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NV Reins in Lawsuits Against Builders

Taking action against what it calls a business-killing litigation climate, Nevada has overhauled its "construction defects" law to clamp down on suits against builders.


Bridge Contractor Cited in Teen's Death

A 16-year-old worker who was directed to stand in a crane hazard area without a hardhat was too young to be on the job that took his life, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration h...


DOT Debars ‘Disadvantaged’ Millionaire

With an estimated net worth in excess of $13 million, Cindy Taylor Stewart and her company don't fit anyone's definition of disadvantaged—including Uncle Sam's.


Labor Plays Ball to Get Stadium

Union construction crews have agreed to work around the clock without overtime to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis if the project goes forward.


The Dutch Roll Out a Better Road

Training, and treating, paving crews as professionals could be the startlingly simple answer to dramatically stronger roads, according to new research being put to the test throughout the Ne...


Construction Set to Fill 225k+ Jobs

Construction firms from Los Angeles to London will be posting "Help Wanted" signs by the hundreds of thousands in the years ahead, according to two new job forecasts.


Towers Top Out at Record Rates

It's a tall world after all—taller than ever, in fact, with record numbers of vertiginous structures topping out in 2014 and many more ahead.


Contractor Lends Blight-Busting Hand

Few people resolve to demolish more in the New Year, but for contractor Jim Kissick, it's a resolution that he can keep, while helping out his community.


Trench Fatality Preventable, OSHA Says

A North Carolina contractor faces a $123,200 fine for what authorities called the preventable death of a 22-year-old worker in a trench at Fort Bragg, NC.


EPA Sued to Act on Stormwater

Seeking again to force Uncle Sam's hand, environmental groups are demanding a court-ordered deadline for federal rules to control runoff from construction projects and developments.


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

The general contractor on a floating bridge project is facing $170,500 in proposed penalties after a 13,000-pound weight broke loose from a tower crane and fell in Aberdeen, WA.


Industry Executives Feel a Pay Pinch

U.S. construction and engineering may be bouncing back, but one surprising player is not feeling the love: the boss.


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

In a decision widely viewed as a victory for the coal industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a final rule that classifies coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid—n...


Construction Surge Seen for 2015

U.S. public-works projects will rebound and manufacturing plant construction will remain strong amid a generally robust year for construction starts, according to a major new industry foreca...


OSHA: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

Burns, amputations, fractures and other serious injuries darkened the work day for three million U.S. private-sector employees in 2013, the government reports.


35 'Resilient' Cities Set to Rebuild

Determined to save their infrastructure, strengthen structures, fix transit systems and meet other shared challenges, 35 cities from Chicago to Chennai, India, have been tapped for a global ...


Seeking the Key to the Emerald Kitty

The explanation may be more confusing than the original mystery. But the answer to "what turned the Bulgarian cat green?" appears to be: paint.


WI Pilot to Have Drivers Seeing Orange

What road marking color do motorists see best? Traditional yellow and white, or maybe something else? That's the question that Wisconsin is putting to the test.


U.S. Approves New Northeast Pipeline

Federal regulators have given the go-ahead to a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline project that would tap natural-gas production in Pennsylvania to serve customers in New York and New England.


Revealing Bum Raps and 'Bum-Cracks'

Forever maligned as sexual harassers of women walking by, construction workers now say they are tired of being treated like sex objects. Sort of.


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

The contractor on a Canadian subway project has been fined $400,000 after pleading guilty to violating safety measures in the death of one worker and permanent injury of another.


PA Taps Chinese to Fund I-95 Project

Leveraging an immigration program that rewards wealthy foreign investors with U.S. visas, Pennsylvania is reaching into pockets overseas to fund much of a $420 million project to link I-95 w...


Major Concrete Standard Gets Overhaul

Capping nearly a decade in development, the American Concrete Institute has updated its seminal structural concrete standard, now organized from an engineer's perspective.


Grand Jury Calls MWBE Fraud Rampant

Government contracting programs set aside for firms run by women and non-whites are riddled with criminal conduct that has diverted millions of dollars over many years, a New York grand jury...


Coal Ash Rule Goes to the Wire

Four and a half years after it was proposed and one year after a federal judge demanded a decision, a rule to determine the disposal fate of coal waste has—theoretically—reached its last sto...


2nd Span Collapses at NC College

Hours after a worker was killed in a bridge collapse at Wake Technical Community College, the same span in a similar bridge gave way there.


Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

A bridge pour for a new pedestrian bridge at a North Carolina community college went fatally awry when the center span collapsed, killing one worker and seriously injuring four others.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


NIOSH Trumpets Ways to 'Buy Quiet'

Construction work is not just dangerous; it's deafening, warn health officials, who are sounding an alarm to save what's left of workers' hearing.


PA Awards 558-Bridge Project

And the winner of an $899 million design-build contract to replace 558 Pennsylvania bridges in three years is... Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, comprised of the Plenary Group, The Walsh Gr...


Study: Painters, Trades in Demand

A good painter is hard to find, America's employers report. So are other tradespeople and professional positions across the construction industry, according to a new survey by the Associated...


Ike Memorial Clears Planning Panels

Despite scathing criticism, a controversial design for a national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower will go forward with approval from two key agencies.


Job, Pay Trends Signal a New Normal

All boats are rising with the post-recession tide, but they are not rising equally—and the construction and engineering rock stars of tomorrow will be different from those of yesteryear, a n...


Workbook Knows the Score on Safety

Preventing job-site accidents requires drilling into indicators that can flag hazards long before an incident occurs, according to a new workbook designed to help employers do just that.


Job Boom Spurs Calls for More Training

U.S. construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just seven percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year, a new analysis shows.


New Hoist Boasts 1-Ton Capacity

Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has unveiled a traction hoist with increased load capacity for heavy construction and industrial installation and maintenance.


OSHA Adds 3 Years for Crane Rule

Federal safety officials are giving employers an extra three years to make sure crane operators are competent to operate the equipment safely.


A Pipeline Good for What Ales This Town

An unusual pipeline project is brewing underneath the historic Belgian city of Bruges, where government officials have raised a glass in approval.


New Award Honors Firms that Give Back

Transportation, construction and safety firms that roll up their sleeves on behalf of their communities are eligible for new recognition of their service.


Developer Gets 8 Years for Hit-Man Plan

His lawyer called it an "offhand comment," but the FBI heard Daniel Dvorkin’s secretly recorded conversations another way: as a clear plan have a hit man murder a creditor owed $8.2 million....


Construction Angels are Here to Help

Accidents strike construction job sites in a heartbeat—and, all too often, with fatal consequences.


Latino, Contractor Work Deaths Rise

Deaths of Hispanic workers surged, and construction fatalities remained stubbornly unchanged in a new report that otherwise bore good news for U.S. workplace safety.


Unpermitted Work Shutters Bridge Site

A staging area for New York City’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project has been shut down after an environmental group reported construction underway without proper permitting.


Ike Memorial Plan Slims Down

The celebrity architect behind the controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has scaled down his much-criticized design, removing several massive ornamental structures and opening up the v...


UK Construction Giant Strikes a Deal

Balfour Beatty has announced the sale of consulting arm Parsons Brinckerhoff to Montreal-based WSP Global Inc. for £820 million ($1.35 billion USD).


Thin Workforce Overshadows Optimism

Construction employment has expanded in two-thirds of U.S. metro areas, and spending is at a five-year high—a boom that may be squandered if the industry cannot fill its ranks, a leading con...


Ike Memorial Panned as ‘5-Star Folly’

After 15 years, $65 million in appropriations, and not a shovel of dirt turned, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission can add a congressional oversight panel to its growing list of cr...


U.S. Bridge, Highway Contracts Slump

State and local government awards for highway and bridge work have declined by nearly 14 percent in the first half of 2014, compared with the same period last year, a new analysis shows.


Developer Toys with a Smarter Brick

What looks and connects like a LEGO, but is reportedly strong enough to use for real-life bridge construction?


U.S. Firms Eyeing Middle East Boom

Aiming to tap a trillion-dollar pipeline of megaprojects, the American Institute of Architects is developing its first trade mission to the Middle East.


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

Unworkable, unaffordable and unnecessary is the construction industry’s final judgment on a federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Bridge Shaken, Not Stirred, in Mega Sim

A gigantic bridge model has survived a tremendous amount of seismic shaking—the equivalent of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake—without collapsing.


Skeletons Give Workers a Lift

A shipyard in South Korea is testing exoskeletons that could radically increase a worker’s ability to lift heavy objects.


Engineering Project Finalists Named

From a complex rail crossing to a research station floating on a block of ice, five projects have been selected as finalists for the American Society of Civil Engineers' most prestigious awa...


High-Stakes Decision is No Simple Call

Choosing a project delivery system for bridge or tunnel construction can be a multimillion-dollar decision. So which one is best?


Suit Demands Overhaul of NYC Pavement

Thousands of broken, blocked and missing curb cuts and sidewalks are illegally denying public access to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, according to a new federal class-action suit by ...


UK Construction Giant Nixes Merger

Balfour Beatty has shut down merger talks with Carillion only one week after announcing the possible £3 billion ($5 billion USD) deal, citing disagreement over the terms.


Congress OKs 11th-Hour Highway Bill

With backs to the wall and less than three hours to act, the U.S. Congress agreed Thursday night to put a 10-month, $10.8 billion Band-Aid on the near-empty federal fund that pays for highwa...


4M Pounds Zip into Place

Blink, and you might have missed the recent replacement of two Connecticut highway bridges.


Global Protective Coatings Surge Seen

Riding a wave of "remarkable growth,” the global protective coatings market is in for some boom years, boosted by spiking end-user demand and a push for environmentally friendly products, a ...


Rural Roads Risking Lives, Livelihoods

“Significant deficiencies and high fatality rates” are exacting a deadly toll on rural U.S. roads and bridges, with crashes and death rates nearly three times higher than on all other roads,...


Bridge Design Boasts Seismic Stability

Researchers say they have a new design for a bridge framework that will improve earthquake resistance and reduce damage.


Brazil Bridge Collapses, Kills 2

Two people have been killed and at least 22 injured in Brazil in the collapse of an overpass under construction onto a busy roadway.


