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OSHA Safety and Health Regulations for the Construction Industry

Excerpt from an article from the Examiner: OSHA safety and health regulations have, since 1970, the ultimate goal of making the workplace safer for all construction workers, and should be vital knowledge for those who work in the construction industry. Continue Reading

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US ISM Manufacturing at 48.6 in November vs. 50.5 Expected

Excerpt from an article from CNBC: The U.S. manufacturing sector contracted in November, falling to its worst levels since June 2009, when the economy was still in the midst of a recession, according to an industry report released on Tuesday. Continue Reading

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Understanding the Differences Between Indemnity and Additional Insured Coverage

Excerpt from an article from Ahlers and Cressman: This article provides an overview of the difference between indemnification and being added as an additional insured to an insurance policy. For further information on indemnification provisions, follow these links to a few of our previous blog posts: Top 10 Construction Contract Provisions – Indemnity; Anti-Indemnity Statutes to Prevent Overreaching; and Amendment’s to Washington’s Anti-Indemnity Statute. Continue Reading

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The Rebound Continues as Contractors and Builders Expect to Grow Again in 2016

Excerpt from an article from Insurance Journal: Builders and contractors can expect another year of steady growth in 2016 and so can the insurance specialists that serve this rebounding market. Continue Reading

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A ‘Gotcha’ Move? Construction Industry Reacts to OSHA Fine Increase Bombshell

If you didn’t look too closely at the 2016 federal budget bill, which President Obama signed earlier this month, you probably missed a small provision that could have a giant financial impact on the construction industry. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration hasn’t made an upward adjustment of fines since 1990, and the new budget directs the agency to raise them and, on a yearly basis, keep them in line with the Consumer Price Index. The index has risen approximately 82% since 1990, so the initial change could see the dollar amount of OSHA fines skyrocket.
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Unsafe at Any Height: It’s More Dangerous Than It Has Been in Years to Work in Construction

Excerpt from an article from Crane’s New York Business: Anastassios “Tommy” Intzeyiannis lived with his wife in a Howard Beach, Queens, apartment, where they were gearing up for their second wedding anniversary and trying to start a family. He was still close to his mother and two siblings, who lived in the Astoria, Queens, home where he grew up. They recall Tommy as a boisterous grill master whose patience with barbecued ribs paid off for anyone within smelling distance. At work for a concrete construction contractor, he earned the nickname “Chopsaw,” after the power tool. Continue Reading

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How Surety Bonds Work in Case of Construction Contractor Default

Excerpt from an article from ForConstructionPros.com: Contractor default inflicts huge losses on everyone involved — on contractors and project owners alike, though in different ways — and can delay, and ultimately stop, a project. This is why surety bonds are put in place, to secure the successful outcome of a project. Almost all public construction projects, as well as a number of private construction projects, are backed by surety bonds. Continue Reading

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National BIM Guideline to be Developed

Excerpt from an article from ACHR News: The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) announced it is kicking off development of a new guideline to help building owners and their design teams utilize building information modeling (BIM) during the building design, construction, and operations process and better support owners’ performance requirements. Continue Reading

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Construction Technology Predictions for 2016

Excerpt from an article from Constructech: It is that time of year. Analysts are putting out predictions for what technology will be hot in 2016, and the editors at Constructech are planning editorial for the year ahead. Continue Reading

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Apps That Can Streamline Construction Jobs

Excerpt from an article from the NH Business Review: The most indispensable tool on a construction site is no longer a tape measure or a level. Smartphones are now essential for contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike. Continue Reading

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