Category Archives: Construction

Land Clearing Isn’t One Size Fits All

Preparing a raw piece of land for construction usually involves land clearing as an initial step, and it can be a very involved process. There is an array of types of land clearing that can be utilized to clear the land of trees and bushes, other vegetation, rocks, and other debris, and adjust the topography of the land. The goal of land clearing is to create a clear and clean land area that provides a base for construction with an eye towards controlling water runoff. Explore the different land clearing methods used on construction sites.

Types of Land Clearing

The methods used to clear and prepare a piece of undeveloped land for construction will obviously depend on the features of the raw piece of land. It’s an important first step that has a big impact on the finished construction site. Types of land clearing include:

  • Chain Saw Clearing. A piece of land that is densely wooded will likely first be cleared with chain saws. Basically, trees are cut down and the trunks removed. Larger sites may utilize bigger machinery for cutting down trees. Some trees may be left to be a part of the landscape of the finished construction.
  • Bulldozing. Heavy machinery such as bulldozers, backhoes, and skid loaders or skid-steer tractors are used to remove tree stumps, small trees, bushes, rocks, and any other debris that may be present that needs to be removed.
  • Earth Grading. Heavy machinery such as bulldozers is utilized again to adjust the topography of the land to form a stable base for construction and to control the flow of rainwater runoff on the completed site. This may include adding in gravel or sand, moving large amounts of earth, removing soil and rocks from the job site, digging drainage ponds and ditches, and more. Planning and digging for future utilities for the finished construction can also be a part of Earth Grading.

Land clearing is an important first step that preps the site for construction. Tucker Paving offers construction site services that include site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, asphalt paving, and underground utilities in addition to concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie-beams. We have over 25 years of experience in construction, including land clearing, land preparation, and asphalt and concrete paving. Contact us online, or give us a call at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next site clearing project!

Hurricanes Are Inevitable; Havoc in the Aftermath Shouldn’t Be

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry in Central Florida for over 25 years, so we are no strangers to the havoc a natural disaster like a hurricane can wreak on a construction site. Storm surge, rain, and high winds can all cause a significant amount of damage to a construction site. Exacerbating the problem is the unfinished nature of a construction site, the large amount of materials that are usually found that can be turned into projectiles in high winds, and utilities that are more exposed than in finished construction. See what should be on your to-do list for your construction site after a storm has passed.

What to Do After a Hurricane Hits the Construction Site
Having a Hurricane Recovery Team should be part of your company’s overall plan for preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. Your company’s plan should include having a team for preparing the construction site for an oncoming storm and another team—the Hurricane Recovery Team—to deal with the aftermath of a storm. Steps the Recovery Team should take include:

  1. Assessing damage after a safety all-clear. Once it is deemed safe for people to travel to and visit the construction site, the Recovery Team should visit to take an assessment of the damage and formulate a plan for recovery. The team should look at standing water, debris, and the instability of anything that has already been erected, and the status of machinery, tools, and materials.
  2. Plan for water removal. Having standing water on a construction site is dangerous for numerous reasons, including posing a danger to workers and materials, it softens the ground and the fact that the water could be polluted.
  3. Check for unseen hazards. The Recovery Team should also check for leaking gas lines, look for downed power lines, and ensure fire protection systems are in working order, if applicable.
  4. Clean up and resecure. The Recovery Team should clean up any dangerous debris and resecure any materials, machinery, or tools that became exposed during the storm.
  5. Call back the crew. Lastly, there should be a process in place for calling the construction crew back to work once the site is safe, clean, and secure.

Contact Tucker Paving online, or call us at (863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project!

Construction Sites Need Hurricane Prep, Too

The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1, and most storm forecasters are calling for a busy year with many storms and a higher-than-average number of strong storms. Being prepared is key to weathering a tropical storm or hurricane, and it’s not just homeowners who need to be ready if a big storm hits. Preparing your construction site for a hurricane is important to minimize damage and liability if a strong storm makes landfall. See the recommendations for securing your construction site ahead of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Preparing Your Construction Site for a Hurricane
Being prepared for a big storm minimizes damage to a construction site and reduces a construction company’s liability. Both save time and money, allowing construction to resume faster after a storm has passed. It’s advised that a construction company write a Hurricane Preparation Plan before any storm is near that outlines what must be done to prepare and who is responsible for doing it. This may also include working with local building departments.

