Ensuring safety in construction – 4 important safety procedures

Ensuring safety in construction – 4 important safety procedures

Regarded as one of the most dangerous occupations, construction work can be considered anything but fully safe. Heights, large and mobile equipment, edges, deep holes, and wobbling stairs are a reality in many construction sites, no matter how modern or careful the contractors claim them to be. Obviously, the employers do need to take care of the safety and security of the workers, but the workers need to keep in mind a lot of precautions themselves when working in such hazardous conditions. Job site safety should be the number one priority for any construction company. It’s the right thing to do, it helps improve morale and it keeps construction projects on schedule and under budget. Here are 4 important tips to ensurea safe working site:

  • Planning beforehand: Long before a job starts, extensive planning should be done to identify which tasks will be taking place onsite and how best to plan for potential safety hazards. Project managers and field representatives should put preventive measures in place and communicate them to workers, and provide the appropriate tools and equipment.
  • Being vigilant with electricity and equipment:Construction sites require a lot of electrical installations. Lifting equipment mostly involves electricity and weights. When working with such equipment, you need to be extra cautious to see there is no wear and tear in the machine. If you are unaware about safety precautions, seek help from a site supervisor or co-worker who has worked with the equipment before. It’s always wise to have preventive measures in hand rather than basing it upon chance.
  • Efficient staffing: Another overlooked but pressing safety issue is worker exhaustion. The industry-wide talent shortage can make it difficult to appropriately staff jobsites, leading some companies to over-schedule workers in order to meet demanding construction schedules. But no matter how many preventive measures and education programs you put in place, it’s all for nothing if workers are too physically or mentally worn out to follow protocol.
  • Promote safety as a culture: For a safety program to be successful, safety needs to be integral to a company’s culture. Education is one way to instil this. A construction training course is a valuable programme that ensures every worker has the same comprehensive knowledge that can be built upon during company trainings.While such safety programmes are geared toward safety directors, foremen and field supervisors, it is ideal if everyone in the company goes through the training to make sure the takeaways are spread across every level of the organization.
5 tips on being the best realtor you can be

5 tips on being the best realtor you can be

Most real estate agents aren’t successful. Just 20 percent of real estate agents handle 80 percent of closings. The rest struggle with little or no business. In order to be a successful realtor, one must start with pinpointing their personality strengths, continue learning every day and be ready to work harder than their peers. The payoff is worth it. The best real estate agents get the satisfaction of helping clients achieve their dreams, and they receive top dollar in the field as well. Here’s 3 steps how you can be the successful realtor you’ve always dreamed of becoming:-

  • Enrich your local knowledge: Many buyers and sellers are looking for a real estate agent that offers more than just a successful track record. In fact, you can stand out from other agents by highlighting your knowledge about local areas. When a client is looking to buy or sell their home, they want a real estate agent that is familiar with the area to ensure the best possible results. Increase your local knowledge, and gain that competitive advantage.
  • Be detailed and organised:Real estate agents that have an eye for detail and a knack for organization are more likely to sell a home because they’re aware of what needs to be done to increase a property’s ability to sell. Focus on detail and you’ll find that getting creative with your listings and taking the best photographs will come naturally. You also want to sharpen up on your organization skills, which will allow you to be more productive and prompter when communicating with your clients.
  • Expand through networking: Almost all of the top real estate agents have a long list of connections, whether it’s a list of potential buyers or other real estate agents in the area that they can work with. Start networking to become more successful within the industry.
  • Be a little aggressive: In order to become a successful real estate agent, you have to perfect the balance of being a little aggressive, while still polite. Do not hesitate to speak up and show your ambition with a bit of aggression. This shows your customer that you’ll work hard to get what they want.
  • Have a professional appearance:Clients will judge a real estate agent on his or her appearance. After all, it’s an industry where success is highly based on taste. Commit to good grooming and let your flair showcase your confidence with your expertise. It’ll give the impression that you only take listings that have a high potential.
3 secrets to a successful sales job

3 secrets to a successful sales job

3 secrets to a successful sales job:

Years of growth in the sales industry have led to the employment of over a million sales consultants. In an effort to increase profits, this industry has also introduced many sweeping changes with the advent of modern technologies. While these changes no doubt have a positive effect on a company’s bottom line, not all of them have been particularly beneficial to the customer, and top salespeople recognize this. In the age of technology, our expectations have evolved when it comes to interacting with companies online. Because we may require customer service at all hours, much of the industry is outsourced- either to machines or to less knowledgeable reps in other countries, to provide assistance around the clock. In spite of advancements, let’s see the 3 important facets that determine how good your sales job is:-

  • Considering the client’s perspective:

Most salespeople have probably spent some time imagining what potential customers want from a business relationship, but a top performer will take this thought exercise much further. With each potential client, a great salesperson will try to identify the prospect’s top priorities and concerns and use that information to tailor his product offering and approach to specifically address those needs. This specificity and personal treatment of prospects is what gives a top salesperson the ability to anticipate a customer’s needs and make them feel like they are being helped rather than being sold.

  • Believing in your product:

Heartfelt enthusiasm for a company’s product is infectious and hard to fake. When a salesperson believes in their product’s value, they can frame their entire purpose around offering solutions to the client’s problems rather than simply closing a deal. This helpful approach will also put a prospect at ease because it feels like working with an expert offering advice rather than a salesperson charming the client for a commission.

  • Reshuffling your priorities:

Most sales staff operate at least partly off of commissions, so over time, they can become incentivized to sell too aggressively. If you notice your salespeople circling every customer like a pack of wolves, it’s a good idea to go back to the basics and remind them that people don’t want to be sold to- they want to be advised by a friendly consultant. Technology isn’t going anywhere, but it often feels as though human connections are. Fortunately, making these kinds of connections is a great way for your sales and customer service teams to stand out from the crowd.

5 of the biggest challenges in Real Estate

5 of the biggest challenges in Real Estate

The modern world provides many challenges for the commercial and private real estate industries. Changing demographics, uncertain economies, shifting values, unstable climate – all of these affect how people buy and sell property. Regardless of industry, there is no single solution for marketing. Even for companies in the same industry, every business attracts a particular buyer persona, with specific likes, shared perceptions, and other unique characteristics. The purpose of a sound marketing strategy is to uncover the techniques that will help one’s business develop a game plan that yields the highest results. Real estate agents have it difficult as they have to constantly keep changing their business plans for different types of customers. Apart from this, let’s see what other challenges are posed by the real estate industry:-

• Changing global economy
The global economic scenario is a big influence on the real estate market, and it makes sense – homes and property are a huge expense, and people will buy more when they have more money. The real estate industry thus ends up being very sensitive to the economy.

• Transitioning interest rates
Real estate is in a way completely intertwined with the economy – the lower the global interest rates are, the better rates people can get for mortgages. Thus real estate agents always have to keep a track of how the global market is functioning, what interest rates are and how it affects the real estate business.

• Adapting to the work-from-home scenario
More people are working from home than ever before, and this means that their property needs change. There’s less need for office buildings, more need for domiciles that can accommodate outfitting with modern tech. Realtors need to come to terms with this new situation, and learn to take advantage of these new marketing opportunities.

• Environmental sustainability
Going green is getting more important, and commercial real estate investors are paying more attention to factors like energy efficiency and sustainability. Local regulations are beginning to force property owners to disclose relevant factors related to green building standards.

• Changing healthcare regulations
Changing regulations on healthcare demand changes in real estate strategy, as healthcare providers try to work together offering convenient services. An aging baby boomer population also requires more facilities to be built to accommodate them.

