News
$5 billion Ohio ethane cracker plant clears another hurdle

PTT Global Chemical is moving ahead with plans to build an ethane cracker along the Ohio River.
A legal challenge holding up a proposed $5 billion ethane cracker plant in Belmont County has been cleared. Thailand-based developer PTT Global Chemical America has reached a  settlement agreement  with three environmental groups that will bring more pollution-detecting safeguards at the plant, ending a ten-month legal challenge before the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Read More
Study Warns Burnout Is a Major Problem for Virtually Everyone
By HR Daily Advisor Editorial Staff Sep 16, 2019  HR Management & Compliance
The term “burnout” has been frequently used as a catchall for multiple issues among employees, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Burnout gained a more specific definition when it was officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this year. Read More
Economic confidence among construction CEOs has fallen to the lowest level in three years. However, they are more optimistic than the national average due to increased business demand, which is causing the need to expand their workforce....  Read More
Succession planning can be easy to push off until tomorrow. However, construction business owners who have dealt with ownership transitions recognize succession planning is critical to the future success of a business....  Read More
By embracing the online marketing revolution, construction firms can finally say goodbye to outdated, ineffective methods of attracting new business....  Read More
The financial risks of doing work in the built environment are significant. A more collaborative, up-to-date approach reduces the risks inherent to capital projects and improves the industry as a whole....  Read More
Here are the top mistakes contractors make when estimating and four ways to increase estimate accuracy....  Read More
Safety
Why Safety Harness Comfort is Critical to Protecting Workers from Falls
Using human factors to overcome wearer reluctance
When it comes to fall protection PPE (personal protective equipment) harnesses, there’s no shortage of excuses from workers who do not want to don gear that’s hot and heavy.
Lighter weight harnesses are available, but they don’t always equate to “comfort”—especially for workers of varying shapes and sizes. Read More
Fall Prevention: Compliance is Not a Control
The key ingredient when working at heights is to not start work until it is safe to do so and create a workplace where your employees feel free to speak up if they feel the right controls are not in place.
As a safety professional, how often have you observed someone working at heights who is not properly protected from a fall? Before approaching the individual, it is important to think about the conversation you are about to have to alert them of the hazard.  Read More
Gilbane Cares is a philosophy built on the belief that everyone—employees, clients, partners and the public—deserves a safe, healthy and secure work environment....  Read More
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Members in the News
OVCEC Member and City of Wheeling Councilwoman Wendy Scatterday was recent ly confirmed by the WV Senate for a second appointment by Governor Justice. She will serve the great State of West Virginia with the WV Board of Architects. The functional objectives of the West Virginia Board of Architects are to administer the provisions of the West Virginia laws, rules, and regulations governing the profession of architecture in such a manner as to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. The tasks of the Board can be generally classified into administration, education, and enforcement as follows:

  1. Process and qualify applications for licensees
  2. Issue licenses to qualified applicants
  3. Investigate formal complaints filed
  4. Conduct hearings for possible suspension or revocation of license
  5. Renew licenses annually
  6. Audit required continuing education of licensees
  7. Educate regarding the architect’s role in ensuring public safety

The West Virginia Board of Architects consists of five registered professional architects and two public members, each Board Member being appointed by the Governor of West Virginia with the consent of the Senate of the West Virginia Legislature for terms of five years or until their successors are named.
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