Your Hurricane Preparation Plan should include:

  1. Securing the job site. Materials, machines, and tools must be secured or removed so that they do not become airborne in the high winds of a tropical storm or hurricane. Include any signs, construction fencing, trash, dumpsters, and portable bathrooms in the plan.
  2. Secure paperwork like plans and other documents, and electronics, in a safe location.
  3. Protect in-progress utility systems from sand and water, both from rain and storm surge.
  4. Cut power to the site and enact plans for utilizing power generators and fuel after the storm.
  5. Enact plans for water removal, such as placing pumps in basements or excavations so they are ready to go as soon as it’s safe.
  6. Remove or secure hazardous chemicals as construction companies are on the hook for cleanup if any hazardous chemicals make it into the environment.
  7. Ensure the security of buildings or structures. Take steps to make sure your construction projects and adjacent buildings are boarded up and secure.

Remember to assess the damage to your construction site after the storm has passed with extreme caution.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years in the Sunshine State, and serving Central Florida for over 50 years, so we’ve seen our share of major hurricanes! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project! 

Keep ADA Rules in Mind During Construction and Alterations

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, and its requirements took effect in 1992. In short, the ADA requires that buildings such as public accommodations, commercial facilities, and local and state government facilities be built so that all individuals—regardless of their ability—are able to use a building with minimal impediment. Make sure you are constructing or remodeling your buildings and spaces to comply with ADA requirements or expect heavy consequences.

Complying With ADA Requirements
The purpose of the ADA is to give everyone equal access. Ensuring that your building or space provides equal access to those with handicaps is the right thing to do. It can also be costly to do otherwise. Fines can be between $55,000 to $75,000 for the first offense, and double that for additional offenses. Additionally, not complying with the ADA can leave you open to lawsuits.

There are many ADA requirements for commercial buildings, but some of the most common include:

  • Hardware on doors that everyone can access.
  • Public and company bathrooms that can be accessed by anyone.
  • Parking that is accessible to those with disabilities and have it labeled and enforced as such.
  • Wide door frames to allow wheelchairs to fit through.
  • Drinking fountains that are accessible to all.
  • Flooring that does not restrict or impede mobility.
  • Grab bars and railings in locations where they could be needed.
  • Handicap ramps and/or installing curb cuts; a building is required to have 60 percent of entrances and exits be accessible to those with disabilities.
  • Furniture and other furnishings, or any feature, that do not create barriers to receiving service.

Find the complete list of requirements in the ADA Checklist.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We are very familiar with ADA requirements for residential, commercial, and municipal construction regarding sidewalks, curbs, and more. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let our experts handle your next paving project! 

What’s Changed in Florida’s Building Codes for 2021?

Explore the changes you’ll see in the latest edition of the Florida Building Code.

The Florida Building Commission is required by law to update the Florida Building Code every three years, and 2020 saw many meetings, multiple code modification proposals, and a slew of comments from the public to arrive at The Florida Building Code, 7th Edition (2020). The new codes took effect on January 1st, 2021. Explore an overview of the changes made—some of them quite significant—to The Florida Building Code.

Changes to The Florida Building Code
The Florida Building Code sets minimum standards concerning the design, construction, compliance, and regulations that aim to ensure buildings are safe and secure. Changes that were made to the code in the last update include:

  • Roofing requirements – building, residential, and existing building. Changes include roof assembly requirements aimed at improving wind damage resistance and minimizing water infiltration. These include changes to the underlayment, wind loads, mitigation for roofs, soffits, and certain wiring methods.
  • Wind loads – building and residential. The new code updated wind criteria to align with ASCE 7-16 (Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures), which has important changes concerning wind load provisions, including criteria for rooftop solar panels, higher design wind pressures on roofs of buildings with a mean roof height of under 60 feet, and for attached canopies. There is also a new wind speed map for Risk Category IV for High-Velocity Hurricane Zones.
  • Energy conservation volumes – residential and commercial. There are significant new residential provision changes, such as prohibition on electric resistance space heating for prescriptive projects in Climate Zone 2, new minimum equipment efficiencies, a minimum fan efficacy stipulation for heat recovery ventilation for energy recovery ventilation for whole-house mechanical ventilation, and more. Changes to the code concerning commercial provisions include changes to a variety of control requirements for various commercial buildings.

