Politics and Policy
This year, elections for all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 36 U.S. Senate seats, 36 governorships, and numerous state legislative and local government offices will take place Nov. 4. While turning up to vote in the upcoming elections is critical, there are things you can do now to directly advocate for the needs of your business and employees.
The key behind a world-class safety program is maintaining a strong culture where the people work together every day with the same uncompromising core value: that every incident is preventable. The road to forming a culture of interdependence--where a company’s employees aren’t simply expected to work safe but actively work to keep others around them safe— can be filled with many challenges both expected and unexpected but the end result is worth it.
ABC and its allies in the construction industry once again cautioned OSHA that if the agency moves forward with its proposed rule to address silica exposure in the construction industry, contractors will be stuck with unnecessary regulations that are technologically and economically infeasible to implement.
Once a company has established a total commitment to a zero-incident jobsite, where both leadership and craft employees believe that every incident is preventable, the next step toward achieving world-class safety lies in the systems and processes that a company employs to identify and prevent hazards from becoming incidents. This is where the rubber meets the road—the processes you put in place are what puts the core value of safety into action.
ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2014, according to a report issued Aug. 19. After falling 2.8 percent in the first quarter, second quarter CBI improved 5.4 percent to reach 8.5 months. In addition, there were gains in every industry segment, in nearly all geographic regions and for firms of almost all sizes. ABC’s chief economist expects that trend to continue.
Project registration is now open for ABC’s 25th Annual National Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards and this year it’s easier than ever to show off the projects you’re most proud of. The EIC awards honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects and safety programs, and walking away a winner will set your company apart from the competition.
If your company isn’t using BIM, you’re already behind. Half of the industry and half of contractors use BIM in some capacity, according to a McGraw-Hill SmartMarket report on BIM adoption in the AEC fields. And contractors are reaping the biggest benefits: seven out of 10 report positive results from their use of BIM.
In the second article of a four-part series on achieving world-class safety written by ABC’s Director of Safety, Chris Williams, we explore what it means for a company to consider safety a priority versus a core value. When safety is a core value, it’s the basis of all major decisions made by company leadership and all employees. This article highlights how to get from thinking about safety when it’s necessary to thinking about safety during every aspect of the job.
Every year, ABC member companies send their teams out to universities and local colleges to find the best recruits to join their company. Now, ABC members can meet qualified candidates from ABC student chapters who are looking for full-time positions and internships in one place: at ABC’s Career Fair Nov. 11, in Miami, Fla.