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WWII Ship Enlisting Restoration Help

A rare veteran of the Allied invasion of Normandy is in need of a facelift, and her minders have put out a call to make that happen.


Water Tower Painters Killed in Fall

Two painters who reportedly were not wearing harnesses perished in a 100-foot fall when their scaffolding failed on a water tower project in Ohio, the Butler County Sheriff's office said.


Solar Project Crew Gets $2M in Back Pay

Painters, bridge crane operators and other skilled laborers will share $1,914,681.50 in back wages and benefits they are owed for months of work on a solar energy project in a Nevada desert,...


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...


Rejected NY Painting Contract Back On

A $4.7 million bridge painting contract rejected by New York State officials is back on, after the Department of Transportation said an independent monitor would watch over the contractor's ...


FL Tank Maker Fined $106K for Hazards

Painters, blasters and other temporary and full-time workers at a longtime manufacturer of tanks and pressure vessels are the focus of concern in 23 federal health and safety citations alleg...


Paint Your Way Through Happy Hour

If boxed wine isn’t your thing, one clever ad agency may have the answer: wine in a paint can.


Tower Painter Falls to Death

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a 29-year-old painter who perished in a fall from a water tower in Virginia.


Beyond Glow in the Dark: Light-Up Paint

When it comes to illumination, who would know more than the Dark Side? That’s Darkside Scientific LLC, founded by Andy Zsinko, a longtime aftermarket painter who has gone glow-in-the-dark pa...


NY Shuts Down Bridge Painting Contract

New York State officials have rejected a $4.7 million contract to paint 13 bridges, citing “serious concerns” about the state transportation agency's chosen contractor.


U.S. Coatings Get New ‘National Player’

Working locally to compete nationally, nine regional North American paint and coating manufacturers have banded together to increase their specifying and selling power from coast to coast.


Contractor Settles Painter Wage Case

A longtime Pittsburgh-based industrial painting company has agreed to pay more than $25,000 in back wages and damages to 26 painters who were defrauded of their rightful pay, the Department ...


CR Ranks Store Paint Brands No. 1

House brands from Behr Corp. and Ace Hardware have topped the latest rankings of 67 interior paints tested by Consumer Reports—earning “excellent” ratings in hiding and scrubbability.


PaintPAC Brushes Up for Midterms

U.S. coating makers are sharpening their spending and strategizing to elect political candidates this year who have the coating industry’s best interests in mind.


Fines, Education Follow Wage Fraud

"Do as I say, not as I did" will be a Chicago contractor's message for peers, as the company pays a hefty fine and agrees to educate others after defrauding nearly 100 workers of their fair ...


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 ...


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.


Dust Monitor Measures in Real Time

A new handheld dust monitor to measure dangerous concentrations of inhalable dust and aerosols is the latest offering by Casella CEL, a manufacturer of instruments for the safety, industrial...


Electrocuted Painter’s Widow Gets $3.2M

The family of a painter who was fatally electrocuted while working on a bridge will receive a $3.2 million settlement from utility company Commonwealth Edison, attorneys announced.


New Polyurea Unit Tackles Tight Spaces

Secondary containment spill prevention, waterproofing, truck bedliners and other projects that demand portability are the industrial applications served by Graco's new Reactor E-10hp High-Pr...


$71M Spent Before Navy Scrapped Sub

The U.S. Navy spent $71 million trying to repair a nuclear sub torched by a painter before deciding to scrap the vessel, a new report states.


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...


Navy to Scrap Painter-Torched Sub

Unable to foot a $700 million repair bill, the U.S. Navy has decided to scrap a nuclear submarine severely damaged last year in a blaze set by a painter.


Boeing’s New Bots Slash Painting Work

New robotic aircraft painters deployed by Boeing Corp. have reduced a multi-day production process to just minutes, with perfect quality each time, the company says.


Painters, Others to Get $2M in OT Case

A major industrial services employment agency will pay nearly $2 million in back wages to painters, blasters and other workers after denying them proper overtime, federal officials announced...


Blasting Fire Hits Twice-Torched Sub

Just days after a shipyard painter was sentenced for setting two fires aboard a drydocked nuclear sub, fire crews responded this week to a new fire caused by abrasive blasting on the ship.


