What Equipment Should Tradesman Have in the Construction Business?

When you start in the construction business, there is a lot of equipment, and it can be hard to figure out what you need. With so many options on the market today, it can be challenging to find your way through all of them and know where to start. This article will help you identify the right gear for your trade by highlighting some of the most equipment needed on job sites around the world.

Compacting Equipment

One of the most important pieces of equipment for any construction site is a compactor. Compactors are used to press and pack materials like soil, asphalt, and concrete into cohesive masses. There are a few different types of compactors on the market, but each one has its specific use on job sites.

Rammer Compactors

Rammer compactors are a great way to reduce the amount of time it takes to compact your soil. They are easy to operate and help you get the job done quickly and efficiently. They’re also great for compacting granular materials like sand or gravel.

Pavement Breakers

Pavement breakers, also known as street grinders, are necessary equipment for many construction and repair projects. These machines use rotating disks or drums to break up pavement and other surfaces, making them easy to remove. While you can use them for various applications, pavement breakers often remove asphalt or concrete during road repairs.

Flooring Equipment

Did you know that there is Flooring Equipment specifically designed to make the process of installing flooring easier? Whether you install hardwood floors, carpet, or vinyl tile, NIAGARA equipment is available to help do the job faster and easier. And the good news is that most are available at your Home Depot or online store. Here are a few examples:

Grinders

Grinding tools come in many different varieties, but each has its purpose on job sites. The most popular grinder tool is an angle grinder used to cut and shape metal materials.

Floor Trowels

Floor trowels have a metal blade attached at one end of a wooden handle. They’re used to smooth out newly applied coatings or sealants by removing excess product from the surface while creating an even finish.

Floats Blades

Float blades look similar to buffer pads, but they don’t spin like those found on automatic car wash machines do; instead, these floating discs glide over surfaces to apply smoother finishes than what can be done with hand floats alone.

Power Tools for the Construction Industry

Power tools are an essential part of any construction site, but there is a wide variety of equipment found on job sites worldwide. Some power tools aren’t used as often to handle specific tasks, while others are more common and versatile in their applications. Here is a list of some commonly used handheld power tools:

Screw Guns

These handheld portable machines drive screws into wood faster than what can be done with traditional screwdrivers or hammers. However, these should never be confused with cordless drill drivers who have much stronger motors and deliver far greater torque forces.

Drill Drivers

Drill/driver combo units combine two electric drills into a single tool. They’re perfect for drilling holes and driving screws, making them one of the most versatile tools on any job site.

Circular Saws

Circular saws are handheld power tools with a circular blade that spins at high speeds to cut through wood, metal, and other materials.

Pumping Equipment

Pumping equipment is used to transport fluids and liquids around a job site or into another container. There are many different types of pumping equipment available on the market; however, here are some examples:

Water Pumps

These machines use water pressure from electricity to pump large amounts of liquid at higher pressures than what can be done manually with just your strength.

Air Pumps

Air compressors create pressurised air that helps drive tools like nail guns. They also help inflate tires when changing them out, so they’re able to minimise downtime during construction projects.

Excavating Equipment

Excavating equipment is used to remove earth, soil, and other materials from a designated area for various reasons. There are many types and styles of equipment available, including:

Excavators

They are large and powerful tractors that use hydraulic arms to remove earth, dirt, or other materials from a construction site.

Dump Trucks

Dump trucks carry material in their beds with gravity using hydraulics to lower one end while raising another. They’re used for transporting soil and gravel.

Cranes can lift heavy objects high into the air, so they’re out of reach during construction projects; however, hoisting equipment is similar to cranes, except they’re not as strong and cannot lift heavy items or objects high into the air.

In summary, many different types of equipment are used on construction sites. Ensure you have the right gear to get the job done safely and efficiently. Common tools include screw guns, drill drivers, circular saws, water pumps, air pumps, excavating equipment, cranes & hoists, tractors, and bulldozers. Each tool has a specific purpose needed for various tasks on a construction site. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the different types of equipment and what they’re used for so you can select the right tools for the job. Stay safe out there!

Joint and Several Liability for Wage Claims in the Construction Sector

The system of joint and several liability for wage debts in the construction industry has been in place for almost ten years. Since 20121, employees have been able to claim back wages from their employer’s direct co-contractor in the event of the latter’s default.

This regime only applies to “activities in the construction sector”. Furthermore, the new regime applies both to contractors with seconded employees who come to work in Belgium and to contractors established in Belgium who hire Belgian employees.

