Author: Bronzella Cleveland

JOB SAFETY – BEYOND MASONRY

When you work on projects where other trades create hazards, it’s important to know how to recognize and deal with them. Your supervisor can’t be all places at all times. An accident-free worksite depends a lot on whether workers understand the common causes of accidents – even more on how quickly those conditions get corrected. Tell your supervisor about any hazard(s) you observe immediately, no matter how serious The supervisor will make sure the whole crew is informed about the hazard(s) as soon as possible The supervisor will decide how to keep the crew away from the hazard until...

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Contractor & Manufacturer Mixer Talk

Many of you have responded very positively to our Question and Answer articles. Hearing from many contractors about their take on the industry seems to be beneficial to starting a larger discussion. In this Q&A, we speak to a supplier and two contractors about what to look for in a mixer. It’s important for us to give both suppliers and contractors a voice through our articles, so please let us know if you find this hybrid-style version to be more useful than the ones that only include contractors. We will make sure to get more like this in the...

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Shop Talk

OSHA SILICA PEL – 50 µg Si02/m3 What does it really mean? Words: Joel Guth I wanted to take the opportunity this month to help everyone better understand the fundamentals of OSHA’s new Silica PEL (Permissible Exposure Limit). As a mason contractor, business owner, and student of silica, I have had the opportunity to talk to literally thousands of people across the country over the years about silica and the PEL. I know from these conversations that a lot of us are frustrated and confused by the new standard. The overwhelming consensus is that people don’t fully understand the PEL and what 50 µg SiO2/m3 really means. OSHA tried to explain the new Silica Standard and PEL in 1,772 pages. With that much information, it is confusing. It shouldn’t be this complicated – it is a math formula of Air x Dust x Time. My goal is to boil the 50 µg SiO2/m3 down to its simplest form (two pages) so you can understand it and share it with your team. Remember, the intent of OSHA’s Silica PEL is to keep people working in a safe environment. OSHA has set the exposure limit to 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air or, 50 µg SiO2/m³, over an eight-hour time weighted average (TWA). But what does that really mean? In order to understand the intent of...

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Tools to Help New and Existing Contractors Stay Competitive

The construction industry can expect to see more changes over the next decade than it has in the last five. Collaborative project delivery methods, integrated building design, and technological advances are changing the way contractors do business. To remain competitive, contractors must learn to adapt and embrace changes or risk falling behind. The International Masonry Institute’s (IMI) recently-launched New Contractor Start Up program and Contractor College certification are designed to help new and existing union mason contractors gain the skills they need to meet industry demands. Integrated Building Systems Masonry walls and floors are evolving from individual components in...

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GEN NXT: Adam Slattery

In our eighth GEN NXT interview we had the opportunity to speak with Adam Slattery, Field Superintendent at Al Slattery Masonry Inc. in Oklahoma City, OK. It was a pleasure learning his story and about his experiences in the industry. We also thank JagClamp for continuing to sponsor this important series. Masonry Magazine: Lets start with a little background, how did you get started in the industry? Adam Slattery: My background goes way back to my early childhood, days of going to work with my dad in the summer, when my brother and I were five and six years...

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