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IL Joins Others in Contractor Wage Laws

The state of Illinois could soon become the next state to hold general contractors accountable for their subcontractors’ unpaid wages to employees.


PA Turnpike Approves Hyperloop Study

Imagine traveling the 360-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike, in what would take roughly 5 hours by car, in just 30 minutes. This once futuristic idea is slowly becoming a reality, thanks to the hyp...


NRCA Announces Roofing Day Details

The National Roofing Contractors Association will be coming together for their annual Roofing Day, scheduled for April 3-4. The industry invites its members to register for the event, hosted...


Firm Tapped for $310M Phoenix Airport Project

A general contractor has been tapped for the new $310 million concourse at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.


General Contractor Replaced for Seattle Arena

Less than a week after the groundbreaking of Seattle’s new arena, officials announced that the general contractor for the project has been replaced.


SF Tunnel Death Spurs Contractor Checks

A week after a worker was struck and fatally injured by a steel beam while working on a $40 million transit tunnel improvement project in San Francisco, the city’s transit authority is promi...


OR Considering Construction Wage Protection

In a move to protect construction contractors from wage theft, the Oregon House passed a bill that would require a general contractor to pay wages owed by a delinquent subcontractor if certa...


CA Bill Would Pin Lost Wages on Contractors

A bill is sitting on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that will hold general contractors accountable for lost wages.


New Tappan Zee Span Set to Open

The first span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge—now known as the Mario Cuomo Bridge—will open Friday, marking a major milestone in the $4 billion project, under construction since 2013.


Raiders Finalizing Contracts for $1.9B Stadium

A May 22 deadline is rapidly approaching as officials rush to finalize the contract for a new stadium in Las Vegas, a project that's slated to be complete in time for the National Football L...


NYC Firms Accused of Cheating 40 Subs Out of $10M

At least 40 subcontractors who worked on 34 construction projects in New York City were bilked out of $9.6 million they were owed, authorities alleged Wednesday (April 5).


Contractor Blames Sub for Hotel Delays

The construction of a 1,048-room, $370 million luxury hotel in Austin, Texas, has faced delays and the general contractor says a subcontractor is responsible.


Evacuations Lifted After Crane Safety Scare

More than a dozen buildings surrounding a high-rise construction project in downtown San Francisco had to be evacuated this week, when concerns about the stability of a crane and 2-ton concr...


NYC Construction Bills Spark Debate

New legislation in New York City has the construction industry divided, and a new state report reveals what regulators call "alarming trends" related to worker fatalities.


Safety Bills Divide Workers in New York

A set of 21 bills aimed at increasing construction jobsite safety and a report revealing a crisis in rising construction fatalities in New York are fueling debate in the construction industr...


Foreman Ignored Warnings, Gets Prison

A foreman who repeatedly ignored warnings of unsafe work conditions on a Manhattan building site will spend one to three years in state prison for his role in the 2015 death of a worker ther...


NYC Contractor to Pay $9M for Fraud

One of the largest construction concerns in New York City has agreed to pay more than $9 million in restitution and penalties for systematic overbilling clients over a 13-year period, author...


Condo Builder, Subs Settle $36M Dispute

After six years of litigation, a large Southeastern U.S. builder and more than a dozen of its subcontractors have agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a construction defect lawsuit involvin...


Feds: Project Manager Stole $2.7M

A former project manager with one of the largest construction companies in Indiana has been accused of bilking the business out of $2.7 million, according to authorities.


NJ Court: Insurance Pays for Subs’ Flubs

New Jersey’s highest court has ruled in case stemming from water infiltration and leaks that reportedly plagued a Hoboken condominium complex.


CA Weighs New Builder Disclosure Rules

California legislators are looking to increase regulations on contractors and balcony construction, specifically, in the wake of the June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, which killed six ...


Sinking Tower Sparks Suit

A resident of San Francisco’s pricey Millennium Tower condos has filed suit over the 58-story building’s documented sinking and tilting.


Tampa Housing Authority Fires Builder

Allegations of “poor project management” and “ridiculous” change orders have led the Tampa Housing Authority to fire the builder in charge of a $25.6 million apartment project, according to ...