Report: 6 Ways to Rebuild America

Fresh thinking, modern technology and, of course, money are the tools that could revive America's crumbling infrastructure, according to a new report.


3-D Printed Steel: ‘Whole New Direction’

A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and ...


OSHA Poses $72K in Teen Worker’s Death

An international construction company is facing $72,000 in proposed penalties and numerous violations in the death of a teenage worker who was crushed by an 1,800-pound bridge panel.


Grappling with Growth by the Gigaton

China has used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century.


Patrol Hazards in OSHA Video Game

A new video game can help workers identify safety issues and raise awareness about resources to address hazards in the workplace.


$5M Settlement to Repay 500 Workers

A New York general contractor will pay nearly $5 million to make good on wages and benefits owed to hundreds of its subcontractors' employees on a federally funded project. about bout 200...


A Building Blitz to Make a Difference

SWAT teams of painters, contractors, engineers, designers, suppliers and other construction professionals are primed to put their skills into service for poor families in Chicago.


Construction Can’t Snuff Out Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco use remains a rampant and growing problem in the construction industry, even as cigarette smoking declines, new research shows.


CA Eyes Major Lead Level Changes

California regulators are moving closer to slashing lead exposure limits for workers, calling the current standards outdated and harmful to human health.


Project is a Jaw (and Stomach) Dropper

The world’s tallest roller coaster will bookend one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels when the two join a new entertainment megacomplex in taking over the cityscape in Orlando, FL, develo...


Two Killed on CA Bridge Project

Two construction workers fell 80 feet to their death when their crane-hoisted basket broke free Friday (May 30) on a bridge project outside of Sacramento, CA.


Digging Into Summer Vacation

If your idea of good clean summer fun includes a spin around the dirt in some monster equipment, New Jersey may have the perfect new theme park for you.


Canada Puts Price on Pipeline Liability

Pipeline companies in Canada will be held responsible for at least $1 billion in damages if their network leaks—no matter who is ultimately to blame.


Why Build a Bridge Too Far?

He was no engineer, but the kid who looked out over the Tappan Zee Bridge from his bedroom every day knew when something didn't make sense.


Jitters Amid U.S. Job Improvement

Construction unemployment in the U.S. has dived to a seven-year low, sparking another call for increased training to head off labor shortages during the industry's recovery.


Posh ‘Monument of Defects’ to be Razed

Six years after revelations of serious construction defects stopped work, a Las Vegas luxury high-rise will be painstakingly dismantled without ever opening.


Report: Infrastructure Jobs Underplayed

Infrastructure jobs account for 11 percent of U.S. employment, but the typical shovel-ready focus overlooks the much larger workforce needed for long-term operational jobs, a new report says...


Contractor Arraigned in Worker’s Death

A Michigan builder cited repeatedly by federal safety authorities has pleaded not guilty to a felony criminal charge in the 2012 death of his foreman.


Beauty & the Building Site

In the construction industry, hardhats aren’t worn with high heels, and vests are for safety, not fashion.


Mussels Stall Michigan Pipeline

A $274 million pipeline project in Michigan is facing a massive hurdle of tiny proportions—a two-inch mussel.


Billboard Lets Workers Breathe Easy

Construction workers in Peru are getting some extra respiratory protection from an unlikely source—a billboard that reportedly sucks pollution from the air.


Manhole Accident Claims PA Installer

A construction worker was killed after being pinned beneath a concrete manhole form Monday (May 5) in Pennsylvania.


Game Over at Old Atari Landfill

E.T., phone home: An excavation crew and documentary team have unearthed hundreds of your game cartridges from a 300-acre New Mexico landfill.


Prison to Be Construction Family Affair

The Fraziers, owners of C.E. Frazier Construction Co. Inc. and a variety of long-troubled spinoffs, are all going to jail.


DOT Budget Bill Aims to ‘Grow America’

“Transformative transportation projects” that will save bridges, strengthen roads, extend rail, stabilize funding, improve safety, and employ millions of Americans are the promise of a $302 ...


$70M GSA Revamp Set for 19 States

The U.S. government will slash a half-million square feet of office space, and relocate an unknown number of employees, in a $70 million consolidation plan that will trigger projects in 19 s...


On Construction Day, a Safety Snapshot

Engineers and trades workers are racking up the highest death rates in construction—two of many sobering statistics laid out Wednesday (April 23) on the seventh annual Construction Safety Da...


MIT Proposes Floating Nuclear Plants

Offshore nuclear plants, anchored in deep water, could be the answer to preventing catastrophic tsunami and earthquake damage like that inflicted on the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi complex in ...


OH River Bridge Slides into History

It traveled only 55 feet, but the journey of a half-mile steel truss from its temporary piers to permanent ones has earned the Milton-Madison Bridge a place in bridge-building history.


Honored Steel Bridges Show their Mettle

The engineering marvel that is the steel bridge—short or long, vehicular or pedestrian, venerable or brand new—showed an array of winning faces in the 2014 Prize Bridge Awards Competition, a...


Contractors Act to Avert Labor Pinch

A new plan aims to combat a shortage of skilled construction workers by pushing legislative and regulatory reforms that would make it easier to establish career and technical training progra...


A Tough Cell: Navy Seeks Prison Rehab

After a unanimous chorus of “thanks but no thanks” from other federal agencies, the U.S. Navy is again shopping a redevelopment opportunity for a century-old prison to the private sector.


Concrete Waterproofer Made for Extremes

A new cold-applied waterproofing compound from W.R. Meadows can suit concrete applications in a variety of settings—horizontal and vertical, interior and exterior, below- and above-grade, in...


Rogue Barges to Cost Team $1M Monthly

One. Two. Three strikes, you’re out—out a million bucks a month, that is. That’s the warning to a construction team on a New York bridge project after its construction barges broke loose on ...


Contractor Liable for Trapped Worker

Confined-space hazards and other serious safety lapses caused a Florida worker to become trapped for hours in a tank of hot tar last September, federal authorities say.


Coatings Report Paints Bright Future

Rebounding construction, industrial output and motor vehicle production will all fuel global demand for paint and coatings by more than 5 percent annually in the years ahead, a new forecast ...


Study: Workers Ready to Leave Jobs

Construction, engineering and building employers should step up their game if they want to head off a mass exodus of workers this year, a new survey suggests.


1 Contract: 5 Years, 500 New Bridges

Pennsylvania officials are inviting four teams to submit proposals for one contract to replace more than 500 bridges in less than five years.


New Contractor Hiring Rules Begin

Federal contractors must now comply with affirmative-action benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities, after a legal bid failed to block one of the rules.


100-Foot Span Slides into Place

Progress on the new $103 million Milton-Madison Bridge project is sliding steadily forward—if, occasionally, in sideways fashion.


Manufacturer Defends Coatings in Fire

A protective-coatings maker is taking strong exception to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report that cites his products as contributors to a devastating 2013 fire at a high-security research...


Hardhats Mobilize for Highway Funding

More than two dozen U.S. associations and labor unions are preparing to lean on Congress in a big way to secure the Federal Highway Trust Fund before it goes broke.


‘Intensive’ Silica Hearings Open

The long-smoldering controversy over new silica limits in the workplace found its voice Tuesday (March 18) in Washington, D.C., as public hearings on the federal proposal opened.


Construction Jobs, Spending Hit Highs

It’s shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. construction industry, which is seeing its highest employment rate in nearly five years and its steepest spending increase since 2006, the Asso...


And Now, A Project to Really Move You

Think of it as a mobile home for really, really rich people, who want the changing scenery brought to them.


Tape Helps Skip Workplace Slips

Firmer walking traction wherever you need it is the idea behind a new industrial-grade anti-skid, anti-slip tape by InSite Solutions LLC.


New Leaders for RCMA, BCF, ASA

Industry veterans have been tapped to lead the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, the British Coatings Federation, and the American Subcontractors Association.


Termites Teach Tomorrow’s Builders

Need a crew that will work independently, intuitively, quickly and steadily—even when the foreman’s not watching?


Game of Drones: Tomorrow’s Job Site

Drones, all the rage for everything from missile strikes to package delivery, may soon be keeping an eye on you—if not replacing you—at work.


GC to Pay $126K in 2 Fatal Accidents

A Wisconsin general contractor has agreed to pay $126,000 in federal penalties to resolve safety citations following two fatal crane accidents in mid-2012.


‘Extensive Cracking’ Closes New Stadium

A structural investigation is underway to determine the cause of “pervasive” concrete cracking in a $60 million high school football stadium that has been open less than two years.


Old Bay Bridge May Find New Purpose

While the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has had its share of problems, getting rid of the old structure should be a bit easier, if a novel repurposing idea pans out.


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


Mammoth Find Slows Project

At first, the crews thought it was a pipe or a tree root. But it looked so much bigger—mammoth, you might say—and so much older.


U.S. Construction Bullish on 2014

Nonresidential construction in the United States is in for a very strong year, even bringing boom-related backlog and hiring challenges, contractors report in an upbeat new survey.


100K Construction Jobs Slated for Vets

Some 100,000 U.S. veterans are in line for “good-paying” jobs over the next five years, under a new initiative backed by the construction industry.


Powerful 2nd Act for Nazi Bunker

Seventy years after its service to Germany's Third Reich, an air-raid bunker in Hamburg has morphed into an energy plant serving thousands of homes.


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


Diver Death Prompts $300K Fine

Nearly $300,000 in proposed penalties have been levied against a marine construction company in Florida after an untrained worker was killed while diving to do underwater construction work, ...


Discovery Befitting a Skeleton Crew

A well-preserved skeleton at least 2,000 years old has turned up under a Florida highway, found by construction crews digging a trench for a new water main.


Navy Seeks Housing That’s Fit to Print

Maybe Rome wasn’t built in a day, but tomorrow’s far-flung Navy bases just might be.


Wage Hike Ordered for U.S. Contractors

Employees of federal contractors will see an increase in their minimum hourly pay to $10.10, under a new Executive Order signed by President Obama.


