Labor/Safety


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    Executive Moves

    Burns & McDonnell taps new CEO, expands C-suite

    Incoming chief Leslie Duke said the fresh roles and promotions will bolster the Kansas City-based contractor as it takes advantage of infrastructure opportunities.

    By Feb. 29, 2024
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    Screening can wrongly eliminate potential tradesworkers

    The recruiting process that works for office jobs isn’t always effective when looking for construction labor, experts say.

    By Jen A. Miller • Feb. 27, 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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    Opinion

    Construction fire safety at ‘major crossroads,’ industry expert says

    New collaborative and digital-led solutions are needed to meet contractors’ fire prevention needs, according to a fire investigator.

    By John Heinen • Feb. 22, 2024
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    Appeals court resets independent contractor fight as new rule looms

    The Labor Department will get a second chance to defend its withdrawal of a Trump-era rule.

    By Kate Tornone • Feb. 22, 2024
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    5 of the biggest OSHA fines of Q4 2023

    One builder faces over $1.8 million in initial citations due to the use of updated instance-by-instance rules.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Michigan is no longer a ‘right-to-work’ state

    The repeal, which took effect Tuesday, is the first such reversal since states began implementing laws that prohibit union security agreements in the 1940s.

    By Emilie Shumway • Feb. 15, 2024
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    Most employers lack guidance for using AI, study shows

    “For many organizations, it’s the Wild West with regard to how they are adopting and implementing AI,” a Gallagher expert said.

    By Carolyn Crist • Feb. 14, 2024
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    Executive Moves

    WSP names Shawn Wilson as transportation, infrastructure lead

    Wilson, who previously served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, will help the firm find growth opportunities.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    3 reasons why contractors need craft training to stay competitive

    Craft training proves to be a crucial strategy for contractors, addressing workforce shortages, enhancing employee engagement and boosting competitiveness in the construction industry.

    Feb. 12, 2024
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    How to attract workers to far-flung jobsites

    Major projects away from city centers often lack a strong labor pool, so contractors must entice potential hires to relocate.

    By Jen A. Miller • Updated Feb. 9, 2024
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    H-1B visa final rule changes selection process in effort to prevent fraud

    Additional H-1B regulatory actions are on the horizon, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Jan. 30.

    By Ryan Golden • Feb. 7, 2024
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    Opinion

    3 reasons why new tradespeople don’t stick around

    Poor training, bad bosses and other frustrations can drive away new recruits to the construction industry, writes a Texas quality control manager.

    By Fulton Cure • Feb. 6, 2024
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    Construction firm co-founder among dead in Idaho jobsite collapse

    A gust of wind might have caused the hangar near the Boise Airport to collapse, but it could take months to know for sure, sources told the Idaho Statesman.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Opinion

    4 ways to level construction’s playing field

    Barriers that impede minority-owned businesses reflect a broader systemic issue, says an industry executive.

    By Andre Sappington • Feb. 5, 2024
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    Executive Moves

    Blach Construction names industry veteran as CFO

    Alex Llerena has more than 30 years of experience including stints at Bechtel, Cemex and Bradley Electric.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    Opinion

    7 ways that Davis-Bacon changes could cost contractors

    Updates to prevailing wage laws will impact builders looking to win in the booming federal infrastructure market.

    By Ashley Eley Cannady • Feb. 1, 2024
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    3 dead, 9 injured in Idaho construction collapse

    An airplane hangar being built by Meridian, Idaho-based Big D Builders collapsed yesterday afternoon at the Boise Airport.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    Job openings drop, but demand persists

    The labor shortage has pushed wages up 20% in recent years, and a new report says they are likely to continue climbing.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    NJ study finds wide disparity in public construction contracts

    Just 3.7% of prime contracts went to minority-owned businesses, while women won less than 10% of professional services dollars meted out by the state.  

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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    The Dotted Line: Legal trends to watch in 2024

    Contracts are evolving in an era of persisting supply chain problems, inflation and cyber risks, construction attorneys say.

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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    Union approval at a record high, despite falling rates

    While the percentage of the workforce that is unionized is declining, “membership is growing in value,” a Gallup report indicated.

    By Caroline Colvin • Jan. 29, 2024
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    The evolution of head protection: safety helmets vs. hard hats

    The evolution of head protection from traditional hard hats to Type 2 safety helmets and hard hats signifies a positive shift towards enhanced workplace safety.

    Jan. 29, 2024
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    Construction company fined $156K after teenage worker’s double leg amputation

    The firm was assessed the maximum penalty for allegedly allowing a worker to operate equipment without proper training and experience.

    By Ginger Christ • Jan. 25, 2024
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    Q&A

    Construction misclassifies up to 20% of workers, researcher says

    Paying workers off the books robs them of their benefits and hurts contractors who follow the rules by making them less competitive, said a Century Foundation researcher.

    By Jan. 25, 2024
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    What contractors need to know for 2024

    It’s anyone’s guess what will happen in the next 12 months, but these insights from construction pros can help bring the year into focus.

    By Construction Dive Staff • Jan. 25, 2024