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FEB 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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www.concreteproducts.com February 2018 • 25 NEWS SCOPE TECHNOLOGY The study behind the SmartMarket Re- port was conducted in partnership with the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) and United Rentals. "Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2017" is available for free down- load from www.construction.com/toolkit/ reports. (70 percent) believe that these have a positive impact on safety. While wearable devices like badges with coded electronic information and smart helmets are only being used by 13 percent of contractors currently, 82 percent of those who use them report a positive impact on safety. This suggests that as these technologies become more widely known and more affordable, their potential for improving jobsite safety increases. "Technology is drastically improving jobsite safety, providing tangible results in protecting workers and firms alike," says United Rentals Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety Jim Dorris. "Evolving data platforms, tools, and service capabilities will deliver inno- vative new safety solutions, and United Rentals is excited about the emerging roadmap to safer projects of all types." Another emerging trend explored in the study is PtD: the effort to help improve con- struction safety by actively considering safety issues during design, from the schematic stage forward. The study included an architect survey on this issue, which found that while few archi- tects were aware of the formal name for this process before taking the survey, the use of key PtD practices occurred at least to some degree. Most architects (83 percent) report that they have worked with general contractors and key trades before the completion of schematic design to identify opportunities for prefabrication. Roughly two thirds are either reviewing the design at schematic phase for safety during building operations/maintenance (68 percent), or use a lifecycle approach to improve safety during building operations (66 percent). However, only about half of architects (51 percent) do similar reviews to optimize construction safety. The biggest barrier to wider use of PtD among architects is concern about taking on construction liability, reported by 79 percent, followed by lack of client inter- est at 63 percent. Correspondingly, most architects (81 percent) would be influenced by requests from their clients to take this approach, and over two thirds (68 percent) would be influenced by insurance incen- tives. With global studies linking between 22 percent and 63 percent of workplace fatalities to design related factors, get- ting owners on board with demanding this approach, providing liability coverage for architects seeking to practice it, and get- ting insurance companies to reward them appear to be powerful ways to enhance buildings' safety records. "The survey findings confirm two things we have been hearing for years," says Cain. "Owners drive construction safety and health, and architects are reluctant to implement PtD solutions without client pressure. By ensuring the entire team, starting with the owner/client, focuses on preventing jobsite hazards, we will continue to see improvements in worker injuries, ill- nesses and fatality rates." SILOS AND SO MUCH MORE Here's how the engineers and project managers at Imperial Industries helped Wausau Tile create a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot concrete paver manufacturing facility: • Integrated system includes 16 Imperial carbon steel silos that range from 29 to 37 feet tall, providing 5 million pounds of material storage • Also includes two large "grizzly" dump hoppers and a dozen additional "day bins" for Wausau Tile's custom- color mixing system • All pieces were designed, manufactured, painted and inspected at Imperial's newly expanded manufacturing facility • Imperial also manufactured all stairs and handrails included in the facility 800-558-2945 | IMPERIALIND.COM FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS

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