Four Qualities of a Great Safety Leader

  The best leaders are level headed and confident in their judgment, and can react effectively in an emergency. Most importantly, a great leader never compromises safety in pursuit of business goals or in order to meet deadlines.

The Top 10 Pros and Cons of Arbitration

Though it’s common for contract provisions to require arbitration, owners, general contractors and subcontractors frequently disagree over the merits of this method of dispute resolution. The decision to agree to mandatory arbitration frequently depends on whether the company is viewed as a potential defendant or a potential plaintiff.

Cloud-Based GPS: A Future-Proof Investment

Within seconds, a cloud-based solution can turn any construction fleet  into a more efficient, safer and results-based operation for a price that will ensure incredible ROI from the start and future-proof the  investment for the future.

Need to Know: Updates to the 2014 MasterFormat

In April 2014 CSI and Construction Specifications Canada released the newest update to MasterFormat, incorporating hundreds of changes to the 2012 version.

Missouri Changes Interpretation of Discrimination Under Workers’ Compensation Law

In April, the Supreme Court of Missouri changed its longstanding interpretation of what an employee must prove to establish wrongful discharge or other discrimination under Section 287.780 of its workers' compensation law.

Contractors Shift Core Business Processes to Mobile Apps

Among construction firm that have deployed mobile apps, 64 percent use them for inspections, followed by 38 percent for work orders and 35 percent for checklists.

House Committee Approves Thermal Insulation Bill

  The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 4801, a bill that would require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water in federal buildings.

ABC National Office Certified Under New Green Globes Program

The Green Building Initiative certified Associated Builders and Contractors’ 19,380-square-foot national headquarters in Washington, D.C., under its new Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors program.

Facility Expansions Bolster Construction Training

In addition to a new workforce training center in Alabama, new facilities are set to open in Louisiana and Pennsylvania in anticipation of higher apprenticeship enrollment.

EPA and Army Corps Seek to Expand Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

  The public has until Oct. 20 to submit written comments on a proposed rule that aims to clarify the definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act and significantly expand federal control of land and water resources across the nation—creating additional permitting and regulatory requirements.
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