The joint and several liability is limited to the “direct contractor”. This includes the principal, the contractor and the intermediate contractor. The principal is the party who orders the contractor to carry out, or have carried out, activities in the construction sector for a price. The contractor is the party who binds himself to the principal. The intermediate contractor is a subcontractor who himself engages a subcontractor to carry out the work entrusted to him. This joint and several liability is only aimed at the direct contractual relationship that these parties have with their counterparty.

Construction Workers on Work Site

Construction Workers on Work Site

The principal is jointly and severally liable for the wages due to the contractor from the employee. It is of no importance whether the contractor is established in Belgium or not. The principal (natural person) who has work carried out exclusively for private purposes does not fall under this regime.

The contractor is jointly and severally liable for the wages owed to the employee by the subcontractor – with whom he has contracted directly. The law specifies that this liability applies “in the absence of a chain of subcontractors”.

The subcontractor is jointly and severally liable for the wages due to the employee by the subcontractor with whom he has directly contracted. This subcontractor is an “intermediate contractor” vis-à-vis the subcontractor with whom it has directly contracted.

Please note: in case of a chain of subcontractors, the contractor can never be held jointly and severally liable. After all, he does not have the capacity of “intermediate contractor”.

The liability regime applies immediately (automatically) in the event of non-payment of the salary due. This means that the principal, contractor or intermediary contractor never has to be notified in advance by the inspection authority. The employee can jointly and severally sue his employer’s counterparty who fails to pay, without having to wait for a payment from any fund.

Usually in the building contract, the principal, the subcontractor or the intermediate contractor can exclude his joint and several liability by means of a written statement. This declaration must contain (1) the coordinates of the FOD WASO website (http://www.werk.belgie.be) and (2) a confirmation from the other party that it does not and will not pay the wages owed to its employee. Furthermore, this declaration must be signed by the jointly and severally liable person and the employer.

The exemption from liability is reinstated when the principal, contractor or intermediary contractor is informed that the employer is not paying the wages due to its employee(s). This knowledge can be proved by all means of law or when the inspectorate has sent a letter.

The renewed joint and several liability applies from the 14th day after the notification and thus only to the future wage debts. During this grace period of 14 days, the principal, contractor or intermediary contractor has time to take the necessary measures to avoid liability. He can, for example, have the breach of law stopped or terminate the contract with the direct contractor.

The employer must post a copy of the notice at the employees’ workplace. If he does not do so, the jointly and severally liable party must post the copy. Any person who believes he has been wronged may lodge an appeal with the president of the labour court.

Joint and several liability is further governed by Articles 1200 to 1216 of the Civil Code.11 Articles 3 to 6, 10, 13 to 16, 18 and 23 of the Wage Protection Act apply by equating the joint and several liability with the employer. They deal with the method of payment, the wages in nature, the interest due by law and the permitted deductions.

The jointly and severally liable person who does not pay the wages or fails to attach a copy of the notification by the inspection will be punished with a criminal (€ 50.00 to € 100.00) or administrative (€ 25.00 to € 250) fine.

Decision:

It is important to draft your contracts with (sub)contractors in a watertight manner and to include appropriate clauses to limit or exclude your potentially very large joint and several liability.

Authors:

Roxanne Sleeckx

Roxanne Sleeckx

Green Stream Holdings, Inc. Announces Completion Of Soil Borings

NEW YORK, NY, September 20, 2021 – McapMediaWire Green Stream Holdings Inc. (OTC PINK: GSFI) (“the Company”) (https://greensolarutility.com), an emerging leader in the solar utility and finance space, today announced that the soil boring testing has been completed for the Metropolitan Avenue, Queens, NY. Now the Company can proceed to the construction phase for their Solar Farm canopies at the site.

CEO James DiPrima said: “The completion of this step will now allow us to enter into the construction phase on this site… with our other sites quickly following suit.”

SET’s two principals have over 80 years of combined experience in all facets of structural and foundation Engineering. S.E.T., P.C. has blended traditional, practical engineering skills with modern technological tools in a single firm that provides efficient and cost-effective solutions for all phases of a project.

S.E.T., P.C. is not your typical structural engineering firm, but rather a rapidly growing design firm that provides demolition, structural, foundation, geotechnical, civil and environmental, value engineering, and forensic engineering services, as well as engineering support services for owners and contractors, interface with and obtaining approvals from NYC Department of Buildings (Excavation Unit, Concrete Enforcement Unit, Forensic Unit, etc.) and NYC Transit Authority.

