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U.S. Rep. Llyod Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, introduced two bills last month that would create a new immigration visa system for construction and other non-farm work, as well as potentially provide more money for career training and apprenticeships. Regarding the proposal, do you think this solution will prove more useful in the current worker shortage or cause more problems in decreasing wages?


Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, recently brought forth a bill that would set a statewide standard for those working outdoors in relation to heat illness prevention. Currently, OSHA has guidelines and recommendations to avoid heat hazards, but there is no set standard for heat exposure. Should OSHA write its standards or should warmer states be pushing their own legislation?


In March, the EPA issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture and importing, processing and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use, but not for contractors and professionals. Based on the number of health risks, medical claims and even deaths, do you think this is fair to workers who will have to continue to work with the common chemical?


What did you enjoy most about SSPC’s Coatings+ 2019?


The company—which gets about $4 billion in incentives—behind a $10 billion Wisconsin project is now unsure what kind of facility they’re going to put on the property. Do you think large incentives are appropriate for construction projects like this one?


A recent update for the $1.8 billion Las Vegas Stadium project reports that the project is one-third complete and officials have exceeded their diversity performance goals. Do you think such success in these goals will become more common?


PaintCare Inc. has launched a new grant competition with the goal to develop recycling options for latex paint. Do you think this will help solve the problem of leftover architectural paint?


What are you most looking forward to at SSPC Coatings+ 2019?


Last week, the DOT announced $1.5 billion in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants for infrastructure projects. Do you think the funding will increase as infrastructure demands also increase?


A group of workers and environment and public health advocates recently notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ban on the use of methylene chloride in paint strippers. Do you think enough action has been taken against methylene chloride to date?


OSHA recently released its Top 10 violations for 2018, with fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolds, respiratory protection and lockout/tagout making up the top five violations at least three years in a row. Is this what you expected?


Mexico City’s new $13.3 billion airport—which is about one-third complete—was officially scrapped following a public referendum which ended in 70 percent voting to cancel construction. Have you ever had to stop in the middle of a project?


The Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in California. Do you agree that the companies should be held responsible?


Two more paint companies have reportedly joined other manufacturers and box stores in discontinuing paint-stripping products that contain methylene chloride and NMP. Do you think the industry is moving in the right direction regarding these chemicals?


The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry; has your company had trouble filling positions this year?


To help workers in the construction industry identify fall hazards and learn how to create a fall protection system, the American Society of Safety Professionals released a virtual reality app that trains users in settings that mirror actual environments, without the associated dangers. Is this a step in the right direction to combat fall hazards?


A recent survey found that the construction industry is spending $177.5 billion in non-optimal activities, such as fixing mistakes, looking for project data and managing conflict resolution. Do you think embracing more technology would help mitigate some of these issues and ultimately save money?


The state of Maryland is following California’s and Oregon’s lead as the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors. Do you think laws like these are justified?


The CDC recently found that some of the heat index guidance given by the OSHA might not be sufficient. Do you think your industry takes proper precautions when dealing with heat safety?


A report on issues at a Texas football stadium has found that cracks in the concrete slabs occurred because of excessive water, a result of re-tempering the initial concrete mixture. Is there ever a time when this practice is appropriate?


Officials from chemical company Arkema were recently indicted over explosions that occurred at a Texas plant during Hurricane Harvey last year. Should the company face charges over an incident brought on by such extreme conditions?


NASA recently revealed the finalists for its latest Mars habitat design competition. Is it worth our time and money to work on structures to house people on Mars?


Maryland was the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors. Do you think this practice should become common law in all 50 states?


Labor shortages and rising steel prices are among some of the top concerns shown in the Q2 2018 United States Gypsum Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. Are these issues among your top concerns?


The Philadelphia City Council voted last month to implement a new 1 percent tax on construction projects, which would generate about $22 million annually to fund affordable housing. Do you think this is a good plan?


The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced that it will be phasing out the use of methylene chloride in its paint removal products by the end of the year. Do you agree with this move?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last month that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, prohibiting the consumer and commercial paint-stripping uses for the chemical. Do you agree with this move?


