Workforce WV: State had highest level of employment for July since 2008
Brian Dayton, Director for Research and Member Communications, West Virginia Chamber appeared on a recent MetroNews ‘Talkline’ and said total employment for July 2019 in West Virginia climbed to 756,400, representing an increase of 27,300 since employment hit its lowest levels in 2015. Read More
Northern Panhandle officials hoping to develop strategies on roads
Local and state leaders from the Northern Panhandle will be meeting in one place on Tuesday to develop a strategy regarding local roadways. State Senator William Ihlenfeld (D-Ohio) and Delegate Randy Swartzmiller (D-Hancock) have invited commissioners and legislators with hopes of developing a strategy to bring a larger share of state highway resources to Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall counties. Read More
Fraud continues to be a problem in the construction industry, particularly in the form of bribery, kickbacks, rigged bidding and billing scams, Kim Slowey writes. Accounting technology tools including encryption, payment tracking, subcontractor verification and other features can help prevent fraud. Read More
How to Build a Line of Lasting Leadership at Your Company
From apprentice to journeyman carpenter to project manager, all the way to president and owner of a construction company. It’s the kind of story that makes working in an industry like construction worth the potential challenges—one where a graduate degree or connections in high places aren’t the only routes to one day leading a company. Read More
Contractors must prepare for unexpected events with thoughtful design and routine testing and maintenance, especially for vital power equipment and infrastructure, Lindsey Brackett writes. Facilities management staff must be able to quickly locate diagrams that explain key building systems, and contractors must be included in preconstruction risk assessment development processes. Read More
Tips to Improve Construction Industry Recruiting
It is no secret that the talent exodus after the 2008 recession created lasting impacts on the construction industry. According to the  USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index , the labor shortage poses major challenges to the industry, causing firms to struggle to meet deadlines (70%), increase costs for new work (63%), ask skilled workers to do more work (81%) and reject new projects (40%).  Read More

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Safety and Risk
Are your contractor safety management practices putting you at risk? It’s possible. Contractor and temporary workers who are injured sometimes sue their host employer, seeking damages beyond workers’ compensation—and in some cases they have been successful. In addition, a contractor incident on your site can cause injury to your employees, or even if it doesn’t ... Read More
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues to hand out six-figure penalties to employers across industries, including construction, manufacturing, poultry processing, and wholesale trade. Read More
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