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OSHA Creates New National Emphasis Program for Trenching and Excavation
By Douglas J. Suter, Hahn Loeser
Effective October 1, 2018, Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a new National Emphasis Program (Directive Number CPL-02-00-161) for Trenching and Excavation due to a recent spike in trenching fatalities nationwide.
This new Program provides updated guidance and increased enforcement on the National Emphasis Program OSHA has had in place for trenching/ excavation since 1985.
Mind the Gap: Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects in the Wake of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Decision in Ohio Northern
By: Ian H. Frank, Frantz Ward LLP
On October 9, 2018, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an important decision in Ohio N. Univ. v. Charles Constr. Servc., Inc., Slip Opinion 2018-Ohio-4057. Departing from the majority view, the Ohio Supreme Court held that a general contractor’s commercial general liability (CGL) policy does not cover claims for property damage caused by a subcontractor’s faulty work. Specifically, the Court reasoned that faulty work is not accidental or “fortuitous,” as contemplated within the policy’s definition of an “occurrence” triggering coverage.
Community Finds CEA’s Outreach for Labor ‘Helpful’
By Rhonda Crowder
On the east side at Imani Church, also in October, attendees heard from Kyle Jones, president of KBJ Construction. Jones is second generation in construction. His dad become an apprentice in 1966 and worked his way up. “There’s a lot of opportunity. It’s unlimited, the money you can make,” he said.
With the demand for construction and building trades labor across Northeast Ohio, CEA has conducted sessions like these in Cleveland and across Cuyahoga County for the last two years. Sessions have been held in communities from Maple Heights to Parma, and from Collinwood to W. 25th and Clark.
Victoria Reed, a native Clevelander who attended the event at Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center and Esperanza offices, said she likes to explore as many opportunities as possible and is interested in construction. An artist, she wants to do something else that could provide a nice income.
When asked if she found the event helpful, she said, “Definitely.”
“These are important people in the industry. I will for sure follow up. I want to check out all opportunities,” she said.
Working with CLC Stokes Consulting to execute the series, that connected with elected officials and community leaders to ensure they were reaching the constituency. Representatives from other agencies such as Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, El Barrio, Toward Employment, Ohio Means Jobs, Esperanza and Moore Counseling provided information about their services at the various events.
Malik Kellogg, 25, of Willoughby attends Imani United Church of Christ. He’s interested in electrical or heavy machine operation. He’s currently working as a mover, which triggered him to starting considering construction as a career path.
“I’m trying to increase and upgrade my lifestyle,” said Kellogg. Kellogg found the session to be “very helpful.” He continued, “I want to make sure I go in with the right attitude. I needed this.”
Sam Steyskal, Human Resource Coordinator for Precision Environmental Co., spoke at events about the opportunities available at her organization.
Michael McKenzie, 22, found the Glenville session “very informative.” He’s interested in welding or HVAC. “I really liked Precision and will follow up with them,” he said. “I think it could be a long term career.”