What Equipment Should A 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!

Conclusion

In the construction business, having the right equipment is paramount to success. Whether you’re a seasoned tradesman or just starting in the industry, ensuring you have the essential tools and safety gear is a top priority. With the right equipment at your disposal, you can work efficiently, maintain safety standards, and produce high-quality results. Invest in your tools, and you’ll be well-prepared to tackle any construction project that comes your way.

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 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 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 the coordinates of the FOD WASO website (http://www.werk.belgie.be) and 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. 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 or administrative fine.

Decision:

It is important to draft your contracts with 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

McapMediaWire Green Stream Holdings Inc., 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.

Chief Executive Officer 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 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 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
Email: president@greenstreamfinance.com

SOURCE: Green Stream Holdings Inc.

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

Why Construction Liens Should Be Adopted

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 United States and a lot of developed countries like England, France and Canada. However, Countries in Latin America and UAE 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.

Acceleration Claims in Kuwait

Acceleration claims on a construction project defines the situation when work is performed at a faster pace than initially planned. In most cases, acceleration is needed to counteract accumulated delays and to meet the agreed completion date.

Acceleration can also occur when the contractor has a direct interest in seeing a project completed ahead of schedule – either by receiving a performance bonus or by relocating resources to another project. The contractor can accelerate work on a project by requesting its workers to perform overtime, by adding a new shift, hiring additional labour, subcontracting, or changing the sequence of activities.

Whatever method is chosen, it comes with extra costs that can or cannot be later recovered. Accelerating the project schedule is never free. In addition, when the acceleration is sudden, labour productivity decreases substantially because of fatigue or unfamiliarity to the project.

There are three types of acceleration that are different based on their causes: Voluntary Acceleration, Directed Acceleration, and Constructive Acceleration.

Voluntary Acceleration describes the situation when the contractor unilaterally takes the initiative of speeding up work on-site, without being previously asked by the owner to do so. This can result in costs that go beyond the original bid and which won’t be recovered unless the client is notified and agrees with the acceleration.

Reasons for a client to accept a voluntary acceleration mostly relate to the ability to generate revenue faster by selling, letting, or starting production, which can counterweight the increase in construction costs.

Directed Acceleration is the simplest and most straightforward case of speeding up the construction schedule. The client requests the contractor to accelerate work and pays for the acceleration costs. Such a situation won’t lead to disputes if parties agree on the magnitude of additional costs.

Constructive Acceleration is a situation that is not explicitly voluntary nor directed. Constructive Accelerations typically occur when the contractor is able to invoke an excusable delay such as design changes, added scope, extreme weather, site conditions that differ from bidding specifications, or force majeure events.

Owner-caused delays also qualify to justify a constructive acceleration, as well as any other factors beyond the contractor’s control that couldn’t be initially assessed as risks.

Each type of acceleration can lead to an acceleration claim. Voluntary Acceleration claims don’t entitle to extra payment unless agreed with the client. Directed Acceleration claims usually have a predictable outcome, as extra payment is granted to the contractor once an agreement is reached. Constructive Acceleration claims are the ones more prone to create a dispute.

The client might argue the contractor wasn’t entitled to accelerate, and the contractor might argue that accelerating the project was the only choice. Acceleration claims must meet a set of preconditions to constitute a reasonable dispute and grant compensation to the contractor. First, the excusable delay must be clearly identified.

Delays qualify as excusable only if they impact the critical path of the schedule. Second, the contractor must have made the request for time extension according to contract obligations and in a timely manner to accommodate a response. If the owner denied the request, thus implicitly requiring for project completion according to the initial schedule, it forces the contractor towards a constructive acceleration.

The final condition states the contractor must attempt an acceleration to counteract the delays caused by the excusable event and prove such action incurred extra costs.

As always, solving acceleration claims in a mutually advantageous way requires for communication between parties to be prompt and explicit. The difficulty of proving delays and associated acceleration orders highlights once more the importance of proper document management.

To give an example, the contractor is mistaken if they speculate a time extension won’t be granted by the client and act according to that presumption. What might have constituted a valid constructive acceleration becomes a voluntary acceleration in the absence of written client consent.

Another common issue regarding acceleration claims is when the granted time extension is insufficient. In that case, a contractor has to prove that the anticipated work requires additional time or additional cost compensation.

Lastly, acceleration is a topic that has to be addressed as early as possible in a complex project. It is always simpler and less disruptive to smoothly speed up works as they encounter the first signs of delays, instead of waiting for them to accumulate.

Entrepreneurs Pledge Support for Construction Skills Initiative

PlanBEE is a flexible training programme designed to attract and retain the brightest new talent in the region, plug skills gaps and create a more flexible workforce capable of working across various construction disciplines.

The initiative was launched in 2016 when Gateshead College and Ryder Architecture formed a powerful alliance with a network of architects, designers, contractors and engineering specialists.

Working with Gateshead College, the PlanBEE group has created a bespoke higher-level skills programme that provides budding professionals with study and off-the-job training at the college’s construction facility on Team Valley, along with a job working with some of the region’s leading companies.

It has been tailored specifically for and by the North East construction sector, providing students with a starting salary of £10,700 per annum, a professional qualification and a guaranteed job opportunity on graduation.

Established by Ryder Architecture, the initiative has already attracted some high-profile names, including Brims Construction, NBS, Desco, BIM Academy, Sir Robert McAlpine, Xsite Architecture, Robertson, 3e Consulting, Cundall, Arup, FaulknerBrowns, Sadler Brown Architecture and Tolent.

Chris Toon, deputy principal at Gateshead College, said: “It’s great to have three additional sponsors on board. The industry has called for employees to be skilled in a greater range of disciplines, such as surveying, landscaping, architecture and planning, and PlanBEE addresses this fundamental need.”

“We are proud to be at the forefront of an industry-led initiative that’s becoming a national exemplar for the recruitment and development of construction employees.”