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Do You Know OSHA’s COVID-19 Regulations?

A hundred years ago, American employees in construction often worked under dangerous conditions, and employers were under no legal obligation to take the safety of workers into consideration when assigning tasks. Fortunately, times have changed! In 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established by the United States Department of Labor, and now we have rules and regulations that govern what is too risky for a worker to be exposed to. Tucker Paving takes the safety of all of our workers and partners very seriously and stays up-to-date on all safety standards.

OSHA Regulations for Construction
In the COVID era, health and safety are getting priority treatment. Like any other construction company, Tucker Paving is expected to protect the health of our employees and the public by minimizing potential exposure to the perilous virus. Here are some of the guidelines set forth by OSHA to protect us all:

  • Encourage workers to stay home if they are ill.
  • Allow the use of masks on the job site. 
  • As much as possible, advise employees to maintain appropriate social distance by allowing everyone at least six feet of personal space.
  • Promote hygienic activities like handwashing by providing either soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Use EPA-approved cleaning chemicals to sanitize shared equipment and spaces (such as portable toilet facilities) frequently.
  • Minimize in-person meetings and use good social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Encourage all workers to promptly report any health or safety concerns to the appropriate supervisor.

We Follow the Rules
At Tucker Paving, we know that no one wants to pick up a potentially deadly disease at work to take home to their families. We take the threat of coronavirus very seriously and work hard to make sure that all of our employees, and anyone else that we come in contact with, is as safe as possible. By working together, we can overcome this unprecedented challenge!

Protect Your Hands From Work Injuries

See the best ways to protect your hands while on the job, as hand injuries are very prevalent in the construction industry.

Hand injuries are a common occurrence in the construction industry. According to data from the CDC, hand injuries are responsible for more than 1 million visits to an emergency room each year by workers in the United States. Hand injuries can be costly both in time lost from work and medical costs. Additionally, hand injuries can also be debilitating, leaving those injured with only limited use—or even zero use—of their injured hand. Protecting your hands from work injuries is of the utmost importance.

Tips on Protecting Your Hands from Work Injuries

There are a number of different ways to keep from injuring your hands on a construction worksite, depending upon what line of construction work you are in.

  1. Wear Proper Gloves. Machinists, mechanics, carpenters, iron workers, welders, electricians, and more can all benefit from wearing gloves. Gloves protect your hands from being pinched, from picking up splinters from wood, from being cut by sharp metal, from being burned or chemically damaged, and more. With the variety and sophistication of gloves made specifically as PPE, there’s no reason not to wear them.
  2. Respect Power Tool and Machine Guards. Guards on power tools and machines are there for a reason, and removing or dismantling them can result in serious injury. Protect your hands and the rest of you by respecting the guards on power tools and machines. Don’t try to remove them or bypass them in any way, and always make sure the guards are present and functional before using a tool or machine.
  3. Pay Attention. While you may have performed a certain job or used a certain tool a hundred times without incident, that doesn’t mean you are safe from danger. Becoming complacent and not paying attention when running a saw, using a torch, or performing any number of jobs on a construction site is how you miss details that lead to injury.
  4. Pay Attention to Training and Seasoned Workers. Training is meant to protect you from injury, just like the advice of those workers with more job experience! Listen and follow the advice.

At Tucker Paving, safety is always our leading priority! We offer over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We utilize our expertise for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us today by calling 863-299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let us know about your next concrete or asphalt paving project! 

Construction Trends to Expect in 2021

The construction industry is one that changes with the times, and this year is no exception. The COVID pandemic has had a great effect on the construction industry, just as with most industries. Forecasters believe that once things get back to, more or less, business as usual, the construction industry will be on the upswing again. Explore the top trends the construction industry will see in 2021.

