Tuesday April 17
Weirton-Steubenville rank #4 in growing construction jobs
$66 million had been invested in Ohio River Valley between the two ethane crackers under construction, with a lot of those jobs, money and opportunities landing right in the city of Weirton and some in Jefferson County. An announcement made Thursday highlighted continued job opportunities across three counties for construction. Click here for story....
Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott Has Big Plans for Downtown
WHEELING –Mayor Glenn Elliott envisions a downtown in which one works in an office, lives in a loft apartment, buys locally grown vegetables and drinks freshly brewed craft beer, all while walking, cycling or taking an Uber ride between destinations. Read More...
John Marshall’s Monarch Stadium Demolition to Cost More
Previously, board members had been told the low bid for demolition work at the existing stadium was submitted by the Reclaim Co. of Fairmont, at $248,000. But that bid has been withdrawn by the company.
Plans are to have demolition work done instead by Grae-Con Inc. of Steubenville, at a cost of between $600,000 and $700,000. Board members voted Wednesday to proceed with that plan. Read More...
How key performance indicators reduce schedule and budget overruns
"Measure twice, cut once" is a common adage for hands-on work in construction, but measuring is no less important when it comes to the business operations side of a company. Key performance indicators (KPIs) are invaluable tools to measuring how your company is doing and how it stacks up against competition . Read More...
The Announcement of the Decade: An Overview of the AIA’s 2017 Revised Documents: A Complete Overview of the New Insurance and Bonds Exhibit, AIA Scope Documents, and the Sustainable Projects Exhibit
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has published standard form agreements since 1888. AIA Contract Documents have long been viewed as the industry standard in reflecting current industry practices and fairly balancing the risks and responsibilities of all project participants. To keep up with legal and practice developments, this year the AIA released its 2017 documents that included revisions to its owner-contractor agreements, architect scope documents, and the creation of a sustainability exhibit. Read More...
Belmont County Building Department Change
Effective April 16, 2018, commercial building projects within the unincorporated areas of Belmont County will be served by Mid-East Ohio Building Department located in Zanesville. Any building project started prior to that date with permits and inspections through the Southeast Ohio Building Department, will be served by Southeast Ohio through project completion.   Jason Baughman, P. E., is the Chief Building Official at the Mid-East Ohio Building Department and may be reached at 740-455-7905. The office address is 22 North 5th Street, Zanesville, OH 43713. Mr. Baughman’s e-mail address is  jbaughman@muskingumcounty.org .  Website is  http://buildingdept.muskingumcounty.org/ .
Ohio Legislative Update

Students To Receive More Information on Career Opportunities

HB 98  was introduced by Representatives Duffey and Boggs. The goal was to make sure schools were providing students access to job information. The legislation passed both chambers of the legislature. It was signed by the Governor on March 30th.  
The bill:
  • Prohibits school district boards of education from imposing restrictions on the presentation of career information to students by representatives of skilled trades or providers of career-technical education that are not uniformly imposed on representatives of business, industry, charitable institutions, institutions of higher education, armed forces, and other employers. 
  • Requires each district board to provide the representative of any entity described above with at least two opportunities per school year to present information in person to all high school students individually or in a group setting.
  • Permits district boards to develop an application process for entities that wish to access school property for the purpose of presenting information to students.

Capital Bill Passes
The State Capital / ReAppropriations Bill was introduced in late February.   HB 529  was not changed throughout the process. The bill provides $2.63 billion in capital appropriations for construction and maintenance for fiscal years 2019-2020. It was passed and then signed by the Governor the last week of March.
Some provisions of interest are that the bill contains:
  • $625 million for repairs, renovations, and new K-12 facilities
  • $400 million for projects at Ohio’s colleges and universities
In the past, some capital bills have included anti labor / anti prevailing wage policies. This bill DOES NOT include any of those types of harmful provisions. 

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ICRA Best Practices

Carpenters to host Construction ICRA Best Practices Class
* This class is for signatory contractor employees, management, or owners who are not members of a Building Trades craft
The Construction ICRA Best Practices 8-Hour Awareness program is designed to provide training to full-time and part-time construction professionals that are not current members of a local union trade. Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will be certified to ensure that they are familiar with all the proper ICRA protocols/procedures and why they have to be followed. Working with a greater awareness and compliance of Hospital infection prevention protocols, is a proactive approach that will directly affect patient safety and job site safety, in a positive way.
Our goal is to deliver a workforce of healthcare industry professionals and construction related professionals who understand why and how to protect the patients, visitors, hospital staff, and themselves, during maintenance projects and building projects in a healthcare environment.
Construction ICRA Best Practices is “Building The Bridge of Communication” to work in unison with healthcare facility ICRA protocols that will ultimately lead to Saving Lives and Lives Affected by construction-related Healthcare Associated Infections.
Class information:
Date:  May 2, 2018
Time:  8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location:  1995 East State St.
                  Salem, OH 44460
(Capacity 24)
Just press your keyboard Ctrl key and click on the Eventbrite link below to reserve your seat today!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Joe Miller
IKORCC Business Representative,
Construction ICRA Lead
626 North Fourth St., Steubenville, OH 43952
PH: 740-283-1416, Cell: 740-424-4399, Fax: 740-283-1253
Ignorance of OSHA standards no defense for worker's death
Construction firms regularly contest the size of an OSHA fine or the violation itself.  After the agency issues a citation , employers typically have 15 working days to contest in writing the citation, proposed penalty or abatement date, the deadline for fixing the safety deficiency. Read More...
7 common workplace safety hazards
National Safety Council consultants identify what they see repeatedly when auditing worksites
The National Safety Council has a team of consultants who travel across the country – and the world – to visit worksites and conduct safety audits. But no matter where each team member is, chances are good that he or she will spot one or more o f seven common safety hazards.
Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council

Ginny Favede, Executive Director

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