Facts About Hard Hats

Even if you think a hard hat looks ridiculous, it’s essential. They didn’t create hard hats for nothing! Contractors have dangerous jobs, and they shouldn’t be removed because a person thinks he or she looks “silly” or that it’s too warm. A head injury can lead to a brain trauma or death. In fact, the year 2012 saw 1,020 die because of head injuries sustained on the job. Employers and managers need to enforce hardhat wearing since dangers are everywhere from falling objects to bumping one’s head.

Did you know different color hard hats mean/signify different things? For example, a manager wears a white hard hat. A visitor to a construction site wears a green hard hat. Electrical contractors often year yellow hard hats. White hard hats are also for people who work on highways. Red hard hats could be a first responder. Orange hats are for people who pick up litter. These colors can vary state to state. Often, hard hat colors are assigned so people can be easily identified by their job.


There are three industrial-level classes of hard hats. They include:

  • Class G – General Helmet: These hats provide protection against impact and object penetration. They have up to 2,200-volt protection.
  • Class E – Electrical Helmet – This hat can handle up to 20,000 volts. They also protect against impact and penetration from falling or flying objects.
  • Class C – Conductive Helmet: This helmet is comfortable and offers lightweight impact protection, but cannot protect against electrical hazards.

Did you know you should be caring for a hard hat? Yes! If you don’t properly take care of them, they can fail you, believe it or not. Hard hats should be inspected daily for cracks, perforations and deformities. If any are found, the hat should be tossed out and replaced. Do not put labels or holes into the hat, it may compromise its protectiveness. Don’t leave hats in sunlight, because the extreme heat can damage them.


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Considering a Job Site Camera?

Job site safety is critical, especially when there’s thousands of dollars of equipment and tools laying around. Unfortunately, it even becomes more crucial after a job site theft occurs. Whether you just had a theft or are looking to prevent one, on site cameras at the job site are not only a great way to deter thieves, but they can also help notify you about an in-progress theft or help identify the people who are stealing your equipment.


When buying and installing a camera for the jobsite, you want to consider its purpose. If your focus is about time-lapses, then you’ll want to install a camera that can capture the entire job site in one single shot. With that said, you need to look for a place to place this camera. If you’re using the camera to monitor smaller things, you can place the camera closer. Or, you can install both types/distances if you’re curious about both.


In terms of the types of camera, a fixed-position camera can only view a single area viewing between 80 and 100 degrees. Meanwhile a PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera can move in any direction (360 degrees) and tilt up and down.


You’ll also want to choose a camera based on its zoom capabilities. Optical zoom cameras can be placed far away and capture distances while digital zoom cameras cannot.


Sometimes your camera preferences have to take a back seat to what your job site actually looks like. Certain camera may just not work with the distance or structures that are in the area. Depending on your site, one camera may do the trick, or you’ll need multiple cameras to capture different angles of the job site.


Choose a camera and program that you can easily figure out. You don’t want to be confused or overwhelmed by the software. Do your homework before even buying a camera. Figure out your budget. Figure out when you truly need video surveillance. Figure out what kind of reporting capabilities from the camera matter to you. Figure out how many updates and maintenance the cameras will need.


You may realize you don’t even need cameras in your job site. Maybe better security lighting? Or an alarm? Or better locks? Do some research and see if a camera is right for your site. If it is, it can be a tool to help keep your construction equipment safe.


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Think About Starting Your Own Contractor Blog

What comes to mind when you think of a contractor? Hard hats? Hammers? Utility belts? Construction sites? Heavy machinery? Ladders? How about a blog? Yup, that’s right – a blog. In this day and age, it can be very beneficial for a contractor to have a blog (only if you have the time for it though). Your workload and projects come before crafting articles for the internet.


Why a blog? Well, a blog can help a contractor get new business. By blogging regularly, over time, the blog can help generate business, and you won’t have to spend as much money in marketing your company in other ways.


What should your write about? Well, you can write, or you can vlog (video blog), or do both. Blog whatever way you feel comfortable with that you think will truly engage readers and bring in potential clients.