Suit: Contractors Overbill Hospital $4.2M

A Montreal hospital has accused a construction contractor, his associates and former hospital employees of participating in a decade-long scheme to overbill the hospital by millions of dolla...


‘Love It or List It’ Homeowners File Suit

A reality TV renovation turned into a nightmare for one North Carolina couple, a new lawsuit contends.


Worker Dies in 53-Story Fall

Workplace safety authorities have launched an investigation after a worker fell 800 feet to his death Thursday (March 17) at the Wilshire Grand Center construction site in downtown Los Angel...


School Contractor Charged with Bribery

The owner of a New York-based construction company faces seven years in prison for allegedly offering thousands of dollars in bribes to a public school official.


Fall Hazards Rack Up $92K in Fines

Two Pennsylvania contractors face almost $92,000 in proposed fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls at a hospital construction site in Lebanon, PA.


OSHA Finds Falling Death ‘Preventable’

A New York contractor faces $84,600 in proposed fines after an employee fell to his death while on a jobsite in April.


Apple Project Faces Lien, Labor Issues

Technology giant Apple Inc. has recently come under fire for allegedly failing to pay a contractor millions of dollars and for its hiring practices related to a new store under construction ...


Suit Filed in Delayed Hospital Project

One of the largest construction management companies in the United States has been sued and kicked off of a $300 million delayed hospital project in Santa Clara County, CA.


Labor Shortage Challenges Contractors

At a time when the construction industry is seeing an influx in demand, many companies—including those in the building, infrastructure, highway, federal/heavy and utility fields—appear to be...


Skilled Workers in Short Supply

Nearly 90 percent of U.S. construction companies report difficulty in filling key craft and salaried jobs as construction demand rises across the country, according to an industry survey.


Construction VP Guilty in Fraud Scheme

A former executive of a large St. Louis-based construction company has been found guilty in a scheme to use corporate funds to pay for personal expenses.


Charges Filed in Fatal Pit Collapse

Two construction supervisors and their employers have been charged in connection with a trench collapse that killed a 22-year-old worker this spring at a retail project site in New York.


WA Contractor Settles DBE Fraud Case

BELLEVUE, WA--A major civil construction contractor in the Pacific Northwest will pay $142,440 to settle claims of contract fraud on a federally funded highway project.


OSHA Delays Confined-Space Enforcement

WASHINGTON--Federal authorities have announced a temporary enforcement period to ease employers into full compliance with the upcoming new rules on confined-space work in construction.


MO Renovator Settles RRP Case

LENEXA, KS--A window and siding contractor has agreed to pay $13,566 to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules on two projects.


Bill Would Take VA Out of Construction

WASHINGTON--Burned by a budget-busting hospital project, Colorado's senators are seeking to get the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of the construction business.


New York GC to Pay $7M+ in Fraud

NEW YORK CITY—A major construction concern has admitted to an eight-year systemic "overbilling scheme that impacted virtually all of its projects" but will avoid prosecution for its "crimina...


Worker Killed in MI Collapse

YPSILANTI, MI—Authorities are investigating a structural collapse that claimed the life of a construction worker on a historic-renovation project this week.


2 Firms Liable in Fatal Fall at Base

KNOB NOSTER, MO—Federal authorities are holding a roofing company and general contractor both liable in the death of a 30-year-old father of two at Whiteman Air Force Base.


New Rule Guides Safety in Tight Spaces

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. construction workers who labor in attics, crawl spaces, pits, boilers and other confined spaces will have new protections as of Aug. 3, under a new federal rule.


New Rule Issued on Confined Space

WASHINGTON, DC—Coordination of contractors, continuous monitoring and more rigorous inspection are among the requirements of the first new federal rule for confined-space work in constructio...


Seven Stings Net 85 Contractors

Undercover investigators in California have nabbed 85 suspected unlicensed contractors, including 27 painters, in simultaneous sting operations across seven cities.


Company Admits Error in Fatal Collapse

Ohio's largest general contractor has conceded that an "engineering mistake" in its bridge demolition plan may have contributed to a catastrophic collapse that killed one its foremen last mo...


