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USC to Offer Construction Tech Degree

The University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering has launched a new master’s program in Advanced Design and Construction Technology.


Study Looks at Healthcare Construction Training

Researchers out of Washington State University and Clemson University have found that insufficient training for construction workers in hospital settings could be contributing to disease out...


WJTA Launches Hydroblasting Cert Program

Last week, the WaterJet Technology Association (WJTA) announced via press release that it had partnered with the Houston Area Safety Council (HASC) to create a new field verification trainin...


Indestructible Paint Keeps Focus on Training

During the global pandemic, performance paints and coatings manufacturer Indestructible Paint (Birmingham, United Kingdom) reports via emailed press release that it has reinforced its commit...


NRCA Launches Recruitment Webpage

The National Roofing Contractors Association recently announced that it has launched a workforce recruitment webpage aimed at helping to address the anticipated workforce shortage as the eco...


AL Academy Offers Free Building Training

A building academy in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering free training, according to reports.


NYC Hit with Surprise Worksite Inspections

In an effort to reduce the amount of construction worker injuries in New York City, a team of building inspectors has formed to conduct surprise inspections at various major construction pro...


Axalta Opens New Facility in Australia

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced that it has officially opened a new regional customer training center in Western Sydney.


NYC Organizations Offer Free OSHA Training

New York City-based construction workers now have the option to receive free Occupational Safety and Health Administration training through city-based organizations Building Skills New York ...


Pipeline Academy to Kick Off in LA

The SOWELA Technical Community College has recently received a $1 million donation from TC Energy for the development of a pipeline academy.


Axalta Opens Refinish Center in South Africa

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently announced the opening of a new refinish training center in Johannesburg, South Africa.


NYC Again Extends Safety Training Requirement

Last Wednesday, New York City Councilmembers granted a second extension for on-site construction workers to complete 100 hours of increased safety training as administered by the Occupationa...


OSHA Announces $10.5M in Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


NACE Expands Online Education Offerings

NACE International, the Worldwide Corrosion Authority, has recently been making moves to expand its educational offerings with the addition of online classes, including courses such as the r...


NYC Promises to Implement Safety Law

New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., chair of the city’s Committee on Housing & Buildings, has recently promised to ensure Local Law 196, which requires all construction workers ...


Axalta Opens Largest Refinish Center in India

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) announced earlier this week that it has opened its largest and most advanced refinish training center in India.


OSHA Reponds to Sales of Fake Training Cards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has responded to a case out of New Jersey, in which a training agent has admitted to selling more than 100 fraudu...


AIA to Launch New ArchiPrep Training Program

The American Institute of Architects announced last week that it’s partnering with digital learning company BenchPrep to revamp its Architect Registration Exam prep courses and accelerate th...


WV Schools Offer Oil and Gas Safety Training

West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension, working in collaboration with Pierpont Technical and Community College, recently offered Occupational Safety and Health Administration E...


Campaign to Train Vets in Coatings Industry

The Chemical Coaters Association International entered an agreement with Workshops for Warriors in 2017 that is now coming to fruition.


NYC Pushes Back New Safety Training Deadlines

The New York City Department of Buildings recently announced that it has extended the deadline by which all workers need to complete the increased hours of construction safety training.


Union Using Video Games for Apprentices

A Pittsburgh-based engineers' union is combating the construction labor shortage by utilizing one key tool to help its crane operator apprentices: video games.


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Awards

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and ...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Awards

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and ...


SSPC Trainthepainter to Come to OH

The University of Akron will be facilitating SSPC’s Trainthepainter training program in October in Columbus, Ohio, providing five days of coating applicator training for workers seeking to f...


SSPC Trainthepainter Comes to Columbus

The University of Akron will be facilitating SSPC’s Trainthepainter training program in October in Columbus, Ohio, providing five days of coating applicator training for workers seeking to f...


Workforce Advisory Board Calls for Members

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced in late August that the U.S. Department of Commerce, working with the White House, is accepting nominations for the American Workforce Policy...


RIBA Releasing New Safety Test Post-Grenfell

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced that it is introducing a new health and safety test for all members in the wake of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed m...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


App Uses Virtual Reality for Fall Protection

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 a...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


AkzoNobel Converts Brazil Facility for Training

A Sao Paulo, Brazil, facility owned by global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) will become a training center, specializing in programs related to the company's Sparlack Industrial wood co...


AkzoNobel to Open Training Center in Brazil

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel recently announced that it will be opening a new training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which will include advanced training programs centered around the compan...


RIBA to Launch UK's First Apprenticeships

UK students will be able to take advantage of architecture apprenticeships for the first time this year, thanks to the Royal Institute of British Architects and a consortium of 20 architectu...


Company Turns Project into 'Living Lab'

Students at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, in Boston, are getting a unique hands-on education in construction as a building contractor is using a new academic building project as a t...


NYC Introduces Safety Training Rule

Under a new law recently finalized in New York City, workers on many construction sites will be required to go through increased safety training.


NYC Officials Finalize Safety Training Mandate

New York City officials have finalized requirements of a law passed last October that ups the safety training requirements for most of the city’s construction workers.


Inmates Graduate from MO Trade Program

The first group of students at a new program in Kansas City, Missouri, graduated last week, and officials are calling the program a success.


Home Depot Foundation Pledges Millions to Training

The Home Depot Foundation recently announced a $50 million commitment to skilled trades training over the next 10 years, as part of an effort to help fill the skilled labor gap.


OSHA Budget Proposal Cuts Training Grants

A grant program that for four decades has funded safety training via nonprofits, schools and unions is on the chopping block in the Department of Labor's proposed 2019 budget, as the Occupat...


DC Launches Infrastructure Academy to Train Workers

On Monday, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser opened the District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy, a new training program focused on preparing workers for fast-growing jobs in infrastr...


Home Depot Foundation Pledges $50M to Training

The Home Depot Foundation, based in Atlanta, recently announced a $50 million commitment to skilled trades training over the next 10 years in an effort to help fill the skilled labor gap.


OSHA 2019 Budget Slashes Training Grants

In President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposal for 2019, $1.1 billion is slated to be cut from the Department of Labor, with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requesting the ...


DC Launches Infrastructure Academy to Train Workers

On Monday, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser opened the District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy, a new training program focused on preparing workers for fast-growing jobs in infrastr...


OSHA Renews Alliance with Women's Trade Group

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday (Dec. 15) that it will continue to work with the National Association of Women in Construction to safeguard women workers i...


OSHA Renews Alliance with Women's Trade Group

Federal workplace-safety regulators will continue to work with the National Association of Women in Construction to safeguard women workers in the building trades, as the Occupational Safety...


Workshops, Sessions Color SSPC 2018 Technical Program

This year’s SSPC conference, to be held Jan. 15-18 in New Orleans, is set to shed light on topics from surface preparation to coating inspection, safety to leadership.


Masonry Restoration Program Accepting Registrants

For young professionals looking to learn more about masonry and restoration work, the Green-Wood Cemetery is partnering with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow to provide building trades tr...


ChemQuest to Offer Adhesive Bonder Training

Chemquest Group Inc., working in conjunction with Fraunhofer IFAM as its North American partner, is offering a EWF-European Adhesive Bonder (EAB) course, which is slated to begin late Januar...


ChemQuest Offers Adhesive Bonder Training

Chemquest Group Inc., working in conjunction with North American partner Fraunhofer IFAM, will be offering the EWF-European Adhesive Bonder (EAB) course, which is set to begin late January 2...


Columbus Tests Deal with Trades Council

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther is testing out an agreement with the Columbus Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, that he says will ensure local workers on public jobs and boos...


NYC Mayor Authorizes Controversial Safety Bill

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a controversial bill into law that deals with worker safety, which would effectively require that 180,000 city construction workers complet...


NYC Mayor Signs Controversial Safety Bill

Early last week, 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 sa...


ABC President Tapped for Apprenticeship Task Force

In order to implement President Donald J. Trump's plans for expanding apprenticeships, a task force is starting to take shape, and it now involves Associated Builders and Contractors Preside...


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ABC President Tapped for Apprenticeship Task Force

The task force needed to implement President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on apprenticeships is taking shape, and now includes president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors M...


Harwood Training Grant Recipients Announced

The Occupational Health and Safety administration recently announced that it has awarded $10.5 million in grants from the Susan Harwood Training Grants program.


OSHA Announces Harwood Training Grant Recipients

The Occupational Health and Safety administration has awarded $10.5 million in grants for federal health and safety training to 80 nonprofits across the country for the 2017 fiscal year.


NYC Council Passes New Safety Bill

New York City Council approved a bill last Wednesday after more than eight months of deliberation that will require at least 40 hours of safety training for construction workers.


Fake OSHA Training Certificates Plague NYC

Fraudulent Occupational Safety and Health Administration training cards are circulating around the black market of New York City’s streets, and officials are cracking down.


House Reauthorizes Perkins Act

On Thursday (June 22) the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize an act that would help address current labor difficulties in a number of different sectors.


Executive Order Expands Apprentice Program

President Donald J. Trump last week issued an executive order aimed at expanding federal apprenticeship programs, increasing funding for apprenticeships to $200 million while loosening restr...


Trump Signs Order to Expand Apprenticeships

On Thursday, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that would increase federal funding for apprenticeships to $200 million—about double what it is now.


Webinar Explains SSPC Trainthepainter

The new SSPC Trainthepainter training platform will be the topic of a free webinar presented Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT).


SSPC Inks Deal for Malaysia Training

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced Friday that it has signed an agreement with the Institute of Materials, Malaysia to provide SSPC training in Malaysia.


Australian Group Announces Corrosion Seminars

The Australasian Corrosion Association has unveiled its spring 2017 slate of technical seminars and training courses to help boost corrosion and coatings education in Australia, New Zealand,...


Webinar Features Repainting and Permeance

How many times can a commercial building be repainted before problems with moisture occur?


ACI Issues ‘Comprehensive’ Concrete Guide

A new guide seeks to answer any questions related to concrete, including design and specification, inspection and testing topics.


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...


President's Welcome

It is my great honor to personally invite you to join me, other members and the SSPC staff for the SSPC 2017 conference and exhibition at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida from J...