Lead Paint Crackdown Sweeps Up Painters

Federal enforcement of lead paint violations is growing, with 16 painters, remodelers and other contractors rounded up in the latest sweep by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Top 20 U.S. Painting Contractors Named

For the second straight year, The Brock Group, of Houston, TX, sits firmly atop the largest painting contractors in the United States in terms of revenues, according to a new ranking by E...


Painter Did Not Tie Off, Employer Says

A bridge painter who drowned after falling from the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Washington State had been wearing a harness but had not tied off, his employer said Tuesday (Nov. 6).


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.


Historic Footbridge Restoration Let

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $42,460 contract to ACE Coatings Unlimited Inc. of Cottage Grove, OR, to restore the historic Benson Bridge.


SSPC Releases 4 New PA Standards

SSPC has introduced four new Paint Application (PA) standards related to profile measurement, polyurea application, steel test panels, and scribe undercutting.


BlastPro Bows Blasting/Collector Combo

BlastPro Manufacturing has introduced a combination blasting unit and dust collector for medium and large projects.


Industrial Painting Committee Seeks Members

SSPC’s venerable Industrial Painting Committee has appointed new leadership and is seeking new member companies.


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.


Bids Sought for Hangar Floor Painting

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Station San Diego is seeking bids to refurbish the “shabby and unsightly” floor at its Hangar 2 facility.


IUPAT Opens $3.5M Training Facility

The world’s largest painters’ union has launched a $3.5 million facility that aims to be the country’s premiere training site for industrial, commercial and residential painters and related ...


$22M Driscoll Bridge Painting Awarded

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has awarded a $22,289,395 contract for repairing and repainting the Driscoll Memorial Bridge—the world’s widest bridge—to Allied Painting Inc., of Franklinv...


Sky’s the Limit for Paint Idea Contest

Got a sharp idea for painting the 605-foot-high roof of a needle? Then the owners of Seattle’s landmark Space Needle have an offer for you.


Bridge Paint Mishap Ends Fair & Square

When you’re painting 55,000 little squares in 30 colors along a busy, four-lane bridge over the Rio Grande, you might expect some complications.


From Contractor’s Decency, a Windfall

Even in the hardest of times, some people can be counted on do the right thing.


Painting Contractor Settles Lead Case

An Ohio industrial painting and blasting contractor with a long-unblemished safety record has tentatively settled its first federal case for a sharply reduced fine.


$5+M Dam Gate Painting Up for Bid

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting bids for refurbishing and painting of the tainter gates on the Norfork Dam in Little Rock, AR—a contract estimated at $5 million to $10 million.


All Hands Make New Museum Ship-Shape

With every inch of her 887-foot length gleaming in fresh coating, the legendary battleship USS Iowa is ready for its newest mission as Southern California’s newest maritime museum.


USAF Seeks Bids for Hangar Coating

The U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command is inviting bids for applying coatings to two hangar floors at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri—a surface area of more than 33,000 square feet and...


Painter’s Dad Admits Steering Contract

A city official faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting that he had his staff create dummy bids to steer a municipal painting contract to his son, a commercial painting contractor.


Bids Sought for FL Substation Painting

The Key West (FL) Utility Board is inviting bids for cleaning and recoating six steel substation buildings at its electric utility, Keys Energy Services (KEYS).


PennDOT Treats Roadkill to New Coat

Neither rain, nor snow, nor dead raccoons can stay the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's painters from their appointed rounds.


Corrpro Held Liable for Painter’s Hole

Cathodic protection supplier Corrpro Companies Inc. did not adequately protect a new field employee who fell through a hole left by a third-party painting contractor, a federal Administrativ...


Bridge Painter Loses Lead Case Appeal

A federal commission has three words of advice for bridge painting contractors who are blasting off old lead-based coatings: Monitor, monitor, monitor.


314 TX Painters, Blasters Win Back Pay

Hundreds of painters and blasters have recouped back pay from a Texas industrial painting contractor, after federal authorities determined that the workers had been cheated of earnings.