Feds: Builder Shorted Workers, Subs

A general contractor and construction management firm will pay more than $87,000 to make good on wages owed to its employees and those of two subcontractors who worked on a federally finance...


Owners Give Remodeling a Healthy Push

A remodeled home is a healthy home—and Americans want healthy homes, according to a new survey.


VA Hospital Halted after JV Walks

Work has stopped and federal-level fur is flying over the shutdown of a massive Veterans Affairs hospital project near Denver, after mismanagement by the agency drove the contractor off the ...


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...


Minimum Fine Urged for Job-Site Deaths

A grieving Wyoming family is demanding the establishment of a mandatory $50,000 fine for hazards that lead to a death in the workplace.


Victim’s Kin Fights for Minimum Fine

Brett Collins' family says his life was worth more than $2,363—and they are determined to effect a change that may spare other families some of their sense of insult and loss.


Saga’s Toll: 5 Years, $1.6M+, 1 Apology

A Pennsylvania construction contractor once reviled by prosecutors as "despicable" and falsely accused of felony theft from a church has finally cleared his name and settled the five-year ca...


Worker Action Ends in OSHA Citations

A federal health and safety inspection spawned by worker protests at New Orleans' largest housing redevelopment project has resulted in citations against four contractors.


GC Held Liable for Sub’s Lapses

A general contractor well acquainted with a subcontractor’s indifference to fall protection is being held responsible for just such a lapse spotted by a federal inspector.


Builder Cited 5th Time in 5 Years

An Illinois builder’s failure to address the same violations over and over and over has now earned him willful citations and fines totaling $55,000, the Occupational Safety and Health Admini...


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...


500 Workers to Get $5M Payday

Hundreds of construction workers will receive back pay and fringe benefits for work on a $60 million federally funded project in New York, according to recent settlements.


$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.


Blitz Build Set to Serve Chicago’s Kids

Architects, engineers and construction professionals are gathering gear and polishing plans for their fourth annual SWAT-team community building project on the eve of AIA’s National Conventi...


Best Practices:
The Case of the Inside-Out Siding (2)

Second of Two Parts: Now that we have counted the ways that good dimensional lumber can go bad, let’s see how this actually plays out—so we know how to prevent it.


2nd Project Halted over License Lapse

For the second time in one month, California regulators have shut down and fined a major construction project because a drywall subcontractor was working without a license.


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.


Contractors Get Affirmative Action Rule

U.S. veterans and people with disabilities will increase their numbers in the federal contracting workforce under new affirmative-action rules that took effect this week.


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.


Contractors Cited for Cave-in Hazards

Federal safety authorities have taken action against two Colorado contractors, alleging serious trenching dangers during an apartment complex renovation project in November.


Swindling Subs Lands GC in Prison

It took a Texas jury just an hour to convict a general contractor of duping subcontractors out of $100,000—and not much longer, after hearing his slippery story, to send him to prison for th...


37 Contractors Settle RRP Lead Cases

Dozens of commercial and residential contractors and trainers will share responsibility for more than $274,000 in fines for violating federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting standards, ...


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.


Construction Outlook Sets Record

U.S. commercial and industrial builders woke up on the right side of the economy this year, bullish on their productivity, their prospects, and their growth in the year ahead.


Contractor Charged in $330K Fraud Case

A California general contractor and his foreman are facing more than a dozen years behind bars in an alleged scam that raked in more than $330,000 from their employees, prosecutors announced...


Tech Tool Connects Project Team

A New York company has unveiled communications technology that allows each member of a construction project team—owners, architects and contractors—to share detailed, real-time updates on th...


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...


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.


NFL Stadium Project Claims 2nd Worker

A subcontractor’s employee was crushed to death by a load of rebar this week during construction of the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium—the $1.2 billion project’s second worker death...


Is the Problem the Paint or the Drywall?

A patchy or uneven texture on freshly painted new drywall might seem like the painter’s fault, but it’s often actually a drywall issue, and this can lead to great frustration for both the ar...


2nd Worker Dies at 49ers’ New Stadium

For the second time in four months, a worker at the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium project has died.


Alleged Fraud Scheme Nets 42 Felonies

A former California contractor was charged with 42 felony counts after allegedly scamming his employees out of wages and raking in over $81,000, prosecutors announced.


