The secret behind running a successful construction business heavily lies on using the best construction equipment. Realizing this truth, the world’s best construction companies possess high-class construction equipment. Construction equipment is the best ally that a company can depend on. This equipment facilitates and provides the best assistance when working against a tight deadline. Some common construction equipment needed for any construction business includes bulldozers, wheel loaders, backhoes, pavers, excavators, cranes, and tractors, rollers, forklifts, trucks, generators, pressure washers, welders and air compressors.Well-known companies such as John Deere, Volvo, Caterpillar, New Holland, Bell, Komatsu, Bobcat, Terex, Kawasaki, Hyundai and International Harvester manufacture construction equipment. They are the most popular and well known construction equipment manufacturers. These companies are known for making high quality construction equipment. Parts for construction equipment are as vital as the equipment themselves. Any breakdowns during work will seriously affect the work schedules.Stocking vital equipment parts in adequate numbers will help in executing the projects on time. New parts or reconditioned parts are important equipment and should be in stock, as sourcing them at the time of break down would prove difficult and expensive. Many companies offer genuine high quality parts. Often they guarantee for high performance and long life. Keeping enough stock in their warehouse to meet any demand will be beneficial. Normally, most reputed manufactures have remanufacturing programs that takes failed components, fixes them, tests them, and then sells them as used parts.Most of these parts will be like new ones and adhere to original specifications. This is a cost saving method for buyers without compromising the quality and contributing to environmental protection by reducing waste. Major construction equipment manufacturers have distribution networks that help buyers to get the parts as and when possible without wasting time which is crucial for their business. Online support systems help them in locating and transferring the parts which are in great demand in one place but lying idle in another place without any buyers.
Construction Bill 2010 has been sponsored by Senator Fergal Quinn with the purpose of addressing the payment problems and providing a streamlined system for payments on completed projects.The current system allows for several disputes in terms of payments between the contractors and the employers on completed projects. The employers withhold payments without prior intimation and neither give any reason for withholding it. This has been unduly affecting everyone in this line of business. This bill also attempts at avoiding litigation which is long dragged for several years and everyone in the construction chain has been bearing the brunt.The construction bill, if approved, becomes an act to regulate payment and certain other matter relating to construction business.Contents Of The Proposed BillContents of the proposed construction bill 2010 are the title, interpretation, information about construction contracts, exclusions to the contracts if any, definition of construction operation, oral contracts, obligation of the employer to notify in case he intends to withhold payments, referral of disputes to adjudication, contractor or employee’s entitlement to suspend work in case of nonpayment without notice and also specifies the process of serving notice.The construction operations included in the bill are alteration, repair, construction, and demolition, and maintenance, installation of heating and lighting systems, construction of drainage and water supply system and cleaning of the buildings.What The Bill ProposesConstruction Bill 2010 proposes that the employer needs to give seven days prior notice in case he intends to withhold payment and provide the reason thereof. The contractor can reply to this notice clarifying the matter and seek payment. If the employer does not serve prior notice and suspends payments, the subcontractor is entitled to stop the ongoing work for the employer.In case of a dispute between the parties, the matter can be referred for adjudication. The process of adjudication has three levels.Mediation: An independent party that can be recommended by the state or otherwise, mediates a discussion between the employer and the contractor in order for them to agree on an action plan and resolve the matter between them.Arbitration: If the matter is not resolved at the mediation level, an arbitrator listens to the parties and suggests an action plan to resolve the matter.Adjudication: If the matter is not resolved in the above two processes then the matter will be referred to adjudicator for dispute resolution. The bill specifies that the adjudicator must reach a decision within 28 days of giving the notice. In special circumstances it can be extended by 15 days.Some highlights of this Construction Bill 2010 are exclusion of construction contract on a dwelling property, a property on which one of the parties to the contract resides or intends to reside, and inclusion of oral contracts.Successful enacting of Construction Bill 2010 can streamline the construction business by ensuring a system for payments on completed projects and a methodology to notify the other party in case the employer intends to withhold payments by giving the details on the amount, and the reason for withholding. This bill will also be able to avoid the long dragged litigations and provide solace to everybody in the construction business from the contractor, subcontractor, employer to all the workers in the construction chain, especially those in the lower end of the chain that were affected the most.
The construction industry is no stranger to legal “punch ups” and the person you want to see when that happens is your expert construction lawyer. But what exactly do they do?Skills of the expert construction lawyerA construction lawyer is a trained and experienced legal professional who understands the issues you face in the construction industry.Whether you are an employer of construction skills, a head contractor, subcontractor, supplier or consultant to the industry, your experienced construction lawyer can help you with most of your legal challenges, or at least highlight to you any legal issues that you should be aware of that are outside their scope of expertise and direct you to a colleague who can help you.Quality construction lawyers are generally experts in two main areas when it comes to construction matters:1. “front end” work, which includes:contract drafting and negotiation
general advice on structuring your business entities for asset protection
advice on suitable business documents and contract administration systems and procedures for minimizing your exposure to legal claims… and more2. “back end” work, which includes:advice regarding options for resolving disputes
general advice regarding issues that may arise during contract works execution
expertise in assisting with applying alternative dispute resolution methods negotiating resolutions to disputes and seeking alternative solutions for commercial parties so they can proceed with a project without delay… and moreWhen should you engage a construction lawyer?Well I’m sure you know the answer to this question already but so few construction professionals heed this advice. You should speak to your expert lawyer at the earliest possible time.Why? Because when you get them to assist you in the early phase of your project or business you can avoid many more potential problems. Too often I see people draft their own inadequate contracts or sign up to draconian contracts prepared by other parties which include personal guarantees, and then when things move into a dispute phase they are already up the proverbial creek without a means of propulsion… if you know what I mean.If you wait until you have already run aground (entered into a dispute) to try and change the course of your ship (your business and livelihood), it may well be too late. You see, the cost of engaging a construction lawyer at the start of your project will be about 10% of the cost of just one dispute (in the life of your project) going to court. So consider the math when next time the opportunity presents itself.The cost of learning from your own mistakes over years of construction industry experience can be a costly one and, in some cases, more than you may have to pay for it. Even then, if you happen to know all the laws at a particular point in time (which is most unlikely), the laws are constantly changing and you’ll never be sure if you know when and how they have changed. The construction lawyer’s job, however, is to know what is about to change before it happens and they will share that invaluable advice with you to prepare you for that change.The good construction companies with bigger budgets do tend to diligently seek out expert construction legal advice but even they skip this step on some projects… and on further occasion, they live to regret it. If you’re a small to medium sized operator in the construction industry, you cannot afford to take that risk, particularly on larger projects that tie up much of your cash flow.