OSHA Cites TX Pipe, Tank Company

A Texas oil tank and pipe manufacturer is facing a dozen federal health and safety violations—half of them repeats from 2011—and $129,800 in fines for hazards at its plant in Abilene.


Vulcan Painters Names New President

For the first time in 30 years, Vulcan Painters Inc., of Birmingham, AL, has a new president.


NYC Accepts Bids for Verrazano Narrows Bridge Work

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, a division of the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, recently accepted two sets of bids for major repairs on the 13,700-foot-lon...


New Bids Sought for IA Bridge Painting

The Iowa Department of Transportation is inviting a second round of bids for abrasive-blast cleaning and repainting of the Black Hawk Bridge over the upper Mississippi River.


Delays to Cost Bridge Project $11M

The good news: A Mississippi River bridge painting project that was funded in 2009 and set to be completed in 2011 is finally about to begin. The bad news: The delays will add more than 4...


4 Firms Fined in Bridge Painter’s Death

A Michigan industrial painting contractor bears the most responsibility among four companies cited in the death of a painter who fell from Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge in January and drowned,...


JPCL Offers New Buying Guide Features

Free new print and digital features will join the popular traditional resources this year in JPCL’s upcoming Equipment Buying Guide, now in its 25th year.


Engineering Bids Sought for Bridge Work

Multnomah County, OR, is seeking engineering services to provide a comprehensive coatings analysis, structural assessment and other evaluations for a forthcoming rehabilitation of the landma...


Harness Designed for Painters, Blasters

MSA has introduced a new full-body construction harness designed for comfort and ease of use in painting, abrasive blasting, confined space and other applications.


Steel Tank Industry Honors its Best

The steel tank industry has elected new leadership for the next year and conferred honors on some of the best tanks and companies in the business.


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.


Painters Spot Crack that Closes Bridge

The last phase of a highway reconstruction project became the first phase of a bridge repair job this week when a sharp-eyed bridge painting crew discovered a six-foot-long crack in a suppor...


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.


NY Bridge Painter Feared Dead in Fall

A 35-year-old bridge painter is missing and presumed dead after he fell from the Throgs Neck Bridge in New York, apparently while doing something to his safety harness.


Painter’s Daughter Wins Landmark Asbestos Ruling

A UK painter’s daughter has won a five-year court battle for insurance compensation for her late father’s fatal illness—and that of thousands of others—from asbestos exposure.


Injured Painter Gets ½ Blame, ½ Award

An industrial painter permanently disabled in a 40-foot fall from an electric transmission tower shares the blame for the accident and will therefore receive only half of his $4.6 million aw...


Free Webinar Helps Painters Set Climate

Ensuring the appropriate air temperature, humidity and other atmospheric conditions vital to coating performance will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


TruQC Eases Painting Site Paperwork

TruQC, of St. Louis, MO, has launched a suite of cloud-based apps for job-site documentation for the iPad, developed for industrial painting by industrial painting workers.


MA Probes Late-Night Harbor Blasting

A New England painting contractor has landed in hot water after allegedly conducting uncontained late-night abrasive blasting in a Massachusetts harbor on St. Patrick’s Day.


CA Tank Painter’s Death Spurs Alert

California occupational safety officials have issued a Fatality Alert about methylene chloride paint strippers after a painter died while using the toxic solvent in a tank.


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...


FTI Honors 2 Apprentices of the Year

Coating industry elders despairing of the next generation can take heart from two young painters who have just been named 2011 “Apprentices of the Year” by their Finishing Trades Institute D...


Shipbuilder Cited in 3rd Worker Death

Three deaths at an Indiana shipyard—including two in four days—have now drawn 46 federal health and safety violations and nearly $200,000 in fines for the facility’s owner.


Webinar Tips Contractors to Lead Service

Paint BidTracker, the premier construction reporting service devoted to the coatings community, will offer a front-row seat at its all-new website and services in a free webinar at 1 p.m. ES...


Railcar Interior Painters Needed

UTLX Manufacturing: The Tankcar People has openings for experienced Interior Coaters available to work any shift in Alexandria, LA.