U.S. Assets Get $9.3B to Spruce Up

U.S. border crossings and thousands of federal buildings will finally receive some long-overdue maintenance and repairs, green-lighted by the release of $9.3 billion in funds under the new a...


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Enlisted by the military, tended by the medical field, and built up by the construction industry, smart coatings have a brilliant future.


AIA Pitches Congress on Safety, Funding

Stronger bridges, safer structures, tighter buildings—and a funding mechanism to pay for them all—lead America's architectural agenda for 2014.


Broken Bridge to Cost $170M Extra

Design mistakes on a floating bridge megaproject in Washington State are sucking every last cent out of the project’s risk reserve fund, and the state says it will need an additional $170 mi...


Probe of 2 Bridge Deaths Underway

Work is expected to resume this week on an Alabama overpass construction project as investigations continue into the deaths of two workers last week.


Now, a Crew You Could Take Home to Mom

No caffeine, no nicotine and no swearing. New Year’s resolutions? Maybe, but they are also the ground rules for construction workers building a new Mormon temple in Philadelphia.


Bridge, Tunnel Work Top 2014 Outlook

The new year should ring in increased spending on transportation infrastructure, including “record levels” of bridge and tunnel construction spending, a new analysis says.


3M Updates Fit, Comfort in New Eyewear

New protective eyewear from 3M self-adjusts for a comfortable and secure fit, the company says.


Across the Industry, All Shook Up

Sometimes, we wonder if infrastructure and construction are just day jobs for crews waiting for Hollywood to discover them.


Feds: Lead Risk for Painters Persists

Lead exposure on the job remains a significant health threat in painting and blasting, despite decades of improvement among other occupations and the general public, a new federal study repo...


Google’s Barge Project Investigated

Once shrouded in secrecy, Google's mystery barge in San Francisco Bay is now wrapped in red tape as officials investigate the odd project's construction.


Concrete Training Goes Fatally Awry

One construction worker has died and two others are injured, one critically, after a retaining wall they were using to practice concrete work collapsed in upstate New York, authorities said....


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

An “unusual surge” in public construction unexpectedly pushed total U.S. construction spending in October to its highest level in more than four years, the Associated General Contractors of ...


From CPWR, 52 Weeks of Worker Safety

A leading construction safety organization has a free holiday gift for the industry: a year’s worth of ready-to-use materials to educate workers about daily jobsite dangers.


3d DOD Audit Rips USACE on Afghan Work

For the third time in 18 months, the Department of Defense is reporting serious lapses in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' oversight of multimillion-dollar construction projects in Afghanis...


Concrete Maker Blamed in Ash Engulfment

Federal safety authorities are holding a major Midwestern ready mix producer responsible for the death of a plant operator who was buried in a storage silo full of fly ash.


Contractors Sue to Block Hiring Rule

U.S. open-shop construction contractors have gone to court to stop a new federal affirmative-action proposal aimed at increasing hiring of people with disabilities.


Endangered Mussels Halt Dam Work

Delayed for years by lack of funding, a project to replace a failing dam in Michigan has now been halted indefinitely by the discovery of endangered mussels at the site.


Construction Boom Faces Labor Bust

U.S. construction and engineering may be facing the best and worst of times, as a near-trillion-dollar industry forecast collides with widespread employer reports of a skilled labor shortage...


Critter Bridges Drive Taxpayers Batty

Q: Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? A: He was holding out for his own bridge. And who can blame him, when the public is shelling out right and left to safeguard his furry road-crossing...


Owner Pleads Guilty in Bid-Rigging

With his bribery attempts recorded by a project manager, the former owner of a New Jersey heavy construction and paving company is now looking at 20 years in prison for bid-rigging.


Infrastructure Cripples Typhoon Relief

Buckled and smashed infrastructure across the central Philippines is hampering the global effort to reach hundreds of thousands of desperate and homeless survivors of deadly Typhoon Haiyan. ...


Smart Coatings to Hit $3B by 2018

The global smart coatings market is expected to reach $3 billion in 2018, experiencing exponential growth as industries opt for quality and performance over price, a new report predicts.


Boston Bridge Replaced in One Weekend

A bridge replacement project outside of Boston that normally would have taken close to three years to complete was done in less than three days, state transportation officials announced.


Pipeline Crew Unearths Dinosaur Fossil

A construction worker clearing the way for a Canadian pipeline made a rare discovery—a massive dinosaur fossil—when he accidentally cut into it with a backhoe.


Teen Worker Falls from MN I-90 Bridge

A 19-year-old construction worker has been critically injured in a 45-foot fall from a $187.5 million bridge construction project into a cofferdam, authorities say.


Construction Fraud Tab: $860B

Money laundering, bid rigging, bribery and other types of fraud are now bleeding the global construction industry of about $860 billion a year—a tab that could nearly double by 2025, a new r...


Building Jobs, Spending Keep Growing

U.S. construction unemployment hit a six-year low in September, on the heels of a four-year high in project spending the month before, the federal government reported.


CA Reopens Probe of 1st Stadium Death

California labor officials are taking a rare second look at the first of two construction deaths that occurred this year at the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium.


GC, 5 Subs Fined on Power Plant Project

From shaky scaffolding to lead-paint hazards, more than 30 jobsite violations have landed six contractors from five states in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Social Software Unites Project Team

Constant, real-time collaboration—bolstered by photos, videos, diagrams and documents—with every member of a construction project team is the promise of a new communication tool developed by...


OSHA Seeks Money Trail in Silica Debate

Individuals and organizations who want to comment on a federal proposal to limit silica exposure are being asked to disclose their funding sources and any conflicts of interest—reportedly a ...


L.A. Sues over Crumbling $240M Runway

The City of Los Angeles has filed suit against four construction firms that built a $240 million airport runway that is deteriorating and “unfit” after just six years.


Low Bidders Sue MnDOT over Award

The losing bidders for a $100 million interstate highway construction project in Minnesota have asked the state's Court of Appeals to review the bidding process for the award, which went to ...


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

Opponents of a proposed federal rule to limit worker exposure to silica are lashing out over the proposal's time frame, calling the Dec. 11 comment deadline “virtually impossible” to meet.


Report: World Cup Push Risks Workers

Workers' safety and lives are being sacrificed to Qatar's dash to build infrastructure and venues in time for the 2022 World Cup, an international labor group charges.


Rail Crew Finds Skulls Under London

Crews working on a rail project in London are wearing two hats these days—those of construction worker and archaeologist—after discovering about 20 ancient skulls in the sediment of a histor...


Adhesive Mixer Death Draws $200K Fine

Calling the gruesome death of a temporary worker “completely preventable,” California authorities have slapped a leading industrial adhesives maker with a list of safety citations and a $200...


Construction Firms See Worker Shortage

Despite an industry jobless rate still stuck above 9 percent, most construction employers across the United States are reporting trouble finding qualified employees at every level.


Sandy Sparks Remap of U.S. East Coast

The $50 billion in wreckage wrought last year by Hurricane Sandy has literally reshaped parts of the U.S. East Coast, prompting the federal government to remap vast sections of coastlines an...


U.S. Paints, Coatings to Top $30.6B

Industrial maintenance and marine coatings in the United States will see slow but steady growth in the wake of a five-year rebound blazed by the architectural ector, according to a new marke...


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


PA Limits Weight on 1,000 Bridges

Struggling to manage the third-largest number of structurally deficient bridges in the nation, Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation has announced plans to impose new "risk-based weigh...


U.S. Proposes New Silica Limits

Federal regulators have finally released a long-awaited—and certain to be controversial—proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, widely used in construction, painting and abr...


CO Detector Hard Hat Takes Award

A construction hard hat that incorporates a carbon monoxide sensor has won an award for its inventors at Virginia Tech University.


Public Works Construction Growing

Despite a slow economy, the new-construction market is expected to see a slight recovery in 2013, aided by modest growth from large bridge and public works projects, a midyear analysis shows...


Fear Seen in Injury Underreporting

Fear of firing, reluctance to undermine safety incentives, and assumptions that getting hurt is “part of the job” are fueling widespread under-reporting of work-related injuries in construct...


Robot is 1-Stop Building Demo Shop

An award-winning, multitasking robot named ERO may be the next hero of the building demolition and materials recycling industries.


Akzo to Shed Building Unit for $348M

AkzoNobel’s global corporate diet continues, as the company has announced the sell-off of its Building Adhesives business to Swiss construction products giant Sika AG.


Painter Shares in $190M Asbestos Award

Two boiler manufacturers have been ordered to pay $190 million to five workers—including three who have since died—for workplace asbestos exposures that led them to contract mesothelioma.


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

After owning up to its mistakes, the Washington Department of Transportation will pay the price: about $81 million in change orders to the multibillion-dollar SR 520 bridge replacement proje...


Workers Discover Gold Rush-Era Boat

Construction workers have struck gold in California, discovering an intact boat that dates to the mid-19th century.


Heroic Workers Thwart Robbery Attempt

A construction crew is being hailed for their heroic actions after capturing a robbery suspect who allegedly threatened a store clerk with a gun before taking the contents of her cash regist...


Crew Uncovers 30 Ancient Graves

Human remains, possibly up to 2,000 years old, were discovered by construction crews in eastern Mexico.


Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge Opens

The world’s longest cable-stayed bridge opened at the stroke of midnight Thursday (July 18) in China, after four and a half years of construction.


Crew Digs Up Live Cannonball

A construction crew unearthed a live cannonball, believed to be from the Civil War, in downtown Atlanta on Thursday (July 18).


Japan Makes Construction Safety Cute

Japan’s culture of cuteness has found an unlikely new home in the nation's construction zones.


2 Indicted in Project Skimming of $4.8M

A former executive with one of the nation’s largest construction contractors is accused of orchestrating a kickback scheme that drained more than $4.8 million from his company during a proje...


MS Capital Cheers ‘Pothole Robin Hood’

A Jackson, MS, man dubbed the “Pothole Robin Hood” has just achieved his quest of filling more than 100 ignored potholes around the capital city with materials lifted from a government stock...


Joblessness Drops; Jitters Don’t

Replacing old worries with new ones, the construction labor market in the U.S. may be swinging from glut to shortage in just a few short years, experts are saying.


