ConstructionPro Week, Volume: 5 - Issue: 40 - 10/14/2016

Construction Blog Highlights

On a regular basis, we highlight content posted on other blogs that we feel would benefit our readers.  This week's blog highlights include:


Construction Insurance - Are Temporary Employees Covered?

In the past two months, we reported on several stories concerning the growing shortage of construction workers - both skilled and unskilled.  Some companies have turned to staffing agencies to fill open slots.  Jeffrey Cavignac, a risk specialist, points out at the ENR blog this could result in gaps in workers' compensation and general liability insurance for these workers; read the full post here.


Kraus-Anderson Website - Informative and Tasteful
While researching blogs this week, we came upon Kraus-Anderson, an ENR 400 top contractor.  The information available includes company-specific topics plus a range of general information that could benefit other contractors and owners. The site is nicely laid out, has tasteful graphics and is easy to navigate.  One recent blog post is Mary Kaeding's interview of two company employees' use of Bluebeam and how the product's usage is enhanced by attending conferences and hosting internal workshops.  An example of useful content for owners and contractors is the 1-1/2 minute video example of how laser scanning was applied to a recent project and its tangible benefits. Check the video out at the bottom of the Virtual Design and Construction page here.


Inflated Lien Backfires

In a jury ruling last month in Georgia, a contractor was ordered to pay the owner close to $0.5 million, mostly legal fees, as a result of submitting an inflated lien.  The project involved a $4.5M custom home where the contractor was kicked off the job.  The contractor filed a lien and made other claims totaling more than $280,000, reduced to less than $90,000 before going to trial.  Check out the post at the Zlien blog here.




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