagher's Executive Vice President and National Director of Contract Surety, was selected as President of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP). NASBP is an international trade association serving a membership of firms employing licensed surety bond producers.
Battle of the Contracts ― Round Two: Construction Tech Briefing [ Whitepaper]
Within the international construction industry, the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) and the New Engineering Contract (NEC) help provide consistent standardized documentation and structure within that industry. Continually evolving events and situations have prompted revisions to those structures.
Terminating the Accident-Prone Employee [ Webinar]
This Risk Management Strategies webinar is part of our special tactics webcast series. The session covers employers' performance expectations, problem employee evaluations and a strategy for discipline and termination. Click the link below to view the webinar.
Employee Benefit Trends in Latin America [ Whitepaper]
Latin America has moved to center stage in terms of employee benefits. The rules of the game are globalization, increasing open-market economies, talent shortage and competition. Employers and employee benefits need to stand and face the challenge.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Understanding Arc Flash [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Simply put, an arc flash is a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground. The results are often violent and when a human is in close proximity to the arc flash, serious injury and even death can occur.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Situational Awareness [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Situational awareness is being aware of what is happening around you in terms of here you are, where you are supposed to be, and whether anyone or anything around you is threat to your health and safety.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Electrical Shock [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
An electrical injury is damage to the skin or internal organs when a person comes into direct contact with an electrical current. The human body conducts electricity very well. That means electricity passes very easily throughout the body. Direct contact with electrical current can be deadly. While some electrical burns look minor, there still may be serious internal damage, especially to the heart, muscles, or brain.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Share the Roads Safely [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Although estimates vary, driver fatigue may contribute to more than 100,000 crashes a year. Conservative estimates peg drowsy driving as a contributing factor in about 1,000 fatalities a year, while a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that more than 6,000 drowsy driving crashes a year result in at least one fatality.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Safety and the Aging Working [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Although there is no consensus on the age at which workers are considered “older workers,” the aging workforce phenomenon is real. These demographic shifts have made the issue of healthier workers, especially those of advanced age, much more pressing.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Paying Attention [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Have you ever spent time with someone who was so absentminded or distracted that you wondered how they got through life every day? On the other hand, have you ever known someone who was so observant and attentive that they made you feel a little self-conscious? We all have been on both sides of this equation.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Lyme Disease [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Lyme disease affects everyone differently. Some people get sick in about a week. The first sign may be a rash near the tick bite. Other people may not seem sick until months or years after a tick bite.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Hand Tool Safety - Heights [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, there were 263 fatalities from being struck by a falling object or equipment in the U.S., which accounted for 6 percent of all workplace fatalities. Dropped objects are a serious concern that can put a workforce at risk and result in lost productivity.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Eliminating Hazards [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Not a day goes by that we don’t come across some form of hazard at work, at home and during our day-to-day activities. Some hazards require a trained eye to identify, but more often than not we simply don’t notice them—even if they’re obvious.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Electrical Outlet Testers [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
We should always inspect electrical tools prior to operation to make sure they are functioning properly. But how do you know if the outlet that you plug the tool into is working properly? An electrical outlet that is not wired properly can make an otherwise safe tool dangerous. A simple solution is to test the outlet using a outlet tester.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Contact Dermatitis [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Contact dermatitis, also called eczema, is defined as an inflammation of the skin resulting from exposure to a hazardous agent. It is the most common form of reported Occupational Skin Disease (OSD), and represents a burden for workers. Epidemiological data indicate that contact dermatitis constitutes approximately 90–95% of all cases of OSD in the United States. Common symptoms of dermatitis include itching, pain, redness, swelling, small blisters or wheals (itchy, red circles with a white center) on the skin, or dry, flaking, scaly skin that may develop cracks.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Carbon Monoxide [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible gas with no taste or smell. It can become especially dangerous if it builds up in tightly confined areas. It is just slightly lighter than air so it can hang around in enclosed spaces. All fuels, including “cleaner” fuels like propane, create CO.