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that in the six months that it has been enforcing its new silica rule it has issued 116 violations. The majority of companies were cited for not measuring silica levels at all. Does this surprise you?


Are you or your company participating in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down held this week?


A recent blog on the role of architects states, "As a professional providing a service, an architect's first duty is to his or her client, with a supplementary duty to the public for safety and welfare." Do you agree?


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a new bulletin regarding hearing loss brought on by solvent exposure. Do you think the painting industry properly educated on ototoxicity?


Concrete sealers, like almost every other construction material, have limitations. Which facet do you think is the most misunderstood?


Officials in charge of San Francisco’s sinking/tilting Millennium Tower are looking at micropiling as a way to stabilize the structure. Do you think this will be a sustainable solution?


Reports surfaced last month that New York State police is investigating Turner Construction for bid-rigging and kickback schemes. Do you think the U.S. has a pay-to-play problem in the construction industry?


A Bahamas developer recently filed suit against China Construction America Inc. for $2.25 billion in damages and charges the firm with submitting fraudulent bills and collecting undeserved fees in regard to the bloated and delayed $3.9 million Baha Mar resort. Do you think the amount of damages the developer is claiming is accurate?


The seventh stadium under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the world’s first modular stadium, made of shipping containers, allowing it to be disassembled and reassembled practically anywhere. Do you think this type of stadium construction will catch on?


In early December, it took officials two attempts to implode Michigan’s Pontiac Silverdome. After the initial attempt, no one spoke about the situation until 30 minutes before the second attempt the following day. Do you think that was handled appropriately?


In November, archaeologists indicated that the remains of more than 400 human skeletons had been removed from a city construction site. Have you ever run into anything bizarre on a job site?


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


The retaliation portion of OSHA's Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses puts another layer of enforcement on Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which prohibits any person from discharging or discriminating against an employee who reports a fatality, injury or illness. Do you think this is necessary?


A “Live Stadium Cam” has been set up so that those interested can watch the construction of the new NFL Raiders stadium in Las Vegas, which broke ground in mid-November. Do you think there is value in live streaming construction?


Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a controversial bill on worker safety, effectively mandating that 180,000 city construction workers need 40-55 hours of safety training before December 2018. Do you agree that this extra training is needed?


A home builder in Springfield, Missouri, decided to take catching construction equipment thieves into his own hands recently, investing in GPS tracking devices for all of his equipment and, eventually, helping the police. Would you invest in similar practices to protect your own equipment?


Specialty chemicals firm Arkema is facing a criminal investigation by the Harris County District Attorney, in addition to a number of lawsuits from neighbors and first responders in Crosby, Texas, where one of its facilities was the location of a number of explosions triggered in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August. Do you think the company should be held liable for what happened in the wake of the hurricane?


In response to Hurricane Irma, the secretary of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended the regulation that a licensed general, building or residential contractor is required to subcontract out roofing work, allowing repairs in the state to get done quicker. Do you agree with this decision?


After three Miami construction cranes snapped in the wake of Hurricane Irma in September, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said that the city would consider stricter codes for the cranes in the future, even if it would cause building costs to rise. The cranes are currently supposed to withstand 145 mph winds. Do you think crane codes should be increased?


The president of the Gilders’ Studio noted in an interview with D+D last month that industry-wide education is lacking when it comes to understanding what exactly gilders do. Do you think the knowledge gap between specialties in the industry has gotten too wide?


Black market OSHA training cards are on the rise again, according to an investigation last month. The agency is reportedly releasing new, plastic cards equipped with QR codes to curb the fraud. Do you think this will help?


In August, construction on the world’s skinniest skyscraper was halted because of severe cost overruns. This is partially due to an omission of major necessities—such as cranes—from the budget. Have you ever forgotten to budget for something your project needed?


A coastal North Carolina apartment building was evacuated due to extensive corrosion, bringing to light the lack of regular inspections on seafront buildings. Do you think routine inspections should be mandated?


Specifier Sheldon Wolfe writes in the most recent “Let’s Fix Construction” blog post that he’s concerned about how the job of specifier will be impacted in the coming years with technological advancement. Are you worried about the role of specifier?


In a recent Let’s Fix Construction Blog, specifier Cherise Lakeside made the claim that millennials in the industry are being neglected, notably by manufacturers and product reps. Do you agree?


In late May, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 1279, a measure that makes it more difficult for homeowners' associations to file lawsuits against builders over construction defects. Do you think this measure was a good idea?


How much do you think regulations regarding lead paint abatement will relax during the Trump administration's tenure?


A group of South Korean designers has proposed inserting towers into the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoia trees. Do you think this is a good idea?


Colorado is revamping its construction defects law to give developers and homeowners a chance to work out problems outside of the courtroom. Is this a good idea?


Environmental Protection Agency officials have proposed to cut two programs that help much of the country with lead paint safety in order to comply with President Donald J. Trump’s budget cuts. Do you think states will be able to pick up the slack if these federal programs are cut?


Manufacturers are increasingly using robots to perform repetitive tasks to save time and money. Is this a serious threat to the construction work force?


Paid maternity leave benefits are virtually unheard of in the building trades. Does your company offer paid maternity leave?


Paint companies and other suppliers sometimes find themselves in hot water over advertising and other promotional claims. How would you address a claim you believe to be false with respect to a coatings product?


A Massachusetts painter was recently killed when his scissor lift came into contact with power lines. Have you or a member of your crew ever had a close call around power lines?


Federal lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that aims to bolster construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. Opponents argue the measure puts the government in the position of promoting one building material over the others. Do you support this measure?


According to Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.’s blog on D+D, there are varying approaches to surface preparation of weathering steel when replacing sealant. Which approach are you most likely to follow?


In a recent study, 91 percent of building owners and contractors agreed that collaboration reduces risk in construction, with the most effective strategies involving formal brainstorming and regular meetings with the full project team. How often do you meet with your team?


How are you preparing for OSHA’s new regulations on respirable silica dust?


Recently Greenpeace protesters were able to access a construction site crane to hang a large poster in Washington D.C. How secure is your construction jobsite?


How often do you specify new coatings technologies?


A paint maker recently donated over 3,500 gallons of product to help rebuild homes of hurricane and earthquake victims in Haiti. Has your company donated time or resources to rebuilding after natural disasters, either on the local, national or international scale?


Construction spending patterns vary among public and private segments. Which segment do you think will show the most promise this year?


When it comes to specifying coatings for concrete floors, how do you rank the priorities?


OSHA’s recent “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule requires employers to submit detailed injury and illness logs to the Agency and some of this information will be made public. Is this regulation a good or bad idea?


Numerous mergers and acquisition in the coatings and chemical industry were announced in 2016. Do you think it will keep pace in 2017?


D+D News recently reported on a "field school" program the Concrete Preservation Institute runs for students on Alcatraz Island. How important are large-scale, hands-on training programs like this for those interested in careers in construction?


When it comes to promotion and technology, which of the following will receive the greatest investment at your company in 2017?


A group of Construction Specifications Institute members have started an online initiative called “Let’s Fix Construction,” encouraging discourse on issues ranging from project collaboration to the lack of technical knowledge in construction documents. Do you believe construction is broken?


Shortly after the U.S. election, the American Institute of Architects issued, and then apologized for, a statement in which the organization said its members "stand ready to work with" President-elect Donald Trump on schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects. Was the apology warranted?


Do you find safety rules and regulations governing scaffolds and scaffold-related hazards such as falls, failing objects, structural instability, overloading and electrocution easy to understand and follow? *Editor's Note: Poll answer options were updated Nov. 22.


Some subcontractors working on the new hockey arena in Detroit are facing fines for not hiring enough local workers; contractors have said they simply can't find skilled help in the area. Are local-hiring mandates on big jobs like this a good idea, or unfair?


Will you be voting in the upcoming U.S. election?


