Posted on 5/24/2016 8:27 AM By Joanna Masterson
The heavy construction and engineering industry recorded the second most severe driving incidents for service-based vehicles—29 percent above the national average of 2.5 severe driving incidents per every 1,000 miles driven.
Posted on 4/26/2016 7:15 PM By Joanna Masterson
Average annual salaries for craft professionals ranged from just over $47,000 to nearly $89,000—not including overtime, per diem, bonuses or other incentives—according to NCCER’s 2015 Construction Craft Salary Survey.
Posted on 4/26/2016 7:05 PM By Joanna Masterson
Employers covered by OSHA’s final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica have until June 23, 2017, to comply with the new construction standard, except for requirements for laboratory evaluation of exposure samples, which begin on June 23, 2018. Eight construction industry organizations have filed a petition for review of the final rule with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
Posted on 4/26/2016 5:48 PM By Joanna Masterson
“Contractors cannot be afraid of investing in the training and PPE required to do the job safely. Spending a couple thousand dollars here and there for training is nothing compared to paying that tenfold when you have an incident. Safety is good for business as it relates to efficiency and the bottom line, but also as it relates to the goal that every person on the jobsite leaves in the same or better condition as when they arrived.”
Posted on 4/25/2016 7:18 PM By Joanna Masterson
President Obama signed an executive order that creates a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard requiring new, leased and regulated federal buildings to meet seismic safety provisions outlined in the International Building Code and the International Residential Code.
Posted on 4/25/2016 7:02 PM By Joanna Masterson
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report to the full chamber recommending further consideration of a bill (S. 1526) sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that would modify criteria for the use of design-build selection procedures for civilian and defense contracts for the design and construction of a public building.
Posted on 4/25/2016 6:56 PM By Joanna Masterson
ABC filed a joint lawsuit with ABC of Arkansas and a coalition of stakeholders in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas challenging the Department of Labor’s final “persuader” rule, which will significantly broaden the reporting requirements for employers, attorneys, trade associations and other third-party advisors by redefining what is meant by labor relations “advice.”
Posted on 4/25/2016 12:40 PM By Joanna Masterson
Aligning building performance expectations with community resilience is essential for continuity of service during and after a disaster and for the service life of a building; thus, development decisions, building science and construction methodologies will evolve to reflect consumer expectations.
Posted on 4/25/2016 9:29 AM By Joanna Masterson
Senior housing occupancy is at its highest level since 2007, and 2015 was a record year for sales and institutional transactions, according to the recent CBRE Senior Housing Investor Survey & Market Outlook. The survey of U.S. senior housing investors, developers and brokers revealed 48 percent of respondents expect no change in cap rates during the next 12-month period, while 31 percent expect an increase in cap rates.
Posted on 4/22/2016 7:11 PM By Joanna Masterson
A new SmartMarket Report from Dodge Data & Analytics takes a close look at 33 indicators of a safety culture in the construction industry, including measures of management commitment to safety and health, worker involvement in jobsite safety, company communications on safety and the degree to which safety is treated as a fundamental company value.