S.E.T., P.C. has also expanded into directly providing soil borings, soil testing, underground environmental services, optical and vibration monitoring services, precondition surveys of existing facilities, and project management/advisory services for the support of excavation, foundation, and superstructure phases of your project.

The Company had previously engaged SET for the Preparation and Submission of Geotechnical Reports, based on Soil Borings, and samples taken by SET’s driller. Report contained all pertinent new building data, brief site history, description of site geology, analysis and description of Soil Borings, and recommended foundation types for proposed new building. Approximately twelve (12) Soil Borings will be made for this site and were to be installed to an anticipated depth of 30 feet below grade. All Borings were installed to their desired anticipated depth, bedrock or refusal, whichever comes first.

About Green Stream Finance, Inc.

Green Stream Finance, Inc., a solar utility and finance company with satellite offices in Malibu, CA and New York, NY, is focused on exploiting currently unmet markets in the solar energy space, and is currently licensed in California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Colorado, Hawaii, and Canada. The Company’s next-generation solar greenhouses constructed and managed by Green Rain Solar, LLC, a Nevada-based division, utilise proprietary greenhouse technology and trademarked design developed by world-renowned architect Mr. Antony Morali. The Company is currently targeting high-growth solar market segments for its advanced solar greenhouse and advanced solar battery products. The Company has a growing footprint in the significantly underserved solar market in New York City where it is targeting 50,000 to 100,000 square feet of rooftop space for the installation of its solar panels. Green Stream is looking to forge key partnership with major investment groups, brokers, and private investors in order to capitalise on a variety of unique investment opportunities in the commercial solar energy markets. The Company is dedicated to becoming a major player in this critical space. Through its innovative solar product offerings and industry partnerships, the Company is well-positioned to become a significant player in the solar space.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbour created by those sections. This material contains statements about expected future events and/or financial results that are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties. That includes the possibility that the business outlined in this press release cannot be concluded for some reason. That could be as a result of technical, installation, permitting or other problems that were not anticipated. Such forward-looking statements by definition involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Green Stream Finance, Inc. to be materially different from the statements made herein. Except for any obligation under the U.S. federal securities laws, Green Stream Finance, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For All Inquiries Contact:
Tel: +1 (424) 280-4096
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SOURCE: Green Stream Holdings Inc.

Website: greensolarutility.com
Phone number: (646) 669-7007

Latham & Watkins Advises on Kier Group’s £241 Million Capital Raise

Latham & Watkins is advising Rothschild as sponsor and Numis and Peel Hunt as joint bookrunners to Kier Group plc (Kier) on Kier’s underwritten firm placing, placing, open offer, and separate directors’ subscription, raising gross proceeds of approximately £241 million.

The capital raise, together with the recent sale of Kier Living Limited, will raise approximately £352.4 million of gross proceeds for Kier. The proceeds will provide Kier, a leading infrastructure services and construction group, with the financial and operational flexibility to continue to deliver on its strategic objectives.

The Latham team was led by London corporate partner Chris Horton, with associates Sean Meehan and Frederick Gardner. United States securities advice was provided by partner Ryan Benedict and capital markets lawyer Irene Pistotnik.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham is dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals and overcome legal challenges anywhere in the world. From a global platform spanning 14 countries, Latham lawyers help clients succeed.

Regional city development remains broadly resilient

Belfast, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester have defied market challenges after delivering nearly 2.5 million sq ft of office space in 2020, a rise of over 547,000 sq ft more than 2019, according to Deloitte’s Regional Crane Survey.

The Crane Survey, which monitors construction activity across a range of sectors including offices, residential, hotels, retail, education and student housing, shows that a further 3.61 million sq ft of office space is currently under construction across the quartet of cities. Residential delivery increased nearly 67%, rising by 3,290 to 8,197 new homes completed in 2020. A further 18,912 residential properties are currently under development in the four cities.

The cities have delivered 5,405 student bed spaces in city centres, with a further 3,485 in development as universities and private student accommodation providers continue to invest in both teaching accommodation and student housing.

Simon Bedford, partner and regional head at Deloitte Real Estate, commented: “Regional office construction was strong in 2020, despite some delays in construction caused by lockdowns. The office pipeline has softened somewhat, as developers take a ‘wait and see’ approach to future demand.”

Deloitte’s research indicates the shift to home-working could change how businesses use office space in the future, which, in turn, could influence how local residential areas are used. This could potentially shape the role of neighbourhood set-ups to create more diversity within local centres.

Bedford said: “Our latest CFO survey showed that home-working is predicted to increase five-fold by 2025. The role of the office could flex to meet shifting demands for collaborative and creative space, as organisations revaluate their needs.

