Labor/Safety


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    Assessing the jobsite after a hurricane

    What should contractors anticipate when returning to work? Planning for the worst could help with the recovery.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    Racism in Construction

    EEOC sues California contractor for national origin, sexual harassment

    Supervisors used derisive language against Latino workers and threatened to sexually assault them, the lawsuit claims.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    Q&A

    New Boldt diversity head: DEI starts with leadership

    Jaclyn Skalnik sees a well of talent just waiting to be recruited to construction.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    Q&A

    How small construction businesses can succession plan

    Employees make the best owners, according to a financial expert, as they have already invested in the business’ success.

    By Sept. 26, 2022
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    Column // Help Wanted

    Messer initiative places urban workers in subcontractor jobs

    The Cincinnati-based contractor's Urban Workforce Development Initiative draws local, under-represented workers into the building industry.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Nearly one third of employers balk at pay transparency: study

    With more states requiring pay disclosures, companies and their financial executives need to develop a consistent national strategy, one expert said.

    By Elizabeth Flood • Sept. 22, 2022
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    Turner halts work at $1.5B Meta site for recurring racist graffiti

    After Turner held a stand-down at a massive Nebraska data center project to address racist speech scrawled on the site, a second hateful missive appeared.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Q&A

    XL Construction’s Chris Bailey talks inflation, supply chain and the need for immigration reform

    After correctly predicting that higher costs and supply chain impacts weren’t temporary in early 2021, the California-based contractor gives his views on the biggest challenges facing the sector now.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Construction workflow insights: 5 things to know

    Poor workflow control is crushing construction companies. Learn what else Foundry found out.

    Sept. 19, 2022
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    OSHA expands severe violator program

    The updated policy targets more employers that commit willful, repeat infractions.

    By Sept. 15, 2022
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    Worker killed in accident at Lendlease jobsite in New York City

    Pape Khoule was pronounced dead on the site of the 1 Java Street mixed-use project in Brooklyn.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
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    Immigration ‘far and away’ the top national policy concern for business

    Some employers feel E-Verify is a “disaster,” a report from law firm Littler said. 

    By Kate Tornone • Sept. 12, 2022
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    Southern Nevada Trades High School to open next fall

    Modeling itself in part after a Reno charter school, the new construction-focused facility near Las Vegas will soon open to 200 students.

    By Sept. 9, 2022
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    Q&A

    How to incorporate mental health awareness into jobsite safety

    Construction has one of the highest rates of suicide. Do you know the major causes and warning signs?

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    Construction and COVID-19

    Feds won’t enforce contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate

    Updated guidance indicates the government won't implement an executive order requiring the shot, but confusion remains.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    NYC’s construction site inspections, enforcement ‘inadequate’

    The tracking of jobsite injuries and deaths by the city's Department of Buildings needs improvement, according to a new audit.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    Virginia loosens certification, continuing education requirements for tradesworkers

    An area labor group leader said Gov. Glenn Youngkin's move targets "a problem that didn't exist."

    By Sept. 7, 2022
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    Q&A

    Truebeck project exec thinks like an owner

    Jessica Mills brings a unique perspective to the Sacramento, California-area jobs she leads.

    By Sept. 7, 2022
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    Maryland Purple Line owner, union reach PLA on $9.3B project

    Contractors left, costs rose and deadlines extended. Now, the project will use members of a local laborer’s union to build the Maryland light rail.

    By Sept. 2, 2022
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    Opinion

    An onsite physical therapist can help minimize jobsite accidents, injuries

    The ability to react to accidents is essential, but it is only one part of the safety puzzle, according to an expert.

    By Kyle Schmoyer, Kris Corbett • Sept. 1, 2022
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    California poised to strengthen pay transparency, reporting mandates

    Gov. Gavin Newsom must decide whether to sign the bill into law by Sept. 30.

    By Ryan Golden • Sept. 1, 2022
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    Lack of construction workers threatens infrastructure efforts: AGC

    A full 91% of firms are having trouble staffing jobsites and there’s “almost nobody” looking for construction jobs, according to a new Associated General Contractors of America survey.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    3 questions White House advisor says to ask about infrastructure work

    Small- and medium-sized companies will be crucial to executing IIJA projects, Mitch Landrieu said.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    Construction job openings spike higher

    After dipping in June, unfilled positions in the sector soared 11.3% last month from a year ago, increasing chances of more interest rate hikes ahead.

    By Aug. 30, 2022
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    Construction and COVID-19

    Court partially reinstates federal contractor vaccine mandate

    An appeals court ruled the mandate is still stayed for members of the Associated Builders and Contractors and contracting agencies in seven states. 

    By Aug. 30, 2022