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DOL Acts to Promote Workers' Rights

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor, alongside the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, announced a joint initiative to raise awar...


Hawbaker Issued Second Class-Action Lawsuit

For the second time in the past six months, State College, Pennsylvania-based contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. has been issued a class-action lawsuit.


Facebook Launches Building Trades Training Program

To help the construction industry find skilled laborers, social media giant Facebook has recently launched a nationwide construction job training program.


Walsh Launches Addiction Recovery Program

As part of an initiative to address alcohol and drug addiction within the construction industry, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and the Massachusetts Building Trades Council have launched ...


Safety Sweeps Shut Down 1,499 Sites

Last month, New York City Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca announced the results of the Department’s citywide “Zero Tolerance” construction safety enforcement campaign, revealing t...


Worker, Material Issues Plague Construction

In a report released late last month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has found that contractors in the commercial construction industry are witnessing a slowdown in post-pandemic recovery.


AU Projects Shutdown Over Vaccine Protests

Project sites were shut down last week after construction workers engaged in violent protests regarding Australia’s Victorian Government announcement to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.


OSHA to Mandate Vaccines for Large Employers

In a statement issued by the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is drafting a new temporary emergency standard that would require emplo...


TX Company Offers Apprenticeship Program

Servicing the petrochemical, industrial and energy sectors, Houston-based Apache Industrial Services has recently announced a new apprenticeship training program for services such as coating...


New Show to Highlight Industry Trades

Coming this July, streaming platform JUL-TV is slated to launch its latest documentary series, “The Money Machine,” which will feature the benefits of working in the trades as potential care...


Kenzen Announces PPE Summer Rental

Manufacturer of smart personal protective equipment, Kenzen, has recently announced via emailed press release that it will be offering a new rental program for its wearable devices.


USDOT Reinstates Local Hiring Program

Last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced the reinstatement of a pilot program managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Fe...


NY Contractors Request Scaffold Law Waiver

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has recently received a letter from the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, in addition to three New York-...


EPA Issues Grant for Environmental Job Training

Environmental and conservation workforce development and job training company, Limitless Vistas Inc. has recently been awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...


Women Answer Construction Roles Survey for WIC

In celebration of Women in Construction Week last week, the National Association of Women in Construction and Safe Site Check In held a workforce survey where they asked more than 700 women ...


Exec Order Suspends Certain Work Visas

On Monday (June 22), President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order suspending several types of temporary worker visas and green cards for foreign workers until the end of the year.


Report: Safe Practices Critical During COVID-19

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin projected the epidemiological impacts of allowing some or all construction workers in the Austin, Tex...


DOL Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement

On Monday (April 13), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic.


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...


ABC Chapter Sues Over Hiring Requirements

The City of St. Petersburg, Florida is being sued by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors for its contractor requirement to hire apprentices and disadvan...


Report: Construction Wages Up in 2018

According to an analysis conducted by the National Association of Home Builders on the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, workers in constructio...


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 ...


DOL Issues Final $35K Overtime Threshold

Earlier this week the United States Department of Labor announced a final ruling on overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, making 1.3 million American workers eligible.


Employee Misclassification Ruling Stirs Debate

Recently announced, independent federal agency National Labor Relations Board determined that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors does not violate the National Labo...


DOL Recovers $6M in Unpaid Construction Wages

In a press release issued by the office of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a joint investigation between the New York State Department of Labor and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Construct...


Study: Poor Sleep Links to Construction Injuries

In a recent study completed by researchers at Colorado State University, employers could improve workplace safety by ensuring their employees get a good night’s sleep.


Contractor Gives NOLA Workers Back Pay

After a recent investigation by the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the agency has found Gomez Drywall Construction Inc. guilty of breaking federal rules on overt...


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...


Painters Needed for PA Inn

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle located in Howard, Pennsylvania.


New Bill Allows Visas for Temporary Workers

Last Wednesday (March 13), U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, introduced two bills that will create a new immigration visa system for construction and other non-farm workers,...


New CRRC Member Appointed

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. recently announced in an emailed press release the appointment of David A. Cocuzzi as ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Cool...


ChemQuest Exec Appointed as New CRRC Member

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. recently announced in an emailed press release the appointment of David A. Cocuzzi as ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Cool...


Deal Ends 17-Day Crane Strike in WA

Seattle crane operators are no longer on a 17-day strike thanks to a tentative deal struck between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contrac...


Steel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

As contract negotiations between United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel continue, steelworkers in and around Pittsburgh voted Thursday to allow the union to call for a strike if necessary.


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...


Steel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

As contract negotiations between United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel continue, steelworkers in and around Pittsburgh voted Thursday to allow the union to call for a strike if necessary.


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ABC Asks for Drug Testing in NYC Construction

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Congress to Cut OSHA Rule

Congress has voted to ditch a workplace regulation that extended the time period for federal workplace safety authorities to cite employers for failing to report workplace injuries and illne...


Iron Workers Introduce Maternity Leave

A union that represents workers in bridge construction and other building trades is looking to make paid maternity leave standard practice in an industry that often eschews the benefit.


Trade Group Offers Maternity-Leave Benefits

Paid maternity leave is practically unheard of in the building trades; however, the Iron Workers and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperation Trust say they are on a mission ...


Construction Job Growth, Shortages

U.S. construction employment increased by 58,000 jobs in February, to reach 6.8 million, the highest level since November 2008, according an analysis of new government data.


