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The most spine-tingling structural scares since last Halloween
Large-scale construction projects are almost always tricky, but when the possibility of a structural flaw or defect enters the picture, contractors can face a downright scary situation.
These projects have presented owners and contractors with some particularly spine-tingling predicaments. Read More...
Trump authorizes $6B of water infrastructure projects
President Donald Trump has  signed   America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018,  authorizing  almost $6 billion  of projects. The act includes Army Corps of Engineers projects under the $3.6 billion Water Resources Development Act and reauthorization of the  Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act , which authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to loan money for eligible water and wastewater infrastructure construction. Read More...
Specialty contractors market 'hot,' says ENR
Subcontractors on  Engineering News-Record's  2018 Top 600 Specialty Contractors list generated a total $124 billion of revenue in 2017, up 10% from 2016 and marking the seventh year in a row that earnings for this group increased. ENR said the "hot" market subcontractors are enjoying right now should last at least another 12 to 18 months. Read More...
Ohio's Governor’s race still a dead heat with a week left before Election Day
Democrats are encouraged by their internal polls showing Kathleen Clyde ahead of Frank LaRose in the Secretary of State race and Zach Space running comfortably ahead of Keith Faber for Auditor. The democratic candidates for AG and Treasurer are all within striking distance.

Sounds hard to comprehend, but Ohio could witness a statewide sweep by the Democratic Party. Read More...
Labor Shortage: It's Not Necessarily About Pay

A recent report from the Associated General Contractors of America notes that more than 80 percent of contractors are struggling to fill hourly craft positions or those that require specialized training to perform. In an attempt to lure in talented workers, per diems and other pay structures are growing increasingly competitive. Read More...
Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond
"With a record 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the fallout is increasingly manifesting itself at construction sites, factories, warehouses, offices and other workplaces. A stunning 70 percent of employers  reported  that their businesses had been affected by prescription drug abuse, including absenteeism, positive drug tests, injuries, accidents and overdoses"   Read More...
Protecting Construction Workers' Lungs is a Safety Issue
Construction workers are at high risk for lung cancer and other lung diseases and should take proper care and precautions to keep healthy

Although air quality often takes a backseat to occupational safety, lung cancer mortalities are 50% higher among construction workers than the general population. The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) and Duke University found that nearly  one-fifth of lung diseases   among construction workers may be a result of harmful emissions on site.  Read More...
October's Under Construction is headed your way!
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OSHA Inspections
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Safety and Education
OSHA Considers Revisions to Silica, Record-keeping Standards
OSHA is evaluating information to determine if non-Table 1 dust control methods are effective

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering revisions to its silica standard for the construction industry. Currently, OSHA provides methods to prevent silica exposure in what is called Table 1. Those who follow Table 1 methods are not required to measure workers' exposure and are not subject to the permissible exposure limits. OSHA is planning to look into available information to determine the effectiveness of control measures not included in Table 1. Read More...
OSHA Launches Inspection Program to Target High Injury and Illness Rates
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is initiating the  Site-Specific Targeting 2016 (SST-16 )  Program using injury and illness information electronically submitted by employers for calendar year (CY) 2016. Read More...
Highest OSHA Fines for Construction Contractors Between May and September
The top six OSHA fines since May include fines for fall and trench safety

OSHA fines for construction contractors between May and September 2018 may not have reached the million dollar fines doled out at the beginning of President Trump's first term, but the substantial monetary penalities levied against construction contractors over the last five months still reached significant values.
Here is a list of the top six highest OSHA fines since May:
  1. Lanford Brothers Co., Marion, VA, ($304,130) for silica dust standard violations
  2. JK Excavation & Utilities, Mason, Ohio, ($202,201) after employee died in a 16-foot-trench collapse
  3. Jose Barrientos, Derby, KS, ($191,071) for exposure to fall and other hazards
  4. El Paso Underground Construction, El Paso, Texas, ($190,642) for trench safety
  5. Brutus Construction, Pottstown, PA, ($166,658) for fall related hazards
  6. Douglas N. Higgins Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, ($162,596) after an employee was crushed when a steel plate fell on him. Read More...
Safety Tool Box Talk
Plan Room News
What Is the OVCEC Plan Room?
  • It is a conveniently located source of construction plans for the Ohio Valley area
  • It publishes a weekly Construction Report listing projects out for bid, due dates, apparent low bidders and contracts awarded
  • It provides updates on projects throughout the week by email
  • It provides online access to plans and specifications for your review and downloading
  • It provides bidders lists
  • It has staff that will get the plans you need whenever possible

Submit Plans & Specs
As an Owner or Architect of a project, placing your project plans in the OVCEC Plan Room will help to insure the success of your project.
The Plan Room will:
  • Help you publicize your project
  • Increase the quantity and quality of bids you receive for your project
  • Help you get addenda out to bidders
  • Reduce your cost of blueprint duplication by allowing electronic submission to Plan Room Online