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5 Risks Construction CEOs Ignore

Construction company executives have a lot to worry about. We find that CEOs leave a few key risks unchecked.

1. Being Unprepared for a Crisis

A crisis is any unpredictable event that threatens to harm an organization, its stakeholders, or the general public. 

What's the risk? The credibility and reputation of an organization is heavily influenced by how the company responds during a crisis. Failing to have an effective communication plan in place could be detrimental to your company's image in the community and create confusion amongst employees.

Topics: Construction Leadership / Strategy

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Silica Standard for Construction

OSHA originally set an enforcement date of June 23, but has delayed it to September 23 of this year. They delay is due to OSHA wanting "to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers", but it is likely this delay will lead to a cut of this potential new standard. So - what should employers do?

Topics: Construction Safety / Compliance

After the Dust Settles: OSHA's Final Rule on Crystalline Silica

Workplace illnesses tragically take the lives of thousands of workers each year. OSHA recently took steps to fight back against the many diseases impacting America's workforce with its final ruling on crystalline silica. This ruling targets the deadly exposure of crystalline silica and estimates saving over 600 lives and preventing more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year. Since the final ruling, many legal challenges have come forth. 

Topics: Construction

Who Has Your Blind Side When it Comes to Business Risk?

CHRIS TANKE
Relationship Manager

If you’re a football fan, you know that the role of the left tackle is to protect the QB from the pass rushers coming in from his blind side.  Typically the defense positions their most dangerous pass rushers on the blind side of the Quarterback to maximize the potential for an impact play (sack, fumble, or interception).  Thus, while the left tackle most likely will never pass, run, or throw the ball, he is one of the most important offensive players on the field. 

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing

SHHHHH!!! The silent cost of untreated sleep apnea

CHRIS TANKE
Transportation Practice Leader

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing

Let Your Customer Be Your Guide: 4 Steps to Better Quality Management

SHERI WEAVER
Quality Supervisor, HNI

We need to think about quality management as a journey.  By following these 4 guidelines, you can begin implementing an effective quality management process.

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing

5 Questions on the New Confined Space Safety Regulations in Construction

KYLE MEINERT
Risk Advisor at HNI 

Confined spaces have long been recognized as a large exposure in many industries. Most of this exposure, however, is controlled with proper planning.

Topics: Construction Safety / Compliance

Engaging All Stakeholders in Strategies for Organizational Change

APRIL WEATHERSTON
Director of Insurance Services at HNI

Whether you're looking at the insurance, benefits, or business advisory side of our business, a lot of what we do is change management.  This is true across all of the industries we serve.  

To address the biggest problems facing business owners [that are often some of the biggest drivers of their insurance costs], someone in the company always has to start acting differently.

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing

What Monkeys Can Teach You About Types of Innovation

DOMINIQUE BEAUDIN
Director of IT at HNI

You can find inspiration for your business just about anywhere you look — even in the trunk of a car, and especially if that trunk contains a chimpanzee.

No, really.

I'm talking about "Trunk Monkeys," a fictional auto option offered by a car dealership in Oregon.

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing

How Leadership and Culture Impact EPLI Risk

JANINE TRACY
Director of People at HNI

There are certainly advanced algorithms and actuarial science that underlie premiums set by underwriters.  But equally important is the “soft side” of risk – the kinds of things that are hard to quantify, such as leadership, brand, and culture.

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing