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Deadly Fall Racks up $511K in Fines

After a 22-year-old apprentice fell to his death, a structural steel subcontractor faces $511,000 in penalties—accused not only of failing to provide fall protection, but also of allowing wo...


DBE Fraud Dogs Federal Projects

Subcontractors willing to peddle their certified "disadvantaged" status to general contractors in exchange for fat public contracts are the targets of several new federal enforcement cases.


Permit Lack Seen in Fatal Tank Blaze

Unpermitted welding by three workers inside a "dilapidated" storage tank below a Dallas skyscraper apparently ignited the blaze that led to their deaths, authorities say.


Rule Protects Contractors’ LGBT Workers

Catching up with many states and large companies, the federal government has extended anti-discrimination protection in the contracting workforce to sexual orientation and gender identity.


DBE Owner Cops to Conspiracy Scheme

A Pennsylvania subcontractor has admitted peddling his company as a DBE-certified front for 13 subcontracts on federally funded projects over a two-year period.


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.


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...


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 Sub Held in DBE Contract Fraud

A Pennsylvania subcontractor is facing fraud conspiracy charges after allegedly allowing his company to be used as a DBE-certified front for contractors seeking federal contracts.


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,...


U.S. Suspends Contractors for DBE Fraud

Two New York construction companies and three people have been debarred from federally funded projects for three years following criminal convictions for a 17-year-long Disadvantaged Busines...


New Rule Nixes Contractor Pay Secrecy

A proposed rule would prohibit federal contractors from having pay secrecy policies, a move that will make it easier to address unfair compensation practices, federal officials announced.


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...


Execs Get Prison in Record DBE Fraud

The largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) fraud in U.S. history—300 contracts totaling more than $136 million—is sending two more Pennsylvania highway construction executives to pr...


$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...


Contractor Barred for Wage Fraud

An Arizona subcontractor is banned from federal projects for three years and is repaying nearly $200,000 in back wages after federal prosecutors found falsified payroll records on a highway ...


2 Firms Fined $130K in Stadium Death

U.S. authorities are alleging willful wrongdoing in the fatal fall of a 25-year-old construction worker on the $450 million Texas A&M stadium redevelopment project


Contractor Settles Fraud Case for $12M

A Chicago construction company will pay $12 million to resolve a former project manager’s complaints that it falsified disadvantaged business requirements on several public projects.


Menacing Contractor Admits Shakedown

A 67-year-old construction contractor may spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting that he forced his employees to kick back wages and assaulted a project manager at Fort Dix in ...


DBE Fraud Costs Company $2.4M

A construction contractor will pay $2.4 million for faking a disadvantaged-business requirement in order to win a $39.6 million contract in Connecticut, the FBI announced Monday (April 7).


Bill Hooks Contractors for Sub Pay

If your sub or labor temp agency is shortchanging its workers, is that your problem? It will be—at least, in California—if one legislator has his way.


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.


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

A construction company will pay over $2 million to settle allegations that it skimped on the amount of concrete and asphalt used in paving projects around Philadelphia, then overbilled for t...


After Review, Stadium Death Draws Fines

Rescinding a “no violation” decision, California labor officials are now holding an elevator contractor responsible for the death of a worker on the San Francisco 49ers stadium project.


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 ...


NY Dismissed from Bridge Painter’s Suit

The City of New York has been released from a multi-defendant lawsuit by a former bridge painter who alleges that his years on the job caused his lung cancer.


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...


Painter Injured on DE Bridge Project

A painter was injured in a fall from a Delaware bridge over the weekend, but details about the fall—particularly the distance—remain unclear.


Report: Crew Conflict Proves Costly

Do you shrug off hot tempers and crew dust-ups as a normal part of daily life on a job site? If so, stop shrugging and start soothing, because those beefs are costing you a lot more money th...


New Affirmative Action Rules Draw Fire

New hiring rules for federal contractors aimed at increasing employment of veterans and people with disabilities have sparked an outcry from a major industry association.


OSHA Probes Tower Painter’s Death

Federal inspectors are investigating the death of a painter who suffered a fatal fall from a water tower in the closing days of the project.


Painter’s Death Halts Bridge Work

The death of a bridge painter has shut down work on two Rhode Island bridges, while contractors work to develop a new safety plan, authorities announced.


Contractors Indicted in 10-Year Fraud

A North Carolina construction company and five individuals have been charged in a massive fraud that allegedly used bogus small-business and disadvantaged-business designations to obtain mor...


Bidding Challenges Focus of New Bills

Two new bills target the barriers that small businesses face in bidding for government contracts.


2 Companies Held Liable in Tank Death

South Carolina health and safety investigators have fined a paper mill and its contractor in the asphyxiation of a worker who was cleaning a tank in January.


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...


2 Indicted in Navy Contract Kickbacks

Two employees of Navy contractors are facing decades in prison after being charged in a kickback scheme that allegedly traded bribes for Navy subcontracts.


