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Raley, Watts & O’Neill Insurance

Since 1950, Raley, Watts & O’Neill has been serving the insurance needs of our clients. We started as a one person operation in Lexington Park, MD and are proud of our small town heritage. We have worked hard to maintain the fundamental principles of our roots while we have grown into a company that serves clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the United States and Internationally. We pride ourselves on getting it right and taking care of the needs of our clients. We simplify the insurance process and take the time to make sure each of our clients understand their options, what they are buying and where their money goes. Our committed staff has the expertise and extensive experience in a broad range of insurance products and services like Commercial, Personal, Bonding, Safety/Risk Management, Group Health, Life and Financial Services. We would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate to you how working with Raley, Watts & O’Neill is about more than just insurance; it is about a long term relationship. We always strive to never veer from our values – C.A.R.E

Skilled Labor Shortages: A Growing Problem?

Gordon O’Neill Gordon O’Neill , 9/9/2015
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The good news: the construction economy continues to show signs of recovery. After losing nearly 2.3 million jobs during the recession, an Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) survey reports that 86 percent of companies plan to hire in 2014.* The problem: trade workers with the right skills and capabilities for the job may be getting harder to find. As the industry recovers, less-experienced workers are being used to support increased demand.
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Qualified Workers Can Help Increase the Quality of Workmanship.

Hiring qualified workers — including carpenters, equipment operators and laborers — is one of the most important steps in managing construction defect risk. A lack of skilled labor can affect workmanship, increasing the likelihood of construction defect. Travelers has already seen the number of claims in states such as California and Texas grow as the post-recession pace of construction gains momentum. Measure twice. Hire right. One of the best ways to defend against construction defect claims is to pre-qualify potential hires. Double check to make sure they have the proper credentials, experience and skills to deliver quality work. Effective hiring strategies can help prevent potentially complex and costly construction defect claims down the road.