As a contractor, what should a blog discuss? Here are some ideas: answer frequently asked questions; describe your company; introduce team members; create a DIY or how-to video or tutorial; do product reviews; take video at a job site; share before/after photos.


Show in your blog posts or videos that you’re an expert in all things contracting. You want people to turn to you or think of you when they need to get a job done. Even if your blog is read from people far away, you’ll still gain visibility and popularity which will give your credibility with the search engines.


A blog can make you seem human and personal to viewers. People will want to work with you if they like what they read or see. This is your chance to let your personality and skills shines.


If you’re interested in becoming a contractor, you’ll need to get your Florida contractor’s license to practice legally. We can help. We are a Florida contractor licensing company. We do all the necessary paperwork and filing for you. Click here or call 239-777-1028 to start the process with us today.

Best Apps for a Construction Site

Construction sites are filled with hustle and bustle – there’s always a lot going on. It can be a very demanding job managing all the moving parts of a site. Between workers and equipment, there’s a lot to keep track of. Thankfully, just like every other industry these days, the contractor world has plenty of mobile apps that can actually make life more efficient at a job site. Whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, contractors are able to change the way they work as they begin to rely on mobile devices for help with tasks throughout the day. For this article, we wanted to focus on some apps that can help out contractors in a construction site.


iBlueprint –  ($.99) With this app, users can create and export custom blueprints right at their fingertips! The app will store all the blueprints in one place, safely in your phone. You won’t have to worry about misplacing them, accidently throwing them away, spilling things on them, etc.


Builder’s Helper ($14.99) – This is a construction calculator app, calculating simple equations to more difficult formulas dealing with square or cubic measurements. You can save these calculations and even print them out. This is a highly advanced app that is easy to use.


BIM 360 Field (FREE) – This app is field management software for 2D and 3D projects.


Procore – (FREE) This app allows people working on a job to share data including contact information, project photos, worker hours, to-do lists, and more. This app even can upload and share blueprints.


SmartBid – (FREE) This app allows the user to keep track of all subcontractor and vendor interactions like bid information, due dates, status updates, supply updates, measurements, and more. This info is synced to your phone or other device so you can view it even if the internet isn’t available.


Using apps is the way the construction world is going. These apps help make a construction site more organized, and a project flow easier. Technology changes and updates all the time, and that includes contractor technology through a mobile app. It’s better to get used to their mobile apps now, so you and your company will not behind the times (or other companies). You want to show your clients that you’re in the know.


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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

The holiday season is here! Now is the perfect time to get your favorite contractor (family member or friend) or yourself a great gift that helps them with their train. Contractors need lots of tools, equipment and gadgets in their day to day jobs.  If the contractor you’re buying for owns his own company or is part of a tiny company or is self-employed, they could use a gift, because they most likely don’t have a company supplying tools for them to use.


It’s important to note what kind of contractor you’re buying for, since each specialty of contracting does and requires different things.  You need to buy them things they will actually use depending on their role, and try not to purchase items he or she already has, unless of course, it’s a special personalized item. As a contractor licensing company, we wanted to share some great products for you to get for a contractor you know this holiday season.


  • Bosch GLM 10 – This is a laser measure that is small, precise and simple. It is a reliable device that takes instant measurements up to 35 feet. It is portable and fits easily in one hand or a pocket. It is easy to use. All you do to measure is press one button!
  • SOG PowerAssist Multi-Tool B66N-CP — This device is a muti-tool solution in one compact form. It has 6 tools in one device. There is a blade, pliers, file, crimpers, a can opener, bottle opener, a v-cutter, screwdrivers, and a ruler.
  • Stanley 7qt Heritage Cooler – This cooler comes with a 1-quart vacuum bottle that can keep drinks hot or cold for 24 hours and iced for 120 hours. It is made from stainless steel.
  • Snap-On Rolling tool bag – This tool bag is built to last and is water resistant. It has a heavy-duty handle and oversized wheels, which makes it easy to bring everywhere.
  • Magnetic wrist bands – These wrist bands are perfect for holding screws, nails, scissors, bolts, and more when you have too much to carry and need another set of hands.

These are just a few gift ideas! There’s a lot out there a contractor friend of yours will love to receive this holiday season.

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