BC’s Transition into a Lower-Carbon Economy

BC’s Transition into a Lower-Carbon Economy

Vancouver is starting this year off with an intended change for a greener planet. A conference called Resources for Future Generations (RFG 2018) will take place from June 16th to the 21st. This international conference is the first of its kind dedicated to the availability of resources needed to sustain future generations. The focus of the conference will be on energy, minerals, water, the Earth, resources and society. It will be hosted by the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), and the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC).
The intent of this conference is to have an open discussion about the extraction of BC’s natural resources and how to do so responsibly. Followed by the conversation of which technological advances in alternative clean energy require metals and minerals from BC. To maintain the production of wind turbines, solar panels, and high-density batteries it is essential for the conscientious extraction of such metals and minerals. For example, to build one wind turbine it demands over 100 tones of steelmaking coal and once the turbine is running it will remain self-sufficient. 
It is evident that the role of mining is changing to support the demand of clean energy. It is imperative that our mining corporations listen because it’s also inviting to the flourishing tech industry in Vancouver. If BC can provide the kind of clean metals and minerals that are in demand by these tech companies then we will see a roaring locally sustained economy. BC Mining has a major role to play in the future of clean energy and we are excited for it! 

Canadian Government introduces a $40 Billion dollar 10-year plan for a National Housing Strategy

Canadian Government introduces a $40 Billion dollar 10-year plan for a National Housing Strategy

The Canadian Federal Government is finally addressing our home affordability crisis. On November 22nd, they introduced a $40 Billion dollar 10-year plan for a National Housing Strategy. This plan will provide that needed change by creating 100,000 new housing units and repairing 300,000 buildings and homes.

The goal of this plan is to reduce homelessness by 50% and give a helping hand to Canadians in need. Most of this proposal will be implemented after the next federal election but already this year, they have acted across the country by building 8800 units, repairing, and rebuilding houses. Prime Minister Trudeau introduced the plan and rational by saying,

“Housing rights are human rights, everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home.”  
An initial $20 Billion dollars will be dedicated to building new houses and units, while the remaining will be addressing the subsequent issues:
• Addressing the needs of 530,000 vulnerable Canadians
• Implementing a new benefit for low-income tenants
• Preventing 385,000 households from losing an affordable home
• Offering 300,000 families with financial support with the Canada Housing Benefit

The innovative idea of the Portable Housing Benefit provides mobility and a choice of residency. This is a game changer for subsidized living; in the past, subsidized living meant sharing a unit with many other individuals and having to stay stagnant remaining with the benefit. However, with the portable homes, its inhabitants can move to a new location without losing their home. Before, passing up a job opportunity in another city was not uncommon due to the necessity of keeping their living quarters. These portable homes are not only providing better living spaces but also providing freedom to its tenants.

DestinationoneCERM will be happy to provide staffing for any needed construction and repairing on this extremely important project. We are happy to see Canada is taking a step in the right direction to solve this home affordability crisis.

Development and Renovation Costs Rise Due to Shortage of Workers

Development and Renovation Costs Rise Due to Shortage of Workers

Vancouver’s residential housing sector is taking a hit with labor shortages; construction companies struggle to find qualified laborers to complete the high demand of work. Last year, Metro Vancouver built around 30,000 homes and according to BC Construction Association there was a shortage of 14,200 workers.

This shortage of labor is decelerating the building process and increasing the prices on these new residential homes. The majority of skilled laborers are over the age of 45 and there aren’t enough new workers joining the workforce.

Have you ever thought about a career in construction? Maybe it’s time you did, the average yearly wage of a BC construction worker is $58,800 and that number is gaining. The construction workforce grew by 12% this year, work is in high demand with a great payoff. Another great benefit of going into a trade is that there is an incredible amount of options, for example:
– Analyzer Technician
– Boiler Maker
– Bricklayer
– Building inspector
– Cabinetmaker
– Carpenter
– Concrete Finisher
– Construction Estimator
– Construction Manager
– Construction Millwright/Industrial Mechanic
– Contract Administrator
– Contract Administrator
– Crane Operator
– Electrician
– Framer
– Interior Finisher
– Painter and Decorator
– Plumber
– Trades Helper/Laborer

These are only some of the options of trade out there! If you’re interested in a trade career or need to hire skilled laborers contact destinationoneCERM (Construction, Engineering, Real-Estate, and Mining) we can assist you.