Tucker Paving has been a part of the construction industry in the asphalt and concrete paving sector for over 25 years. Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your asphalt and concrete paving projects! 

Drones in the Construction Industry

Explore how drones are taking the construction industry by storm.

There are numerous facets to a construction project, and each one requires tracking and verification for a project to be completed on-time and under budget. The latest technology aimed at tackling these tasks is drones. Also called unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, drones are being utilized in multiple areas on and off a construction site.

Uses for Drones on a Construction Site
There are numerous tasks that a drone can complete with ease, especially when combined with other technology, such as thermal cameras, mapping tools, and GPS. Drones can be utilized for:

Mapping. From grading and surveying to comparing the final product to its designs, drones can map out a construction site, taking images and videos. Software and apps can convert those images to valuable data and advanced analytics about a job site.

Tracking. Working as eyes in the sky, drones can keep track of numerous parts of any job site. Tracking can be applied to keeping tabs on the progress of a worksite, but drones can also be used to track machinery, equipment, and vehicles to keep an inventory and deter theft.

Inspecting. Drones can effortlessly travel to the top of high buildings, under bridges, to remote corners of a worksite, and to just about any area that would be difficult for workers to access quickly and easily. This allows for inspections prior to repairs, provides visual inspection verification requirements, and more.

Managing worksites. From the day-to-day work on a job site to monitoring weekly and monthly progress, the data from a drone provides key insights into progress, work-flow, and monitoring all of the many details that require verification, approval, and assessment.

Marketing. Drone footage is phenomenal when it comes to marketing a construction company’s capabilities and scope of work.

Tucker Paving has extensive experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We’re well-versed in a variety of residential, commercial, and municipal projects. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let our experts handle your next concrete or asphalt paving project! 

 

Is Your Home Ready for Hurricane Season?

Make sure you and your home are prepared in case a hurricane passes over your neck of the woods

Hurricane season is swiftly approaching, and it’s time to be proactive and start preparing now. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, giving you a few months to get ready. While you’re stocking up on water and checking your battery supply, make sure you are preparing your home as well. Since “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” now is the time to prepare your home for a major storm to prevent significant damage as much as possible.

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane
Prepping your home for a hurricane can be divided into categories, and there will be both short-term and long-term improvements you can make.

Roof
Your roof is one of the most likely areas to sustain damage in a hurricane.

  • Check the state of your roof and make repairs and add sealant where needed.
  • Install metal roof straps if your roof currently doesn’t have any.
  • Inspect roof trusses and fix or replace those without enough bracing.
  • Have your roof re-shingled with impact-resistant shingles.

Windows and Doors
Faulty windows or doors can let wind and rain into your home.

  • Check the seams and seals of all doors and windows and make necessary repairs or replacements.
  • Add deadbolts to doors to increase their strength.
  • Make sure window locks work so you can lock your windows ahead of an approaching storm.
  • Have impact-resistant windows and doors installed.

Outdoor and Lawn Areas
Pay attention to the areas around your home too, as everything that is not secure poses a danger to your home as a projectile.

  • Check that all outdoor features—porches, decks, sheds, carports, fencing, etc.—are in good repair and are anchored.
  • Move all patio furniture, lawn ornaments, birdbaths, etc. indoors.
  • Trim trees within 10 feet of your home.
  • Clean your gutters to prevent overflow damage to siding, roof, and foundation.
  • Inspect your foundation for damage, cracks, or distress to ensure water doesn’t find a way in.

Tucker Paving has been in the Central Florida area for over 25 years, and we know the damage a powerful storm can do. We specialize in the asphalt and concrete paving industry, working on residential, commercial, and municipal projects. Contact us online, or give us a call at?(863) 299-2262, for your asphalt or concrete paving project!

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!