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New Boss on Construction Sites Is a Drone

Excerpt from an article from MIT Technology Review: For some construction workers, any thoughts of slacking off could soon seem rather quaint. The drones will almost certainly notice. Continue Reading

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How This 150-Year-Old Company Uses Virtual Reality

Excerpt from an article from Fortune magazine: As one of America’s largest builders, McCarthy Building Companies has been designing and constructing hospitals, laboratories, and education facilities for over 150 years. Continue Reading

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Big Year-Over-Year Boost in July Construction Spending

Nonresidential construction spending in July saw its highest year-over-year percentage increase since April 2008, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of U.S. … Continue Reading

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Iron Workers General President Dean Talks Safety, Organizing and Training

Excerpt from an article from America’s Workforce Radio: On the broadcast today we had Eric Dean, General President of the Iron Workers International Union, and he talked about the State of the Iron Worker’s Union in regards to Organizing, Safety, and Training! Our second guest was Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director with the United Labor Agency, and he talked about the Unsung Heroes Dinner in November, New Training in IT, Healthcare and Manufacturing! Continue Reading

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New Construction Keeps Pace in July

New construction starts in July maintained June’s pace, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $629.4 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building … Continue Reading

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Rules for Achieving Construction Success

Excerpt from an article from National Real Estate Investor: When it comes to construction projects, all too often people start out with pretty drawings and end up with shouting matches or—worse—expensive lawsuits. Your project may be steel and concrete. But even a “minor” mistake, like using the wrong waterproofing caulk, can turn it into a leaky, moldy mess that’s ready for the wrecking ball—or at least a multi-million dollar rehab. So, whether you’re constructing an apartment building, the alterations for your new office space or a custom home, learn from the painful lessons of others. Continue Reading

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OSHA Attempts to Overturn AKM-Volks Decision through Proposed Rule

Excerpt from an article from the National Law Review: In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that OSHA could not issue citations for failing to record an injury or illness beyond the six-month statute of limitations set out in the statute. AKM LLC d/b/a Volks Constructors v. Sec’y of Labor, 675 F.3d 752 (D.C. Cir. 2012). Continue Reading

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Maximize Construction Bidding Success by Minimizing Your MOD Rate

Excerpt from an article from Occupational Health & Safety: The experience modification (MOD) rate plays a critical role in a number of U.S. commercial construction bidding scenarios. Although the MOD rate is primarily used to calculate workers’ compensation insurance premiums, it has been widely adopted by federal, state, and local agencies as a method to evaluate the job site safety records and risk potential of contractors and construction companies that are bidding on projects. Many government agencies require documented proof of the MOD rate for bid submissions and use it as a factor in the selection process. Even more important, a high MOD number may disqualify contractors from submitting a bid in the first place. Continue Reading

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Increase Surety Capacity by Working with a Professional Construction CPA

Excerpt from an article from Construction Executive: Almost every contractor can improve the bottom line by working with a good construction CPA. This is equally relevant to those who are just starting out and those who have grown beyond their capacity to take care of accounting internally. Continue Reading

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Two Key Glass Employees Recognized For Lifesaving Efforts

The Tampa Police Department honored two Bradenton, Fla.-based Key Glass employees last Thursday for their life-saving efforts. Key Glass provides a comprehensive annual safety training … Continue Reading

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