As the Federal Government rages on in a record setting timeline, many contractors working on Federal contracts will be affected. The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), has compiled a group of resources to help assist those contractors until the government is fully up and running.
It’s important to note, first, that several agencies that serve the construction industry are not affected, including the Department of Labor, Defense, Education, Energy, and Veterans Affairs.
For those agencies that are performing construction work that are affected, however, ABC suggests that contractors visit that agency’s website first and/or consult the agency’s Contingency Plan and FAQs During a Lapse in Appropriations.
The E-Verify system, which is confirms employment eligibility of their employees, is also currently unavailable until funding is released to the Department of Homeland Security. That system is used for contractors performing work under a federal or certain public works contracts. To find out more about the E-Verify shutdown, please visit their website.
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The lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedure has been one of the critical elements of electrical safety training on construction sites for a decade. Generally, it’s pretty simple: if you need to work on an energized circuit or piece of equipment, shut down the breaker, put a lock on it so no one can turn it back on, and place a tag on it with your information. OSHA is considering updating the standard now and is currently requesting information from interested parties.
[sponsored] In a world where construction is desperately seeking young people to fill the gaps of an aging workforce, it seems pretty obvious that someone should have come up with a way to incorporate video games into the construction process. Well, thanks to Buildfore’s CtrlWiz, someone finally has, and it allows users to manipulate 3D models within Navisworks with an Xbox controller.
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.
There’s no doubt that pop culture shapes the way people think, especially when it comes to interest in certain activities. The narrative for the past few years in the construction industry has been that there is a workforce shortage…that young people aren’t interested in working in construction. It’s no secret that kids love cartoons, though.
On Thursday, April 18th, the New York City Council passed what they are calling “NYC’s Green New Deal,” which legislators hope will greatly reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. In order to achieve those results, several mandates included in the legislation will have major effects on the construction and real estate industries.
One of the most highly used and versatile pieces of equipment on any construction site is a compact loader, also known as a skid steer, or by the name of one of its common manufacturers, “Bobcat.”
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.
Modular construction, on paper, should vastly speed up the process of construction as well as increase the quality. Sections or rooms of buildings are pre-assembled in an environmentally controlled room offsite and then shipped to site as needed. In reality, though, there are many challenges that have kept this type of construction from being more popular. That doesn’t scare hotel giant, Marriott, though, as they are currently underway on the world’s tallest modular hotel.
Augmented Reality (AR) is often thought of as an interesting new twist on video games, but, in reality, it has some great potential for solving some common problems in construction. BigRentz, a construction equipment rental company, recently shared an infographic of 6 applications of AR in construction.