The Top States to Work in Construction: #43 Rhode Island

Rhode Island: neither a road, nor an island. Discuss.

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OSHA Proposes Rule to Alter, Enforce Long Delayed Crane Operator Qualifications

Last November, OSHA issued a final rule that would finally allow them to enforce language, which has been in their standards since 2010, requiring construction crane operators to be formally qualified to operate the equipment.  The first day of enforcement for that rule had been set for November 10, 2018, but the agency has recently proposed a new rule that would pull back some of the initial requirements.

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The 7 Biggest Storylines from Milwaukee Tool’s 2018 New Product Symposium

Each year, Milwaukee Tool invites members of the media to join them at their annual New Product Symposium (NPS). At NPS, the company shows off most of the new tools they will release throughout the year and shares their most exciting news.  At last year’s event, Milwaukee previewed that big things were planned for the 2018 show. 

Did they deliver?  We were in attendance at NPS 2018 just a couple weeks ago to find out.  Below are the what we thought were the 7 biggest storylines of the even...

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #44 Florida

Florida has no doubt had its fair share of strange news stories over the past few years, not only in general, but also specifically in construction.  Some have been tragic and scary, like the recent pedestrian bridge collapse that killed several people and a crane collapse that nearly missed several workers.  Other stories have been down right strange, like this slow speed police chase led by a man who stole a backhoe.

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Report: Using “Subs of Subs” Causing Rise in Construction Deaths

Finding enough labor to complete jobs has been a problem for many companies in the construction industry over the past few years.  Amid a construction “boom” in many areas, general and subcontractors are accepting jobs without enough people to work them, so some have turned to hiring “subs of subs” to supplement their work, a report published by The Tennessean says

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OSHA Enforcement of New Beryllium Exposure Standard is Now in Effect for Construction Industry

In March, OSHA announced that they would be enforcing their previously delayed beryllium exposure limit for the construction industry on May 11, 2018.  The agency has recently confirmed that enforcement date in a memorandum on May 9, 2018.

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[VIDEO] A Horse Had to Be Lifted Out of a Construction Trench by a Helicopter

It’s a tale (tail) as old as time: a horse walks into a construction trench, gets stuck, has to be lifted out of it by a helicopter.  The trench didn’t appear to be that deep, so I don’t think OSHA is going to need to get involved with this one.

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #45 South Dakota

South Dakota, home of Badlands National Park and the only mountain with US president's faces carved on the side of it, has landed at #45 on our countdown. 

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