Rapid growth and the industrialization are the major contributors to China’s noted air quality issues. 4 years ago, the Chinese government issued a “war on pollution” aiming to improve air quality and reduce other environmental hazards, such as land and water contamination. Air quality is at its worst in the winter months across the country, due to households relying more on coal power to heat residents’ homes.
From November 15, 2017 to March 15, 2018, construction will be banned in all of Beijing, reports the South China Morning Post. Some projects, like infrastructure and affordable housing projects, may still be approved by the municipal commission of housing and urban-rural development to continue. For those that are approved, they can expect to be highly scrutinized for any creation of dust or use of construction equipment with high emissions.
Smog levels hit record highs in the city in January and February of this year and officials have promised to reduce hazardous airborne particles by 25% as compared to 2012 levels. It’s also believed that water and soil contamination is responsible for hundreds of thousands of early deaths yearly.
9/24/17 UPDATE: Reuters has reported that the officials have removed the construction ban policy note from their website. It is not yet clear if this means that construction will not be banned.
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For nearly 3 years, an update to the overtime pay rule was held up in court battles, but we may finally have a resolution. The update sought to increase the minimum salary threshold of workers that are exempt from being paid overtime pay for any overs worked over the traditional 40 hour work week.
If you want your construction company to be best-in-class, you need to be able to objectively measure yourself against them. To help assist with that difficult task, Autodesk has announced the release of a new self-assessment tool to measure where your company stands against your competitors based upon 7 different key performance indicators (KPIs).
Mass timber buildings have been a bit of a hot topic in the construction industry for the past few years, especially after Oregon became the first state to approve mass timber buildings up to 18 stories high, which was closely followed by the International Code Council approval of the same height in 2018.
At the National Safety Council Congress & Expo on September 10, 2019, OSHA’s deputy director of Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust, announced their preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety violations for their fiscal year 2019.
Late last year, crane manufacturer, Sarens, announced that their brand new – and enormous – crane, was ready to be sent off to it’s first job. After several months of prep, the Sarens SGC-250 has finally made it onto its intended jobsite and is ready to lift.
Construction employers are legally responsible for following and enforcing safety regulations on their jobsites. If caught not abiding by these rules and failing to keep workers safe, an OSHA violation and fine can follow. Recently, however, several contractors are also facing criminal charges following employee deaths on their jobsites.
A little over 3 years ago, reports surfaced that San Francisco’s luxury high rise, the Millennium Tower, has been consistently sinking and tilting since it was completed in 2009. Lawsuits have been underway for years involving dozens of lawyers from many different parties, but an expert panel has just approved a $100 million plan to keep the building from sinking and tilting any further.
As large of an industry as the construction industry is and with the amount of characters that I’ve met in my career, I’ve always been surprised at the lack of television programming covering large building projects. The Construction Channel, an online new media company, is taking matters into their own hands and has recently released episodes of a documentary series called “Six Figures, No Suits” (SFNS)
A 2018 trench collapse in Colorado lead to the death of a construction worker named Rosario “Chayo” Martinez-Lopez. Now, his employer faces manslaughter charges for his death.
It’s not often that contractors completely invent a new method of building high rises. We’ve certainly seen some very interesting methods in recent projects, such as the “top-down” method that allows the sub and super-structure to be built at the same time, but a contractor in London has a new way to shave time off of the construction schedule of a high rise building.