Hard Hat Bulletin - Bench Grinder Safety [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Bench grinders can cause serious injury if used incorrectly. By following the safe work practices listed below, you can help reduce the risk of injuring yourself or others while using these powerful tools.
Hard Hat Bulletin: Heat Stroke [ Hard Hat Bulletin Newsletter]
Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. This Gallagher Hard Hat Bulletin is part of a monthly series of materials to assist managers and other leaders in the construction industry with helping to improve safety measures among their staff and contractors. It includes a brief overview on a topic.
A Minute for Safety: Machine Guarding [ Minute For Safety Newsletter]
Moving machine parts can cause minor injuries such as cuts and scrapes, as well as major crushing and amputation injuries and even death. Learn about machine guarding and the safe work practices you need to follow.
A Minute for Safety: Hoisting Heavy Loads [ Minute For Safety Newsletter]
In industrial or manufacturing environments, a hoist is a lifting mechanism used for heavy loads. This drum or wheeled mechanism includes ropes or chains for lifting. While a hoist can have significant benefits, it can cause serious injuries if used improperly or without proper safety training.
A Minute for Safety: Fire Safety [ Minute For Safety Newsletter]
Fire prevention and the safety in the workplace is critical to protecting co-workers and reducing potential financial losses for the company. Planning, documentation, continual identification of risk exposures and training are just some of the significant aspects to address in fire prevention.
Un Minuto para la Seguridad: Seguridad Contra Incendios [ Minute For Safety Newsletter]
(Spanish Version - A Minute for Safety: Fire Safety) Prevención de incendios y la seguridad en el lugar de trabajo es fundamental para la protección de los trabajadores y reducir las posibles pérdidas financieras de la empresa. Planificación, documentación, continuando la identificación de los riesgos y de la formación son sólo algunos aspectos importantes para abordar en la prevención de incendios.
A Minute for Safety: Green Muscles [ Minute For Safety Newsletter]
For roles requiring a significant amount of manual labor, you might find your body takes a certain amount of time to acclimate to the new physical demands. Muscles that weren’t used before — or were used rather infrequently — might undergo a certain amount of soreness for a brief period of time. “Green” muscles refer to the transitioning of infrequently used muscles into working ones.
Un Minuto para la Seguridad: Músculos Verdes [ Minute For Safety Newsletter]
(Spanish Version - A Minute for Safety: "Green" Muscles") Para las funciones que requieren una gran cantidad de mano de obra, puede encontrarse con que su cuerpo necesita una cierta cantidad de tiempo para aclimatarse a las nuevas exigencias físicas. Los músculos que no se utilizaron antes — o se utilizaban con poca frecuencia — podrían experimentar una cierta cantidad de dolor por un breve período de tiempo. Músculos "verdes" hacen referencia a la transición de los músculos que se usan con poca frecuencia en los que trabajan.
Risk Management Safety Insight: Combustible Dust Standards Update [ Risk Management Safety Newsletter]
Following some catastrophic workplace disasters over the years, there have been calls for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt a comprehensive combustible dust standard. While OSHA has yet to act, it’s likely that they will implement a comprehensive combustible dust standard for all industries.
A Minute for Safety: Accident Investigations [ Minute For Safety Newsletter]
Accidents happen every day and for many reasons. Usually, they're the result of people, equipment or surroundings failing to perform as expected. A thorough accident investigation procedure is an important part of any safety program. It helps an employer understand what caused the accident and what can be done to prevent a recurrence.
Construction Industry Associations
- AGC of America
- AGC of California
- American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc.
- Associated Builders & Contractors
- The Beavers, Heavy Engineering Construction
- Construction Financial Management Assoc.
- Engineering & Utility Contractors Assoc.
Construction Related Organizations/Associations
- American Institute of Architects
- Engineering News-Record
- Design-Build Institute of America
- EIFS Industry Members Association