2021 Trends in the Construction Industry

  1. A Need for Skilled Laborers. The construction industry has had more open positions than boots to fill them in the past several years, and 2021 will continue that trend. However, the trend will focus on a need for skilled laborers more so than laborers in general. Industry experts believe that more women entering the construction workforce and a shift towards more favorable perceptions of trade schools will help to fill those skilled laborer positions.
  2. Rising Material Costs. Material costs have risen 5 percent over the past three years in the Producer Price Index for construction goods. Experts believe a focus on efficiency can relieve some of the increasing costs.
  3. A Focus on Efficiency Through Technology. Efficiency will be the name of the game, whether a builder is looking to focus on “green” eco-friendly construction or just trim costs from the bottom line. Technologies like drones for mapping and generating actionable data or keeping track of machinery, “smart contracts” that offer an all-in-one tracking system for all parties in a project to use to do business or robots that can move heavy materials or lay bricks will all start to ramp up the efficiency of construction job sites.
  4. Worker Safety. Robots that do the heavy lifting aren’t just about getting things done cheaper and faster. They’re also about keeping workers safe from injury. Similarly, wearable safety technology will also make inroads in employee safety, such as a wearable device that lets a worker know when they are lifting a heavy load in a manner that could cause injury or boots that can detect if a worker has fallen and alert others.

Tucker Paving has more than 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving construction industry, and we’ve seen a lot of changes in the construction industry in that time, and we know we’ll see more in the 25 years ahead. Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete construction project! 

Practicing COVID Safety in Construction

The COVID pandemic has reached into all aspects of our lives, and the construction industry is no exception. Safety should be the first priority on any construction worksite, and that includes taking measures to protect workers from COVID. See guidelines from OSHA on practicing COVID safety in construction, below.

COVID Safety Measures for Construction
While the job description and hazards for those working in carpentry, ironworking, plumbing, electrical, heating/ ventilation/air conditioning/ventilation, masonry and concrete work, utility construction work, and earthmoving work are different than non-construction industries, many of the safety measures companies should take to protect employees from COVID are very similar.

  • Create a Job Hazard Analysis as it pertains to Covid. OSHA advises to “Assess the hazards to which your workers may be exposed; evaluate the risk of exposure; and select, implement, and ensure workers use controls to prevent exposure.” It is most important to identify times and locations where workers will be in close proximity or will be touching the same tools, machinery, or controls repeatedly.
  • Train employees on the symptoms of COVID, how it is spread, the importance of social distancing and hygiene practices, and any other policies and procedures on reducing transmission of the virus that are applicable to each employee’s duties.
  • Implement standard operating procedures and employee training pertaining to social distancing, use of face masks, and for when a worker has contracted COVID.
  • Maintain as much space between workers as possible, such as through utilizing staggered work schedules, identifying “choke points” where workers are required to be closer than 6 feet, and creating procedures for limiting the number of people in those areas at a time. 
  • Keep in-person meetings, like toolbox talks and safety meetings, as short as possible, limiting the number of workers in attendance, and use social distancing practices.
  • Keep toilet and handwashing facilities clean and disinfected, including portable job site toilets. Make sure hand sanitizer dispensers are always filled. 
  • Disinfect items regularly that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, light switches, tools, machinery and vehicle controls, and sink handles and toilet seats.
  • Have employees use higher-level PPE, like respiratory protection, if they are in settings where social distancing protocols cannot be followed. 

Safety is always our leading priority on any Tucker Paving job site. We have been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years! Contact us online, or call us at 863- 299-2262 for your next asphalt or concrete paving job! 

The Importance of Dust Control at the Construction Site

If you’ve ever been on a construction site, then you know how dusty things can get! All the digging, moving, and building can generate huge clouds that can be dangerous to breathe in. At Tucker Paving, we know how important it is to protect the health and safety of construction workers as well as anyone else who could come into contact with this potentially toxic dust. That’s why dust control on-site is such an essential task.

Controlling Construction Site Dust
First of all, there are three main types of dust being stirred up on a construction site. 

Silica dust is produced by cutting, grinding, drilling, or sandblasting many building materials, including granite and sandstone. Also called respirable crystalline silica (RCS), silica dust is very common in construction materials – and very toxic. 

Non-silica dust is produced mostly when bricks are cut, but it can also come from working with cement, limestone, dolomite, marble, or gypsum (plasterboard). While it’s not as bad as silica dust, it is still harmful to human health. 

Wood dust results from working with various types of wood and wood-based products, like plywood, chipboard, and MDF. 

