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Previous Polls


February 12 - February 16, 2018
In January, USA Today released a list of the country’s most dangerous jobs, with painting in construction and maintenance taking 24th place (out of 25) based on data related to injuries and deaths. Do you think this is an accurate depiction of the danger of professional painting?

February 5 - February 9, 2018
PaintSquare recently reported on engineers from the University of Cincinnati working with the Ohio DOT to determine whether polyaspartic coatings might be effective in controlling spalling on concrete bridge parapet walls. Do you think this approach will work?

January 29 - February 2, 2018
How important are industry conferences and trade shows to your business?

January 23 - January 28, 2018
What did you enjoy most about SSPC 2018?

January 22 - January 26, 2018
OSHA recently renewed its alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction, aiming to safeguard women in the building trades. In your experience, are women at special risk for workplace injury in the construction industry?

January 18 - January 24, 2018
How often do you work with coatings for concrete?

January 17 - January 23, 2018
What do you think of the decision to rename the SSPC conference "Coatings+" starting in 2019?

January 15 - January 19, 2018
Researchers at a U.K. university have reportedly developed a method of 3-D printing stainless steel that’s stronger and more ductile than steel printed with current methods. Will "printing" large steel structures be commonplace in the future?

January 8 - January 12, 2018
What do you expect will be the biggest story in the protective coatings field in 2018?

January 2 - January 5, 2018
A major infrastructure plan is reportedly a priority for early 2018 in Washington, D.C. Do you think an infrastructure bill will jumpstart construction this year?

December 18 - December 22, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, how do you feel the economy treated your company this year?

December 14 - December 20, 2017
Do you expect your company to seriously consider autonomous blasting equipment in the near future in order to cut down on the danger to blasting workers?

December 11 - December 15, 2017
Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has faced controversy over the past year, as more and more gaps in the underwater line’s coating have been discovered. Should the 60-year-old liquids pipeline be retired?

December 4 - December 8, 2017
California recently passed the “Buy Clean California Act,” requiring state contractors to use materials with low carbon impact. Are laws like this a positive step?

November 27 - December 1, 2017
OSHA recently released its list of the top 10 violations cited in the past fiscal year, with fall protection again topping the list. Does the industrial painting industry do enough to ensure safety from falls on jobsites?

November 20 - November 22, 2017
A Canadian worker’s recent death has been blamed on an allergic reaction to walnut-shell blasting media. Should these products be subject to further safety regulations?

November 13 - November 17, 2017
OSHA recently began enforcement of its new silica standard in the construction industry. Has your company made adjustments to comply with the new rule?

November 6 - November 10, 2017
Aside from price, what is the primary factor influencing your decision to buy surface prep and application equipment instead of renting or leasing?

October 30 - November 3, 2017
Overall, do you find that your company buys, rents or leases surface prep and application equipment for your coating projects? Select one, and please explain why in comments.

October 23 - October 27, 2017
The $3B Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline began construction in September, having received the last of the necessary state permits earlier that month. However, the pipeline does face at least one more hurdle: A lawsuit brought by a group of Catholic nuns whose plot of land would be divided by the construction, which says the division breaches their religious freedom. Do you agree?

October 19 - October 26, 2017
Do you ever use waterjetting as part of the surface preparation work you do?

October 16 - October 20, 2017
Registration for SSPC 2018 is now open! Are you planning to attend?

October 9 - October 13, 2017
Recent research indicates that paraffin wax may be key to creating concrete roadways that deice themselves. Will developments like this eventually lead to the elimination of road salts?

October 2 - October 6, 2017
Calgary, Alberta, officials are reportedly looking at luminescent paints to help light some rural roadways. Is this a good idea?

September 25 - September 29, 2017
A federal appeals court recently sent a pipeline approval back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking FERC to consider the greenhouse-gas effects of the product the pipelines will move as part of its environmental impact. Will this ruling change the way pipelines are permitted in the U.S.?

September 21 - September 28, 2017
How often do you work with specialty-function coatings (such as fire-resistive coatings, antifouling paint or heat-resistant coatings) in your day-to-day work?

