Choosing a contractor: look at training, safety record and industry participation. (Construction).
From time to time, people ask me how to choose a contractor. The answer is simple--hire based upon quality.
A quality contractor will employ well-trained, skilled tradesmen. The best skilled tradesmen are graduates of apprenticeship programs that are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. These apprenticeship programs are typically four and five years long and combine classroom instruction with on-the-job training. Graduates of registered apprenticeship programs tend to be more productive workers.
A quality contractor will also invest in continued education for supervisory employees. The construction industry changes dynamically, and a good contractor will keep project managers, superintendents and foremen current on the latest technology and techniques.
A quality contractor has a good safety record. Accidents cost money and time, so a safe contractor is a more productive contractor. Worker's compensation insurance premiums provide a good example of how safety can result in a better bottom line. An important determinant determinant, a polynomial expression that is inherent in the entries of a square matrix. The size n of the square matrix, as determined from the number of entries in any row or column, is called the order of the determinant. of a firm's worker's comp comp
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The benefits of a safe contractor aren't limited to worker's comp premiums. A workplace accident caused by a careless contractor on your property could result in liability for you, or even worse. injuries to your employees. An owner has much to lose when he or she employs an unsafe contractor.
A quality contractor performs the work you hire him or her to do. Beware of the contractor who subcontracts all or most of the work for which he or she is contracted. A quality contractor assumes reasonable risk for a reasonable cost. Look out for contractors who try to shift all of the risk to the owner and to subcontractors.
A quality contractor participates in the industry. The construction industry is not a vacuum. In order to remain competitive, a quality contractor affiliates with organizations that promote good industry practices. Industry associations such as the Associated General Contractors Associated General Contractors of America is the nation's oldest and largest trade association representing the construction industry. It was formed in 1918 following a request by President Woodrow Wilson. of Indiana, the National Electrical Contractors Association, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Indiana, the Sheet Metal and Mr-conditioning Contractors National Association and the Indiana Masonry masonry: see brick; concrete; stonework; tile.
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Industry associations provide safety training, management education, legal advice and the opportunity to exchange best practices. Contractors who participate in their respective industry associations demonstrate their willingness to work toward the betterment bet·ter·ment
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Too many times, construction services are purchased on the basis of the lowest bid. While most people would not dream of choosing their doctor or their lawyer based on the lowest price, they somehow think that price is the best method for choosing a contractor.
Lowest bid doesn't always mean the lowest cost, and a bad contractor at a low price will frequently cost you more than a quality contractor in the long run. When making the decision to move forward with a construction project, a firm should consider life-cycle costing, which takes into account factors such as operating costs operating costs npl → gastos mpl operacionales , expected life and maintenance requirements.
Can your business afford not to hire a quality contractor?
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