Webinar Features Repainting and Permeance

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


Architects Weigh in on Immigration

Immigration policies aimed at deportation and closing the nation's doors can impact the design and building industry, U.S. architects say.


Pay Scheme Results in $3.2M Fine

A New Jersey-based contractor with ties to several New York City public projects faces $3.2 million in fines for underpaying dozens of immigrant workers, authorities have announced.


Report Tackles Worker Health Issues

Nearly a third of construction workers lack health insurance despite half experiencing at least one doctor-diagnosed health condition, according to a recent report.


Workers, PPG Donate $111K in EMEA

PPG employees in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region have given more than $111,000 to selected charities in the first year of a new program, the global paint manufacturer announced Mon...


New York Painter Charged in Fraud

The owner of a New York-based interior painting company faces 15 years in prison for allegedly misreporting over $570,000 in revenue.


Program Explores Workplace Diversity

This year’s Women in Coatings session at SSPC 2017, which closed Thursday (Feb. 2) in Tampa, looked beyond the role of women in the industry’s workforce to also explore the skills and attrib...


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.


Field Painting for the Super Bowl

Painting crews play a key role when it comes to the big game.


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...


ChemQuest Adds Tech Expert

Dr. Sudhir Hublikar has been hired by The ChemQuest Group Inc. to fill the role of Technology and Innovations Director, bringing expertise in coatings and chemical technology, the company re...


Coatings Maker Settles Hazardous Waste Case

A Vermont-based coatings manufacturer has agreed to design and install a new system to capture and control solvent vapors at its manufacturing facility to resolve a case with the U.S. Enviro...


Technology Expert Joins ChemQuest

The ChemQuest Group Inc. has announced the appointment of coatings and chemical expert Dr. Sudhir Hublikar as its new Technology and Innovations Director.


US Construction Industry Hiring in 2017

A new sampling of opinion in the U.S. construction industry indicates that most American contractors are prepared to add staff in the coming year.


Construction Outlook Positive for 2017

Nearly three quarters of American construction companies plan to increase headcounts in 2017, according to a survey released this week.


China to Ease Israel’s Labor Woes

China has agreed to send up to 20,000 construction workers to Israel to help alleviate the country’s labor shortage.


Painters' Union Debuts Wage App

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, labor worker centers and others groups have joined together to develop a new tool to combat wage theft and labor exploitation among imm...


App Made to Help Report Wage Theft

A new tool to combat wage theft and labor exploitation among immigrant workers was introduced last month by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, New York-based day labor wo...


Asbestos Goes Under EPA Microscope

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at 10 chemicals, including asbestos, using new powers granted to the agency by the recently enacted Toxic Substance Control Act reforms.


Halt to Overtime Rule Comes Under Appeal

Stakeholders on both sides of the controversial new overtime-pay rule that would make overtime pay available to 4.2 million workers continue to hash out its future in the court system.


Overtime Rule Roadblock Under Appeal

The future of a new overtime-pay rule that would have made overtime pay available to 4.2 million workers is uncertain due to a federal court ruling in Texas.


EPA to Assess Asbestos, Other Chemicals

Asbestos is listed among the first 10 chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating under new powers granted under the Toxic Substance Control Act reform.


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.


Former Chinese Diplomats Face Charges

Federal prosecutors in New York have charged two former Chinese diplomats in a six-year scheme involving forced construction work.


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.


Judge Delays Contractor 'Blacklist' Rule

A new rule that would put federal contractors under much closer scrutiny was delayed by a preliminary injunction from a federal judge in Texas Tuesday (Oct. 25), the day it was scheduled to ...


Last-Minute Order Delays Contractor Rule

A federal judge in Texas has issued a last-minute preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule, which was scheduled to go into partial effe...


OSHA Retaliation Rule Postponed Again

Implementation of a controversial new rule regarding workplace health and retaliation has again been postponed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


OSHA Further Delays Anti-Retaliation Measures

Employers will get yet another reprieve in anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s controversial “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnes...


Whistleblower to Cost Masonry Firm $135K

One of the nation’s largest producers of masonry units has agreed to pay $135,000 in back wages and compensatory damages to a former employee in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labo...


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...


House Attempts to Stall Overtime Rule

With the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule set to be enacted in just two months, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week intended to delay its start by six mon...


Overtime Rule Outrage: New Bill, Lawsuits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday (Sept. 29) to stall the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule for six months—the latest volley in the dispute over the rule that aim...


Hotel Contractor Hit with Hefty Fines

A Texas-based commercial contractor faces more than $750,000 in fines for allegedly cheating 65 workers out of their proper compensation on a $25 million hotel renovation project in Hawaii, ...


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.


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.


DOE, Contractor Fight Nuclear Waste Suit

The U.S. Department of Energy and a contractor are seeking the dismissal of a suit brought by the state of Washington as the state and the federal government continue to spar over hazards su...


Coatings Maker Names President

Gaco Western, a Seattle-based manufacturer of elastomeric coatings and polyurethane spray foam, has named Chuck Skalski as president after 25 years with the company.


9/11 Museum Suit Dismissed

A New York appeals court has sided against a steel company that claimed it lost millions in its work on the National Sept. 11 Museum.


Painter Accused of Assaulting Worker

An argument over tardiness and work performance reportedly turned violent for one Boston painting contractor and his employee.


DOL Calls for NM Wage Data

As part of its ongoing survey by state, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is calling for participation in its wage determination survey of construction projects wit...


Contractor Faces Criminal Probe

Federal workplace safety officials say criminal charges may be brought against an Illinois construction company accused of exposing immigrant employees to asbestos, without proper safety gea...


