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Respond to Federal Agency PLA Surveys in California, Hawaii and Washington

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is looking for responses to two surveys regarding the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLA) on projects in Hawaii and Washington. In addition, the U.S. Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) is requesting comments on a PLA survey for a project in California. Read the rest of entry »

5 Construction-Related Industries Exempt from OSHA’s Programmed Inspections

OSHA has released an updated list of almost 500 industry groups that are exempt from programmed safety inspections for FY2015; the list includes five construction-related North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. An employer would be exempt from a programmed inspection when there are 10 or fewer employees at a worksite.
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Terrorism Risk Insurance Bill Passes Senate, Moves to House

With six short months before the Terrorism Risk Insurance act (TRIA) is set to expire, the U.S. Senate voted 93-4 to pass the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014 (S. 2244) which would ensure the construction industry is able to secure affordable terrorism insurance for seven more years. Read the rest of entry »

3 Beginner Steps to Building a Digital Jobsite

The modern construction jobsite office (or trailer) is evolving every day. The old days where a field superintendent rents a small connection box with a roll-up door for tool access and a small corner desk are gone. The status quo today appears to be a 40 by 10 ft. mobile trailer with a bathroom and office space at each end, fully equipped with the latest gadgets. Read the rest of entry »

Things to Know on Employer Requirements in the Affordable Care Act

Updated summaries of employer requirements included in the Affordable Care Act are available for ABC members in reference documents provided by Washington Council Ernst & Young. The documents are available in the Health Care Law Employer Toolkit (login required) on ABC’s website. Read the rest of entry »

Why Every Construction Owner Should Learn About BIM

Over the next two years, contractors expect the percentage of their work that involves BIM to increase by 50%, on average, according to 2013 McGraw Hill Construction data. Because of this, every construction owner should be learning how to incorporate BIM into their business. Here are two reasons why. Read the rest of entry »

Be a Leader: Join ABC at the 2014 Leadership Conference in Miami

The Leadership Conference, Nov. 11-13 in Miami, Fla., will provide the opportunity for incoming and current board members, chapter staff, industry attorneys and ABC student chapters to learn what it takes to be a successful leader at ABC and in their careers. Attendees will share lessons learned, discover new ways to encourage business growth, and build relationships with industry peers. Here’s who should attend the conference: Read the rest of entry »

Coalition Comments on EPA’s Framework for Identifying Lead Hazards

With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moving forward with a rulemaking to expand its existing Lead Renovation and Repair Painting rule to include public and commercial buildings, ABC, as a part of the Commercial Properties Coalition, submitted comments on EPA’s framework for identifying and evaluating lead-based paint hazards from renovation, repair, painting activities in public and commercial buildings. Read the rest of entry »

Interim Enforcement Policy Issued on Power Generation Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) placed into effect an interim enforcement policy until Oct. 31 which delays enforcement of most new requirements  of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment final rule for employers who are complying with the existing General Industry rule. Read the rest of entry »

Top 3 Reasons to Become an ABC Volunteer

Through 30 different national committees, more than 300 individuals from ABC member companies are helping to address issues of concern to the merit shop construction industry and guide the association in delivering high-quality services to members and chapters.  Here are the top three reasons to get involved in an ABC National committee: Read the rest of entry »
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