Enhance Your Knowledge, Skills

The heart of the annual SSPC conference and exhibition is its technical program and training opportunities. This year, more than 100 presentations, lectures, discussion panels and demonstrat...


Learn about Architecture for Free

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is set to offer a free, online introductory course called “The Architectural Imagination” beginning Feb. 28.


Benjamin Moore, AIA Offer Architecture Scholarship

Minorities planning to embark on careers in architecture may be eligible for a scholarship being offered by the American Institute of Architects Foundation and Giving Moore, a foundation arm...


SSPC Passes ANSI-ASQ Assessment

The professional association for the industrial protective and marine coatings industry has passed a surveillance audit by the accreditation body responsible for ensuring the safety and qual...


School Focuses on Concrete, Manager Training

Middle Tennessee State University is focusing on training managers and skilled laborers in the construction industry.


Experts to Deliver Free Webinars

Developments in architectural coating technologies and air barrier systems are two concepts that will star in upcoming webinars offered by Durability + Design.


Concrete Program Inhabits Alcatraz Island

There was a time when you had to do something pretty bad to end up on Alcatraz Island for a few months. Some students and military veterans working with the Concrete Preservation Institute r...


OSHA Firms Up Stance on Slips, Trips, Falls

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its long-awaited final rule regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


New Rule Targets Slips, Trips and Falls

Federal workplace safety regulators have published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


Heat Stress Death Leads to Fine

U.S. labor officials have fined a Missouri-based commercial roofing and waterproofing company $12,471 in the death of a worker at a high school project in Jefferson City.


Explore Marine Tank Coating Solutions

Corrosion reportedly cost the United States Department of Defense $21.9 billion in 2014. For the U.S. Navy alone, annual corrosion costs are said to be $7.5 billion with vessel corrosion cos...


All About Vapor Abrasive Blasting

Research, engineering and testing have reportedly combined to make vapor abrasive blast methods faster than dry blasting, easier to use and more reliable in the field.


CUI and Coatings of Choice

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a huge problem, and those in the field say there is plenty of trauma associated with tackling it.


Detroit Fines Arena Builders

Several contractors working on the new $627.5-million National Hockey League arena development in downtown Detroit have failed to follow a local hiring mandate, costing them at least $500,00...


Good Specifications Prevent Coating Failures

A number of factors, ranging from coating selection to outside influences, can contribute to a coating failure. The next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC presents a scientific approach...


Focus on: Polyaspartic Coatings

How much do you know about polyaspartic coatings? Learn about everything from formulations to performance in “Polyaspartic Coatings Technology – Improving Productivity without Sacrificing Pe...


Understanding Inorganic Zinc-Rich Primers

From physical properties and curing mechanism to application and topcoating challenges, the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC aims to help you gain a better understanding of inorga...


Free Webinar: UHP Waterjetting in Shipyards

After about 20 years of research and development, wet surface-tolerant coating is well established, allowing the expansion of waterjetting facilities in both maintenance and new building shi...


OSHA: $10.5M in Safety Training Grants

The federal agency charged with safeguarding workers in the U.S. is awarding $10.5 million to 77 organizations nationwide to help increase workers' and supervisors' worksite safety.


U.K. Board Suspends Three Architects

Failing to control the costs of a project and building in breach of planning permissions and regulations have resulted in suspensions for three U.K. architects, according to authorities.


OSHA Grants to Train Workers

Workplace safety regulators have awarded $10.5 million in grants to 77 nonprofit organizations across the country in an effort to create safer worksites.


Coatings for Water Treatment Plants

When it comes to water and wastewater treatment facilities, a variety of structures and areas require attention.


Waterborne Coatings in the Lab

What determines the performance characteristics of waterborne primers and direct-to-metal coatings? Lori Boggs, technical team leader for the Transportation and Industrial Coatings group at ...


Free Webinar: Holding the Blast

How do you approach the challenges of sticking to a project schedule while preserving a blast-cleaned surface?


Shipyard Responds to Lead Paint Warnings

Workers at a Canadian shipyard were allegedly exposed to lead paint hazards, according to the government health and safety officers who performed a site visit earlier this year.


Free Webinar: Wet Abrasive Blast Cleaning

When it comes to the nitty-gritty of wet abrasive blast cleaning, do you know everything you should?


Global Green Group: Net Zero by 2050

The World Green Building Council has unveiled an ambitious plan to ensure that all buildings are “net zero” in terms of energy consumption in the next 35 years.


SSPC Revises 2 Standards

Two standards—one for the coating of metals and one for qualifying and certifying industrial coating and lining application specialists—have been updated under the direction of SSPC: The Soc...


Challenges for Women in Engineering

There's a gap between the share of engineering students who are women and the share of the engineering workforce that is, and new research has a suggestion as to why.


Study Finds ‘Everyday Sexism’ in Engineering

A new study sheds light on why women are less likely to stay in the engineering profession.


Contractor Association Seeks Support

The Pennsylvania House Labor & Industry Committee approved proposed House Bill 1952 Tuesday (June 14), which authorizes a 1:1 ratio for all of the state’s apprenticeship programs for employe...


Webinar: Painting Bolted Connections

Does your coatings work involve bolted connections on structural steel? Do you know how to handle them? The next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC turns its focus on the important consi...


