June 21 - June 27, 2015
While Duke Energy will pay more than $100 million in an EPA case for a coal-ash spill, two companies will each pay just $2,000 for a tunnel collapse that injured five workers. Does EPA have too much enforcement power, OSHA not enough, both, or neither?
June 14 - June 20, 2015
An industry-backed bill in Michigan—tougher than federal law--would allow pipeline companies to keep inspection, safety and other records secret. How does that sound to you?
June 7 - June 13, 2015
Planning a vacation this summer?
June 1 - June 7, 2015
Florida is weighing a seven-year statute of limitations on lawsuits over construction defects. What time limit should exist for filing suit over construction defects after a project is completed?
May 26 - May 29, 2015
Indiana has scrapped its 80-year-old system for setting minimum wages on major public-works projects. What do you say?
May 18 - May 24, 2015
Proponents of emergency city curfews say they deter violence and destruction. Foes say curfews restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens. What say you?
May 10 - May 16, 2015
A proposed Iowa law would require companies planning mega-projects to obtain agreements with 75% of the affected property owners before seeking eminent-domain authority. Good law or bad law?
May 3 - May 9, 2015
Five years after the deadly BP explosion in the Gulf, which aspect of the offshore industry still needs the most safety attention?
April 24 - May 1, 2015
What health or safety hazard in coating work is most often on your mind?
April 20 - April 24, 2015
Should federal agencies have the right to mandate safety and security rules (such as hair length and protective gear) that may conflict with religious preferences?
April 13 - April 19, 2015
Private energy companies are invoking eminent domain authority to gain access to homeowner property, saying their pipeline surveys have a public function. What do you think?
April 6 - April 12, 2015
Florida wants to again tighten the statute of limitations for suing over construction defects, even for public works construction. How long should builders, developers and contractors be on the hook for their work?
March 30 - April 3, 2015
Now that personal marijuana use is increasingly legal, what is your policy on its use in the workplace?
March 23 - March 29, 2015
March Madness will cost employers $1.2 billion for each hour of lost worker production in the first week of the tourney. Is the madness affecting your workplace?
March 16 - March 22, 2015
What is the best way to fund infrastructure maintenance in the U.S. going forward?
March 9 - March 15, 2015
A new system allows workers to anonymously text information and photos about site hazards and near misses to employers. Good idea or bad idea?
March 2 - March 6, 2015
The Keystone XL pipeline project is back on hold after a presidential veto, while the State Department reviews the project again. No action date has been set. What should happen next?
February 23 - February 27, 2015
New York's 135-year-old Scaffold Safety Law holds employers and owners 100% liable in injury lawsuits if they fail to provide adequate equipment or training. A new bill would change the law to factor in the worker's responsibility. What do you think?
February 16 - February 20, 2015
Assuming the highest level of competence by each, who is generally the better painter: a robot or a human?
February 9 - February 13, 2015
The magic coatings genie has offered you the coating of your dreams! So what’ll it be?
February 2 - February 6, 2015
Not attending SSPC 2015? Why not?
January 26 - January 30, 2015
SSPC 2015 is right around the corner. What part of the show are you most looking forward to?
January 19 - January 23, 2015
M/W/DBE fraud has been widely reported lately. What's the best way to address that problem?
January 12 - January 16, 2015
A new market forecast shows booming demand for silica sand in North America, just as OSHA prepares to limit silica exposures. So what’s the take-home message?
January 5 - January 9, 2015
What is your general impression of OSHA inspectors who visit your site?
January 2, 2015
Your New Year's magic genie has arrived to grant you one wish! So what'll it be?
December 22 - December 24, 2014
Your New Year's magic genie has arrived to grant you one wish! What will it be?
December 15 - December 19, 2014
What would help your business most in 2015?
December 8 - December 12, 2014
Bill Gates and other private owners of an otherwise-sound bridge are under pressure to paint it. What maintenance duties do private owners of infrastructure have?
December 1 - December 5, 2014
After 4½ years, the EPA is set to announce Dec. 19 whether it will reclassify coal ash as hazardous waste. What’s your prediction?
November 17 - November 30, 2014
Do you expect to still be in a coatings-related industry in five or so years?
November 3 - November 7, 2014
The family of a U.S. worker killed on the job is calling for a $50,000 mandatory fine if a workplace hazard is found to "materially contribute" to a fatal incident. (The fine in their case was $2,300.) What do you think?
October 27 - October 31, 2014
Election Day in the U.S. is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Will you vote?
October 20 - October 24, 2014
U.S. regulators have reinstated an employee fired for making a secret video of a failed inspection test. Whom do you back?
October 13 - October 17, 2014
How well do you think weight limits are being enforced on bridges and highways?
October 6 - October 10, 2014
Do you see safety hazards (including personnel) on the job serious enough to report if you could do so completely anonymously?
September 29 - October 3, 2014
A proposed U.S. rule would prohibit "pay secrecy" by federal contractors and protect workers who discuss company wages. What’s your view?
September 22 - September 26, 2014
About how often do you see full compliance with fall protection on a project?
September 15 - September 19, 2014
The U.S. will force companies that owe federal fines for hazmat violations to pay up or shut down. Good plan or bad plan?
September 8 - September 12, 2014
The U.S. EPA is weighing its next move on dangerous chemical paint strippers. What should that move be?
September 1 - September 5, 2014
This Labor Day, how do you size up the trade union movement?
August 25 - August 29, 2014
The U.S. Congress is winding up the August vacation it mandated in 1970. It also took off three weeks before March 10, and the House has shortened its 2014 calendar. You’re paying these folks. How much time off should they have in a year?
August 18 - August 22, 2014
Five mega-projects are competing for ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. Which gets your vote?
August 11 - August 15, 2014
A new U.S. Executive Order will require bidders for major federal contracts to report recent wage, safety or other labor law violations. Good idea or bad idea?
August 4 - August 8, 2014
Trading time is over. Who’s your pick for the 2014 World Series champs?
July 28 - August 1, 2014
Who, in your experience, is usually the weakest link in the project team?
July 21 - July 25, 2014
OSHA is considering increasing “whistleblower” protection for employees who report health and safety problems. Good idea or bad idea?
July 7 - July 20, 2014
The U.S. Highway Trust Fund is set to go broke in August. What should Congress do?
June 30 - July 4, 2014
New U.S. rules are in effect to increase hiring of veterans and individuals with disabilities. Have these mandates affected your hiring practices?
June 23 - June 27, 2014
What is your priority in evaluating a job applicant?