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US Appeals Court Upholds Stiffer Silica Dust Rule
It's a fact: people don't mind scrolling to read an email, as long as it's relevant and interesting. Make sure your message follows through on the promise in your subject line, and use several short paragraphs if you have a lot to say. When in doubt, challenge yourself to write less and add links that support your topic.In a major ruling, a federal appeals court has rejected construction and other industries' challenges to a 2016 Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule toughening workers' exposure levels for silica dust, a substance that can cause lung cancer, silicosis and other respiratory illnesses.
In its  decision , issued on Dec. 22, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said OSHA had met legal requirements for, among other things, determining what standards are feasible, economically and technically. Leading the panel was Chief Judge Merrick Garland.
The OSHA rule reduces the exposure limit to 50 micrograms per cu meter for all industries, including construction. That standard is much more stringent than the previous level of 250 micrograms per cu m for construction and 100 micrograms per cu m for other industries.
The rule took effect on June 23, 2017, for the construction industry and one year later for the foundry industry. For the hydraulic-fracturing industry, the date was June 23, 2021.
OSHA began enforcing the construction silica standard on Sept. 23 but allowed a 30-day grace period for companies that were showing "good-faith" efforts to comply with the new rule.
Chris Cain, director of safety and health for North America's Building Trades Unions, called the court's decision "a huge win for the nation's construction workers and affirms that OSHA put out a strong, science-based standard." Read More...
Construction by the numbers in 2017
Numbers are deeply embedded in the construction industry. As 2017 ends, we take a look back at some of the key numbers that tell the story of what construction looked like throughout the past 365 days. From trillions of dollars to hundreds of units, each number represents an important facet of the industry.
$1.6 trillion
The resulting gap,  according to McKinsey Research , from the construction industry being slow to adopt new technology.
$1 trillion
The amount of money President Donald Trump's proposed to dedicate to an infrastructure bill. Details of the plan may be revealed out  as early as January .
$200 billion
The  estimated damage  from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to Moody's, that ravaged Texas and Florida this year.
$5 billion
The amount of money Amazon is planning to put  into its HQ2 . Amazon will announce its final site selection from the  238 proposals  it received sometime in 2018. Read More....


The Final Tax Bill Saved a Pillar of Construction Finance
Contractors are generally pleased with the final, business-friendly version of the tax bill signed by the president. Among the key measures are a  deduction on the reportable income for pass-through entities  and repeal of the alternative minimum tax, which had set a floor under the tax obligation of businesses, trusts and other entities that use numerous deductions.
"Out of most of the priorities identified and negotiated in the conference committee, most came out favorably from our perspective," noted Matthew Turkstra, the Associated General Contractors' director of congressional relations on tax, fiscal affairs and accounting.
But the House's proposed elimination of private activity bonds as a special class was especially worrying.
The House estimated that the proposed cut of the private-activity-bond exemption, as provided under Section 103 of the federal tax code, would generate $40 billion in revenue over 10 years.
An owner of a private activity bond is able to exclude the interest for their gross income, thus lowering their overall tax burden. Read More...

Construction Employers Add 24,000 Jobs in November and 184,000 Over the Year; Hourly Earnings Rise 2.9 Percent as Sector Strives to Draw in New Workers  
 
Construction employment increased by 24,000 jobs in November to the highest level since November 2008, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that tight margins are keeping firms from paying even more to attract hard-to-find workers, noting that efforts to cut tax rates should help lead to higher average hourly earnings for the sector.

"Employment and pay in construction have risen more rapidly over the past year than in the economy overall, as the supply of unemployed, experienced workers continues to shrink," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "With unemployment so low overall and in construction, contractors are likely to have increasing trouble filling many types of hourly craft and salaried openings."
Read full news release  here
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Seminar Location: OVCEC • 21 Armory Drive 
Schedule: Half-Day Seminar 
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 
Time: 8 am to 12 pm 
For more information email us at ovcec@ovcec.com 
The OVCEC launched its new bi-monthly magazine, “ Under Construction, ” last months and the reviews are in...It is a HUGE success!

This new format creates a fantastic opportunity for you to promote your company within the construction industry. Getting in on the ground level will allow your ad to run in all six editions of the entire 2018 year! We are still accepting ads. 

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SAFETY & EDUCATION
Save the Date: Safe + Sound Week 2018 to be held August 13-19

The second annual Safe + Sound Week will be held Aug. 13-19, 2018. The event is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs, which can help employers and workers identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause an injury or illness, improving a company’s financial bottom line. Throughout the week, organizations are encouraged to host events and activities that showcase the core elements of an effective safety and health program, including: management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards.
PLAN ROOM NEWS
Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council

Ginny Favede, Executive Director

Telephone 304-242-0520 Fax 304-242-7261 Website    www.ovcec.com
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