The problem presented by all this dust is that when inhaled, it’s going to reduce your lung capacity, increase the strain on your heart, and potentially cause a variety of diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). It can cause irritation of the nose, throat, eyes, skin, and lungs, plus exacerbate asthma. 

There are limits established by OSHA as to how much silica a worker can be exposed to. Tucker Paving abides by the laws laid down to protect workers and the public from excessive exposure to construction dust. 

Keep it Clean with Tucker Paving
Tucker Paving works hard to ensure that our job sites comply with all state and federal safety guidelines. We value the health of our workers and clients, so we minimize the amount of dust produced from our projects by using the most appropriate methods for each job.

Retaining Walls: Concrete Block or Poured Concrete?

If you’re thinking of having a retaining wall installed, consider the advantages and disadvantages of concrete block versus poured concrete.

Having a retaining wall installed is a good way to improve the curb appeal of your home, control your yard’s landscapes, and to combat soil erosion. There are many considerations to take into account when deciding what type of retaining wall you want. Explore the benefits and drawbacks of both a concrete block and a poured concrete retaining wall.

Concrete Block Versus Poured Concrete
Concrete block is one of the most common materials used for retaining walls. Blocks are placed on top of one another for height, and their interior cells are reinforced with rebar and filled with concrete for strength. Concrete block retaining walls can be as high as about four feet, and the retaining wall can have curves and right angles. They are a structurally sound option, but concrete block retaining walls must incorporate footings to ensure optimal strength. 

There are a number of different types of blocks to choose from, such as the basic “cinder block” and interlocking blocks. While standard concrete block is visually unappealing, options like split face blocks—concrete blocks with a face that resembles broken stone—or adding a veneer resembling stone, brick, or other decorative masonry can add interest and match a home’s style.

Poured concrete retaining walls utilize rebar and poured concrete to create a smooth, sleek wall, and there are numerous design options. While poured concrete retaining walls are stronger than concrete block retaining walls, there’s a lot that can go wrong with a poured concrete retaining wall. It takes a great amount of knowledge and skill to install a poured concrete retaining wall; the process is unforgiving of mistakes. Waves or bulges can form, as can cracks. Generally, there are few to no options for fixing problems like cracks with a poured concrete retaining wall, and the entire wall must be replaced if one part of it fails.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the concrete and asphalt paving construction industry, and we’ve been serving Central Florida for over 50 years. We offer site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, asphalt paving, underground utilities, and concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie-beams. Call us at (863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for your next concrete project! 

Curious to Know More About Asphalt’s Worst Enemies?

Meet asphalt’s worst enemies and help keep them away from your asphalt.

Asphalt is a favorite material for driveways and other pavements, and it can last a long time if it’s taken care of and maintained. However, asphalt has some serious enemies that it needs to be protected from. If you’re serious about helping your asphalt driveway or other pavement to last for decades, you’ll need to keep asphalt’s worst enemies at bay.

Asphalt’s Worst Enemies
Asphalt’s worst enemies are the things that are most likely to cause damage to your asphalt driveway or other asphalt pavement. If you want to keep your asphalt in good repair for as long as possible, then you’ll need to ensure these things and your asphalt don’t meet in any long-term way.

  • Standing Water. It’s fine for your asphalt to get wet, say from a rain shower or a sprinkler, but standing water that puddles on asphalt for an extended period of time does immense damage to your asphalt. Standing water wears away at asphalt’s protective top layer, and then the water gets into the asphalt itself and weakens the asphalt. If it’s not fixed, standing water will lead to potholes, cracks, and crumbling asphalt. The solution is to have your asphalt driveway or other asphalt pavement seal coated regularly and have any areas fixed where water is able to pool.
  • UV Rays. The sun’s UV rays are damaging to asphalt’s tar, oxidizing it so that it ages and breaks down faster than other parts of the asphalt that are shaded. While you can’t control the sun, you can make sure to have your asphalt seal coated regularly to protect it from UV rays.
  • Tree Roots. A good rule of thumb is that a tree’s roots can extend out below ground as far as the branches do above ground, and even farther for some tree species! Tree roots can cause upheaval and cracking to the concrete as they grow. Be careful about planting trees near asphalt pavement, and consult with an asphalt pavement expert if you’re having problems with tree roots. For large roots, you should also consider consulting an arborist as removing large roots can lead to the death of the tree.
  • Motor Oil and Other Chemicals. Chemicals from your vehicle, like motor oil, cause your asphalt to degrade and break apart. Keep your asphalt driveway clear of oils and chemicals from vehicles, clean up spills as soon as possible, and have seal coating done at regular intervals, usually every one to three years.