September 18 - September 22, 2017
A plan for a bullet train in Texas continues to move forward, while Caltrans recently released a report supporting its plans to expand rail travel in California. How great a role will rail play in the next 20 years of transit development in the U.S.?

September 11 - September 15, 2017
A German energy company recently became the first to use thermal spray aluminum to protect the monopiles of a new offshore wind farm. Will TSA soon become the standard for protecting these assets?

September 4 - September 8, 2017
A number of jobsite health incidents in the U.S. this summer were attributed to heat exhaustion. Are painting companies and other contractors doing enough to prevent heat-related illness and injury?

August 28 - September 1, 2017
Last month, 4th Coast Productions released its new documentary, Bridge Brothers, chronicling two bridge-painting jobs in the Philadelphia area and following some of the workers. Have you seen the film yet?

August 21 - August 25, 2017
The Department of Labor is currently seeking applications for its annual Susan Harwood Training Grants program, which funds worker-safety training conducted by nonprofits like employer associations and unions. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has discussed eliminating this program in the future. Should the Harwood Grants go?

August 14 - August 18, 2017
Several states have passed or discussed “Buy American” rules for steel and other materials on public works projects recently, in addition to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order calling on pipeline companies to use U.S.-made materials. Are these laws a step in the right direction?

August 7 - August 11, 2017
A global group focused on infrastructure recently reported that the world will need to step up its spending in the next 20 years in order to keep up with the demand for new infrastructure and fixes to what already exists. Will world governments and private investors heed this call?

July 31 - August 4, 2017
With 2017 half over, how has your business performed so far this calendar year?

July 24 - July 28, 2017
In recent months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed or proposed changes to several rules that were promulgated under the Obama administration. Is this good or bad news?

July 20 - July 27, 2017
What method of surface preparation does your company use most often on jobs?

July 17 - July 21, 2017
A Connecticut man was recently convicted of faking a bridge inspection, leading to the reinspection of dozens of bridges in the region. In cases like this, should an inspector’s employer also be held responsible?

July 10 - July 14, 2017
European regulators are considering a proposal to put titanium dioxide on a list of suspected carcinogens. Is this the right move?

July 3 - July 7, 2017
Extensive corrosion has plagued the century-old USS Texas battleship, which serves as a floating museum in LaPorte, Texas, and the state has sunk tens of millions of dollars into repairing it. Should the efforts to preserve the ship continue?

June 26 - June 30, 2017
What is the best way to help prepare young people for careers in the paints and coatings industry?

June 19 - June 23, 2017
Some of the industry’s largest companies have merged or discussed merging in recent years. Will this trend continue in the years to come?

June 15 - June 22, 2017
Aside from size and hardness, what factor do you consider most important when choosing abrasive media?

June 12 - June 16, 2017
A Florida state transportation panel recently chose a contractor for an $800 million reconstruction of Interstate 395 in Miami, including the design for its “signature bridge” with no public input. Was that wise?

June 5 - June 9, 2017
Business magnate Elon Musk announced a plan to construct tunnels under cities for the purpose of using high-speed electric sleds to maneuver vehicles around traffic. Is this plan feasible?

May 30 - June 2, 2017
A Florida startup is looking to introduce a painting drone for industrial applications by year’s end. Do drones represent the future of painting in the industrial sector?

May 22 - May 26, 2017
Some local and state governments have moved to punish contractors involved with the potential construction of President Trump’s Mexican border wall by denying them contracts. Is this a fair move?

May 18 - May 25, 2017
Which new technology will have the greatest impact on the bridge coating business in the next 25 years?

May 15 - May 19, 2017
A recently constructed roadway in Ireland includes a “bat bridge,” to help maintain the flight path of a threatened species of native bat. What do you think of these kinds of infrastructure investments for the benefit of wildlife?

May 8 - May 12, 2017
The Trump administration is looking to expand offshore drilling off of U.S. coastlines. Good idea or bad?

May 1 - May 5, 2017
The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, California, will be constructed using the “roller launch” or “bridge launch” method. Are you familiar with this method of bridge construction?

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