Two Firms to Pay $2.4M in Wage Probe

A New England construction concern and a related company have been ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million in back wages and damages to almost 500 employees for misclassifying them as independent...


5 Injured in Floor Collapse

Federal safety regulators are investigating a partial floor collapse at a Florida hotel construction project that injured five workers Tuesday (June 28) morning.


Could ‘Brexit’ Dog UK Construction?

Some in the British construction industry are worried that the pending exit of the U.K. from the European Union could exacerbate a shortage of skilled workers that’s already affecting the co...


Cheated NY Workers Get Windfall

For one contractor, it turns out taking a cab ride home actually made him (and his friends) money. Albeit, it was money he was owed for work done over a decade ago.


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...


Contractor Convicted in NYC Pit Collapse

A New York construction company was convicted Friday on a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a worker in a trench collapse in Manhattan last year.


Owner Gets Probation in Immigration Case

A Washington State drywall company and its owner have been sentenced for illegally hiring workers in violation of immigration laws.


Red Phone Booth Revamp

Britain’s iconic red telephone boxes may have found their calling in the modern era—the mini office.


Tesla Suit Exposes Labor Issues

A new paint shop for a Tesla Motors factory expansion is at the center of a controversy over whether the contractors responsible for its construction were grossly underpaid.


Paint Shop Builder Sues Tesla

A worker brought in from overseas to help construct a high-volume paint shop for Tesla Motors in Fremont, CA, reports he was paid as little as $5 per hour without overtime.


Will Overtime Rule Hurt or Help Workers?

While the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new rule implementing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations governing who is exempt from overtime, construction ...


Industry Groups Slam Overtime Rule

Construction industry groups argue that the new overtime wage rule aimed at increasing wages for middle-income Americans will actually do the opposite.


Contractor Pays $682K for Unpaid Overtime

A Texas contractor has paid $682,318 in back wages to 161 employees to resolve allegations the company did not pay the workers overtime wages, according to federal officials.


‘Blacklisted’ Construction Workers Settle

More than 400 construction workers and union members who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects have settled an ongoing High Court case involving major UK builders.


Construction Machines Clash in China

For some, settling workplace disputes involves calm, but heated verbal exchanges. For others, they consist of climbing into a piece of heavy construction machinery and using it as a weapon.


Report Questions Builders' Labor Worries

Construction industry groups have incessantly sounded alarms that the biggest challenge facing the recovering housing market is a lack of skilled labor; however, a new report seems to questi...


Feds: Payroll Scam Nets $17.4M

An Orlando woman faces decades in prison for allegedly running a scam that allowed construction contractors and subcontractors, including painters, to conceal the use of undocumented workers...


Winds Blamed in Deadly Crane Collapse

A construction crane collapse that killed 18 workers in China remains under investigation.


See Seattle’s Landmark Take Shape

For the first time, a collection of 2,400 photos documenting the construction of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle have been digitized.


Fine Levied for Paint Chemical Hazards

Federal authorities allege that workers were exposed to toxic levels of chemicals in adhesives and paints because a Wisconsin facility in which they were working in lacked adequate engineeri...


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.


Work Halts After WWII Devices Unearthed

Work on a £90 million ($126 million) luxury multi-family residential project in Liverpool, England, remained halted Wednesday (March 16) after several World War II devices were discovered at...


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...


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...


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.


NYC Crane Collapse Claims 1

Authorities are investigating what caused a crane to collapse in lower Manhattan Friday (Feb. 5), killing a 38-year-old man and seriously injuring at least three others.


$6.5B in Losses Lead to Steep BP Layoffs

While announcing a loss of $6.5 billion in the 2015 fiscal year—said to be the largest annual loss in its history—British oil and gas company BP has revealed plans to lay off 7,000 employees...


Construction Jobs Rise Throughout 2015

Most states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs last year, while states that support energy production and concern about worker shortages continued to be the dark spots in t...


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.


Recovery, Challenges Ahead in Construction

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Construction Outlook Mixed for 2016

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


RIDOT Brings Striping Work In-House

In an effort to reduce costs and improve process efficiency, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) recently announced plans to consolidate its roadway pavement markings opera...


Study: Millennials Key in Construction

A new study suggests that millennials might help close the gap on the shortage of available construction workers.


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.


OSHA to Increase Fines in 2016

Federal workplace regulators will soon impose stiffer penalties on contractors and others who run afoul of health and safety laws.


Study: Green Matters in Office Settings

When it comes to productivity at work, does it matter whether your office is “green” or not?


Construction Market Good, Data Says

Even amid worker shortages, two new reports shine a bright light on the U.S. construction environment based on September figures.


Contractor Fined in Manslaughter Case

A U.K. court has ordered a scaffolding contractor to pay £300,000 (about $464,000 USD) after a fall killed a worker in 2012.


Reports: Strong Pulse for Construction

From credit risk to construction spending, all signs point to a strengthening U.S. construction industry.


UK Contractors Apologize for Blacklist

Eight of the biggest construction firms in the U.K. have issued an “unprecedented” apology to thousands of workers who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects.


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 ...


Design Execs Fined for Unpaid Wages

Two directors of a global design firm have been found guilty and fined thousands of dollars for failing to pay workers in Hong Kong, authorities say.


Valspar Awards $25K in Scholarships

Students from around the globe who are studying coatings and polymeric materials at the North Dakota State University in Fargo will receive $25,000 in scholarships thanks to Valspar Corp.