EPA: Plants Ducked Years of Permits

Federal regulators have filed suit against Oklahoma Gas and Electric, alleging that the utility ignored permit laws for more than $60 million in power plant upgrades that date back a decade.


Seeding a Stronger Concrete

So what do you with 661,386,840 pounds of sunflower seed husks each year?


NYC Construction Deaths on the Rise

Construction worker fatalities are soaring in New York City, possibly due to a resurgence in construction activity there, federal regulators are reporting.


Chinese Steel Riles U.S. Bridge Group

The U.S. steel bridge industry is firing back at a new report describing the growing use of Chinese bridge steel and alleging lack of “bridge expertise at home.”


Bid-Rigging Scandal Engulfs 15 Firms

Years of contract collusion involving six World Cup stadiums and hundreds of other public and private projects have 15 South African construction firms facing $140 million in potential fines...


Global Construction Hot to Top $15T

China, the United States and India are set to lead “meteoric” global construction growth that will reach $15 trillion in value by the year 2025, a new study reports.


Stan the Man Gets His Span

In the bottom of the ninth, Stan Musial and the veterans have tied for naming rights to the Mississippi River's next major bridge project.


Putting the Brakes on $1M Bus Stop

Public outrage over a million-dollar bus stop built by the Washington, D.C., transit agency has prompted the facility owners to audit the project and slap a hold on future stops.


900+ Charges Rock Construction Empire

A notorious Quebec heavy-construction magnate with a long history of corruption charges has been slapped with hundreds of tax-fraud charges that could land him behind bars with millions of d...


Worker Survives Fall from Crane

Faulty equipment is being blamed for a 35-foot fall suffered by a construction worker who was working on a crane at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.


Bridge Projects in MO, AZ, PA Kill 3

Devastating bridge construction accidents in three states have claimed the lives of three workers in 10 days, authorities report.


Bidding Opens for Historic Lock Work

The New York State Thruway Authority is seeking bids to rehabilitate the historic Flight of Five Locks 67-71 on the Erie Canal in Lockport, NY.


Ergodyne’s Brim Adds Protective Shade

A new hard hat brim provides neck and face UV protection for workers who are exposed to the sun.


Construction Jobs See All-Around Growth

Construction jobs are up and unemployment is down, with some of the most promising figures seen since 2008, a new analysis shows.


Inflatable Concrete Simplifies Shelter

Need sturdy shelter fast? Then a concrete building in a bag might be for you. Just add air and water!


Report: Construction Disputes Lengthen

Construction disputes around the world are taking longer and longer to resolve, with increasing project complexity and multinational projects complicating resolutions, a new study reports.


Work Crew Destroys Ancient Pyramid

One of the oldest Mayan pyramids has been destroyed by construction crews digging for crushed rock to build a road in Belize.


$500M Set for Sandy-Hit Water Works

Water-treatment facilities across New York and New Jersey will receive more than $500 million to tackle repairs and upgrades desperately needed after Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Environmental ...


OSHA Drops Citations in 2 Deaths

Two workers asphyxiated in a manhole’s toxic atmosphere were engaged at the time in “construction,” not “general industry work”—a distinction that is likely to spare their employer federal c...


New OSHA Rule on Cranes to Begin

Underground construction and demolition must soon follow the same crane and derrick standards that now apply to the rest of the construction industry, under new federal rules set to take eff...


EPA Rips State Dept.’s Pipeline Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again lambasting the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling the assessment inadequate and insufficiently attentiv...


Rust Inhibitors Carry Golden Prospects

Busting rust is a booming enterprise, with the U.S. demand for all types of corrosion inhibitors set to grow by a steady 4.1 percent annually through 2017, a new market forecast projects.


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

Multimillion-dollar mistakes on a new, floating bridge near Seattle have cost the state’s lead engineer his job and fueled new legislation aimed at holding transportation officials responsib...


U.S. Green-Lights International Bridge

To cheers from both sides of the border, President Obama has signed a Presidential Permit that clears the way for construction of a new $1 billion bridge linking Canada and the United States...


Contractors Decry Immigration Plan

U.S. construction industry groups are banding together to fight sharp limits on “guest worker” visas in an immigration agreement now emerging in Congress.


Bad Bolts Snag Bay Bridge Work

Construction on the east span of California’s new Bay Bridge has hit a snag after workers discovered over 30 broken bolts on the new eastern span, state transportation officials announced.


The Bus Stops Here ... for $1M

After 18 months and more than $1 million, Arlington, VA, has cut the ribbon on its newest piece of infrastructure: a bus stop.


New Airport Sign Kills Boy, Crushes Mom

A 10-year-old Kansas boy was killed and his mother critically injured when a massive concrete and glass display board in a newly renovated airport terminal fell on four members of the family...


Trapped 75 Feet Down, Worker Saved

A New York City subway construction worker is lucky to be alive and safe after a dramatic rescue freed him from a quicksand-like concrete slurry 75 feet below the street.


Mall Study: Extreme Corrosion Unnoticed

The only surprise in last summer's fatal cave-in at an Ontario shopping mall is that it didn't happen a lot sooner.


Rail Work Brakes for Plague Skeletons

Construction workers try to avoid project glitches like the plague. But what if the actual plague is the cause of the glitch?


2 Indicted in Ft. Dix Scheme

Two construction managers are each facing up to 55 years behind bars and $750,000 in fines in an alleged scheme involving kickbacks and violence during a reconstruction project at Fort Dix i...


Construction Jobs Surge to New High

After nine straight months of job growth, more Americans are working in construction than at any time in the last three and a half years, a new report shows.


Bridge, Highway Work Hits the Brakes

Contract awards for bridge and highway projects have been scaled back in nearly half of U.S. states in the past year, a new report shows.


Concrete Reuse Gets Bolt from the Blue

A flash of inspiration has led researchers to a remarkable new lightning-laced advance in recycling concrete.


Immigrant ‘Crisis in Construction’ Seen

Half of the construction workers in Texas are undocumented, and seven in 10 are foreign-born—a dire situation with safety, social and economic implications for the entire industry, a new rep...


BASF Blast Laid to WWII Bomb

BASF has confirmed that an explosive device, most likely a World War II-era bomb, caused the blast that left one person injured Tuesday at a plant construction site in Germany.


80-Year-Old Bridge Free to Good Home

Attention history buffs, bridge geeks, or anyone with land to spare and access to a construction crew: the Illinois Department of Transportation has a deal for you. Well, sort of.


‘Stan the Span’ to Honor Musial, Worker

A plan to name the newest Mississippi River bridge after St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan ‘the Man’ Musial and a worker who died on the project is moving forward in Missouri.


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


Alameda Seeks Takers for Historic Crane

Still scraping for Valentine's Day ideas? Here's an opportunity to gift your love with something historic.


Contractor Accused of Extorting Workers

A Brooklyn construction boss is facing years in prison for theft and money laundering in a scheme involving the shakedown of his own employees, authorities say.


Contractor Cited in Traffic Cop’s Death

The construction contractor on a project that claimed the life of Westfield, MA, police officer has been issued a $14,000 fine after an investigation found a repeat safety violation.


Death Star Petition Gets Response

The Force was strong, but Obi-Wan Kenobi may still be the only hope for over 34,000 people who signed a petition asking the U.S. government to build a Death Star.


WI Contractor Fined in 2nd Crane Death

Two Wisconsin construction firms are being held liable for a fatal crane collapse at a bridge construction site last year—the second death in three months for one of the contractors.


Concrete Mishap Spurs Bridge Work Redo

A brand-new bridge pillar on a highway project will be destroyed and rebuilt because the component's exterior is too thin, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has repor...


New Alps Bridge Sets Dizzying Record

Everyone is afraid of something. But just how many phobias can Europe's record-setting new bridge inspire?


OSHA Seeks Input on Cutting Red Tape

Attempting to improve and streamline existing construction standards, the federal government is seeking public input on rules that can be pruned, clarified or pitched.


General Equipment Appoints National Sales Manager

General Equipment Company, of Owatonna, MN, has appointed Phil Scudder as national sales manager in the construction-related marketplace.


Exec Pleads Guilty to Political Fraud

A former executive of a large, politically connected New Jersey engineering firm has pleaded guilty to helping the company disguise illegal political contributions over the last four years.


5,800 Ask White House for ‘Death Star’

With the end of the world allegedly just two weeks away, it would seem much too late to begin hatching a new intergalactic weapon system. But if Dec. 21 passes non-apocalyptically, thousands...


Chinese Firm Admits Paint Smuggling

A construction company controlled by the Chinese government has pleaded guilty to illegally exporting U.S.-made coatings to Pakistan for use on a nuclear reactor, the U.S. Justice Department...


U.S. Construction Labor Shortage Looms

A two-million-worker gap between construction labor demand and supply in parts of the U.S. could be the industry's next crisis as the workforce continues to shrink amid a strengthening econo...


Deadly Overpass Collapse Sparks Riots

At least 13 people are dead, scores are injured, and about 20 people remain trapped in the rubble of a highway overpass that collapsed during construction over the weekend in Bangladesh, aut...


$2.6B 'Impossible' Megaproject to Begin

Patience is a virtue. And after years of practicing it, residents in the Louisville-Southern Indiana region may finally see a much-needed, $2.6 billion transportation fix become reality.


'Cliff' Scenario Threatens Infrastructure

The looming U.S. "fiscal cliff" could have disastrous implications for debt-financed bridges, tunnels, pipelines and other infrastructure, a global rating agency warns.


OSHA, MA Contractor Settle for $200K

A “recidivist” Boston contractor with a “long history” of federal safety violations has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine and “significantly overhaul” its safety practices to settle a series of ...


Deadly Sandy Spurs Backups, Shutdowns

With Hurricane Sandy on the march in the U.S. Northeast, infrastructure officials were taking unprecedented precautions and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was beefing up inspection at pla...


1 Killed, 14 Hurt in Bridge Work Mishap

One worker was killed, one was in a coma, and 13 others were injured when a suspended platform fell Friday (Oct. 26) at the site of a mega-bridge being built off Hong Kong.


