July 30, 2019

Just Imagine…

Overcast. Cold. Sleeting. Roger walks into the lobby of his office as he does every workday.  Suddenly, he feels an incredible pain in his right knee and a throbbing pain in his head.  He also realizes he’s looking up at the ceiling.  As he is bundled up into the ambulance, the facility manager realizes that if the wet floors in the lobby had been mopped this could have been avoided.

Properly managing a facility’s risk makes financial sense, but most importantly greatly inc...

July 18, 2019

One often overlooked preventive maintenance task is re-coating guiderail / handrail posts.  While the rail itself may be visually inspected, few look at the base.

Typically set into concrete, the bases of the posts are often heavily rusted. In cold winter regions harsh salts used for de-icing exacerbate this problem.  Likewise, coastal areas can be impacted by salt spray, fine mists of which can be carried quite far from the coast.

It is recommended that guiderail / handrail posts be inspected at...

July 16, 2019

The usual state of affairs.

Tradition holds that the best way to have a major project completed is through the Design / Bid / Build model. Architects design. General Contractors bid the project. Owner picks low bid (because “everyone” knows when there are multiple bids, competition naturally results in competitive bids.)  The selected GC builds the project. Everyone is happy.

Or are they?

The design team is usually rushed to complete the plans. GCs beat up subcontractors to get the lowest price. Th...

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