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.


Decreased Workload Prompts Downsizing

Citing a drop in available work, Newport News Shipbuilding—the sole builder of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two builders constructing nuclear-powered submarines—laid off 480 salari...


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.


Workers Walk Out in Korean Shipyards

South Korea’s troubled shipyards are dealing with yet another blow: striking workers.


Uneven Job Growth in U.S. Construction

The U.S. construction industry appears caught between divergent economic trends that aid employment in some areas and hinder it in others, according to Associated General Contractors of Amer...


Roofer Sentenced for Lying to OSHA

The owner of an Alabama steel and roofing company has been sentenced to three years of probation and 30 hours of community service after lying to federal safety authorities regarding a March...


U.S. Construction Job Picture Mixed

A new analysis shows uneven job growth in the U.S. construction sector.


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.


Construction Workers at Risk for COPD

Respiratory health among construction workers is the focus of new research by Duke University and the Center for Construction Research.


Coating Made to Signal Dehydration

What if you could tell when your workers were dehydrated by the shirts on their backs?


Worker Shortage Threatens Growth

Optimism is high as construction spending levels rose strongly in June compared to the past year, but the outlook is tempered by concerns over a lack of skilled workers in key areas, which m...


Spending on the Rise; Workers Needed

U.S. construction spending inched up in June to an annualized rate of $1.06 trillion, up 12 percent from year ago levels, according to newly released Census Bureau data.


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.


Legal Status of Trump Workers at Issue

WASHINGTON--No stranger to controversy, mega builder and presidential candidate Donald Trump is now under fire for making inflammatory comments about immigrants.


OSHA Gives Look at the Transgender Loo

WASHINGTON--Caitlyn Jenner and the 700,000 other American adults who identify as transgender have newly defined federal protections in the workplace, a new guide reminds employers.


New U.S. Guide Aids Transgender Workers

WASHINGTON--Caitlyn Jenner may be the world's most famous transgender face, but she's not the only one—and all transgender workers have federal protections, regulators are reminding employer...


Gender Gap Still Divides Architects

SAN FRANCISCO—Although women make up nearly half of graduates from U.S. architecture programs, they also remain underrepresented in the field, according to a new report.


Abatement Company, Owner Indicted

BOSTON, MA—An asbestos abatement company and its owner have been charged with paying employees off the books in order to defraud a union and dodge taxes, according to federal authorities.


Wage Theft at Home in Construction

AMHERST, MA—It's not fraud; it's a new business model.


Study Sounds Wage-Theft Alarm

AMHERST, MA—Wage theft in residential construction has reached such “epidemic” levels in Massachusetts that the illegal practice is becoming an accepted "business model," a new study suggest...


Researcher: Build Safety on Openness

BOSTON—Construction sites are filled with dangers that change constantly, so why isn't that high-stakes ebb and flow passed to the crews at risk?


Vigils, Videos Mark Day of Memorial

WASHINGTON, DC—Every day, about 12 U.S. workers are killed on the job, while millions more each year suffer work-related injuries and illnesses—a toll that government and worker groups recom...


Wage Probe Nets 16 Construction Firms

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 1,000 employees of homebuilders across Utah and Arizona will collect back wages totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars after a federal investigation unearthed i...


Road Workers Free Dangling Toddler

SINGAPORE—Two migrant construction workers are being hailed as heroes after rescuing a toddler dangling by her head from the balcony of a second-floor apartment in Singapore.


Drywaller Docked $1M in Comp Fraud

TUMWATER, WA—A former drywall contractor who misclassified his employees and lied about their work hours in order to duck workers' compensation will pay more than $1 million to make good in ...


OSHA Turns to Cell Tower Safety

WASHINGTON, DC—The rising death toll from maintenance and construction of communications towers is drawing new attention from federal health and safety regulators.


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.


Apple Shifts Stance on Felony Offenders

CUPERTINO, CA—Saying it "may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance,” the world's richest company has reversed course on a controversial policy that had blocked some construct...


Hard Hats Get Religious Challenge

HARRISBURG, PA—What is more important: worker safety or freedom of religious expression? Dueling federal regulations can't seem to decide, and one lawmaker is calling for clarification.


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.


Apple Reverses Ban on Offenders

CUPERTINO, CA—Construction workers with recent felonies on their records may now be able to help build Apple Inc.’s $5 billion campus in California.


Hard Hat Rules Pit Religion v. Safety

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is challenging federal regulators on dueling rules that require Amish workers to wear hard hats in some industries but not others.


Apple Bars Offenders from Construction

The world's largest company, led by a gay chief executive vocal about discrimination, is suddenly on the defensive over its decision to bar convicted felons from construction work on its $5 ...


2 Fined for 38 Confined-Space Hazards

A temp staffing agency and contractor near Puget Sound, WA, are facing stiff fines for allegedly sending temporary workers into fuel tanks with no controls in place.


Apple Bans Felons from HQ Construction

Worker advocates are turning up the heat on Apple in the wake of the tech giant's decision to bar convicted felons from construction work on its new campus in California.


LEED Floats Credit for Worker Safety

The health and safety of a building's construction, operation and maintenance crews are at the heart of a new LEED credit being piloted by the U.S. Green Building Council.


1M+ Construction Workers Unauthorized

At least one in five U.S. roofers, drywall installers, painters and masons currently comes from the ranks of unauthorized immigrants, a new analysis shows.


'Booze and Snooze' Scandal Rocks Plant

The world's largest wastewater treatment facility has suspended at least nine workers after a plant security officer accidentally broadcast a slur- and obscenity-laced description of a secre...


In Construction, 1 in 8 Unauthorized

Despite a slight shift from blue collar to white, unauthorized immigrant workers remain a major force in U.S. construction and building, particularly at the lower ends of those industries, a...


Contractor 'Blacklist' Opposition Grows

A looming Executive Order that would require contractors on federally funded projects to disclose their labor-law violations is drawing increasing concern as its publication draws near.


Foes Fight U.S. Contractor 'Blacklist'

An executive order requiring contractors to disclose their labor-law violations will be burdensome and expensive, say numerous opponents calling on President Obama to withdraw the plan.


Feds Urge New Controls in Paving Work

After a decade of research, federal health and safety officials have announced recommendations to curb exposure to respirable crystalline silica for workers involved in asphalt pavement mill...


Migrant Workers Strike in Dubai

An unlikely scene played out this week in downtown Dubai as hundreds of South Asian migrant construction workers building a luxury apartment high-rise went on strike to demand more money.


IN Aims to Repeal Public Works Base Pay

Public-works construction crews would lose their 80-year-old base wage protection under a bill now working its way through the Indiana State Assembly.


IN House Votes to End Base Project Wage

Indiana's Republican-led House has approved the repeal of an 80-year-old law that sets base wages for all major public construction projects in the state.


In NY, A Safety Showdown Grows

A unique state law that holds employers and property owners 100 percent responsible for certain employee injuries is facing a dramatic shift after 135 years.


Scaffold Law Critics Gain Steam in NY

A longtime effort to revamp New York State's 19th-century Scaffold Safety Law is gathering new momentum, fueled by two new bills, 25 legislative sponsors, and a "Reform Day" in the capital t...


Worker Survives 30-Foot Fall

Ropes, pulleys and an aerial ladder were used to pull a Colorado construction worker to safety after he fell 30 feet to the bottom of a building under construction in Hudson.


Tech Tool Invites Texts of Job Hazards

A new system is designed to ease, and offer anonymity for, employee reporting of workplace hazards and near-miss incidents.


Fed OSHA Rejects AZ Fall Guidelines

As expected, federal safety authorities have rejected Arizona’s tailor-made regulation for residential fall protection, saying the 2012 revised statute falls short of federal standards.


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...


Scratching Off 5M Reasons to Smile

Santa brought Kevin Buchanan more than he realized on Christmas Day. The construction worker had stopped at the gym, then for breakfast, and finally at his local convenience store to try his...


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.


Deadly Fall Racks up $511K in Fines

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


Trench Fatality Preventable, OSHA Says

A North Carolina contractor faces a $123,200 fine for what authorities called the preventable death of a 22-year-old worker in a trench at Fort Bragg, NC.


Chemical Maker Fined for Deadly Release

Tipped by a news report of an accident, federal regulators have levied $87,780 in new penalties against a Georgia coatings chemical plant with a decade-long list of health and safety violati...


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


New Injury Reporting Rule Takes Effect

In an effort to reduce the three million annual injuries in U.S. workplaces, employers are starting 2015 with new federal reporting mandates.


Injury Reporting to Increase Jan. 1

It shouldn't take three employees hospitalized at once before an employer is required to report the accident that led to it, federal safety officials say.


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: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

Burns, amputations, fractures and other serious injuries darkened the work day for three million U.S. private-sector employees in 2013, the government reports.


Drywallers Sought in Back-Pay Case

Nelson Acosta and Bonita Williams, where are you? After six years and 100 entries in the court docket, a New York commercial contractor has finally agreed to pay $380,000 owed to you and hun...


Rule Protects Contractors’ LGBT Workers

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


Construction Workers: Look, Don't Talk

Passing a construction site? Please do not talk to, ogle or whistle at the workers, a new survey says.


Revealing Bum Raps and 'Bum-Cracks'

Forever maligned as sexual harassers of women walking by, construction workers now say they are tired of being treated like sex objects. Sort of.


Rule Bans Gender Bias by Contractors

Sexual orientation and gender identity will now be protected in the U.S. contracting workforce, under a new federal discrimination rule announced Wednesday (Dec. 3).


Painting JV Cleared; Suspension Lifted

The bird calmly stayed put—while the workers were there, and even after they left. And the one worker's lone fake card could have fooled anyone, especially in his stack of real ones.


Repeat Hazards May Cost Yards $142K

One shipbuilder and one ship repair facility have each been hit with a dozen health and safety violations after exposing workers to numerous fall and other hazards, federal officials allege....


Steel Company's 3 Plants Facing Fines

An Ohio steel manufacturer faces $77,000 in proposed fines after federal safety officials discovered amputation and fall hazards following employee complaints alleging unsafe working conditi...


Falling Tape Measure Kills Worker

A New Jersey construction worker was struck and killed by a one-pound tape measure that fell some 400 feet at a nearly completed apartment project in Jersey City.


New Tool Belt Designed to Spin

A New York forensic photographer-firefighter has developed a tool belt that allows wearers to rotate their tools and gear 360 degrees for safety, comfort and versatility.


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).


Repeat Hazards Hit Company for $62K

An Ohio powder coating facility repeatedly accused of exposing workers to amputation hazards now faces $62,400 in proposed penalties, according to federal safety officials.


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.


MIT: Diversity Pays, Even if Unpopular

Like it or not—and some workers do not—a workplace with gender equality will benefit the organization most in the long run, a new MIT study concludes.


