Hurricane Season: Ways to be Prepared for Fall Storms

By Hoar Construction

Tropical Storm Emily, which soaked the West Coast of Florida Monday, was a reminder we’re heading into peak hurricane season in the Atlantic. While hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30, we generally see the most activity August through October. This is also the time when many of our project teams start watching the weather more closely. Learn More Hurricane Season: Ways to be Prepared for Fall Storms

Improving Safety Meetings with the 90% Rule

By Michael Barnes

The relentless pursuit of improvement is a core value and a priority for our entire company. Our field teams, management teams, accounting, and IT departments are all committed to finding new ways to work more efficiently, reduce waste, improve quality – any opportunity to do our jobs better. This dedication to improvement is extremely important when it comes to the safety of our employees.

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Severe Weather Safety

By Michael Barnes

We’ve been talking a lot about safety over the past month. As a company, we work very hard to create a culture of safety. One of the ways we’ve been focusing on that is by having a safety moment at every meeting we have. Those safety moments often focus on our actual construction work at a jobsite, but they also include topics that cross our worlds, like ladder safety, applicable to our home life and even our office life!

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Five Common Precursors to an Accident

By Rob Wylie, Assistant Safety Director

This month, Hoar devoted a week to focus on safety and find ways to work smarter and eliminate hazards. I want to challenge everyone to continue to look for ways to eliminate hazards, every day. One way to do that, is to be aware of the five most common precursors to an accident. If we spot one of these red flags, we need to stop, treat it like a violation or a hazard, and take the extra time to be certain we prevent an accident or incident.

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My Most Valuable Safety Lesson

By Dwayne Fleger, Vice President

My most valuable safety experience was accepting the challenge of working with a local masonry trade partner who had a less-than-stellar safety performance history. They were a very good masonry trade partner as far as performance; safety just wasn’t forefront in their culture. We worked with them and helped them develop a project-specific safety mitigation plan. Learn More My Most Valuable Safety Lesson


By Bart Wilder, Vice President of Safety

We’re pretty up front about our safety goals here at Hoar. We want a world-class safety program and a culture that demands we always strive to get better. We’ve certainly got the progressive culture, but – while our safety program is very strong – we’re still aiming for world-class. One tool we’re using to get better is a process we call SQPM, or the Safety-Quality Preplanning Meeting. Learn More SQP MEETINGS: FINDING AND ADDRESSING SAFETY RISK, INTENTIONALLY


By Rob Wylie

In honor of National Electrical Safety Month, I would like to share tips that can prevent injuries on our jobsites. Almost everyone on a jobsite is exposed to potential electrical hazards through the course of work. You do not have to be an electrician to be exposed to electrical hazards. Workers use or pass by electrical cords every day. Follow these tips to keep workers safe when exposed to electrical hazards.

  • Keep your body and all equipment at least 20 feet from power lines.
  • Inspect electrical cords for damage (i.e. cuts and frays); and check that the cable has not pulled away from the plug end or is not missing the ground prong.
  • Protect all electrical cords and equipment from physical damage.
  • Properly cover all electrical boxes.
  • Do not work on energized circuits.
  • Restrict access to electrical rooms by unauthorized personnel.
  • Verify that only qualified persons turn on or off – or reset – circuit breakers.