The Jobsite’s Invisible Injury
By Steve Ochs, Construction Business Owner
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2017, employers were required to pay more than $1.5 million in penalties for not adequately protecting workers from noise exposure; an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for...
Identifying and Reducing Worker Fatigue in Construction
Article is by Armand E. Sabitoni, Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America
A career in construction can be very rewarding, offering both physical and mental challenges, work that’s always changing and excellent pay and benefits. However, we know the nature of the work also brings risks to worker safety and...
4 Steps to Motivate Your Workforce to Perform Their Best
By George Hedley, ForConstructionPros.com
Your job is to discover each employee’s differences, what makes them tick and help them achieve their goals in order for you to reach your business goals. To motivate your workforce, you've got to give them a reason to be motivated. People are motivated for their reasons, not...
What is Driving up the Cost of Highway Construction?
By Manny Prunty and David Wessel, Brookings Institution
Possible explanation is an increase in the quantity (not the price) of labor. The authors use unionization rates and the average share voting Democrat in presidential campaigns (an indication of a state’s political leanings) over time as proxies for the importance of...
5 Ways Small, Minority-Owned Firms can Build Success
Written by Kim Slowey, Construction Dive
Federal, state and even city and county agencies have special programs that give qualified minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) and other disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs), such as service-disabled veterans, a chance to bid on and win certain construction projects ranging...
Highway Construction Workers Urged to Get Certified in Safety
From the webpage of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN)
Three major transportation construction contractors are challenging their peers to reach a goal that could save lives: have at least 25 of their employees each year earn a Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) credential
In an effort...
SBA Hikes Size Thresholds for Firms to Qualify as Small Businesses
Article by Tom Ichniowski, ENR
The U.S. Small Business Administration is raising the minimum size for engineering, construction and other companies to be classified as “small,” a move that the agency expects will increase the number of firms eligible for SBA loans and set-aside contracts.
SBA said on July 23...
Employer or Employee: Who's to Blame for OSHA Violations?
Written by Construction Dive's Kim Slowey.
Construction firms can fight OSHA violations that stem from employee misconduct.
Although Sarasota, Florida-based Crown Roofing has been subject to multiple OSHA inspections on its project sites during the last four years, company executives say they are not completely...
What Is Construction Planning? 5 Steps to the Perfect Process
By Dan Taylor, Software Advise
As a construction manager, you’ve got a million things to do and a whole crew of people relying on you to get things right. If you want to be successful on a project, you’ve got to be a master planner. But what exactly is construction planning and what does a successful construction planning...
TAUC Responds to DOL Apprenticeship Proposal
From The Construction User Magazine - Summer 2019
On June 25, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) designed to encourage the creation of new apprentice training programs across a wide variety of industry sectors. These programs are known as Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, or IRAPs...