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.


Job Boom Spurs Calls for More Training

U.S. construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just seven percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year, a new analysis shows.


MIT: Like It or Not, Diversity Pays

Workplaces with an equal split of men and women are more productive, even though some workers may not be happier, a new MIT study concludes.


Free Workbook Promotes Safety at Work

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


Study Urges Action on Residential Falls

The leading cause of death in the construction industry exacts its greatest toll in the residential sector, with clear trends that merit additional oversight and training, a new study says.


Construction Jobs Notch 6-Year High

A new analysis shows a strengthening U.S. construction sector and some of the most promising figures seen in years, but many of the nation’s firms are still reporting hiring shortages.


Construction Deaths Back on the Rise

After six years of steady decline, U.S. construction fatalities rose by 8.7 percent in 2012, according to a new analysis of Department of Labor data.


Latino, Contractor Work Deaths Rise

Deaths of Hispanic workers surged, and construction fatalities remained stubbornly unchanged in a new report that otherwise bore good news for U.S. workplace safety.


AkzoNobel Tops Sustainability Index

From its community service and labor practices to its urban focus and product stewardship, paint and coatings multinational AkzoNobel remains the corporate sustainability leader in the world...


U.S. Sees Decline in Worker Deaths

With the notable exception of Latino workers, fatal work injuries in the United States dipped slightly in 2013, according to new preliminary data released by the Department of Labor.


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.


Rare Order Targets Painter Intimidation

The U.S. Labor Department has gone to court to stop alleged harassment and threats by a New England painting contractor against employees in a long-running wage dispute.


Painter Accused of Intimidating Workers

Federal authorities have obtained a "rare and extraordinary" court order to prevent a New Hampshire painting contractor from retaliating against employees during a long-running wage dispute.


PPG Offers $340K in College Aid

PPG will lighten the tuition load this year for 54 U.S. college students throughout its communities.


PPG Awards $340K in Scholarships

The PPG Industries Foundation has awarded more than $340,000 in scholarships in 2014 to 54 U.S students who live in communities where the company operates.


Backlash Stalls OSHA Reporting Rule

Widespread employer concern over the public reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses has prompted U.S. regulators to rethink the plan.


OSHA Delays Injury Reporting Rule

Facing criticism from the business community, federal regulators have extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to put injury and illness data online.


Investigation Nets $1.6M in Back Pay

A staffing agency for oil field and maritime facilities in the Gulf Coast will pay 1,543 current and former temporary employees more than $1.6 million to make good on back wages, the U.S. De...


Contractors Told to Report Violations

Builders and other major suppliers will have to begin self-reporting federal wage, safety and other labor violations when seeking large federal contracts, under a new order issued by the Whi...


Feds Suspend Painting JV for Fraud

An industrial painting joint venture has been suspended from government contract work following charges of destroying protected nesting sites and hiding employment of undocumented workers on...


U.S. to Order Contractor Disclosures

Federal contractors will have to own up to a wide range of labor law violations before receiving future work with the government, under a new order issued by the White House.


$148M Metals Hub Plans Detroit Digs

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


Corrosion Salaries Head Up and Down

North American corrosion professionals are significantly outearning their European counterparts, according to a new survey by NACE International.


Repeat Violation Seen in Worker Death

A Montana roofing contractor faces $14,000 in federal fines for repeatedly failing to provide fall protection for a worker—this time, with fatal consequences.


Contractor to Pay $292K for OT Wages

A California concrete and asphalt paving contractor has agreed to pay $292,184 in overtime back wages after failing to accurately record and pay employees for hours worked, the U.S. Departme...


Construction Can’t Snuff Out Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco use remains a rampant and growing problem in the construction industry, even as cigarette smoking declines, new research shows.


Company Cited Again for Cave-In Danger

For the second time this year, a Chicago engineering company is facing federal fines of over $100,000 for allegedly exposing workers to trench cave-in hazards on a water and sewer line proje...


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...


Solvents Tied to Later Brain Problems

Time supposedly heals all wounds, but it may not be able to repair the brain problems caused by longtime on-the-job exposure to industrial coatings and other solvent-based products, a new st...


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.


On Construction Day, a Safety Snapshot

Engineers and trades workers are racking up the highest death rates in construction—two of many sobering statistics laid out Wednesday (April 23) on the seventh annual Construction Safety Da...


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...


CA Aims to Secure Temp Worker Pay

California contractors who hire extra labor through subcontractors or temp agencies may soon be on the hook for any illicit pay practices by those third parties.


Bill Hooks Contractors for Sub Pay

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


Study: Workers Ready to Leave Jobs

Construction, engineering and building employers should step up their game if they want to head off a mass exodus of workers this year, a new survey suggests.


Building Industry on the Move for More

Almost half of building professionals are looking to leave their current positions in search of higher wages and better benefits this year, a new survey suggests.


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.


Feds Set to Reject AZ Fall Guidelines

Federal safety authorities are poised to reject Arizona’s tailor-made regulation for residential fall protection, saying the 2012 revised statute falls short of federal standards.


Tomorrow’s Workplace Drones On

If you think that yes-man that your boss loves is an annoying drone, you’d better steel yourself for your co-workers of tomorrow.


Contractor Settles Painter Wage Case

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


Game of Drones: Tomorrow’s Job Site

Drones, all the rage for everything from missile strikes to package delivery, may soon be keeping an eye on you—if not replacing you—at work.