Contractor Charged in $81K Fraud Case

A former California-based general contractor is facing nearly 60 years behind bars in an alleged fraud scam on his employees that raked in more than $81,000, prosecutors announced.


OSHA Fines 4 NYC Hotel Contractors

Four New York contractors are facing more than $270,000 in federal fines for fall-protection violations and other hazards during construction of a midtown Manhattan hotel, according to autho...


KY Signs Safety Plan with Bridge GC

Kentucky officials have announced an agreement with general contractor Walsh Construction Co. to step up worker safety on the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, but Indiana—Kentucky's ...


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...


Flash Flood Claims Worker in Sewer

A worker who may have removed his harness to reach a tight space on a sewer relining project was then swept to his death by flash flood waters in Chicago.


Graco Unveils Entry-Level Polyurea Unit

Graco has introduced a new electric proportioning system for entry-level contractors applying pure and hybrid polyurea coatings.


GSA Told to Review $59M Building Award

Federal auditors are urging the General Services Administration to revisit a contract award for a "top secret" federal building project because the agency failed to explain how it evaluated ...


MA Contractor Cited for Sub’s Lapses

A Massachusetts contractor faces a $28,125 federal fine for alleged lead hazards created by a window subcontractor on a historic renovation project in Maine.


MO Engineer Settles RRP Case

A Missouri engineering and contracting company will pay a $65,450 fine to settle allegations that it violated the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, according to fe...


OSHA Nails Repeat Offender for $49K

Allowing employees to work at 50-foot heights without fall protection has landed a New Jersey contractor in hot water with federal authorities for the fourth time in five years.


Workers to Collect $8M in Wage Case

Thousands of workers who built a Hilton hotel in San Diego, CA, will receive more than $8 million owed to them in a prevailing-wage case, according to California’s Labor Commission.


Worker Killed at 49ers’ New Stadium

A construction worker was killed Tuesday (June 11) while working on the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara, CA.


3 Firms Fined $465K for Shock Hazards

Three New York State contractors are facing major federal citations and six-figure fines for allegedly ignoring warnings from the local power company and allowing employees to work construct...


Proposed U.S. Law Targets Bid Shopping

A new federal bill would crack down on the “pervasive practice” of post-award bid shopping in federal contracts, according to its sponsor.


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.


Contractor Admits to Bribing Bank Rep

A New Jersey commercial contractor may spend 30 years behind bars and pay a fine of $1 million for his role in a bank bribery case.


Standoff Grips $120M Problem Project

Not so fast. That's the word from Montgomery County, MD, which has advised Washington, D.C.'s transit agency that it cannot simply bail out of a troubled $120 million project that it ...


Agency Wants Out of Botched $120M Hub

Already $80 million over budget and more than two years behind schedule, a $120 million Maryland transit center will not be used as planned because its structural flaws are too expensive to ...


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...


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 Notch 3-Year High

With 48,000 jobs added in February, more Americans are working in construction than at any time in the last three and a half years, a new report shows.


Coating Firm, GC Cited in Manhole Death

A St. Louis-area industrial painting contractor and general contractor share responsibility in the suffocation of an employee who perished in a pipe 18 feet underground a sewer plant last su...


Firms Fined in Deadly Paint Dust Blast

Federal regulators are holding three contracting firms liable for a combustible-dust flash fire that claimed the lives of two workers in a paint booth at a Texas facility in August.


‘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.


NY Worker Killed in 15-Foot Fall

Authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker who fell 15 feet through a floor and hit his head on a steel girder at a building under construction in Queens, NY.


Philadelphia Roof Collapse Injures 4

Federal officials are investigating the partial collapse of a police facility under construction that injured several workers on Tuesday (Jan. 29) afternoon in Philadelphia.


Bridge Inspector’s Fatal Fall Probed

Federal authorities are investigating the death of an engineer who plunged 140 feet in a fall from a New York City bridge he was inspecting earlier this month.


Contractors Gird for 2013 Challenges

“Luck and a lot of hard work” may prove to be saving remedies for the hard-hit construction industry. That’s the latest from the Associated General Contractors of America.


 
 
   

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