Ladder Safety Checklist

Here is a jobsite example: Ryan was applying sheetrock mud to a wall and was standing on the top rung of a 12-foot ladder. He lost his balance, fell to the concrete floor, and landed on his head. He suffered a major head injury. Ladders are involved in many accidents,...

Safety: Elevating Every Project

Every construction project requires the use of ladders or lifts. Because reaching elevated spots is necessary to the completion of a successful project, so are the rules for using ladders and lifts. Falls are one of the most common yet avoidable hazards in the...

Classroom Activity: Math Skills Answer Key

Use this answer key to help your students understand what’s required of them as they enter the construction industry. A builder is bidding on a house and is using the cost plus profit and overhead pricing model. Using 10% for profit and 5% for overhead, what would the...

Classroom Activity: Math Skills

Use these math problems to help your students get familiar with the daily calculations faced by workers in the modern construction industry. These mathematical problems and calculations are often faced by builders.Feel free to use a calculator to solve these problems....

Building Homes, One Equation at a Time

By Denny Van Horn, Van Horn Family Building Co. When people ask me what I do as a homebuilder, I often compare my work to that of a coach or orchestra conductor. It is my responsibility to coordinate or orchestrate all the suppliers and trades people in achieving the...

Importance of Written Communication

Both Jack Hyde and Anayeli Real attended college and started careers in construction. Having a basic college background has ultimately helped them in their careers especially with their communication and writing skills. Anayeli, project manager at Kiewit, has to...

Classroom Activity: Safety Huddle

Can you imagine a football game being played without a huddle? How will the team know the strategy? Who’s doing what, when and where? What will the offensive attack look like? Consider how the game will dissolve into fumbles and errors when no one knows what the other...