11 Killed in Hospital Cave-In

A public hospital under construction in Thailand partially collapsed Tuesday (Feb. 25), killing at least 11 construction workers and injuring 16 on their lunch break, according to various re...


Employers Unite against Silica Rule

More than two dozen construction, manufacturing and contractor organizations are calling for the withdrawal of a federal proposal to limit silica exposure in the workplace.


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


2 Killed at Benjamin Moore Facility

A driver for Benjamin Moore & Co. apparently shot and killed his manager and then himself this week at a Vancouver, WA, distribution center, in an episode of workplace violence that stunned ...


Supreme Court Rejects PPE Pay Pitch

Putting on safety glasses, earplugs and/or a respirator is not such a time eater on the job that workers should be paid extra for it, the U.S. Supreme Court has told disappointed steelworker...


Bridge Worker Killed on Stadium Project

One bridge worker drowned and another was serious injured when the man-lift to which they were tethered toppled from a floating dock and vanished into the Brazos River in Waco, TX, authoriti...


Obama Orders Contractors to Hike Wages

President Obama has launched his promised “year of action” with an Executive Order requiring new federal construction and service contracts to pay workers at least $10.10 per hour.


High Court: No Pay for Donning PPE

Donning and doffing personal protective equipment and getting to and from the worksite are a normal part of a worker's day and do not merit extra pay, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decl...


Wage Hike Ordered for U.S. Contractors

Employees of federal contractors will see an increase in their minimum hourly pay to $10.10, under a new Executive Order signed by President Obama.


‘Shower’ Rids Workclothes of Dust

A new Pennsylvania company has taken Benjamin Franklin's beloved “air bath” concept and turned it into an industrial-strength shower that can clean work clothes of hazardous dust.


Pipeline Project Yields Human Skull

Work at an Indiana pipeline construction site has been halted over the discovery of a human skull this week.


Air Shower Reduces Dust Exposure

A new mobile air shower can reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica by removing dust from worker clothing in 30 seconds, according to Bellwood, PA-based HalenHardy.


Deep Freeze Spurs Worker Alert

With the “Polar Vortex” clamping killer cold on much of the United States, safety advocates are issuing warnings and resources to protect those who work outside.


Record Cold Sparks Worker Warnings

As an arctic blast bears down on much of the United States this week, worker safety advocates are issuing alerts and reminders to protect those who work outdoors.


Wages Rise in 13 U.S. States

The first full work week of 2014 will put more money in the pockets of hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers, as minimum-wage increases took effect in 13 states.


25% of U.S. States Raise Hourly Wage

Thirteen states raised the minimum wage for workers on Jan. 1, bringing to 21 the number nationwide that are now paying workers above the federally mandated minimum.


Now, a Crew You Could Take Home to Mom

No caffeine, no nicotine and no swearing. New Year’s resolutions? Maybe, but they are also the ground rules for construction workers building a new Mormon temple in Philadelphia.


Major Violators Win Federal Contracts

Billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded contracts are being “routinely paid to companies that are putting the livelihoods and the lives of workers at risk,” concludes a new study released by ...


Fines, Education Follow Wage Fraud

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


Wage Fraud to Cost Contractor $395K

A Chicago-based commercial contractor will pay nearly $400,000 in back wages and damages for cheating 96 painters, drywall hangers, masons and other workers out of their proper compensation,...


Study: Silica Rule May Cut Cancer Rate

The U.S. government’s controversial plan to reduce silica exposure on the job has gained fresh support from a new cancer study that says the changes could save lives.


Cancer Study Backs Silica Plan

Millions of American workers, including abrasive blasters and construction laborers, could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure on the job, concludes a new study publishe...


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.


‘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.


Back Wages, Jobs Awarded in Bias Case

A global design-build firm has agreed to a six-figure settlement to resolve discrimination claims by hundreds of African American, Hispanic and Asian American job applicants in one year.


Employers Asked to Cut Chemical Risks

Conceding that its own rules no longer adequately protect workers, federal regulators are giving employers new resources to do the job themselves.


Contractor Ends Minority Case for $875K

A U.S.-based multinational contractor will pay $875,000 to settle discrimination claims involving hundreds of African American, Hispanic and Asian American job applicants.


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.


Contractor, Family Sentenced for Fraud

A California home-improvement contractor, his daughter and son-in-law have been sentenced for failing to pay payroll taxes and workers’ compensation insurance premiums.


Nuke Owner Rebuked for Workers’ Crimes

A bizarre plan by two senior nuclear reactor operators to rob an armored car—and then actually commit a carjacking—has led to federal sanctions against the U.S.’s top nuclear operator for la...


OSHA Urges Self-Regulation on Chemicals

Admitting that its own standards are inadequate, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging employers to take their own steps to protect workers from deadly exposure to haza...


OSHA Adds Time for Silica Comments

Federal regulators will give the public more time to comment on a controversial proposal to limit silica exposure in the workplace, but the rest of the schedule will remain on track.


Silica Rule Comment Period Extended

Opponents of a federal proposal to limit worker exposure to silica have won additional time to comment on the plan, but the rest of the process is moving forward as scheduled, regulators say...


Lip-Syncing Oil Rig Crew Goes Viral

Life at sea can get lonely and boring—unless you happen to be on an oil rig with a crew full of karaoke masterminds.


Report: World Cup Push Risks Workers

Workers' safety and lives are being sacrificed to Qatar's dash to build infrastructure and venues in time for the 2022 World Cup, an international labor group charges.