Firm Upheld in Fatal Cell Phone Case

If you are on your cell phone arguing with your spouse when you are supposed to be working, and you don’t see a big truck coming at you, is that your employer’s fault?


Fall Violations Lead OSHA’s Top 10

Fall-protection violations are now the leading cause of federal health and safety violations by employers, overtaking scaffolding violations for the first time in four years, new preliminary...


Feds Approve 2 Pipeline Expansions

Federal officials have green-lighted construction of two projects that will bring almost 100 miles of new natural-gas pipeline to the U.S.


Shipyard Worker Killed in PA

Authorities are investigating the death of a Pennsylvania ship repair worker who became entangled in machinery while servicing a crane 100 feet in the air.


Cracks Plague Floating Bridge Project

Cracks, leaks and spalling discovered in gigantic, newly constructed concrete pontoons are bedeviling the effort to replace the world’s longest floating bridge.


Death Toll Climbs in FL Collapse

As sadly expected, recovery workers on the scene of a building collapse at Miami Dade College have found another victim in the wreckage, bringing the death toll in the accident to four.


Contractor: Crane Hit Doomed Garage

A crane “bumped a support column” on a five-story parking garage two days before the structure pancaked on top of workers, killing three in Doral, FL, the contractor now says.


3 Dead, 1 Missing in Collapse Of College Parking Garage

At least three workers were dead and one was still missing Thursday after a parking garage under construction collapsed at Miami-Dade College in Doral, FL.


Concrete Form Mishap Kills 1, Injures 3

A concrete pour on a Kentucky highway project turned tragic this week when the metal form for a new retaining wall apparently fell, killing one worker and injuring three.


3 Companies Fined in MO Bridge Death

Federal authorities have issued serious four citations and leveled a $15,300 fine against the builders of a Mississippi River bridge in the fatal fall of a lift operator near St. Louis last ...


New NGL Pipeline Approved for CO, UT

Construction is expected to begin this year on a 95-mile natural gas liquids pipeline in western Colorado and eastern Utah newly approved by the federal Bureau of Land Management.


Marker Made for Extreme Temps, Surfaces

Rough, wet industrial surfaces in extreme temperatures can be clearly marked with Markal’s new Quik Stik Mini paint marker tool, according to manufacturer LA-CO Industries.


Construction Trade Death Toll Declines

Construction-related deaths continued a five-year decline in the United States last year, although workplace fatalities changed little overall, according to preliminary figures released Thur...


New Fireproofing Meets Latest Codes

Grace Construction Products has rolled out a new spray-applied fireproofing material that meets the latest bond strength requirements of the International Building Code.


U.S. Suit Targets Whistleblower’s Boss

Federal authorities are suing a New York asbestos contractor who allegedly fired an employee for raising concerns about a shoddy asbestos removal job at a school.


Construction Sector Jobs Set to Rebound

Here’s a stunner for anyone who has been living amid the job-hemorrhaging wreckage of the construction industry in recent years: Things are about to get better.


MA Bridge Worker Falls to His Death

Authorities are investigating the death of a bridge worker who fell 60 feet through a gap on Interstate 91 in Springfield, MA.


Repeat OSHA Violator Goes Bankrupt

Shouldering a lengthy, costly record of health and safety violations, a New Hampshire roofing, painting and construction company has declared bankruptcy.


Secret Pipeline Settlement Slips Out

Secret documents inadvertently released by a California court detail a settlement of more than $2 million by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to a California teenager burned in the deadly pipeline...


OSHA Cites 2 NJ Companies in Heat Death

A temp agency for construction workers and a global waste management firm are being held responsible for the heat-related death of a sanitation worker who perished on his collection route in...


Cracks May Be Death Knell for $112M Hub

The opening of Maryland’s new budget-busting, repeatedly delayed, problem-plagued $112 million mass-transit hub has been iced indefinitely after cracks were discovered in the unfinished stru...


Walsh Appeals Fine in Bridge Death

A Chicago builder is appealing a $10,000 fine imposed in the death of an employee who was crushed to death in a lift on a $131 million Indiana bridge rehab project.


Worker Survives Brain Skewer by Bar

A Brazilian construction worker is recovering remarkably quickly after being impaled through the brain by an iron bar that fell from five stories up on a job site.


DOT to Release $473M in Unspent Aid

Use it or lose it. That’s the order from the Department of Transportation to states that are sitting on nearly a half-billion dollars in unspent earmark funds.


Trapped Worker Rescued from Drain

A white-knuckle three-hour rescue operation managed to safely free a Florida construction worker who had been trapped waist-deep in soil in a city storm drain.


Bridge Work Sparks WA Wildfire

Construction work by a bridge crew has apparently ignited a fast-moving, fast-growing wildfire burning out of control in central Washington State.


Top 100 Projects to Bring 18M Jobs

Michigan’s new international bridge crossing, Canadian pipelines, an Ontario nuclear plant, and high-speed rail in California are among the North American megaprojects likely to pack the con...


Utility Touts New Fix for Nuke Rebar

Its first idea shot down by federal regulators, Southern Nuclear has proposed additional concrete reinforcement to remedy noncompliant rebar being used in new construction at the Vogtle Nucl...


Bucking Trends, Asbestos Surges in U.S.

Although banned in scores of countries, asbestos is actually booming in the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey reports in a new study.


US DOT Expands New Infrastructure Aid

The federal government is offering states and cities nationwide a shot at a record $17 billion in loans for critical infrastructure projects, funded by the new surface transportation bill.


Mayor: Bridges No Safer Since Collapse

Five years after the catastrophic failure of Minneapolis’s I-35 Bridge, are America’s bridges any safer? No, says the mayor whose city suffered the disaster.


GC Fined $10K in Bridge Worker’s Death

A Chicago builder managing a $131 million bridge rehab project has been fined $10,000 for the death of a lift operator on the job—a penalty that the victim’s brother compares to “me … buying...


Firm Fined $200K in 4 Scaffold Deaths

Rejecting a prosecutor’s plea to send a million-dollar message, a Canadian judge has fined an Ontario construction company $200,000 for the deaths of four immigrant workers who plunged 13 st...


$50B Forecast is Stuck on Adhesives

From construction and industrial finishing to aircraft production, “just glue it” could be the direction of the future. With manufacturers worldwide holding fast to adhesives, the global mar...


Scaffold Failure Injures 4 at TX Plant

Four workers have been rescued from a 30-foot-deep pit after the scaffolding on which they were working failed at the Lubbock Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Lone Star Infrastructure Named No. 1

Don’t mess with Texas infrastructure and transportation; they’re the best in the United States, according to a new ranking by CNBC.


Monument Repairs to Take Until 2014

The earthquake-damaged Washington Monument will soon vanish under massive layers of scaffolding for a $15 million repair project that will last into 2014, the National Park Service has annou...


EPA Offers ‘Flexibility’ on Cement Rule

Bowing to a federal-court ruling and industry pressure, the Environmental Protection Agency will offer more implementation time and other “compliance flexibilities” to its 2010 air standards...


WI Bridge Worker Killed; Crane Death is Firm’s 2nd

Federal authorities are investigating the second worker death since April involving a crane operated by a Wisconsin contractor.


Obama Signs $105B Transportation Bill

For the first time in seven years, the United States has a long-term highway and transit authorization bill.


OSHA Updates Head Protection Rules

OSHA has issued a direct final rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise requirements for head protection in its general industry, construction, shipyard employment, longshoring, an...


OSHA Reaches Out to Stop Falls

OSHA has posted new media resources on its Fall Prevention page and encourages media to use them to help get the message out to workers and employers that safety pays and falls cost.


Corrosion Shuts Brand-New Refinery Unit

“Accelerated chemical corrosion” has reportedly unleashed devastating damage to a new $300 million unit at the U.S.’s largest refinery, shutting down the facility indefinitely.


DOT Awards $500M to Transit Projects

Bridges in Indiana and Maine, ports in California, freight rail in Chicago and Texas, and streets in Alabama are among 47 transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly $500 milli...


FHWA OKs OH River Bridge Megaproject

The federal government has cleared the way for Kentucky and Indiana to move forward on the long-awaited $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges project, including a controversial $255 million tunnel...


OSHA: RI Bridge Project Lacks Fall Plan

Inadequate rescue procedures and fall protection on a Rhode Island bridge project have landed the contractor in hot water with federal safety officials.


US-Canada Bridge Gets Green Light

After idling for years on the planning books, a new Detroit River International Crossing is shifting into high gear, bringing thousands of jobs with it.


New Global Standard Tackles Concrete’s Environmental Impact

ISO, the world’s leading international standards organization, has developed a new standard to help the construction industry better manage the global environmental impact of concrete.


Grout Spray Kills NV Tunnel Worker

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker who was struck by a high-pressure stream of grout in a tunnel project more than 600 feet below Lake Mead, NV.


AR Plant Fined $122K for Chemical Risks

Great Lakes Chemical Corp., a leading global producer of flame retardants and other construction chemicals, is facing 18 serious federal safety violations and a $122,000 fine for risking “un...


3rd Death, 2nd Fatal Fall for TX Firm

Federal authorities are investigating a worker’s fatal fall from a highway overpass in Texas—the company’s third death in seven years.


Big Dig Concrete Failing 20 Years Early

Concrete that was supposed to last 30 years on Boston’s “Big Dig” project is crumbling after just nine years and may cost $1 million to repair or replace, the state’s top highway official sa...


Construction Exec Admits $500+K Theft

The former president of a Pennsylvania construction company is facing years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $516,000 from the firm to support his high-flying lifestyle.


Trades Lead Construction Job Slide

Led by specialty trades and civil engineering, the battered construction industry bled 28,000 more jobs in May—its fourth straight month of job losses and its biggest decline in two years.


Concrete Coating Dissolves Pollutants

Bridges, buildings and other concrete structures may soon be taking a large bite out of the air pollutants around them with a new photocatalytic coating being developed by researchers in Spa...


High Court Allows Bridge Collapse Suit

Minnesota will proceed with its lawsuit against the engineering firm that designed the doomed I-35 bridge, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the firm’s appeal.


Bridge Worker Burned by Power Line

Authorities are investigating how a bridge worker came to suffer a jolt from a 23,000-volt power line at a construction site near Pittsburgh, PA.


