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OSHA revises app to help workers avoid heat illness
Safety + Health
As temperatures increase, OSHA is placing potentially lifesaving information at outdoor workers' fingertips. The agency has updated its Heat Safety Tool phone application, which is available for download on iOS and Android devices in English and Spanish. Workers can use the app to calculate the heat index at their worksite and determine heat illness risk levels.
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Innovative ways to use bi-fold doors
Bi-fold doors have come a long way from being the traditional doors connecting the hallway to the other parts of a house. Trending lately for adding detail and dimensions to interiors, bi-fold doors are finding unique applications that offer functionality with style. As more and more contemporary homeowners are considering seamless, flow-into home designs, bi-fold doors are quickly becoming a popular door style.
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Construction material end 2-month streak of increases
Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. via For Construction Pros
Prices for inputs to construction industries fell by 0.1 percent in April, ending a two month streak during which material prices expanded by greater than 0.4 percent. Prices have now fallen in six of the previous eight months and input prices are also down on a year-over-year basis, falling 4 percent since April 2014.
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Tax trouble? Avoid these 10 common — and costly — mistakes
Sound tax and accounting procedures are essential to growing a financially secure company. Unlike individual taxpayers, who habitually wait until April to get their information in order, businesses have to maintain accurate records and workflow year-round. But multiple hiccups — from simple human error to rampant technology adoption — threaten the accuracy of these processes, elevating the risk of compliance penalties and harm to your reputation.
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Home construction grows at the fastest pace since 1991
2015 hasn't been a great year for economic data. After the most recent number on the U.S. trade deficits, most economists expect that the economy actually shrank in the first quarter of this year, following decelerating growth in the fourth quarter of last year.
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How to get (and keep) customers with an 8-second attention span
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Bad news: Goldfish now have a longer attention span than most humans. New research from Microsoft found that since 2000, the average human attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to a mere eight — one second shorter than that of a goldfish. That means most of you didn't even make it to this sentence. The biggest change since the start of the study in 2000? The omnipresent smartphone. In this age of ever-shrinking attention spans, the question for marketers and advertisers becomes: How can we get and keep the attention of consumers?
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