Tucker Paving has decades of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving construction industry, from residential jobs like asphalt driveways to large commercial jobs like theme parks, schools, developments, and more. Contact us online, or give us a call at (863) 299-2262, for your next driveway paving project!

Sustainable Construction: What’s the Big Deal?

One of the trends seen in the construction industry recently is a focus on sustainable construction. Focusing on sustainability is important in any industry, but it’s especially important in the construction industry as it is responsible for 36 percent of worldwide energy usage and 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, according to statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA), an international forum for energy cooperation. Sustainable construction is good for both the environment, for the companies utilizing it, and more.

What Is It?
Sustainable construction can be defined as having the end goal of a construction project to go beyond the building itself and also creating a healthy environment that’s based on ecological principles, such as reducing the industry’s environmental impact. Charles Kilbert, a professor with the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning, maintained that sustainable construction should focus on six principles: “conserve, reuse, recycle/renew, protect nature, create non-toxic and high quality.”

Sustainable construction can include using renewable and recyclable resources, reducing energy consumption and waste, utilizing sustainable materials, employing energy efficiency principles, creating a healthy environment, utilizing green technology, and protecting surrounding ecosystems.

What Are the Benefits?
Obviously, using sustainable construction is good for the environment by protecting resources, minimizing waste, and reducing harmful chemicals, gases, and other materials. However, sustainable construction has additional benefits as well.

For one, many studies have found that sustainable construction offers benefits to those who utilize the spaces. “Green buildings” have been linked with an increase in cognitive performance, improved decision-making, and overall satisfaction.

Sustainable construction can also benefit the construction companies that use it as well. There is a benefit to a company’s reputation as a sustainable company, but sustainable construction can have benefits to a company’s bottom line as well. Costs can be reduced through minimizing waste, using recycled materials, savings on fuel and energy, and more.

While converting to sustainable construction is not something that happens overnight, it is a move that can benefit both the company, its clients, and the environment.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving construction industry, and we put a lot of focus on sustainable construction. For example, we accept used asphalt and concrete, recycle it, and sell it as recycled aggregate as part of our commitment to sustainable practices! Call us at (863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for your next asphalt or concrete construction project!

Get the Job Done the Right Way at the Right Rate

When you need asphalt laid for a project, you want it done right the first time. No worries with Tucker Paving! We can guide you through every step of the process for any asphalt project, so don’t hesitate to consult with us. However, whether you hire Tucker Paving or another company for your paving needs, we want you to be satisfied with the work that’s done. Therefore, we have a few tips for you when looking to hire any asphalt contractor.

Get the Right Team for the Job
As with any construction, it’s important to get the right company doing the work. The first thing you should look for is that they have the proper licensure and certifications for the job you need done. If they can’t provide you with that information up front, that’s a big red flag.

Hire an asphalt company that owns their own equipment, like Tucker Paving does. If they have to rent their equipment from another company, it can cause variances in pricing that can throw your budget off.

Word of mouth is still the best form of advertising there is. Check with your friends and business contacts and see what companies they’ve hired for similar projects, and what their honest opinions are of those companies. Ask how the work has stood up over time, and if the job was finished on time and within budget. A company might hire some fake reviewers to post glowing recommendations online, but it’s unlikely that your own acquaintances are going to lie to you about the experience they’ve had with a particular business.

When You Need the Job Done Right…
Remember, when you need paving done, you can always trust Tucker Paving to get the job done on schedule, within budget, and to your specifications. We believe in providing our customers with the highest standard of service and quality in the site construction industry, and you won’t be disappointed.