Labor/Safety: Page 2

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    If industry safety numbers are murky, how can construction companies measure improvement?

    A lack of consensus and quality data are hindering construction’s safety record, experts say.

    By , , Noelle Knox • Feb. 27, 2023
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    How to retain workers when a megaproject comes to town

    It can be a struggle for small contractors to keep employees from getting poached when larger projects promise higher wages.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Feb. 23, 2023
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    Construction Outlook 2023

    How will construction fare this year? Inflation, a potential recession, supply chain struggles and sky-high labor demands are pushing up against optimism from infrastructure spending, growth in specific sectors and tech advancement. While economists have warned of an impending recession for months, it has yet to arrive. Construction Dive broke down several trends in labor, technology and infrastructure, while testing the hardiness of specific sectors in 2023. Here is a look at what to expect this year:  

    By Construction Dive staff
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    New York’s construction death rate increased 9%

    Twenty more construction workers died in the state in 2021 than in 2020, as the fatality rate increased to 12.1 deaths per 100,000 workers.

    By Feb. 23, 2023
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    Boston-area contractor to pay $225K in asbestos case

    The state attorney general said she intends to pursue more cases surrounding contractors’ mishandling of volatile materials.

    By Feb. 22, 2023
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    Award-winning CTE teacher attends State of the Union

    Cory Torppa, who earned $100,000 for his Washington state high school’s construction program, said it's important to introduce students to the trades.

    By Feb. 16, 2023
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    OSHA to issue special visas to immigrant workers during criminal investigations

    Victims of a range of criminal activities may be able to assist law enforcement, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

    By Ginger Christ • Feb. 16, 2023
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    Reading between the lines of tech sector job cuts

    High demand for talent persists, despite ominous signs of downsizing.

    By Matt Ashare • Feb. 15, 2023
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    How a theater background helped set the stage for a career in construction

    Bulley & Andrews’ Dana Erdman embraces technology as well as diversity in her dual roles at the Chicago-based construction firm.

    By Feb. 15, 2023
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    Labor shortages, inflation vex civil contractors, but optimism remains

    Dodge found that 78% of civil engineers use BIM, up from 66% in 2020, while interest in digital twins is growing.

    By Jen A. Miller • Feb. 14, 2023
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    Construction’s labor gap tops 500K

    As a large swath of the workforce reaches retirement age, newer recruits lack the same level of experience.

    By Updated Feb. 15, 2023
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    The top and bottom 5 states for construction employment

    High interest rates have negatively impacted some projects, but unemployment has dipped as contractors focus on their backlog.

    By Feb. 10, 2023
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    Missouri trade school gets $32M boost for larger facility

    The Northland Career Center wants to construct a new, $60 million facility to better serve the skilled trade needs in the region.

    By Updated Feb. 9, 2023
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    Contractor to pay $3.6M to settle unpaid shifts claim

    The Las Vegas painting firm agreed to settle a Department of Labor lawsuit alleging it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    By Laurel Kalser • Feb. 9, 2023
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    Racism in Construction

    Construction worker sues employers for directing him to use ‘colored’ door

    After asking to enter a trailer to use the microwave, the Black worker said a superintendent told him he had to use a separate entrance from White staff.

    By Feb. 7, 2023
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    Collapse that killed 3 underscores importance of scaffolding safety

    Safety experts emphasized focusing on planning ahead and utilizing tech tools to protect workers at heights.

    By Katie Pyzyk • Feb. 7, 2023
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    Contractors search for clarity amid changing pot laws

    Twenty-one states plus Washington, D.C., will have recreational marijuana laws on the books by the end of the year.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    Construction job openings hit third highest on record

    As jobs go unfilled, a majority of U.S. construction firms say they intend to increase staffing levels over the next six months, according to Associated Builders and Contractors.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    Inflation is pushing wages higher

    Even though construction salaries are rising faster than those in most other industries, contractors are struggling to hire and retain new employees.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Feb. 1, 2023
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    2022 was a bad year for trench deaths. This year could be worse.

    One of construction’s most preventable hazards has already taken its toll in the first months of OSHA’s fiscal year.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    NY’s Carlos’ Law hikes penalties for jobsite safety crimes

    The $500,000 minimum fine for a felony targets contractors that have a “poor safety culture,” one attorney said.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    GCs are often excluded from wage theft liability. That may change.

    The federal government is considering more labor-friendly rules, as worker groups push for joint employer wage theft laws.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    3 reasons why labor, material and land prices may ease for multifamily developers

    The cost of building new apartments should moderate this year, experts say.

    By Leslie Shaver • Jan. 24, 2023
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    Empower workers to speak up about jobsite hazards

    Presenters at AGC’s recent conference discussed how company culture impacts project safety.

    By Jan. 24, 2023
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    2023 construction outlook roundup: Proceed with caution

    As they look to the year ahead, contractors want to know how frayed supply chains, inflation and labor shortages will affect their business.

    By Construction Dive Staff • Jan. 23, 2023
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    Why an overly detailed safety plan can be a liability

    A massive rulebook that most workers won’t read can leave a contractor vulnerable to fines and lawsuits, according to panelists at AGC’s safety conference.

    By Jan. 20, 2023