On the Job: Fewer Injuries, More Deaths?

Here’s a puzzler: Why would employers who report fewer injuries have more deaths on the job—and fewer deaths in workplaces that see more injuries?


Substandard Work Alleged in Collapse

Federal officials are accusing an Ohio cement contractor of design and construction violations in the partial collapse of a casino parking garage last year in Cleveland.


Keystone XL Applicants Try, Try Again

TransCanada Corp. has submitted a new application for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline that will reroute the project’s environmentally sensitive Nebraska leg.


Death of IN Bridge Worker Investigated

Indiana authorities are investigating the death of a bridge construction worker who was apparently crushed by a piece of equipment last Monday.


Bay Bridge Makes Record Squeeze Play

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span project should reach another milestone Monday (May 7), as crews wrap up the gargantuan task of compacting the structure’s record-setting SAS ma...


Innovative Bridges Steeled for Gold

From quaint old footbridges to soaring modern superstructures, 18 steel bridges have earned national recognition in the 2012 Prize Bridge Awards Competition.


After 10 Years, CTS Wins Patent War

Q: If Sam invents a lucrative product while working for Jane at ABC Corp., who has dibs on the invention and its proceeds? Sam, Jane and/or ABC?


Reservoir Owner Persists After Defeat

Undaunted after rejecting a $30 million settlement offer, then losing a $100 million lawsuit, Tampa Bay Water is apparently ready to take another swing at the engineer that designed its seve...


Bridge Offered Free ‘to a Good Home’

Boy, has Colorado got a bridge for you. Historically significant. Classic design. Free, even. So, what’s the catch?


Contractor to Pay $56M in 10-Year Fraud

One of the world’s largest contractors will pay more than $56 million and see an executive in prison in settling a decade-long fraud case involving overbilling and misrepresentation of minor...


Bridge Work Resumes after 4 Accidents

Work has resumed on Connecticut’s Moses Wheeler Bridge replacement project—site of four recent safety mishaps—after construction was halted for a week while contractor employees attended saf...


DOT to Speed 6-State Pipeline Upgrade

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will fast-track federal permitting for a six-state, 1,000-mile pipeline modernization project by NiSource Inc.


Contractor Admits Stormwater Felonies

A prominent Washington State developer faces up to three years in prison and will pay $750,000 after pleading guilty to felony federal stormwater violations that led to two major landslides.


Cautious Outlook on Federal Contracts

“What makes us unique?” Businesses that want a piece of tomorrow’s shrinking federal contract pie need to develop a good answer to that question today, construction management consultant FMI...


MN Firm Gets $12.9M Blatnik Bridge Job

Rainbow Inc., of Minneapolis, has been awarded a $12,945,017.80 contract to clean and recoat the Blatnik Bridge over Saint Louis Bay.


New Rating System Aims For Greener Infrastructure

Reduce, reuse and recycle is not just do-good advice for consumers. Now, the principles carry billion-dollar performance and financial implications for pipelines and sewage pla...


Phila’s Storm Sewer Woes Get $2B Assist

Philadelphia’s nation-leading commitment to green water infrastructure got a $2 billion shot in the arm Tuesday (April 10) in the form of a new federal partnership that may become a national...


Navy Steels Itself for Titanium Ships

Are the days numbered for great steel ships? It’s possible: The U.S. Office of Naval Research has announced that it is producing a full-size ship hull section made entirely of marine-grade t...


Painter Outlook: Sunny, Tilting South

Washington is painting a bright job picture for industrial painters for the rest of the decade, with decent wages and strong job prospects, especially in the South.


Body of MO Bridge Worker Recovered

Divers have recovered the body of a 35-year-old married father of two children who fell to his death Wednesday while working on a Mississippi River bridge project at St. Louis.


MO Bridge Worker Missing After Fall

Recovery crews continued late Thursday to troll the Mississippi River at St. Louis in search of a bridge worker who fell into the river Wednesday and was presumed dead.


New Pipeline to Rival Keystone XL

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is getting competition in the race to bring Canadian oil to Gulf Coast refineries, as two North American companies have teamed up to build a rival system.


Heavy Infrastructure Pulls its Weight

From wharves to hydroelectric dams to mass-transit systems, heavy infrastructure construction has held its own during the economic downturn and should see even stronger growth through 2017, ...


GAO Raps Oversight on Fracking Lines

Pipeline safety officials need to get a grip on the fast-spreading network of unregulated lines that is springing up around the nation’s oil shale boom, a new Government Accountability Offic...


Obama Endorses OK-TX Pipeline

On again, off again, shifted, stalled, accelerated and then cancelled, the Keystone XL pipeline project is on again. Sort of.


DOT to Lighten Transit Project Reviews

Federal transportation officials are proposing “common-sense changes” designed to “significantly cut red tape” for certain transit projects, dramatically speeding project progress.


Worker Ordered to Share $38.5M Jackpot

A construction worker who cashed in a winning $38.5 million lottery ticket that he had bought with five men on his crew must share the jackpot with them, a New Jersey jury has found.


Shock Ads Aim to Jolt Highway Bill

Driving up pressure on the House to accept a Senate-crafted transportation bill, a leading labor union has unveiled a chilling campaign that features a Russian Roulette radio ad and a mass m...


Detroit Bridge Firm Stripped of Project

After years of delays, numerous court orders and a few stints behind bars, owners of the Ambassador Bridge have lost control of Detroit’s massive Gateway Project and must pay $16 million to ...


$1M Fine Caps EPA’s 30th Refinery Suit

The federal government has inflicted yet another blow—its 30th, to be exact— in its ongoing effort to clamp down on U.S. refinery air emissions, fining a Kansas operation nearly $1 million a...


Pipeline Construction Boom Forecast

Long cooled by the recession, U.S. oil and gas pipeline construction is heating up and poised for a major comeback, with sustained demand for repairs, replacement and new construction, accor...


Pipe Maker Fined $469K in Repeat Case

A Texas pipe manufacturer is facing 36 federal citations and nearly $470,000 in fines for a variety of serious and repeat health and safety violations at its facility in Baytown.


Coast Guard Nixes a Bridge Too Low

Longstanding plans for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River are suddenly on hold, as the Coast Guard has ruled that the structure planned is too low—a design issue that could ad...


Report: Errors Plagued Doomed Bridge

From “the wrong” materials to lack of inspection to indifference to standard engineering practices, numerous factors doomed Indonesia’s “Golden Gate Bridge,” which collapsed catastrophically...


Tale of the Tap: Water Needs to Top $1T

One trillion-with-a-T dollars. That’s the throat-parching cost of meeting the needs of buried U.S. drinking water infrastructure in the next 25 years, new research estimates.


After 83 Years, Gone in 4 Seconds

The Fort Steuben Bridge, which once carried more than 20,000 vehicles a day between Ohio and West Virginia, vanished Tuesday in a blaze of explosives.


‘Rapid Corrosion’ Blamed In Collapse, Bridge Closure

Indian officials are blaming unexpectedly “rapid corrosion” for the collapse of a massive silo that injured dozens of people this week—the same claim recently made by Quebec officials for fa...


Gulf Pipeline Construction Set to Start

Dallas-based Crosstex says it now has enough long-term supply commitments to begin construction of a 130-mile extension to its Cajun-Sibon natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline system.


DOT Budget Plan Built on Infrastructure

President Obama has unveiled a 2013 transportation budget proposal that would nearly double infrastructure spending over the next six years and step up the federal investment in pipeline saf...


Hard Times Yield a Silver Lining

Forced in recent years to do more with less, construction-related companies finally have something good to show for it: outstanding productivity.


Global Surge Seen in Coating Demand

Rebounding global construction and manufacturing will spur steadily growing demand for paint and coatings through 2015, a new market forecast reports.


Golden Gate, Skyway Voted Top Bridges

The Grand Canyon’s dizzying glass skywalk and the venerable Golden Gate have been named the world’s top bridges in a new survey by Travel + Leisure.


3 Groups Cited in Fatal Stage Collapse

A sound contractor, stagehand union and the Indiana State Fair Commission all share responsibility for the deadly collapse of steel staging that killed seven people at the fair in August.


Global Infrastructure Facing $5T Gap

Global demand for infrastructure projects will near the $10 trillion mark by 2015, but the money to pay for it is unlikely to meet even half that need, a new study reports.


Engineers Blamed for Tunnel Collapse

Quebec will launch a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against three engineering firms that it now blames for the partial collapse of an expressway tunnel last July.


DOT Unleashes $500M in New TIGER Aid

The federal government will offer $500 million in funding in the fourth round of the fiercely competitive TIGER program, which supports surface transportation projects that have a significan...


CEMEX Launches Self-Curing Concrete

CEMEX, one of the world’s largest suppliers of ready-mix concrete, has launched a second global ready-mix concrete brand, Hidratium, that is designed to self-cure while reducing cracking and...


Obama Nixes XL Pipeline Project

Facing what he called a “rushed and arbitrary” deadline set by Republicans, President Obama has denied TransCanada Corp.’s permit for the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas...


Creek Dumping to Cost Contractor $900K

A California contractor will spend about $900,000 on fines, mitigation measures and environmental contributions for illegally dumping tons of fill material into a San Francisco-area creek.


Amtrak Trains 2012 Sights on Northeast

Contractors who serve the rail sector in the U.S. Northeast could be in for a happy new year, as Amtrak has released a 2012 construction plan that tilts heavily toward that busy corridor.


Contractors Cited in NJ Bridge Project

A New Jersey construction joint venture is facing seven serious safety violations and a $41,580 fine for conditions found on a major bridge project over the Passaic River.


Bridge Alliance Gets $22K for Symposium

The Federal Highway Administration plans to award a $22,000 sole-source contract to The National Steel Bridge Alliance to support the 2012 World Steel Bridge Symposium in Dallas, TX.


DOT Grants $1.6B to Fix Roads, Bridges

The federal government will release nearly $1.6 billion in aid to help states and territories repair roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters dating back to 2004.


DamCam: Ringside Seat for Project Fans

For the millions of project buffs (and professionals) who can’t spend their days watching the action at every site, the San Diego Water Authority has the solution: DamCam.