“Looking at residential, there’s a major focus for new developments to provide outdoor space and community facilities. This reflects a growing trend towards small-scale retail and leisure offerings as part of wider mixed-use developments, helping to create neighbourhoods and foster a sense of community. In turn, this could have a positive knock-on effect for the high street. For example, our future of the high street research suggests an increased focus on localism and a greater level of commitment to small independent businesses that can easily identify the origin of their goods. Therefore, all things considered, 2020 will be one of the stronger years in overall terms and points towards the ongoing renaissance of our major UK cities.”

Daniel Barlow, managing partner for regional markets at Deloitte, added: “There are real signs of recovery and resilience across the UK, and it’s incumbent on us all to maintain momentum to ensure that all cities, towns and villages level up.”

Why Construction Liens Should Be Adopted In Nigeria

Construction liens are legal claims for money expended or unpaid compensation filed by a contractor or other professional on a building or design. This is done by filing a public notice on a property stating that the owner of the property owes the contractor a stated sum of money. It can also be filed by a subcontractor or materials supplier for any work done on a building.

The purpose of a construction lien is to serve as an encumbrance on the property upon which a lien is filed. It also gives notice to a bonafide purchaser for value that there is an unpaid sum outstanding to the contractor, subcontractor, materials supplier or other professional. It may prevent interested purchasers from purchasing the property until the unpaid sum is liquidated.

Benefits of a Construction Lien

When a Construction lien has been effectively filed, it acts as an encumbrance on the property and any third party who goes ahead to buy the property obtains title subject to the lien. It prevents the sale or refinance of the property because a prudent purchaser or mortgagor will not want to obtain a property that has a lien on it. The lien helps contractors, sub-contractors, material suppliers and other professional to quickly resolve payment problems.

Constructive lien also gives the holder of the lien an equitable interest in the property because failure of the property owner to clear the outstanding debt can grant the lien holder the right to foreclose the property after a period of time.

Furthermore, when the lien is placed, it hastens the property owner’s decision to clear the unpaid sums. It is an additional remedy granted to contractors in addition to the right to sue for a breach of contract. Nevertheless liens are not absolute; a property owner who is disputing the sum claimed can challenge the lien in Court.

Other Jurisdictions

Construction lien in its modern form originated in the United States of America after it was introduced by Thomas Jefferson to encourage the construction of Washington. Today, it is applicable in all states in US and a lot of developed countries like England, France and Canada. However, Countries in Latin America and United Arab Emirates specifically prohibit the lien except where the parties voluntarily adopt it as binding on them.

Current Situation

Construction liens are strictly regulated by statutes. Unless there is a law stipulating its procedure it can generally not be applied. In Nigeria, construction liens are generally not applicable due to the absence of a statute enacting it. Given the benefits of the concept of construction liens, one wonders why Nigeria, a country growing at a tremendous rate, where real estate is on the rise has not adopted this concept which seeks to protect the contractor while encouraging economic development.

Furthermore, the Nigerian judicial system is slow and before unpaid contractors can recover their money, a lot of productive time may have been wasted. There is also the issue of the depreciating value of our naira which stalls economic growth and development.

Another consideration is the number of people involved in the construction business who actually need protection and prompt payments; these include bricklayers, architects, quantity surveyors, materials suppliers, engineers etc.

Escaping the Current Situation

There are instances where contractors can take advantage of construction liens. An example is where a right of a contractor to a construction lien is expressly stated in the construction contract. This is advisable because it guarantees the contractor payment for his labour and expenditure.

Another instance is approaching the Court to place a lien or encumbrance on the property. This will usually be done by filing a suit for breach of contract claiming for the unpaid fees. The contractor can ask for an interlocutory or perpetual order of the court, placing a lien on the property to prevent the property owner from disposing it or mortgaging it until the unpaid sums or Judgment sums are liquidated.

Since the Court has discretion on whether or not to grant the remedy of placing a lien on the property, it is advisable that contractors should insist on a construction lien clause being part of the construction contract. This is because it is settled Nigerian law that parties are bound by their agreement.

The Way forward

Construction lien is a creation of statute and to effectively utilise it in Nigeria, our legislators need to promulgate a law recognising and enforcing it or amend our existing real property and construction laws in Nigeria to accommodate it.

The benefits of construction liens are numerous and a developing Country like Nigeria needs to use the concept to its benefits. This will curb the excesses of recalcitrant property owners who wish to take advantage of the loopholes in the Nigerian legal system to deliberately refuse to pay sums owed by them to professionals who constructed the property.