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Previous Polls

October 16 - October 22, 2016
Oklahoma had its largest earthquake ever, at a magnitude of 5.8, last month, and the state ordered more wastewater injection wells to be shut down. How should the state and neighboring Texas proceed in light of the increase in quakes over recent years?

October 9 - October 15, 2016
A recent report issued by the CDC found that construction workers appear in the top five on a list of occupations with the highest suicide rates. What do you think is the cause?

October 3 - October 8, 2016
FEMA has proposed new rules that require new construction that uses federal money, including roads and bridges, to build at higher elevations, to mitigate flood-related risks. Is this the best way to address potential flood dangers?

September 25 - October 1, 2016
Last month, a painter fell to his death on a water tower job, working for a firm with numerous safety violations and falls in its history. What more can be done to prevent such tragedies?

September 19 - September 23, 2016
Fresno, CA, recently banned the use of galvanized pipe for water service in new construction and remodels from fears of corrosion and drinking-water contamination. What do you think of this move?

September 11 - September 17, 2016
The United States Department of Energy recently awarded $137 million in funding to organizations, including one Fortune 500 coatings company, to foster development of technologies to improve commercial and passenger vehicle efficiency. Should large, for-profit companies be eligible for such grants?

September 4 - September 10, 2016
Starting Oct. 25, contractors seeking federal contracts over $500,000 will be required to disclose any civil and administrative proceedings against them violations of any of 14 listed workplace protections in the past three years. Do you agree with this action?

August 28 - September 3, 2016
This summer has been characterized by excessive heat warnings and a “heat dome” in the central United States. How do you protect workers who must be outside in these conditions?

August 20 - August 27, 2016
Upcoming federal regulations governing injury reporting have been put on hold after an industry lawsuit; the new rules would effectively prohibit employers from drug testing employees after an injury or illness is reported, because testing could be considered to be retaliation. Are these rules a good idea?

August 14 - August 20, 2016
Mergers have been everywhere in the coatings industry lately, with giants like Sherwin-Williams and Valspar, Dow and DuPont getting in on the act. Are all these corporate marriages good news or bad?

August 7 - August 13, 2016
San Antonio, TX, recently became the largest American city to ban the use of sealants made with coal tar, which the U.S. government says contains carcinogens. Should more municipalities consider a ban?

July 31 - August 6, 2016
New Jersey recently called for a stop to any transportation infrastructure work that was deemed "nonessential," because the state's legislature couldn't agree on a funding mechanism. Is a summer roadwork shutdown a viable option for a government that's having trouble lining up money?

July 24 - July 30, 2016
What’s the best way to maintain a safe jobsite?

July 17 - July 23, 2016
A recent MIT study found that women training to be engineers experienced negative group dynamics, felt marginalized and were assigned less challenging tasks than their male counterparts. Have you witnessed or experience this in your field?

July 10 - July 16, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Solar Roadways a total of $1.6 million to study the possibility of constructing roads with solar panels. Are solar roads an ideal way to harness energy from the sun?

June 26 - July 2, 2016
When renovating an old structure, like a ship, where does the responsibility for informing workers about possible lead exposure lie?

June 19 - June 25, 2016
Will new rules extending overtime protections to more workers help or hinder the construction industry?

June 12 - June 18, 2016
A pipeline company was recently indicted on criminal charges for knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters and wildlife charges; one employee faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Are criminal charges appropriate in such a case?

June 5 - June 11, 2016
How much weight do you give to announcements of new coatings technologies discovered in the lab?

May 31 - June 3, 2016
How has the downturn in oil and gas production affected your business?

May 22 - May 28, 2016
Should more states consider usage fees for motorists in order to help fund transportation infrastructure?

May 15 - May 21, 2016
OSHA recently finalized its rule to better protect workers from respirable silica dust exposure, but several industry groups are against it. What do you think?

May 8 - May 14, 2016
How do you like to learn new skills for your job?

May 1 - May 7, 2016
As a coatings professional, when you tackle “small” painting jobs around the house, do you still observe the same kinds of safety precautions you do on the job?

April 24 - April 30, 2016
When it comes to selecting a paint and coatings supplier, which of these is most important?

April 17 - April 23, 2016
Do you take advantage of free webinar programming offered by Technology Publishing Co. and other organizations?

April 10 - April 16, 2016
When do you hire a consultant?

April 3 - April 9, 2016
Is it more important to complete projects on time or within budget?

March 27 - April 2, 2016
When companies are charged for fraudulently posing as a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE), what do you think the appropriate punishment should be?

March 20 - March 26, 2016
Recycled concrete is often used in nonstructural applications like highways and sidewalks. Do you think it is likely to find a place in buildings and bridges?

March 13 - March 19, 2016
Which is your preferred method of resolving project and contract-related disputes?

March 6 - March 12, 2016
Do you take advantage of funds made available by the federal government for surface transportation or other projects?

February 28 - March 5, 2016
Drones are becoming so popular in construction and other industries that a commercial “droneport” specifically for the vehicles is being designed. Do you think a drone airport is necessary?

February 21 - February 27, 2016
Steel manufacturers in Europe have cut more than 5,000 steelworker jobs in the past year. Manufacturers blame cheaper Chinese steel imports for causing the problem. Do you agree?

February 20 - February 19, 2016
With the costs, time delays and structural problems involved in new rail transportation projects in Australia and California, should engineers be looking at Hyperloop-like alternatives, which can be built at a fraction of the cost, for future projects?

February 6 - February 13, 2016
How many trade shows or other industry events do you attend per year?

January 31 - February 6, 2016
Would you recommend a career in coatings for your son or daughter?

January 24 - January 30, 2016
Drones are increasingly being used for bridge inspections; do you think drones are as effective at detecting bridge defects as people are?

January 17 - January 23, 2016
What technology do you use to view your PaintSquare Daily News newsletters?

January 10 - January 16, 2016
Will you be attending the SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT conference Jan. 18-21 in San Antonio?

January 3 - January 9, 2016
What do you think of OSHA's proposed fine increases for 2016?

December 13 - December 21, 2015
Does your company offer bonuses during the holiday season?

December 6 - December 12, 2015
Engineers in England plan to build a new pedestrian- and bicycle-only bridge to serve the type of transportation Europeans embrace. Do you think infrastructure projects like this in the U.S. would encourage Americans to do more walking or biking?

November 29 - December 5, 2015
Is there a shortage of qualified workers to fill available positions in your company?

November 22 - November 28, 2015
Should a federal agency, like private companies, receive a monetary penalty of some kind when OSHA finds safety or health violations at one of their worksites?

November 15 - November 21, 2015
During the winter and holiday season, how much is your workload affected?

November 8 - November 14, 2015
The House of Representatives recently passed a six-year transportation bill, but it includes funding for only the first three years. To “unlock” the last three years of spending authorization, Congress must come up with the money first. If the bill becomes law, where do you think new funding should come from?

November 1 - November 7, 2015
The Golden Gate Bridge is getting a $76 million metal "net" system to deter jumpers from using the bridge to end their lives. Do you think this is a good use of those funds?

October 25 - October 31, 2015
Some roadways, like the new LBJ Expressway in Dallas, are charging varying toll rates, based on traffic volume and peak usage times, as a means to repay private investors in public-private partnership (P3) highway projects. Do you think this is a wise move?

October 18 - October 24, 2015
Transcontinental crude oil pipelines are facing opposition due to concerns over corrosion-related leaks or spills. Is the opposition for this reason warranted?

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