Labor says study proves ending prevailing wage was a mistake
Union groups say a new study finds removing the prevailing wage requirement on state funded construction hasn't saved taxpayers any money--but has been a big cost to workers.
The organization which represents skilled tradesmen in West Virginia believes a new study out of the University of Missouri-Kansas City is clear evidence the removal of the prevailing wage requirement in West Virginia was a mistake. Read More...
The lifting of tariffs on industrial metals from Mexico and Canada is good news for the construction industry, says AGC's chief economist. Read More...
In industries that rely on earth augers, safe one-person drills are a simple solution to reduce labor expenses and project turnaround....  READ MORE 
Michigan Republican lawmaker Larry Inman accused of trying to sell his vote
A state representative has been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of trying to sell his vote on a measure to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law. Read More...
Employers should ensure hiring practices comply with the Immigration and Nationality Act. I-9 practices should be consistent and applicants should not be treated differently based on status or national origin.  READ MORE...
Workers in the construction industry are six to seven times more likely to die by suicide than from jobsite accidents. There are a number of tools employers can use to create a mentally healthier work environment....  READ MORE 
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OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard
OSHA is requesting comments on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard. The agency is seeking information on how employers have been using control circuit devices and new risks of increased worker contact with robots. Comments must be submitted before August 18. Read the  news release  for more information.
Revised Safety and Health Standards Will Save $6 Million Annually
OSHA recently issued a final rule as part of the Standards Improvement Project. The rule revises 14 provisions in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary. The revisions are intended to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve worker safety and health, and save employers more than $6 million per year. For more information, read the  news release .
OSHA Hosts Third Meeting on Whistleblower Issues
OSHA held a meeting on May 14 in Washington, D.C., to solicit public comments and suggestions from stakeholders on issues facing OSHA in the administration of the  whistleblower protection  provisions under the  Occupational Safety and Health Act . Participants provided OSHA with input on improving whistleblower customer service and enhancing understanding of whistleblower laws the agency enforces. OSHA previously held stakeholder meetings on whistleblower protection in the transportation and financial sectors.
Many contractors rely heavily on surety credit, also known as bonding capacity, in order to bid and win projects. It is important to understand how surety credit is calculated and what efforts can maximize that credit.  Read More...
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