How often should building codes be revised to stay abreast of any significant building or energy efficient practices?


A recent survey found that less than 10 percent of Millennials are interested in working in construction, retail or manufacturing careers. What would help the construction industry attract these workers?


A recent MIT study found that women training to be engineers experienced negative group dynamics, felt marginalized and were assigned less challenging tasks than their male counterparts. Has this been your experience?


What best describes your role in the industry?


How many trade shows or other industry events do you attend per year?


Has your jobsite ever been inspected by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration?


How would you describe your email habits?


Drones are becoming increasingly popular for construction work. Does your company plan to use them?


A Pennsylvania roofer is facing 25 years in prison for lying, and ordering employees to lie, to OSHA inspectors after a worker was killed in a 45-foot fall. Does the potential punishment fit the crime?


How much gray hair does your company have?


How will you spend Fourth of July?


Does OSHA need more authority to address its most flagrant repeat violators?


California regularly sets up “stings” of unlicensed contractors by posing as homeowners, soliciting bids for projects that require licenses, then arresting the individuals. What do you think of this strategy?


A recent poll of women architects in the UK found increased reports of sex discrimination just since last year. What do you see?


NIOSH has recommended that all U.S. workplaces be smokefree (including e-cigarettes). Do you support this idea?


A Chinese company has 3D-printed a five-story apartment building. Would you live in it?


OSHA will not investigate a scaffolding collapse in Portland that damaged property but did not injure anyone. Should some federal agency be required to review job-site accidents that occur when no one is working?


The Urban Death Project, led by an architect, is proposing a three-story human composting operation that would turn "bodies into soil-building material." What do you think of this idea?


After numerous warnings, federal OSHA has rejected Arizona’s residential fall-protection guidelines as too lenient. Should states be allowed to craft standards that are looser than federal OSHA’s?


Winter storms have wreaked havoc with buildings throughout the U.S. Northeast. How much snow and ice accumulation do you allow on your rooftops before removing or melting it?


M/W/DBE fraud has been widely reported lately. What's the best way to address that problem?


U.S. construction activity was up about 7 percent from 2013 to 2014. What do you see for 2015?


Are you making New Year's resolutions for 2015?


Are you making New Year's resolutions for 2015?


Wal-Mart has spent $2M appealing a $7,000 OSHA fine from the 2008 Black Friday trampling death of an employee. Should the appeal continue?


A building collapse in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter has raised concern over city building inspections, which do not include structural interiors. What do you think of this policy?


Do you conduct drug tests on your employees?


What is your top priority in evaluating a green building product?


A proposed U.S. rule would ban “pay secrecy” by federal contractors and allow those workers to openly share wage information. What do you think?


What is the best way for employers to ensure that employees who are provided fall protection actually wear it?


Should the American Institute of Architects amend its Ethics Code to "prohibit the design of spaces for torture or killing?"


Several contractors have been busted for using MBE/DBE-certified firms as “pass-throughs” to gain government contracts. How common do you think this practice is?


Fewer young U.S. architects are seeking licensing. How important do you think it is for architects to become licensed?


Do we still need construction trade unions?


Which of these would be most likely to change your safety practices?


Many builders are reporting fewer shortages and better prices for building materials compared to last year. What are you seeing?


The California Supreme Court has ruled that principal architects are legally liable for the consequences of their designs, even if the architect did not have the final say on construction. Fair or unfair?


In general, how often do you see workers using appropriate fall protection measures and equipment in roofing work?


Four years on, how would you describe EPA’s enforcement of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program?


Who, in your experience, tends most often to be the weakest link in the project team?


How is your summer business season going, compared to last summer’s?


What should a builder do if he or she encounters design or specification issues that may affect a building’s integrity or performance?


California regulators fined and halted a $6.34M drywall project because the contractor had no license, although he had applied four months earlier. What do you think?


With so many conferences competing for your time and money, what’s your priority for attending or exhibiting?


How much training do you/your employees receive in dealing with emergencies (fire, structural collapse, etc.) on a work site?