Thermal Spray Coatings in Marine Sites

The role of arc-sprayed coatings in marine settings is the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


New NY Bridge Builders Tout Safety Record

New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, billed as the largest bridge and highway infrastructure project in North America, is also reported to be one of the safest construction vent...


SSPC, MPI Partner on Training

An expanded partnership between SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and the U.K.-based MPI Group will result in the broadening of the Trainthepainter program, a framework corporate edu...


Hands-On Safety Training Center Opens

A new safety training center made to provide hands-on training to painting contractors and others has opened in near Pittsburgh, PA.


Understanding Laboratory Weathering Tests

Accelerated weathering and light stability testing can be an important part of new product development and quality control.


Safety Center Offers Real-Life Scenarios

A Pennsylvania-based global manufacturer of safety products has announced the opening of its new high-tech safety training center.


Free Webinar: Why Permeance Matters

A free, two-part webinar series hosted by Durability + Design explores water vapor permeance of coating systems on building exteriors. Part one, held Feb. 24, defined permeance; part two, co...


New Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old painter who fell five stories at an apartment project last month in Springfield, MO.


SSPC Scholarship Deadline: April 30

For North American college students, time is running out to apply for scholarships from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


TN Colleges Offer Concrete Degrees

Aspiring concrete industry professionals pursuing an education can now learn the craft via a new partnership between two Tennessee colleges.


SSPC 2016 Presentations Now Live

Expert-led talks on coatings technology, surface preparation, inspection tools, and more presented during SSPC 2016 are now available for online viewing.


Video Sessions Bring Conference to You

Were you double-booked for presentations at SSPC 2016? Is there a bit of data or guidelines from a lecture you’ve been trying to remember?


Grants Open for Training Young Adults

In a move aimed at helping young adults involved in the criminal justice system to overcome barriers to employment in construction and other trades, the U.S. Labor Department is offering $30...


Fatal Collapse Spurs Fraud Charges

A company previously indicted on criminal charges related to a construction site fatality in New York City is now facing fraud charges concerning workers and salaries.


Learn More about Protective Coatings

The protective properties offered by a range of industrial and marine coatings are the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Construction Jobs Picture Mixed, AGC Says

As spending grows in nonresidential construction, data shows employment growth in that sector to be lagging, suggesting contractors are having a hard time finding qualified workers, a new re...


Preserving Steel with Overcoating

What you need to know when performing maintenance painting of steel bridges and industrial structures is the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


AGC Sees Shortages Amid Record Growth

With 19,000 construction jobs added in February and the number of unemployed workers dipping to the lowest level since data tracking began in 2000, the overall picture remains “positive” for...


Metal Band Can Keep ‘Architects’ Name

Misuse of the title “architect” can result in some serious penalties in the UK, but one recent case suggests the profession’s regulatory body takes a more relaxed view when the title is used...


Honoring Women in Construction Trades

With a mission of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), has designated March 6-12 as the time to celebrate w...


Working with Stripe Coatings on Steel

Finding ways to extend the lifespan of coatings on steel structures that lack uniform surface areas is the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Free Webinar Defines Permeance

Water vapor permeance of coatings systems on building exteriors is the topic of an upcoming free two-part webinar series hosted by Durability + Design.


Safety Stand-Down Week Set for May

Millions of construction workers across the country are expected to take part in the third annual National Safety Stand-Down, organized by U.S. workplace health and safety officials.


OSHA Announces Safety Stand-Down Dates

U.S. workplace health and safety officials have announced that the third annual National Safety Stand-Down will take place May 2-6, 2016.


Coatings for the Oil & Gas Industry

The unique challenges of coatings for the oil and gas industry is the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


New OSHA Training Cards Coming

More secure completion cards for Occupational Safety and Health Administration volunteer safety classes will be in place by the end of next month.


Asbestos Case Results in Jail, Fine

An Ontario-based contractor must spend 30 days in jail and pay a $45,000 fine after failing to comply with proper asbestos-removal procedures.


OSHA to Launch New Training Cards

In a move aimed at reducing fraud and improving efficiency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is rolling out more durable and secure completion cards for its 10-hour and 30-h...


Learn to Evaluate, Specify for Slip Resistance

Various standards for evaluating slip resistance are among the topics to be discussed in the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Coatings Courses for Military, DoD Use

From corrosion prevention to chemical agent resistance, coatings professionals will have the opportunity to delve into a range of topics specific to military and Department of Defense applic...


SSPC Event Spotlights Power Industry

From chemistry and application to inspection and specification, coatings professionals will find a variety of topics to choose from among the power and power generation programs offered at S...


Get to Know Marine Coating Standards

What do you need to know when specifying coatings for marine environments? What training opportunities are available to keep you up to date on the latest certifications and standards?


Commercial Lineup Set for SSPC 2016

From air barriers to floor coatings—the commercial track planned for SSPC 2016 will highlight a plethora of topics tailored to commercial and architectural coatings industry professionals.


Oil and Gas Tech on SSPC 2016 Docket

As SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT nears, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is sharing the schedule of conference programming dedicated to work in the oil and gas business.


SSPC Looks at Bridges, Transportation

With just a little more than a month before SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is promoting its lineup for bridge and transportation-related program ses...


