LJB Sustainability Challenge Yields Impressive Results

Last month, following our annual Earth Day celebration, LJB’s Sustainability Committee challenged our employees with a two-week Sustainability Challenge. Our team rose to the occasion and really focused on becoming more sustainable. Using mobile app Shine by Joulebug, our employees competed in teams to see who could reduce their ecological footprints the most. As shown […]

Awards Showcase LJB’s Expertise in Tilt-Up Structural Design

At the recent Tilt-Up Convention & Expo in Miami, Florida, LJB took home seven Tilt-Up Achievement Awards—marking a company best and tying an awards program record for most awards in a given year. This year’s awards bring our company grand total to 65 awards—more than doubling the number of awards for any other structural designer. […]

Spring ephemerals mean spring has finally arrived!

For our environmental science team, spring marks the beginning of the field season, when we trade our interior workstations for field visits to project sites. The official field season is typically timed to match the growing period of most plants, but may be designated by each agency. For example, ODOT projects only accept data collected […]

Resolve to Improve Fall Protection in 2018 (+ 4 Ways to Do It)

There are a variety of worthy New Year’s resolutions to consider as we enter 2018. If worker safety is important to you, I encourage you to pledge to improve your organization’s fall protection program this year. Last fall, OSHA announced that fall protection citations ranked as the top violation for the seventh year in a […]

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LJB Sustainability Challenge Yields Impressive Results

Last month, following our annual Earth Day celebration, LJB’s Sustainability Committee challenged our employees with a two-week Sustainability Challenge. Our team rose to the occasion and really focused on becoming more sustainable. Using mobile app Shine by Joulebug, our employees competed in teams to see who could reduce their ecological footprints the most. As shown […]

Spring ephemerals mean spring has finally arrived!

For our environmental science team, spring marks the beginning of the field season, when we trade our interior workstations for field visits to project sites. The official field season is typically timed to match the growing period of most plants, but may be designated by each agency. For example, ODOT projects only accept data collected […]

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability has origins in ecology and is described in that field of study as the endurance of systems and processes. Today, we most often link the term “sustainability” to environmentalism. One generally accepted definition for sustainability is: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  […]

What is My Carbon Footprint and What Do I Do About It?

We often hear pleas to reduce our carbon footprint, but what does that mean and how can you do it? According to Wikipedia, a carbon footprint is defined as the total emissions caused by an individual, event, organization, or product. As we consume food, fuel, manufactured goods, and materials, and utilize roads, buildings, transportation, and […]

The 5 Rs of Environmentalism: Refuse

For the final “R” in our blog series on The Five Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replace, Refuse, we have focused this post on ways that you can refuse items to minimize your impact on the environment. Do we really need all this stuff? In the United States, we are bombarded with free stuff from […]

The Five Rs of Environmentalism: Replace

As we continue our blog series on The Five Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replace, Refuse, we have focused this post on ways that you can replace items to minimize your impact on the environment. A major way to reduce your overall impact on the environment is to consider items we throw away that could […]

The Five Rs of Environmentalism: Recycle

In this installment of our blog series on The Five Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replace, Refuse, we are focused on ways to recycle to minimize your impact on the environment. If you don’t recycle, you can start now and make an immediate impact by sending less stuff to a landfill. Why Recycle? Recycling is […]

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The Five Rs of Environmentalism: Reuse

As we continue our blog series on The Five Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replace, Refuse, we have focused this post on ways that you can reuse items to minimize your impact on the environment. Reuse: Don’t throw it away just yet! In addition to replacing disposable items, we can re-use “disposable” items to keep […]

The Five Rs of Environmentalism: Reduce

While most of us agree we need to “do more” to be good stewards to our planet, we can’t always figure out the best, most practical ways to integrate these activities into our lives. In honor of Earth Week, we are providing some real, actionable steps to minimize your negative impacts on the environment. Our […]

Happy Earth Week from LJB!

This week, we will be releasing a series of posts about Sustainability and how we can all Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse. And, anyone local to our Miamisburg, Ohio, headquarters is invited to participate in our Earth Day celebration on April 24 from 11-12:30 p.m., complete with an animal encounter, plant exchange, and vendors to […]

Resolve to Improve Fall Protection in 2018 (+ 4 Ways to Do It)

There are a variety of worthy New Year’s resolutions to consider as we enter 2018. If worker safety is important to you, I encourage you to pledge to improve your organization’s fall protection program this year. Last fall, OSHA announced that fall protection citations ranked as the top violation for the seventh year in a […]

The First Christmas Tree: A Cultural Perspective

Working with teams of environmentalists over the years, I have wondered how they feel about the cutting of trees at Christmas time. Do they see it as genocide of poor evergreen trees, or do they view it as a cultural experience that we Americans have followed for generations? I am guessing the latter. As an […]

FAQs on new OSHA Fall Protection Regulations: Vol. 10 – Stair Design Changes

In this installment of our blog series, we continue to focus on more details that changed with the new OSHA regulations – specifically design changes that affect stairs. OSHA 1910.29 says that for any stairs installed after January 17, 2017, a handrail that measures 30-38 inches is required, as well as a 42-inch stair rail. […]

LJB Team Uses Pumpkins to Showcase Services

For this year’s company Halloween party—put on by the firm’s Social Events Committee—each key service in the company was challenged to create a pumpkin that represents their area of expertise. Not surprisingly, our talented staff rose to the occasion and exceeded expectations with their creativity and workmanship. LJB’s fall protection key service won the People’s […]

FAQs on new OSHA Fall Protection Regulations: Vol. 9 – Guardrail

In this installment of our blog series, let’s focus on more specific details – design changes that affect guardrail. If you’re wondering about how guardrail is affected, there are several new developments in the updated rule. First, guardrail height is officially required at 42 inches (+/- 3), which is now aligned with construction industry regulations. […]

FAQs on new OSHA Fall Protection Regulations: Vol. 8 – Ladder Fall Protection II

While our previous post in this series focused on the new requirement for ladder safety systems, this post discusses some additional requirements that affect ladder use and design. Here are a few of the most common questions we have received about ladders. Are chains acceptable to protect ladder openings? I often see chains at the […]

Awards Showcase LJB’s Expertise in Tilt-Up Structural Design

At the recent Tilt-Up Convention & Expo in Miami, Florida, LJB took home seven Tilt-Up Achievement Awards—marking a company best and tying an awards program record for most awards in a given year. This year’s awards bring our company grand total to 65 awards—more than doubling the number of awards for any other structural designer. […]