The Trump administration recently released its Spring 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and, contained within it, is a series of regulations that federal agencies plan to either amend or eliminate.
The website summary of the agenda reads: “By amending and eliminating regulations that are ineffective, duplicative, and obsolete, the Administration can promote economic growth and innovation and protect individual liberty.” Each agency, it says, is responsible for ensuring that the benefits of any regulations they propose or want to keep justify the costs.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), who has been a leader in the realm of pushing back against new regulations for the construction industry, has released a summary of the regulatory actions that construction companies can expect to see from the government over the next 6 months, which include:
- U.S. Department of Labor
- Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
- Finalizing a rule which would allow more employers to form associated health plans.
- Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
- Proposed rule entitled Apprenticeship Programs, Labor Standards for Registration, Amendment of Regulations, which would allow third parties to certify apprenticeship programs.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Plans to issue a proposal to “reconsider, revise or remove provisions of Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, also known as the Electronic Injury Reporting and Anti-Retaliation final rule in July 2018”
- Plan to seek public feedback on the silica dust regulations that went into effect in 2017.
- Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
- Proposed rule to revise 2016’s final overtime rule.
- Proposed rule to expand apprenticeship and employment opportunities to 16 and 17 year olds.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Plans to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule, aka the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule.
For more information on the deregulatory plans, visit ABC’s website by clicking here.
As the United States just recently suffered another tragic and deadly construction incident involving civilians after a crane collapsed in Seattle over the weekend, we’re reminded that the bridge collapse on FIU’s campus in Miami in early 2018 still has many unanswered questions.
For the past 3 years, Seattle, Washington has had the most construction cranes out of any United States city. But, as we know, from various videos and news stories, a crane collapse can have absolutely devastating consequences. On Saturday, a crane collapsed in downtown Seattle onto an open road below, killing two construction workers, 2 pedestrians, and injuring several others in the process.
All trench collapse deaths are preventable. As soon as everyone on a job site starts believing that we might actually make some progress. In just the past 10 days, there have been 4 trench collapse deaths across 3 separate incidents, further highlighting how far we still need to go.
Falls on the jobsite is the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in construction. Keeping up with housekeeping on your site is a great way to reduce risks of falls, but other protections, like rebar caps should be installed when rebar is exposed. A young construction worker recently found out the hard way what happens when rebar is left exposed.
On April 3, a congressional appropriations hearing was held to discuss the U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal funding for fiscal year 2020. During the hearing, the secretary of Labor, R. Alexander Acosta, told the committee how OSHA plans to spend their budget and how the agency fared in the previous year.
Safety training in the construction industry is necessary to build worker awareness – not to mention that it’s legally required – but it can be extremely time consuming and expensive to have completed. There are many companies out there looking to make money off of keeping workers safe, which is why it’s great when a company offers training free of charge, like Procore’s Safety Qualified program.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.
There are a lot of different specialty construction contracting sectors within the industry and cruise ships are definitely one of them. There are plenty of unique challenges when dealing with a moving ship versus a static building. A recent accident highlighted the challenges when a crane collapsed on a cruise ship under renovations, injuring 8 people.