Webinar Explores New Regulations

What do you need to know to ensure the abrasives you use conform to SSPC standards? That's the subject of the latest free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


SSPC Surveys Shipping, Marine Topics

With SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT just weeks away, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings spotlights the lineup of shipping and marine conference sessions available on site.


SSPC 2016 Dives into Water, Wastewater

In anticipation of SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT, which will take place Jan. 18-21, 2016, in San Antonio, TX, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced its lineup of programmin...


SSPC Course Available Down Under

The Society for Protective Coating’s popular Concrete Coating Inspector (CCI) course will now be available in Australia and New Zealand, the association announced Thursday (Nov. 12).


Webinar Explores New Regulations

New regulations and safety trends relevant to industrial coatings professionals are the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Construction Adds Most Jobs Since 2009

The construction industry in the U.S. has reason to celebrate after an October jobs report showed a robust increase in its workforce last month.


Webinar Eyes UV Coatings Protection

Coatings and substrates are subject to a number of environmental and atmospheric conditions that can negatively affect their aesthetic and performance properties.


Webinar Zeroes in on Wastewater

The wastewater environment poses its own special considerations. An upcoming free webinar focuses on everything you need to related to coatings in wastewater applications


Axalta Lays a Path for Student Success

Global coatings supplier Axalta Coatings Systems is making an investment in the education of the industry’s future workforce.


Safety Probe Spurs Manslaughter Charges

The owner and foreman of a California construction company face manslaughter charges stemming from the falling death of an employee.


Drop in Immigration Fuels Labor Shortage

A new report suggests that an immigration slowdown is contributing to the rising cost of construction and widespread labor shortages in the industry.


SSPC 2016 Registration Opens

The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) is offering a $200 discount for those who register early for the association’s 2016 conference and tradeshow.


SSPC 2016 Registration Now Open

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced that registration is now open for its annual conference and tradeshow, SSPC 2016, which runs early in 2016.


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.


OSHA Awards $10.5M in Training Grants

Eighty nonprofit organizations have been named recipients of $10.5 million in workplace safety and health training grants through a U.S. Department of Labor program targeting high-risk worke...


OSHA Underwrites Safety Programs

Eighty nonprofit organizations have been named recipients of $10.5 million in workplace safety and health training grants through a U.S. Department of Labor program targeting high-risk worke...


Stay Steady on Wind Energy Work

Safety in the fast-growing wind energy industry was at the forefront of a recent event in Illinois.


Marketing Mission: ‘Born to Build’

An 85-year-old Chicago-based concrete company has rolled out a marketing campaign designed to “celebrate and honor” the American construction workforce.


Painter to Pay $500K in Wage Case

A New Hampshire painting contractor accused of underpaying more than 150 employees and retaliating against one of them has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in wages, damages and penalties...


OSHA: Fall Victim Denied Safety Gear

A Texas-based construction company faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal fines after a temporary worker fell 12 feet through a roof and was hospitalized with severe injuries.


Exposing Kids to Asbestos Ends in Prison

FRESNO, CA—A former executive of a now-defunct nonprofit construction training company will serve nearly two years behind bars after exposing dozens of California high school students to asb...


Alert, New App Flag Heat Dangers

WASHINGTON--Common sense is still failing to protect dozens of workers from dying and thousands from falling ill as summer's heat clamps down, federal officials say.


Alert, App Help Workers Beat the Heat

WASHINGTON--With summer in full swing, the health risks to painters, inspectors, construction workers and others working outside are rising with the temperatures.


EPA Tightens Rules for Storage Tanks

WASHINGTON--Stepped-up containment, training and inspection will soon be required under newly revised federal regulations meant to prevent hazardous releases from the nation's 571,000 underg...


OSHA Card Fraudster May Get 5 Years

CAMDEN, NJ--A thriving enterprise peddling fake federal safety certifications on New Jersey job sites has shut down with a second guilty plea and the prospect of prison for one of the princi...


2nd Guilty Plea in OSHA Card Scam

CAMDEN, NJ--A New Jersey man faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for selling federal safety certifications to construction workers who had not completed the training.


ACI Updates Concrete Manual for 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—The newly revised bible of best practices for concrete is now available from the American Concrete Institute.


ACI Releases Updated Concrete Manual

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—A “must-have” encyclopedia of concrete technology for engineers, architects, contractors and concrete product producers is now available from the American Concrete Insti...


Polyurea Primer: 3 Cs, 3 Minutes

PITTSBURGH—Why, after all these years, is Dudley Primeaux still so pumped about polyurea?


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.


U.S. Urges Smoke-Free Workplaces

ATLANTA—Whether it's smoldering tobacco or gurgling vape, the federal government wants it out of the workplace, even in smoking-intensive industries like construction.


NIOSH Urges Tobacco-Free Workplaces

ATLANTA—A new federal scientific bulletin calls on U.S. employers to prohibit smoking in all workplaces and to offer tobacco-cessation programs to workers.


Free Webinar Focuses on Vapor Blasting

Using water to suppress airborne dust during abrasive blasting can achieve the same power as dry blasting, according to an upcoming webinar.