How do you rank your priorities in evaluating a current or future job?


California is targeting two specific chemicals used in paint stripper and spray polyurethane foam. What do you think?


What aspect of building performance and aesthetics most interests you?


SSPC is developing an Applicator Certification Standard for commercial painters. What do you think of this idea?


What industry economic indicators do you follow most closely?


How important is it to you to use green building products and materials when they are an option?


New research calls construction fraud an epidemic with many forms. What do you think?


Some building professionals complain that building codes are revised too often. How often should codes be revised for significant building or energy-efficient practices?


Are you making any New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, what kind?


What’s been your experience with the bidding climate of the last 12 months?


What impact do you expect on your business from the forthcoming changes in LEED v4?


On average, about how many “Top News” articles in D+D News do you skim or read each day?


The world’s largest labor group accuses Qatar of near-slavery treatment of World Cup 2022 construction workers. What should World Cup sponsor FIFA do?


Deaths and citations from worksite falls are reaching new highs. Why don’t more workers use appropriate fall protection?


Overall, how well prepared are your entry-level hires by their respective programs?


What type of information/articles in Durability + Design Magazine would be of most value to you?


After decades of non-regulatory approaches, OSHA has proposed a rule to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Do you favor this rule?


New high school seniors are weighing options for after graduation. What next step would you advise for a new high school graduate?


What does Labor Day mean to you?


Recent fatal structural collapses have led to criminal charges against site owners, contractors and even local authorities. In general, should these accidents be investigated as crimes?


Once you’ve identified a product or service that you plan to buy, what’s your next purchasing criterion?


What’s your favorite social media outlet for business these days?


In general, which choice best describes the quality of architectural specifications today?


Some readers suggest that client pressure may cause inspectors to shade the findings of a technical assessment or other report. How often do you think this occurs?


The U.S. has removed limits on the value of contracts that may be set aside for women-owned small businesses. Do you think this is a good move?


Architects in the UK, where the average one-bedroom home is 495 square feet, are fighting for larger mandated minimum home sizes. Do you agree with this effort?


What is your biggest source of work stress?


Durability + Design is developing a Video How-To series. What topics would interest you most?


Federal lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to allow homeowners to opt out of the EPA’s lead-safe painting requirements. Do you support this plan?


Do you think sales restrictions on spray paint help prevent graffiti vandalism?


As the economy demands doing more with less, what do you feel gets shortchanged most often in the process?


Where do you weigh in on green practices and products?


What is the owner’s obligation to inform a contractor about lead or other hazardous material in a coating to be removed or disturbed?


What types of mistakes do you see most often in coating work?


How do your current new hires and applicants generally compare to those of yesteryear?


A Pennsylvania painting company owner faces criminal charges for the electrocution of an employee. Authorities say he ignored the presence of high-power lines on a job site. Is the charge fair?


What is the biggest health and safety challenge facing construction, remodeling and painting-contractor companies?


SSPC has developed a qualification procedure and certification program for commercial painting contractors, SSPC-QP 9, which requires on-site audits at the contractor’s office and work sites. What is likely to be the most significant result of this initiative?


Where should architects and specifiers acquire their knowledge about product selection and technology?


SSPC recently announced the launch of a new Commercial/Light Industrial Interest Group that will focus on developing standards and guides related to surface preparation, coatings selection and coatings application for this sector. What do you believe is the most important need in this market?


What kind of information do you think users need more from manufacturers of coatings and other building materials?


Greenwashing is a recently coined term describing use of deceptive or unproven claims about the environmental friendliness of a product or company. How prevalent is the practice of greenwashing?


What percentage of contractors will notify facility owners of the potential lead paint hazards and will then test for lead when required for renovation activities under the new RRP rule?


When you are deciding on coatings and similar products to use or specify, where do you get the majority of your information?


In what technical area is there the greatest need for standards on architectural coatings and coating work?


What should the federal government do to respond to criticisms of the new lead-paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule?


What will happen to the regulatory climate, especially with OSHA and EPA, in 2011?


 
 
   

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