Congress Weighs Curbs on ‘Bid Shopping’

Subcontractors are hailing a new federal bill that would tie primary contractors firmly to their subcontractor commitments in order to end the practice of bid shopping.


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.


ASA Advises Contractors on ‘Obamacare’

Subcontractors who must soon navigate the complex dictates of the new federal health-care law have a new guide from the American Subcontractors Association.


Project Overruns Laid to Contractors

The general contractor’s “unreasonable” direction of subcontractors on an Air Force repaving project in Guam led to delays that will cost the parties millions of dollars, a federal judge has...


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...


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...


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.


Maxwell Releases Construction Software

Construction businesses looking to streamline communications within the company and with third parties have a new web-based tool.


Contractors See New Laws in New Year

Liability in California, payments in North Carolina, and employment requirements in Pennsylvania are just a few of the legalities that have shifted for U.S. contractors, under new state laws...


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.


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...


Subs Warned of Pay Risk on Megaproject

Painters, access and coating suppliers, and other subcontractors who are eyeing a piece of the nation’s largest transportation megaproject risk not getting paid for the job, due to a drastic...


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...


Contractors Join Immigration Law Fray

The American Subcontractors Association of Arizona has joined a group of business associations in challenging that state’s embattled immigration law and is urging immigration reform at the f...


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...


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...


New Laws Offer Subs Happier New Year

Subcontractors will see faster pay in California, less risk in Texas, new worker authorization procedures in Alabama, and other shifts in the 2012 legal landscape, under new state laws that ...


OSHA Fines Navy Shipbuilder $166K

Government contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries and five subcontractors face a total of 50 federal citations and $176,444 in fines related to health and safety conditions at the company’...


Contractor Bill Targets Slow Pay, Bid Shopping

The federal government is taking aim at two of subcontracting’s most loathed business practices: slow payments to, and the improper substitution of, subcontractors on federal projects.


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?


Transit Venture to Pay $4.6M in Fraud

A group of transit contractors and subcontractors will pay a $4.6 million fine for allegedly misrepresenting minority participation on a federally funded light-rail project in Minneapolis.


Subcontractors Make Gains on Retainage

Subcontractors in Colorado and Alabama have scored victories in the industry’s nationwide push to minimize or eliminate the loathed practice of retainage.


Builder Fights OSHA in Trench Death

Is a contractor responsible for a sub’s fatal wrongdoing or mistakes?


Public Entity Must Pay Sub, Court Says

Government entities cannot duck a subcontractor’s payment claim by pleading either lack of funds or sovereign immunity, the Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled.


House Bill Takes Aim at ‘Bid Shopping’

Contractors bidding on public construction projects would be required to name—and use—subcontractor listed in their bids, to prevent the practice of bid shopping, under a bill now under cons...


Red Tape Blues: SSA Comes, IRS Goes

Uncle Sam has good news and bad news for employers already awash in paperwork: More is on the way, but some will stay away.


Boeing Outsources Dreamliner Painting

The Boeing Company has chosen a Texas aircraft painting company to provide the final painting and livery on the long-delayed 787 Dreamliners to be assembled at Boeing’s new South Carolina fi...


‘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...


Aggreko Heats Up Super Bowl Action

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers weren’t be the only power on display Sunday (Feb. 6) at Super Bowl XLV in Cowboys Stadium. The UK also had a player in the mix—for the 21st time...


'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...


Stimulus Contractors Face New Reporting Rules

First-tier subcontractors working on contracts of $25,000 or more funded by the Recovery Act have significant new reporting requirements, as do the prime contractors for whom they work, unde...


US to Crack Down on Contractor Taxes

Facing a $5 billion unpaid tax debt by contractors, the Obama administration will review the tax status of all of its contractors and ban future contracts to any delinquent company.


House OKs Infrastructure Jobs Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the Jobs for Main Street Act (H.R. 2847), which contains key investments for infrastructure and public housing projects.


Report Sees Laws Improving for Subcontractors

Despite a historically challenging economic environment, construction subcontractors scored major public policy victories at the state level this year, a new report concludes.


Court Tightens Rules on Subcontractor Termination

Contractors must act in good faith and with cause if terminating a subcontractor “for convenience,” a Maryland appellate court has ruled.


TX Court Backs Unpaid Subs on GC Claims

The Texas Supreme Court has confirmed the right of a construction subcontractor to bring a claim against a general contractor when the sub has missed the strict notice requirements for a cla...


New Contract Simplifies Stimulus Work

Construction subcontractors who want to work on federal government construction projects will have an easier time doing so, with the publication of a new contract agreement written to addre...


Subcontractors Face New Rules on Stimulus Jobs

New rules, effective March 31, 2009, mandate how federal agencies will provide oversight of contractors on federal stimulus projects, including reporting and transparency requirements that a...


Subcontractors Elect New Leadership

Members of the American Subcontractors Association have elected Darlene East, president of Holes Inc. of Houston, Texas, as ASA’s president for 2009-10.


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...


 
 
   

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