Feds Suspend Construction Trainer

The former director of a university program that trained students for highway construction careers has been suspended from future federal transportation contracts amid allegations that he li...


Plant Blast Draws $110K Fine

A resin plant that has been the site of hazardous-waste sanctions and accidents that left three workers burned is facing its third federal case in four years.


Free Webinar Tackles Coatings Training

Selecting protective coatings for harsh oil and gas environments requires extensive knowledge of industry standards and practical experience.


Accidents Add Income Insult to Injury

If you shatter your leg (or worse) in a fall from a scaffold, who is going to shoulder the six-figure medical bills? And fill the income gap while you recover?


DoD Offers Free SSPC, NACE Training

SSPC and NACE will provide free courses in corrosion prevention and mitigation this year to Department of Defense personnel, thanks to funding from DoD's corrosion office.


OSHA: Accidents Add Inequity to Injury

The financial hit caused by workplace injuries may be as devastating as the physical one, with rising expenses and declining income that persist for years, a new federal report finds.


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...


$7,600 Fine for Fatal, Serious Falls

The death of a Nebraska worker in a 16-foot fall—and the injuries to the buddy who fell trying to save him—will cost their employer a maximum of $7,600, the Occupational Safety and Health Ad...


ACI Launches Certifications, ‘University’

Two new masonry-related certification programs and an online university are now available from the American Concrete Institute.


'Architect' Claim Draws Record Fine

Calling yourself an architect when you are not is not just an empty boast in the UK; it's a crime that is now drawing a record fine, authorities say.


OSHA Cites Northrop Grumman Painting

Complaints about excessive painter exposure to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium have led to serious federal citations against defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.


Poll: Schools Need to Get Real

Architecture schools in the UK are doing a poor job of preparing students for the real world and real architecture, a new poll concludes.


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.


U.S., UK Construction Hiring to Surge

New forecasts on both sides of the Atlantic put construction job seekers in the driver's seat this year, with projects on the upswing and many firms planning to expand.


Builder Fined in Student’s Accident

A Delaware homebuilder is being held liable for a severe head injury suffered by a high school student enrolled in a coop training program with the contractor.


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


Painter, Plasterer Fined in Electrocutions

Two California contracting companies are facing nearly $200,000 in fines after two young workers were electrocuted, and a third severely injured, in separate incidents just days apart.


Commercial Lineup on Deck for SSPC

Project design, coatings inspection for commercial structures, and building envelope issues will star in the commercial track planned for SSPC 2015.


$11M to Boost Ship Tech and Training

Extensive laser peening, better training and a whole lot more robots appear headed for shipbuilding and maintenance crews in 2015, fueled by more than $11 million in new funding from the Nat...


EPA Enforces RRP against 62 Contractors

Dozens of U.S. renovation contractors, painters and training providers will share a tab of more than $200,000 to settle federal violations of the Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair and Pain...


DOL Offers $100M for Apprenticeships

High-skilled, high-growth industries will get $100 million in grants to expand apprenticeship programs, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.


OSHA Fines 4 NY Housing Contractors

Fall hazards, electrical problems and other safety violations on an affordable-housing project in New York may cost a general contractor and three of its subs thousands of dollars in fines.


Bogus Asbestos Trainer Pleads Guilty

A former employee of an asbestos-removal training firm has pleaded guilty to falsely issuing asbestos-abatement certificates on the side to more than 100 people in exchange for cash.


SSPC, NACE Revising Applicator Standard

NACE and SSPC are seeking input on their joint applicator certification standard as they prepare to review and revise the standard.


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.


Program to Prevent Worker Hearing Loss

Nearly half of all construction workers suffer hearing loss—a permanent, but preventable illness—according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


5 SSPC Courses Added for Vets

Veterans interested in coatings training now have five additional programs to choose from, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced.


Aging Code Officials Set for Mass Exit

More than 80 percent of building-code professionals across the U.S. expect to retire within next 15 years, and more than 30 percent plan to leave within five, according to a new report.


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...


Survey Finds Craft Worker Shortage

Most U.S. construction companies are reporting difficulty in filling openings for key craft workers, including painters, a new survey finds.


Paint Firm's Temp Hazards Fined $84K

"Deliberately disabled" safety devices and other hazards to unsupervised temporary workers have landed a Georgia paint maker in trouble with federal regulators.


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.


Myths, Mistakes Raise Asbestos Toll

Neither drinking a glass of water nor opening a window will protect a worker from asbestos.


Historic Renovation Draws $107K Fine

A sweeping plan to renovate an abandoned 19th-century textile mill in Connecticut has run seriously afoul of federal health and safety regulators.


Free Workbook Promotes Safety at Work

A new workbook aimed at evaluating and improving safety on the job has been published.


Veterans Get Corrosion Career Training

U.S. military veterans are becoming certified in cathodic protection with the help of a $2,500 grant from Consumers Energy, an electric and natural gas utilities company in Michigan.


OSHA Defers Crane Operator Rule

U.S. crane operators will get a three-year reprieve on certification requirements that had been set to take effect this fall, federal regulators have announced.


Navy Shipyard Probe Curbs Work of 300

The U.S. Navy has restricted the duties of 300 civilian nuclear workers at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard amid allegations that they received credit for training they did not attend.


