Labor/Safety


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    Workers’ families file suit over Boise, Idaho, hangar deaths

    Relatives of two workers have sued several contractors, claiming rushed work and shoddy materials led to the fatal jobsite collapse in January.

    By July 11, 2024
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    Opinion // Business Matters

    A contractor’s success or failure starts at the top

    Many seemingly thriving firms deal with employee burnout, high turnover or an unhealthy culture. It’s up to company leaders to fix that.

    By Matt Verderamo • July 11, 2024
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    Trendline

    Top 5 stories from Construction Dive

    Construction Dive editors curate some of the industry’s top stories from this year.

    By Construction Dive staff
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    Courtesy of John Glenn Columbus International Airport
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    After stalled labor talks, $2B Columbus airport project receives more funds

    Negotiations between local unions and contractors did not yield an agreement, but Hensel Phelps and the airport authority say they’re dedicated to hiring local, disadvantaged businesses.

    By July 10, 2024
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    Getting back on track – finding solutions to project obstacles

    As labor shortages and lack of skilled workers loom, one MEP contractor creates pathways to ease project takeovers and meet critical deadlines. 

    July 8, 2024
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    Economic Reports

    Job openings remain flat

    Construction counted 339,000 open jobs in May, a less than 1% decrease from the month prior.

    By July 3, 2024
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    OSHA proposes rule to protect workers from extreme heat

    Released Tuesday, the standard would require employers to provide water and rest breaks when high heat creates a hazardous work environment.

    By July 2, 2024
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    Supreme Court deals big blow to federal agencies

    In a landmark ruling, the justices overturned a 40-year-old precedent and significantly reduced the power of federal agencies to interpret the laws they administer.

    By David Weisenfeld • July 1, 2024
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    Sponsored by Malta Dynamics

    Annual fall protection inspection requirements

    Fall protection equipment is vital for protecting individuals working at heights. To ensure the equipment works efficiently and is in excellent condition, you must have your fall protection equipment inspected annually.

    July 1, 2024
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    SCOTUS overturns Chevron doctrine, limiting federal agency reach

    Federal courts will no longer have to defer to agency regulations for interpretation of ambiguous statutes.

    By Ryan Golden , Ginger Christ • June 28, 2024
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    Texas judge puts hold on prevailing wage rule

    Nine months after a Davis-Bacon update raised pay for workers on federal projects, a judge has halted the change.

    By June 27, 2024
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    Deere to pay $1.1M over racial discrimination allegations

    The company was cited for allegedly discriminating against 277 Black and Hispanic job applicants at facilities in Illinois and Iowa.

    By Kate Magill • June 27, 2024
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    Q&A

    Florida contractor brings Pride to construction

    TomCo Solutions founder and LGBTQ+ advocate Tommy Whitehead is working to make the building industry more welcoming to all.

    By June 27, 2024
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    Racism in Construction

    New Jersey attorney general sues Iron Workers’ chapter for discrimination

    Bloomfield-based Local 11 skipped over Black workers for jobs in favor of White members and promoted a hostile work environment toward women, a lawsuit claims.

    By Updated June 27, 2024
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    Family of worker crushed by forklift sues Oregon contractor

    The estate of deceased ironworker Samantha Deschenes claimed that Portland, Oregon-based Andersen Construction violated the state’s Safe Employment Act in a lawsuit filed June 10.

    By Updated June 27, 2024
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    Executive Moves

    Flatiron names new CEO

    The Broomfield, Colorado-based civil construction company tapped its president, Javier Sevilla Roca, for the role.

    By June 24, 2024
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    Column // Help Wanted

    New York nonprofit develops hundreds of trade careers annually

    The Andromeda Community Initiative helps train, place and develop careers for underrepresented groups, especially communities of color, in New York City.

    By Updated June 21, 2024
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    CONSTRUCTION DIVE EXCLUSIVE

    EEOC releases anti-harassment guide for contractors

    The federal agency wants to empower the industry to make the jobsite safer for all workers, Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels told Construction Dive.

    By June 18, 2024
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    Executive Moves

    Former Lendlease exec joins NYC advisory firm

    The Australian contractor’s operations director in the Big Apple, Scott Weisberg, is moving to PML.

    By June 18, 2024
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    Contractors: Focus on the skills gap, not the people shortage, for immediate impact

    Online training solutions will play an important role in helping contractors develop teams for peak performance. 

    June 17, 2024
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    Courtesy of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139
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    Strikes in Wisconsin, Seattle snarl jobsites

    As construction workers walk off the job for better pay this summer, unions are in a strong position to demand higher wages, according to a labor expert.

    By June 13, 2024
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    Worker sues Turner, subcontractor after deadly Chicago fall

    Ironworker Jeffrey Spyrka survived after plunging eight stories from a scaffold last week. His coworker, technical engineer David O’Donnell, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    By June 13, 2024
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    Sponsored by Sensera Systems

    Keeping workers safe and preventing fraudulent claims

    Learn how proactive safety measures, advanced technology and remote monitoring systems can create a safer, more transparent work environment for everyone involved.

    June 10, 2024
  • Deira Ward (L) and Lisa Bates (R) work at a computer near a large PCR analysis machine at a Quest Diagnostics testing lab in Indianapolis, Indiana. The lab is capable of processing up to 3700 tests pe
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    Drug test cheating soared last year, analysis shows

    Although the positive drug test rate dropped slightly for safety-sensitive roles, workers in these roles also had a marked increase in cheating attempts, Quest Diagnostics found.

    By Emilie Shumway • June 6, 2024
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    Deep Dive // Heat Safety

    The heat is on. Contractors say they’re ready.

    Commercial construction firms aren't waiting on OSHA's much-anticipated heat standard to protect their workers.

    By June 6, 2024
  • Construction workers listen to a mental health huddle discussion on an XL Construction jobsite.
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    Opinion

    Safety pro gets personal about construction’s mental health challenges

    While the industry’s suicide and substance abuse rates are some of the highest, the issue doesn’t get enough attention, an XL Construction exec writes.

    By Mike Popp • June 6, 2024