Email: info@www.chriscarrepair.com
Phone: 778 855-1362

If you just want to try and see if construction is the right career for you, contact destinationoneTemp. They can set you up with a short-term temporary construction job that will help you determine your career path.

Email: info@destinationonetemp.com
Phone: 778 855-7124

Engineering shortage demands higher education

Engineering shortage demands higher education

As construction continues to boom in BC the province is seeing a shortage of qualified engineers. The Canadian Council of Chief Executives released a survey that revealed a shortage of skilled workers and engineers were at the top of the list being the “most difficult to find and retain”.

Dalhousie University in response to this shortfall, has heard this need and is revamping their architecture and engineering campus for spring 2018. This 64-million-dollar renovation will allow for new engineering facilities with top tear technology. Recently, Irving Oil donated 2.2 Million dollars towards this renovation supporting the next generation of engineering.

Not only will this renovation provide a facility capable of modern engineering but they are also giving away $700,000 in scholarships. These scholarships will be made available to engineering students in the next 10 years.

This power move by Dalhousie University shows their inclination to becoming a strong hold for engineering in Canada. With such a highly acclaimed post-secondary school focusing specifically on engineering it seems logical that other schools with follow suit. This could be the push that other universities need to help relieve this shortage of workers. Dalhousie’s 10 year plan this larger facility will allow the influx of engineering grads and close the demanding gap of unqualified workers.

The Influence #Votemining had on the Recent Provincial Election

The Influence #Votemining had on the Recent Provincial Election

#Votemining was an initiative launched before this recent election to prompt the provincial political parties of BC to take a stance on mining and bring social awareness to the important impact mining has on our economy and the crucial need for mineral exploration.

Three corporations formed vote mining: the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME), the Mining Association of BC (MABC) and the Mining Suppliers Association of BC (MSABC). Their purpose was to harness this issue and focus on the fact that there are more than 10,000 direct BC employees in the mining industry and 20,000 indirect employees in service and supply industries. Mining is a massive industry in BC that impacts thousands of our citizen’s lives, it is important to know where our leaders stand on the mining industry.

Vote Mining played an active role with their twitter account, taking to social media and posting responses from their survey by political party members such as Phillip Ryan (BC Citizens First Party), Josh Steffler (Libertarian Party of BC), Adam Olsen (BC Green Party), and Spencer Chandra Herbert (BC NDP).

Vote Mining Twitter Account @votemining

All NDP elected party members responded with positive support towards the issue. The recently elected Premier John Horgan was committed to ongoing flow-through tax credit for mineral exploration, eliminating PST from electricity used for mining operations, funding training programs in the mining industry, and protecting existing mining sites and operations.

Vote Mining actively encouraged citizens to ask the right questions to their political party leaders. Such as their first question on their survey:

“What fiscal measures will you implement to ensure that mineral exploration and development remains globally competitive and able to attract investment?”

There are detailed accounts of all the party member’s responses to their survey on their website. Even though the election has already taken place, we encourage you to read their responses to truly understand the massive importance the mining industry plays in BC’s economy.

Vancouver Condo’s Haven’t Reached their Price Limit as Labor Demand Rises

Vancouver Condo’s Haven’t Reached their Price Limit as Labor Demand Rises

The continual rise of condo prices in Vancouver have questioned the inevitable tipping point of the market.

As the global economy continues to stabilize, Vancouver’s economy follows suite. The initial boom of 2015 has settled down but real estate prices continue to rise. The Condo market is the hottest sector in the Vancouver real estate industry currently and experts say that there is no sign of it slowing down.

Construction is still the driving force in Vancouver’s current economic development. This has created an unprecedented requirement for part-time and full-time staffing. As the condo market continues to remain hot, there doesn’t seem to be any dip in the current trend. The necessity for staff in all sectors is at an all-time high, creating demand for staffing of qualified laborers and skilled trades people in the construction industry.

Understanding these needs, destinationoneCERM supplies for the demand of this fast-track construction industry; we have been preparing to stay ahead of the curve by scouting and developing new contacts for staffing needs.