Contractor Gets 2nd Confined-Space Case

Four months after settling 17 federal health and safety violations, a Kansas-based provider of railcar painting and maintenance services is facing a second case for similar issues.


U.S. Focuses on Temp Worker Safety

Aiming to avert simple mistakes that can kill or maim untrained workers in their first day on a job, the U.S. has issued new guidance for employers charged with safety.


Guidance Aims to Protect Temp Labor

New to the site, assigned on the fly, and often untrained, temporary workers are highly vulnerable to serious or fatal injury—a gap that new federal guidance seeks to fill.


OSHA: No Fine in Fatal PA Blast

Unable to pinpoint the cause of a fatal natural-gas explosion in southwestern Pennsylvania, federal regulators say they will not issue citations in the case.


$148M Metals Hub Plans Detroit Digs

A new $148 million federally funded lightweight-materials manufacturing and research “ecosystem" is headed for the Motor City.


OSHA Releases Video Game Safety Tool

Identifying workplace hazards may be as easy as playing a video game.


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.


OSHA Cites Bad Bracing in Steel Fatality

A massive steel beam that fatally crushed a worker last year at a Boston steel fabricator was not properly braced, nor was its stability maintained, federal officials say.


Global Industrial Painter Training Set

SSPC has thrown its weight behind a leading UK painting and blasting training curriculum as part of an effort to expand the program worldwide.


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.


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...


Construction Employment Notches High

Six million people now work construction in the United States—a five-year high, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.


OSHA Slams Contractor in Near-Collapse

A contractor’s failure to brace an empty shell of a building left it a death trap on the brink of collapse on untrained workers, federal authorities have determined.


Vets Offered Free Training in Trades

A global trade union has become the latest player to recruit military veterans for the dwindling ranks of the U.S. construction workforce, especially in the area of military maintenance.


IUPAT Launches Training for Veterans

A new program is providing free training to U.S. military veterans in the industrial coating sector, with plans to expand into other coursework soon.


Concrete Maker Cited for Repeat Dangers

Federal authorities are accusing a Pennsylvania concrete manufacturer of multiple repeat and serious violations of safety standards at its plant—the company’s fourth case in five years.


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...


Crashes Hit 45% of Work Zones

Nearly half of U.S. highway contractors report that their work zones were struck by motor vehicles during the past year, according to a new study by the Associated General Contractors of Ame...


Worker’s Kin Gets $7M+ Asbestos Award

The family of a former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard worker has been awarded $7.25 million in his death after years of workplace exposure to asbestos.


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.


Building Show to Offer AIA Credits

Professional architects will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits at multiple presentations planned for the upcoming D+D 2014 Conference and Exhibition.


O, Canada, This Sounds Familiar

ORLANDO-When it comes to industrial protective coatings, what happens in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.) doesn't stay in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.).


Coatings Crowd Converges on FL

Exhibit and housing space are long gone, and dozens of expert-led sessions are ready to roll, as more than 2,000 industry professionals pour into Orlando, FL, today (Feb. 10) for SSPC 2014 f...


Precast Maker Cited in Worker’s Death

An Illinois concrete company sanctioned in 2012 for not seeking immediate help for a trapped supervisor is now accused of egregious safety violations after a worker was crushed to death in 2...


Silica Commenters Get 2nd Reprieve

Friends and foes of a federal proposal to slash silica exposures in the workplace will have even more time to comment on the plan.


Silica Comment Period Extended Again

Federal authorities will once again allow more time for public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to silica.


NACE Expands Training to Middle East

NACE International has announced plans to open a new corrosion control training facility in Dubai, UAE.


$740K Fine May Close CT Contractor

A four-generation coating and abrasive blasting business says it will shut down most of its operations in the face of a $743,500 state fine for hazardous waste, training and other violations...


Navy Likes Ike’s New Paint Protocol

A promising new painting technique being piloted aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower may change the way the Navy does industrial painting on all of its aircraft carriers.


Plant Fined after Painter Half-Blinded

A Columbus, OH, metal staircase manufacturing facility faces $90,090 in proposed penalties after a head injury left a painter blind in one eye and half-sightless in the other.


Railcar Finishing Operation Fined $133K

Abrasive blasting without fall protection, lining work in unexamined confined spaces, silica hazards and other dangers have drawn federal citations against a railcar finishing contractor for...


CPWR Unveils Free Toolbox Talk Series

From aerial lifts to workplace stress, employers now have 52 free, new ready-to-use Toolbox Talk modules to make 2014 safer for workers, courtesy of CPWR: The Center for Construction Researc...


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.


NIBS Seeks Input on Building Workforce

Facility managers, building operations workers, and other professionals are needed to participate in a nationwide effort to improve the quality of the commercial building workforce.


Labor Squeeze Seen Amid Robust Growth

A banner year is in store for U.S. construction and engineering firms—if they can find enough skilled labor to support the boom, new reports advise.


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...


Pipeline Pig Maker Gets 19 Citations

Methylene chloride exposures, impalement and amputation dangers, and other alleged hazards have racked up $58,100 in fines against a Texas-based maker of pipeline cleaning pigs.


