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November 4, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a contractor and subcontractor working on a commercial roof in Chicago should have carried out an asbestos exposure assessment and provided training and a respiratory protection program for their workers, among other things. The two have been fined for a total of 20 serious violations of OSHA rules. 

November 4, 2015

Trends in the construction industry toward team decision-making, risk avoidance, tailored work and use of third-party experts are changing the demands on firms' consultant-salespeople. This article explains how to respond and adjust, beginning with a solid understanding of the customer's business model. 

November 4, 2015

Those in the market for industrial and commercial construction safety-related business services can now easily find providers through an online resource. The Safety Training Exchange from Atlanta's All Trained offers a website and mobile application that allows users to find the training they need and schedule it.

November 4, 2015

After several difficult post-recession years, revenue reported for 2014 in this year's ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors list reached $93.2 billion, a record that tops the pre-recession level of $87.07 billion. Looking ahead, many firms project the market will stay strong for at least another 12 months. Read the full article: Engineering News-Record.

November 4, 2015

AGC urged commercial construction firms across the country to act on 13 specific steps to further improve workplace safety. The new safety measures were needed to address a growing influx of new and inexperienced workers that is contributing to an increase in the number of construction fatalities. The recommendations are based on an in-depth analysis of effective safety programs the association performed as part of its Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards.

January 21, 2015
Buoyed by sustained demand for apartments and condominiums, coupled with state and local governments moving ahead with delayed public projects, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has been positive for seven consecutive months.
January 21, 2015
No one knows the future, but gaining a comprehensive view of where you are, where you are going and where you need to be can only strengthen the educated decisions construction professionals have to make every day.
January 21, 2015

Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2015 while only 7 percent expect to reduce headcounts according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey, conducted as part of Ready to Hire Again: The 2015 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, indicates that most contractors are optimistic about the year ahead and ready to expand, but will have to cope with challenges including worker shortages and regulatory burdens.
January 9, 2015
Construction employers added 48,000 jobs in December and 290,000 for the year, the largest annual increase since 2005, as the sector's unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent, according to an analysis by AGC of America.
January 2, 2015
Construction spending edged down in November but outlays for the year remained on track for a modest increase over 2013 totals, according to an analysis by AGC. 


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