Worker Abuse Alleged at World Cup Site

As Qatar races to construct projects needed to host the world’s most popular sports tournament in 2022, the small Gulf state faces disturbing allegations regarding its treatment of millions ...


Still Led by Falls, OSHA Citations Soar

Federal health and safety officials are dishing out thousands more citations to employers this year for worksite hazards, but the causes remain stubbornly the same as last year.


Falls Again Top OSHA Violations

Employers may not be getting the message about fall protection, according to a new ranking that keeps those violations well atop a new Top 10 list of federal health and safety citations.


4 Firms Cited in Death at Nuke Plant

Facility owners, managers and contractors alike are being held responsible for a crane collapse that killed one worker and injured eight others at Arkansas's Nuclear One Power Plant in March...


OSHA Publishes Proposed Silica Rule

Federal officials are now inviting public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Comment Period Opens for Silica Rule

Federal officials have officially published their proposed rule to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, ushering in what is sure to be a robust public comment period on the issue.


Home Depot Hazards Draw $150K Fine

The world’s largest home-improvement retailer is in trouble—again—with federal health and safety authorities.


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.


AkzoNobel Plans New Wave of Downsizing

AkzoNobel continues to shrink its European footprint, with a new plan to close more than half of its German offices in the wake of recent divestments.


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...


Employers Unite Against Silica Rule

Construction employers have rushed to mobilize against a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, ensuring a showdown with unions over the controversial measure.


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


Construction Hard Hat Detects CO

A hard hat may be the next weapon against carbon monoxide poisoning.


CO Detector Hard Hat Takes Award

A construction hard hat that incorporates a carbon monoxide sensor has won an award for its inventors at Virginia Tech University.


Masonry Workers Get $600K Payday

New York City masonry workers who were underpaid by nearly $600,000 for work on a public housing project in Brooklyn will receive the wages and costs owed to them, under a new settlement.


2013 Corrosion Salaries Set Records

Call it a rust-to-riches story. Corrosion careers are paying better than ever, with record-high average annual salaries for professionals in the United States, Canada and the European Union,...


Halliburton Admits Destroying Evidence

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. will become the third corporation to plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 offshore workers and un...


Suits Claim Shipyard Guest Worker Abuse

A new series of federal lawsuits accuses shipbuilder Signal International of swindling and mistreating hundreds of Indian guest workers recruited for work in the United States.


Campus Project Collapse Injures 1

Five workers were trapped and one of them injured after a partial building collapse at Temple University in Philadelphia.


U.S. to Crack Down on Isocyanates

A chemical used in everything from paints and varnishes to spray foam insulation and building materials is the target of new federal scrutiny aimed at protecting workers.


OSHA to Target Key Coating Chemical

Federal health and safety authorities have announced a new crackdown on worker exposure to a chemical widely used in protective and marine coatings.


Hard Hat Brim is Made for Shade

Responding to heat hazards posed to outdoor workers, work gear supplier Ergodyne has unveiled its own do-it-yourself shade solution.


Ergodyne’s Brim Adds Protective Shade

A new hard hat brim provides neck and face UV protection for workers who are exposed to the sun.


Suit: Contract Foul Play Reaped Millions

A national education company is accused of defrauding the federal government and workers by failing to pay required wages on hundreds of federally funded playground construction contracts ov...


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.


Worker Deemed Employee in Fatal Case

A Florida contractor must answer federal citations involving the electrocution of a Hispanic drywall worker, although the worker was paid in cash and the contractor denied knowing him.


Contractors Decry Immigration Plan

U.S. construction industry groups are banding together to fight sharp limits on “guest worker” visas in an immigration agreement now emerging in Congress.


7 Workers Perish during Tank Cleaning

Seven workers have died while cleaning a tank at a brewery in Mexico City for Grupo Modelo, the parent company of Corona beer, the company has confirmed.


Trade Groups Fight ‘Guest Worker’ Plan

A cap on the number of “guest worker” visas granted to U.S. construction companies under a proposed immigration agreement has industry groups up in arms.


RR to Pay $350K for Worker ‘Retaliation’

The Union Pacific Railroad has been ordered to reinstate an award-winning 30-year employee who was accused of wrongdoing and summarily fired after he reported an on-the-job injury.


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 ...


New Rule to Protect Ship Whistleblowers

Shipboard painters, blasters and other workers will soon have new federal protection from retaliation over complaints about their working conditions, under interim final rules issued by the ...


Bill Urges Action on Combustible Dust

Five years after a combustible-dust explosion killed 14 workers in Georgia, legislators are again demanding that federal safety regulators set standards for such hazards.


Plant Collapse Kills 1, Injures 1

One worker has died and another has been injured after the collapse of a coal-fired power plant being demolished in Pampa, TX.


OH Roofer Cited in Fatal Heat Stroke

Federal regulators are holding an Ohio roofing company liable for the death of a temporary worker who suffered heat stroke on a commercial project last August.


Tank Worker Killed, 2 Hurt at SC Plant

Authorities are investigating the death of a contract worker who was cleaning a fume tank at a South Carolina paper mill owned by Resolute Forest Products.


Safety Apps Target Younger Workers

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


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?


EPA Withdraws New Cadmium Rule

Under pressure from producers, the U.S. government has reversed a brand-new rule that would have increased safety disclosure requirements for products containing cadmium, used in some protec...


Transocean Fined $1.4B in Gulf Blast

The world's largest offshore drilling contractor will pay $1.4 billion in fines and plead guilty to environmental crimes to resolve federal civil and criminal cases stemming from the 2010 De...


 
 
   

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