Repeat Violations Seen in Fatal Fall

A Nebraska contractor says he will fight a $70,000 federal fine imposed in the death of one of his employees, even though he has been cited for the same violations before.


‘Fatal Inequality’ Seen on Jobsites

Construction is dangerous for all workers, but Latinos and immigrants are more likely to be killed on the job and less likely to speak up about its hazards, a new report warns.


Immigrants Lead Construction Deaths

Latino and immigrant construction workers are more likely than their co-workers to be killed on the job but remain fearful about voicing safety concerns, a new report shows.


Hotel Project Death Spurs Fines

The July death of a worker on a hotel project has resulted in $21,560 in proposed federal fines for a Boston-area contractor with a history of safety, health and wage violations.


Artists Hope to Turn Slum into Art

Dutch artists want to turn an entire hillside slum in Rio de Janeiro into a monumental piece of urban art—and they are asking for your help.


Rice U. to Study China’s New Towns

Architects and urban planners should think less about tearing down and more about building upon neighborhoods set by culture and history, according to officials at Rice University.


More Roofing Training Headed to College

Roofing-specific education will become a larger part of the curriculum in construction management programs at several U.S. universities, under a new educational partnership between the indus...


Railcar Finishing Work Nets $170K Fine

A New York manufacturer of rail and aircraft interiors is facing 24 federal health and safety citations and $170,100 in fines for coating, sanding and related hazards at its plant in Champla...


The High Cost of Hot Crew Tempers

Heated arguments on construction sites aren't new, but those conflicts are costing companies far more than they probably realize, a novel new study suggests.


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...


OSHA Offers New Training Guide on Falls

Federal safety authorities have expanded worker training materials to include a new fall prevention guide with “Toolbox Talks.”


DoD Raps Corrosion Training, Technology

The U.S. military could fight corrosion damage far more effectively with better cooperation, training and communication among the various service branches, the Department of Defense has conc...


Job Culture Quells Injury Reports

If you work in construction, is getting hurt just “part of the job?”


Master Painters Expand Online Training

Paint professionals interested in advanced training and certification in maintenance repainting have a new online option from the Master Painters Institute (MPI).


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...


Army Cited after 3 Diving Deaths

Federal health and safety investigators have issued citations against the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Test Center in the first of three diving deaths that occurred just weeks apart earlier this yea...


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.


Repeat Fall Risks Draw $73K Fine

Recurring fall hazards spotted by federal inspectors at two commercial work sites have triggered multiple citations and nearly $80,000 in fines for an Illinois maintenance and roofing contra...


Low-Income Workers Train as Painters

Thousands of public-housing residents who have struggled to find steady work are learning the skills necessary to work as painters, due to a program launched to address a trade shortage.


Contractors Fined in Fire that Injured 3

Federal regulators have slapped 22 citations and $60,200 in fines on two government contractors in a flash fire that erupted inside some insulation ductwork and severely burned three workers...


Painting Contractor Cited in 2nd Death

A New York industrial painting contractor who lost two transmission tower painters in two deadly falls two years apart is now facing $35,000 in fines for new federal safety citations.


Roofer Fined $115K in Paralyzing Fall

A commercial roofing contractor whose employee was paralyzed in a 20-foot fall is facing a $115,500 fine and three willful federal safety violations in the case.


Producer Blamed in Death of Tank Diver

A California film studio is being held liable for the death of a water tank cleaner who drowned on a movie set last fall.


Contractors Fined in 2 Electrocutions

Two Florida contractors are appealing a total of $17,500 in fines imposed in the deaths of two maintenance workers who were electrocuted while removing molding at a luxury condo project.


Ruling: Communications Doomed Worker

One emergency radio system—rather than a protracted chain of cell-phone calls—could have helped save the life of bridge worker Tilden Billiot, a federal review panel has concluded.


Fired, Injured RR Workers to Get $1.1M

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered to pay more than $1.1 million and clear the records of three employees, including a bridge worker, whom it allegedly fired after they were injur...


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...


Group Calls for Immigrant Builder Reform

Fifty percent of workers in one of the most active construction markets in the U.S. are undocumented, underpaid and less likely to receive life-saving worker training, according to a recent ...


Corrosion? Yep, There’s an App for That

It won't threaten Fruit Ninja or Pandora, but a new reference-packed corrosion app for engineers is finding its own success.


Bogus OSHA Trainer Pleads Guilty

A Louisiana woman has admitted impersonating a federal health and safety trainer in order to fleece immigrants displaced from the Gulf Coast fishing industry by the Deepwater Horizon ...


Safety Apps Target Younger Workers

Four new award-winning apps and websites aim to enhance workplace health and safety, especially among younger workers.


Dura-A-Flex Expands Applicator Training

Dur-A-Flex has added a second location and additional sessions to its Applicator Training Program (ATP), expanding the program to the company's facility in Ontario, CA.


Award-Winning Apps Offer Hip Path to Safety

Are you more likely to date a supermodel or die in a fall? Do you work with a Safety Jackass? Above all, do you have a clue how to handle that mystery chemical you're about to use?


French City Opens 1st Mural Art College

The French city of Lyon, a place well known for its mural masterpieces, now boasts the world’s first school dedicated to higher education in the art form.


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.


 
 
   

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