Improving Safety in the Construction Industry

Not only does the construction industry add jobs to the economy, it is one of the most dangerous professions when rating accidents per worker in the United Sates. As such, through the years, there have been many regulations created to prevent accidents, both on and around active construction sites. According to several independent studies taken during the last decade, many construction site accidents or fatalities are completely preventable.Worksite safety should be a part of any construction company’s culture. This is the case for many companies. With the current climate in the job market though, some workers may feel pressured to work with companies whose safety track record or company culture is not what it should be in order to put food on the table. Being willing to take a dangerous job during difficult times and to make ends meet is not a new phenomenon, but in today’s day and age, one should not need to put their life in jeopardy in order to make a living wage.Unfortunately, many of these situations involve workers who do not speak English as a first language. After some investigation, sources have found that day laborers (often from other countries) are far more likely to be injured or killed in construction site accidents than those who are citizens of the United States. Many of these accidents go unreported due to fears about deportation.When evaluating your company’s culture, take a look at the following list to see how many of the statements below are true for your company to see how safety minded your company actually is.Safety-minded companies don’t believe in cutting corners.This is not a case of workers leaving out rivets in the Titanic type of accident. Companies who are safety minded make sure that the job is done, done right, and done completely. While coming in under budget is an incentive, the time and man hours lost in an accident far outweigh the time or money saved in a shortcut.Safety minded companies maintain their equipment.Since accidents around heavy equipment are one of the major causes of construction site safety failures, companies with regularly maintained equipment are more likely to have accidents than others.Safety minded companies train, train, and train again.One of the other leading causes of construction site accidents is human error. Sometimes, this happens because a worker is tired, untrained for the particular task which they have been assigned or just because workers are human and make mistakes. Looking out for employees by training often and completely can help prevent accidents.

Real Estate Business Tips – Do You Know Your Numbers?

I bet that if I asked you right now approximately how much money you had in your personal bank account that you would know the answer. And I bet that you probably keep fairly good track of the checks that you write in your checkbook log.Of course, you are saying to yourself…so what’s the point? My point is simply this: you obviously have a pretty good knowledge of the financial numbers in your personal life, so how come you don’t know the numbers in your Real Estate Investing business? Now, there is more to knowing your numbers than knowing just how much money you have in your bank account and in your checkbook, so I don’t want you to think that you can get off that easy. Ultimately, if you want to be extremely successful as a real estate investor then you need to know, review, track, and work to improve the numbers of your business on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis!In my business, every Monday I get together with my employees and we talk numbers such as: How many letters were mailed out, how many calls we received, how many appointments were scheduled, how many houses we are trying to buy, how many houses we are trying to sell, how our marketing is converting, how, how, how, how…. It’s called, keeping a finger on the pulse of your business. Do you have a finger on the pulse of YOUR business?If you are lazy, or think you don’t have enough time to compile and review your stats, or think that it doesn’t matter, THINK AGAIN! Here’s the reality of how important it is to know your numbers: No numbers = No business (period!). Everything in this real estate investing business revolves around numbers and simple math. My advice to you is to create some simple reports that you can easily analyze and compare once a week. It doesn’t have to impress a Statistician, just keep it simple and start to keep track of that which you feel is most important to your success. If you have an assistant or employees that can help you, then create the report and have them compile the data for you to review each week (that’s what I do).Make a commitment to yourself to do this for a minimum of 1 month. If it seems to be too much work then you can stop, however you have to do it for a minimum of 1 month. About the 2nd or 3rd week your eyes will open wider then they ever have in the past as you’ll now begin to know your numbers. This simple act will make you smarter, more confident and more wealthy as you grow your real estate investing business …GUARANTEED!If you enjoyed this article, then you”ll love what I have for you now. For a limited time, get a FREE CD and Report ($19.95 value). Go to http://www.ForeclosureGoldRushReport.com or call 1-888-866-2340.To your real estate investing success,
Brian Evans

Home Business Tips – Patience, Where Did Mine Go? (Do You Have Yours?)

Developing your patience muscle gives you the ability to tolerate frustration, the ability to “go with the flow”. This makes building your home based business much less stressful and you can enjoy yourself more.”Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.” ~ Soren KierkegaardEveryone needs to learn to overcome the challenges that happen to us all. We live in a world today that is all about “instant”. Microwaves, instant food,… People want to have instant results without putting in the effort it takes to achieve a quality end product.To develop your patience muscle you will need to keep these 4 practices in mind…1) Attention to detail – You have your goal/project in mind, however when you keep your focus on the detail of the project you are developing your patience muscle. My very recent example is my new workbook for 30 Tips & Techniques to Find Customers and Clients On-line. I knew my end goal was to publish the workbook, but I had to focus on the details of getting it done; writing each of the tips, formatting of the document and all the technical pieces it takes to offer a product on line. I know for sure that my patience muscle grew during this project.2) Knowing when to stop – You want to keep going but you have run out of steam both physically and mentally, do you keep going anyway? You are much better off to take a break, even if it is only 10 minutes and do something very different. This will help energize you and believe it or not when you go back to your project you will be more effective.3) Paying the price – Let’s go back to that instant gratification… I had to pay the price while creating the workbook, there were a number of technical challenges where I had to learn something new. Once you hit those obstacles take a deep breath and just remind yourself you are paying the price. The good thing is that once you know and understand the task it is now a new tool that you can use again and again. I plan on offering another product soon and know that all the “challenges” I went through with the latest workbook will only make the next project easier. Again my patience muscle grew.4) Live in the moment – Really stop and think about what you are doing right now. Find a way to enjoy what you are doing, even if it means playing a silly game with yourself. If this is something you are challenged with like I used to be; then pick a time during the day where you can focus on what you are doing in that minute. Pick a time where you can practice every day at the same time. I started with the first few minutes when I go out to walk the dog, Snorkel. I look around and appreciate all the sights, smells and sounds that are happening right then and there.Persistence assists you in building your patience muscle. Imagine what it would be like if everyone you associated with in your home based business had just a little more patience. It would be a good thing, Right?!Patience will also be a great tool when you build your home based business on-line because success will not happen over night.