Don’t Look Down; Bridge Sets Dizzying Record

One quarter mile above the Beluarte River in northern Mexico, that nation has opened the tallest cable-stayed bridge in the world—and has the Guinness World Record imprimatur to prove it.


Engineers: Water Neglect will Backfire

Skimping now on public investment in aging water infrastructure will cost U.S. homes and businesses $206 billion over the next decade, the nation’s civil engineers are warning.


WVU Method Wraps Up Bridge Problems

A unique structural wrapping technique, developed over the last 20 years, is providing a new affordable option to replacement of West Virginia’s many structurally deficient bridges.


Pipeline Bill Flowing through Congress

After several idle months, stronger federal pipeline safety rules are zipping through Congress, with the House passing a measure on Monday and Senate acceptance expected soon.


Dumping to Cost Contractor, GDOT $2.8M

The Georgia Department of Transportation and one of its contractors will pay more than $2.8 million in federal penalties and environmental offsets for dumping a million cubic yards of highwa...


Report: Engineers Top Project Players

Public projects will decline, prefab trends will grow, and E&C firms will increasingly drive the nation’s construction agenda, consultant FMI says in a crystal-ball look at 2012.


Contractors Face 15 Years in Wage Theft

A New Jersey husband-and-wife contracting team has been indicted on charges of swindling employees out of nearly $200,000 in unpaid wages and benefits, then trying to paper over the alleged ...


Top 100 Infrastructure Plans = $784B

Fueled by pent-up demand and an appetite for mega-projects, the world’s countries will spend nearly $800 billion on their top infrastructure projects in 2012, according to a new analysis.


Lafarge Runoff Settlement Tab: $11+M

North America’s largest construction materials supplier has agreed to pay a $740,000 fine, protect nearly $3 million in land, and invest $8 million in a program to resolve violations of the ...


$215M Relief Aid Set for Roads, Bridges

The federal government will release more than $215 million to repair roads and bridges ravaged from Alaska to Puerto Rico by the year’s natural disasters.


Paint Waste Resolved; Bridge Work Resumes

A dispute over paint waste that shut down a $4.2 million bridge project for the entire summer has been resolved, defusing commuter rage and averting a divorce between contractor and client.


New Options to Light Hazardous Sites

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has introduced three new lighting options for hazardous work areas and one designed for extreme environments.


DOT Rolls $112M into Green Transit

A battery that captures power from braking trains. Anti-idling technology on commuter rail. A pavement ice-control system for a transit yard.


$208K Bridge Deck Sealing Awarded

An Illinois contractor has been awarded a $208,877.35 contract for cleaning and sealing the decking on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, which connects St. Louis, MO, and East St. Louis...


Town Reels from Water Tower Collapse

Stunned authorities in a small Indiana town are investigating the abrupt collapse of the town’s water tower, which crumbled to the ground in seconds this week, unleashing 250,000 gallons of ...


New Map of Bad Bridges May Hold Good Clout

Looking for a problem bridge? Uncle Sam has just the tool.


GOP Kills Infrastructure Jobs Bill

Republicans nipped President Obama’s $60 billion construction job initiative in the bud last week, shooting down the road and infrastructure aid package scarcely before the ink dried.


Obama to Congress: ‘Time to Act’ on Construction Jobs

Backdropped by an aging bridge to drive home his point, President Obama urged Congress this week to help revive the battered construction industry by passing an infrastructure jobs bill.


Contractor Fined in 2nd Bridge Death

A Tennessee contractor is facing a new round of health and safety violations—its fourth case in six months—involving the death of a second worker on a massive bridge rehabilitation project.


Construction Flaws Blamed In Sewage Plant Collapse

Uncoated, ungalvanized rebar and other construction deficiencies caused the collapse of a massive wastewater containment wall that unleashed millions of gallons of raw sewage, killing two Te...


KY Giving Away Bridge

Psst! Hey, buddy, want a bridge? A bit old and on the narrow side, but sound. And it’s free.


Failing Metro Bridges Carry Millions Daily

“There are more deficient bridges in our metropolitan areas than there are McDonald’s restaurants in the entire country.”


DOT Awards $928.5M for Transit Repair

More than 300 public transportation projects across the country will benefit from nearly $1 billion in federal grants to repair, rebuild and modernize the nation’s transit infrastructure.


Brothers Held in Stolen Bridge Caper

Turns out that unloading a hot 40-ton bridge isn’t as easy as it seems.


Bridge, Wind, Rail Work Fast-Tracked

New York bridge replacement, California wind power, Maryland rail, New Mexico water and other major infrastructure projects will ramp up soon, under fast-track approval granted this week by ...


Steel Bridge Stolen in Western PA

Police in Pennsylvania are scratching their heads at some resourceful—and powerful—thieves who have made off with a 50-foot-long corrugated steel bridge.


60-Day Delay to Cost Contractor $60K

An Arkansas design-build contractor is facing a $60,000 fine for missing a project deadline by 60 days.


TX Wins, CA Loses in Mixed Job Picture

Private-sector construction has inched upward, only to be clobbered by declining public-sector activity, yielding patchy improvement on the nation’s construction job front, a new analysis sh...


Risky Business: Giving More to Get Work

Contractors, want to land that next contract? How about sweetening the bid with a little something extra for the developer?


Asbestos Contractor Gets 6-Year Term

A New York construction and asbestos abatement contractor has been sentenced to six years in prison for lying to his untrained employees—and, later, to a federal inspector—about their asbest...


‘8th Wonder’ Bridge Walks New Walk

A historic bridge hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it opened in 1882 has gained a new lease on life as a pedestrian walkway high above a Pennsylvania gorge.


Scaffold Collapse Snarls US Border

A massive collapse of construction scaffolding shut down the world’s busiest land border crossing in Southern California this week, crushing 15 cars and sending 11 people to the hospital wit...


Adhesives Maker Fined $917K in Blast

Global sealant and adhesive giant Bostik Inc. faces 50 federal safety citations and $917,000 in fines for an explosion March 13 that injured four workers at a company chemical plant in Middl...


Crane Topples During Cathedral Repair

Rains and high winds toppled a 550-foot crane this week at the Washington National Cathedral, further damaging the site and compounding the multimillion-dollar job of repairing the earthquak...


Construction Still Leads Work Deaths

Construction deaths are declining, but the industry still remains America’s most dangerous and U.S. workplaces were just as deadly in 2010 as in 2009, the federal government reports.


Concrete Cartel Probe Snags 4th Firm

Yet another Iowa-based ready-mix concrete company has pleaded guilty in a widening federal investigation into a regional price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy, the Department of Justice ha...


Infrastructure Weathers Quake; Monument, Cathedral Damaged

The good news: The U.S.’s much-lamented aging infrastructure appeared to ride out the East Coast’s earthquake—and aftershocks—this week with few problems.


Death Toll Rises in Scaffold Collapse; 2 Lawsuits Seek $60M

A sixth victim has died from injuries suffered in the collapse of a 10-story scaffolding stage at the Indiana State Fair, just as another victim has filed the first of what will likely be ma...


OSHA Probes 3rd Death at Shipyard

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Jeffboat maintenance employee—the third worker killed at the Ohio River shipyard since May 2010.


States' Bridge Emergencies Spread

Age and summer heat are taking a heavy toll on the nation’s bridges, with a wave of emergency closures and other measures reported nationwide in recent weeks.


$30+M Bridge Cable Work Up for Bid

The Maryland Transportation Authority will open bids Sept. 22 for rewrapping, dehumidification and security shielding of the main cables and anchorages on the state’s two Bay Bridges—a proje...


DOT Grants $417M for Highway Projects

Rural roads in Alaska, bridges in Maine, highways in Florida, roundabouts in California and a host of other state highway projects have received a $417.3 million boost from the U.S. Departme...


Worker Survives Nail-Gun Shot to Head

A Texas construction worker is expected to make a full recovery after being accidentally shot in the head with a four-inch nail.


Adhesive Made for Extreme Climates

Synthetic Surfaces Inc. has introduced Nordot Adhesive #34P-4, a one-component outdoor adhesive designed for extreme temperatures and under-water applications.


OSHA Hits Ft. Bragg with 37 Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued notices for 37 safety and health violations at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg installation, following an inspection focusing on the f...


Hardhat Sinatra Keeps Site Well Tuned

Transit agencies have tried everything to tame the tempers of the public during construction. Now, a Frank Sinatra sound-alike may have the answer: a little work-site serenade.


Railcar Assemblies on the Upswing

Federal authorities are investigating the electrocution of a worker at a railcar repair and painting facility in Arkansas.


Bay Bridge Project Gets Chinese Assist

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, an American icon, will be sporting a “Made in China” sticker—figuratively speaking, at least.


$1.58B Slated for 27 Transit Projects

From commuter rail in Northern Virginia, to a high-capacity project in Honolulu, to bus rapid transit in Texas, 27 major transit projects nationwide are in line for a $1.58 billion federal s...


Software, Services Target Site Safety

Software developer Maxwell Systems Inc. and American Compliance Systems have joined forces to provide jobsite safety tools and consulting services for construction and related contractors.


ID Badge System Made for Contractors

Software developer Dynamic Systems Inc. has launched a bar-coded ID badge system for contractors, designed to improve job-site security by identifying temporary and permanent workers.


Construction Slows Bleeding of Jobs

The good news: After years of bloodletting, construction unemployment numbers have remained stable for about a year. The bad news: Industry joblessness remains stuck at brutally high levels.


Judge OKs Controversial Bridge Project

A federal-court judge has denied a bid by environmental groups to halt replacement of a South Carolina bridge that runs through the state’s only national park.


2 Indicted, $19.6M Fine Set In NY Public Works Scam

Two contractors face 40 years in prison and construction giant Skanska will pay a $19.6 million fine in a federal corruption probe into the abuse of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs)...


Ex-OSHA Inspector Indicted on Fraud Charges

A former Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector in Kansas has been charged in federal court with making false inspection reports.


69K Unsafe Bridges Detailed, Mapped

Is one of the United States’ 69,233 structurally deficient bridges in your neighborhood? Now, there’s an interactive map that can tell you.


