Western Summit Constructors

Western Summit Constructors

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In support of Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit that provides specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans at no cost to them, Western Summit’s project team constructed an entire house foundation for U.S. Army Cpl. Nick Orchowski, a veteran who was severely injured while serving in Iraq.

Dave Schmitt Construction Co.

Dave Schmitt Construction Co.

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When the call for volunteers to install playground equipment in the bedroom community of Fairfax, Iowa, went largely unanswered, the Parks Committee asked Dave Schmitt Construction Co. to take on the job.

Keeping Utility Contractors Safe

Keeping Utility Contractors Safe

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When working below ground-level, safety is a top concern. Dirt doesn’t really have a conscious, and it won’t care if people are in a trench when it decides to cave in. That’s why trench safety equipment is more important than the job itself, and companies like National Trench Safety (NTS) have dedicated time, equipment and money to the cause.

The Right Size

The Right Size

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Over the past decade, there’s been a surge in the popularity of compact excavators. These small, but mighty machines deliver strong performance in a compact package, which has made them a favorite among utility contractors.

Down with Downtime

Down with Downtime

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Even with easy-to-access maintenance features, a compact excavator that is running a large job or project will unfortunately often miss routine maintenance checks. All maintenance is important for extending the life and integrity of a machine, and there are a few routine procedures that should never fall to the wayside — no matter how busy the job.

Beyond Compliance

Beyond Compliance

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Safe work is efficient work and efficient work is profitable work. Any contractor who’s been around the track a few times knows that these statements are true. The “P&L effect” of a safe work environment, and the importance of OSHA compliance, are equally good reasons to choose the most effective training program for your workers.

The Big Three

The Big Three

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In 1978, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) mandated the use of a trench protection system for all excavations deeper than 5 ft. And 35 years later, trench safety is just as important with protection systems being used on jobsites all across the country.