Railcar Maker Cited in Electrocution

Federal safety authorities have leveled 10 serious citations and $61,400 in fines against an Arkansas railcar repair and painting facility where an employee was electrocuted in July.


Painter Dangers Draw 2nd Shipyard Case

Accused for the second time in three years of endangering its painters, a Michigan shipyard is facing 32 new federal safety and health citations—including five repeats—and fines totaling nea...


Bridge Painter Feared Dead After Fall

A painter on Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge was missing and presumed dead after falling more than 100 feet into the river while working on the span.


For Subs, Fine Print Gets Friendlier

Thousands of subcontractors in Texas, Alabama, California and Iowa are among those reaping major gains in laws and contracts nationwide, thanks to changes in multiple states in 2011, the Ame...


LA Seeks Bids for $70M Bridge Painting

The Louisiana Department of Transportation will open bids Jan. 11 for the first phase of painting and repairs on the mile-long Huey P. Long Bridge in Baton Rouge—a project estimated at $70 m...


RPI Plea Deal: Probation, $1.65M Payout

RPI Coating Inc. will pay $1.65 million and accept five years of probation as part of a plea bargain in the deaths of five of its painters trapped underground by fire in 2007.


Forth Bridge Painters Call it a Century

The endless job has ended—and early, yet. After 10 years, painters have laid down their brushes at Scotland’s legendary Forth Bridge, ending a paint job that took more than 1,500 painters (u...


RPI Plea Likely in 5 Painters’ Deaths

RPI Coating Inc. is expected to plead guilty to several misdemeanors and financially compensate the families of five painters killed in an underground fire at the Xcel Energy Cabin Creek hyd...


Art Meets Protection in 2011 Top Tanks

Sea turtles, tiger stripes, giant baseballs, village murals and other artwork rendered in protective coatings have captured top honors in Tnemec’s 2011 Tank of the Year contest.


Painting Contractor Faces 9th OSHA Case

Federal authorities have slapped hefty fines on a Wisconsin painting contractor after one painter was found straddling the parapet of a highway overpass and another fell 25 feet from a bridg...


Opta Tampa Office Wins Marketing Award

Opta Minerals Tampa has received the 2011 Best of Tampa Award in the Painting & Sandblasting Contractors category from the U.S. Commerce Association.


Reclaiming an Icon—and an Identity

It took more than 10 years, hundreds of man-hours, 250 gallons of primer, and 260 gallons of paint over 33,000 square feet—but Big Blue has regained its beloved old face.


NY Paint Fumes Force Evacuation

Painting has been halted at the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal after fumes from the project forced the evacuation of an adjacent building, sickening some occupants and sending four to ...


Bids Invited for Power Plant Painting

The City of Burbank, CA, will accept bids Nov. 10 for coating and related work on the Magnolia Power Project (MPP), which opened in 2005.


Soviet Gloom Expunged In Time-Lapse Technicolor

A stunning coating project that has doused a rusting Soviet-era pipe factory in pop color has been captured in a remarkable time-lapse movie by a Russian filmmaker.


Tearful Co-Worker Recalls Painters’ Fatal Shortcut

A decision by three night-shift painters to take an unauthorized shortcut across the Forth Bridge cost one his life when he fell through the missing floor of an abandoned walkway, according ...


SimSpray Offers Virtual Paint Training

VRSim has completed development of SimSpray, its newest virtual reality training system designed to augment traditional training of painters.


Bridge Painter Fined $5,600 in 2nd Death

A Pennsylvania industrial painting contractor has agreed to pay a $5,600 fine to resolve a federal safety citation issued after an employee fell to his death on a worksite.


OSHA Stiffens Shipyard Protections

More toilets, sanitation measures to protect coatings workers, updated requirements and new protections should help prevent about 350 serious injuries a year among shipyard workers, the Occu...


‘In This Together,’ Record Finishing Crowd Gathers

Anxious but determined, a record crowd packed workshops, speeches and seminars at the Fifth Annual LMCI Finishing Industries Forum (FIF) in November.


Sherwin-Williams Offers Free Training Program

Citing a shortage of qualified painters, The Sherwin-Williams Company will again offer free training to about 20 people to become professional painters as part of its Home-Work Paint Trainin...


 
 
   

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