Vernon To Present Webinar on Coating Contracts

L. Skip Vernon, who holds both a law degree and SSPC certification as a Protective Coatings Specialist, will present the SSPC/JPCL Education Series Webinar, “Introduction to Common Co...


Peeling Paint Imperils Big Dig Lights

Paint failure on hundreds of light fixtures in Boston’s infamous Big Dig project is apparently causing the tunnel fixtures to corrode—and one 110-pound fixture, so far, to fall out, official...


‘GC Lite’ Approach May Benefit Subs

Enterprising subcontractors will be doing more end runs around GCs, the noose will tighten on unethical operations, and infrastructure spending will keep rising, a new industry analysis fors...


Cemex to Pay $3.4M in Clean Air Case

Global Portland cement producer Cemex Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.4 million federal penalty and spend $2 million for equipment to control illegal toxic emissions at its plant in Fairborn, OH...


NLRB to Order Posting of Labor Rights

As union membership continues its slide, the National Labor Relations Board is proposing—for the first time in its 75-year history—to require employers to notify employees of their rights un...


AK Railroad Fights EPA On ‘11th-Hour’ Bridge Holdup

The Alaska Railroad Corporation has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to stop construction of a bridge over the Tanana Rive...


MI Governor Backs New Bridge to Canada

The Detroit International Bridge Co.’s sudden cooperation with Michigan’s long-delayed Gateway Project may be too little, too late.


World’s Longest Sea Bridge Completed

China has announced completion of the world’s longest over-water bridge: the three-way, 26.4-mile Qingdao Haiwan Bridge.


Detroit Bridge Owner Jailed in Dispute

The president of the Detroit International Bridge Company was handcuffed and jailed Monday (Jan. 10) in a long-running dispute involving the DIBC-owned Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detr...


Fatal Collapse of Bridge Trench Probed in PA

Federal authorities are investigating the collapse of a trench during the repair of a newly built bridge in Allentown, PA, that killed one worker and injured another.


Suit Takes Aim at Low Bidder’s Deadly Record

Should a low bidder’s blemished safety record weigh against its being awarded new contracts? Yes, says a Connecticut contractor that is suing to gain a contract lost to a competitor involved...


Private Sector Holds Key to 2011, Forecast Says

Nonresidential construction is holding its own, with expectations improving, but contractors should not count on Uncle Sam for as much work next year.


‘Dream Big’: Hoover Dam Span Soars

The Western Hemisphere’s longest single-span concrete arch bridge, and one of the tallest in the world, opens to traffic this week around the Hoover Dam.


Obama Renews Call for Infrastructure Program

President Obama has renewed his push for a six-year “fundamental overhaul” of the nation’s crumbling bridges, roads, rails and other infrastructure—a vast mission that could potentially put ...


'Buy American' Stimulus Rule Begins Oct. 1

Subcontractors on new construction contracts funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be required to use only U.S.-made steel, iron and other construction materials as of Oc...


Army Enamel Cuts Corrosion, Builds Bond

U.S. Army researchers have developed a new coating for reinforcing steel that both reduces steel corrosion and improves the bond between the steel reinforcement and surrounding concrete.


Report Projects Continued Acceleration of M&A Activity in Engineering, Construction

Merger and acquisition activity in the global engineering and construction sector showed continued momentum in the second quarter, and the trend is expected to continue in the second half, a...


United Rentals Venture to Serve Plants in Gulf

United Rentals Inc. has teamed up with construction site services giant AMECO to service gas and oil plant maintenance and turnaround activities in the Gulf Coast region.


Pipeline Company to Pay $44.25M for Oil Spills

Display Abstract: Plains All American Pipeline and several subsidiaries will spend about $41 million to upgrade 10,420 miles of crude-oil pipeline and pay a $3.25 million civil penalty for 1...


$1B Global Contract Program to Aid Minorities

Minority-owned construction contractors and suppliers may compete for $1 billion in contracts around the world in a new public-private venture designed to provide training and procurement op...


OSHA Sets $16.6M Fine in Blast, But Won’t Ban Risky Practice

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $16.6 million in fines against 17 contractors for a power-plant explosion that killed six people in February, but the agency ha...


Construction Spending Edges up in June, but Remains Below 2009 Levels

Construction spending edged up 0.1% in June, as the federal government’s economic stimulus program offset continued weakness in building activity.


Megaprojects, U.S. Construction on Upswing

Onshore megaproject activity will surge worldwide, and U.S. construction is on the rise-at least for now, according to two new economic projections.


Paint Shortage, Roadwork Delays Persist

A global shortage of highway paint is expected to continue through the summer and possibly into the fall, squeezing contractors and transportation departments, upending project schedules, an...


Construction Indicator Suggests Improved Outlook

Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator for the first quarter of 2010 showed a 4.5% increase in construction-backlog orders, rising to 6.07 months from the ...


Report: Construction-Industry M&A Deals on the Rise

With 29 transactions in the first quarter of this year in the global engineering and construction sector, dealmaking in the industry appears to be reversing course from a quiet 2009, accordi...


Survey Assesses Health-Care Building Prospects

More than half of architecture and engineering firms see the West Coast as the "action market" for health-care construction in 2010, a survey conducted by the business-management company Zwe...


ECONOMIC PULSE:
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Hints at Improvement

Consulting firm FMI said its nonresidential-construction index for the first quarter suggests a slight improvement from the fourth quarter of 2009.


ECONOMIC PULSE:
Construction Spending Weakness Continues

Construction spending in January edged down 0.6% from the estimated December figure, and remained well below levels of a year earlier.


Union Chief Praises Stimulus Effect

One year after enactment, President Obama’s stimulus plan “is working and has helped our nation turn a corner,” says the president of one of North America’s largest building unions.


Economic Pulse: Housing Starts Rise in January

U.S. housing starts rose 2.8% in January from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 591,000, compared to December’s revised annual rate of 575,000.


Site Lets Contractors, Suppliers Deal

A new web service allows contractors to post their supply needs online and suppliers to send them private offers in return.


Economic Pulse: Housing Starts Decline

New-home construction posted an unexpected 4% decline in December as harsh winter weather hit much of the country, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.


BASF Joins Disaster-Safe Building Effort

BASF is the latest company to partner with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Inc. (FLASH), a nationwide disaster-preparedness initiative to promote stronger construction.


‘Qualifications’ Top ‘Low Bid’ in Study

Public agencies save money and have greater satisfaction when procuring certain subcontractors on a “qualifications” basis, rather than the lowest bid, a new study concludes.


Economic Pulse: Construction Spending Continues Retreat

Construction spending declined 0.6% in November from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $900.1 billion, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census reported Monday...


OSHA Seeks Comments on Construction Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is inviting comments for the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), scheduled for December 10-1...


Group Grants $1.9M for Residential Rehabs

A national nonprofit group has awarded $1.9 million in grants to renovate and “stabilize” foreclosed or vacant homes in communities nationwide.


Construction Material Costs Rising

Construction costs, which have been relatively low for a year, are beginning to climb at an increasing rate, signaling the end to the “limited time” sale for construction, according to a new...


Road Construction Workers Must Wear Reflective Clothing

High-visibility warning garments are now required safety attire for all highway and road construction workers, according to a new letter of interpretation recently released by the U.S. Occup...


Construction Growth Predicted for 2010

Gains in public works and housing will offset declines in commercial and manufacturing building, according to the 2010 Construction Outlook, which McGraw-Hill Construction released at its Co...


Contractor Group Introduces Recovery Plan

The Associated General Contractors of America has released a proposal for tax cuts, policy revisions and infrastructure investments to jumpstart construction and increase employment.


Construction Backlog Grows

The nation’s Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for July rose 8.9 percent to 6.1 months from 5.6 months in June, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reports.


New Safety Program Aims at Highway Workers

A new national worker safety training program from the Associated General Contractors of America aims to reduce the annual death toll among construction workers involved in highway maintenan...


Construction Jobs Drop Despite Stimulus

The Associated General Contractors of America has stated that the unemployment rate for construction workers has reached 17.4%.


Construction Outlook: Only Public Works Up

McGraw-Hill Construction, a provider of project information and industry news, has predicted that U.S. public works construction will rise in 2009, but overall, new construction starts will ...


Housing Starts Rise after 8 Months

Nationwide housing starts turned upward in February for the first time in eight months, posting a 22.2 percent gain that was due primarily to a big bump on the often-volatile multifamily sid...


6 Contractors Earn Ethics Certificates

The American Subcontractors Association has honored six subcontracting firms with its first ASA Excellence in Ethics Certificates, a program developed by ASA “to recognize companies that str...


“E-Verify” Contractor Rule Delayed

The Obama administration has postponed until May a rule that would require federal contractors to check if newly hired employees are not undocumented immigrants.


Trade Groups Endorse Construction Stimulus

The Finishing Contractors Association and its labor partner, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, are calling on Congress and the incoming Obama administration to use part ...


ENR Holds Conference on Financial Crisis

McGraw-Hill Construction’s Engineering News-Record (ENR) will host a conference called “Managing Construction’s Financial Crisis” at the McGraw-Hill Building in New York City on February 24-...


49 States Graded ‘F’ for Contractor Policies

Anti-contractor public policies gave 49 states and the District of Columbia failing grades in the American Subcontractors’ Association biennial report card. New Mexico was the only state to ...


Contractor Charged with Homicide in Crane Collapse

A contractor has been indicted on homicide charges in a crane collapse in midtown Manhattan that killed seven people last year, the district attorney said Monday.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Construction-Products Literature

BASF issued “The Chemistry of Construction,” a magazine-format brochure that details how chemistry contributes to the built environment, and “Energy Efficiency in Buildings,” a global report...


‘Green’ Construction Firm Joins Commercial Market

First Finish, a construction renovation firm that focuses on the hotel industry, has launched a new division to bring the firm’s environmental renovation approach to commercial buildings.


Home Builders Urge Construction Stimulus Plan

Congress should consider providing further “sorely needed” economic stimulus to encourage homeownership and limit foreclosures in order to pull the U.S. economy out of recession, the Nationa...


 
 
   

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