New US DOL Apprenticeship Expansion Excludes Construction Industry

In 2017, President Trump signed an executive order expanding the role of apprenticeships in America, in hopes that it would help build the workforce in many skilled trades.  In late June, the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced yet another expansion, but this time it left out the construction industry.

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A Beginner’s Guide to SWPPP for Contractors and Developers

I’ve been very fortunate over the course of my relatively short career in construction to spend time focusing on many different aspects of construction.  I recently spent about two and a half years working in site development and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) compliance on a national scale and I wanted to share some of the insights that I gained from that experience.

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The Lien Zone Podcast Provides Valuable Construction Legal Advice

Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast Competition is underway for 2019 and the voting booth is officially open.  As part of the contest this year, we will be highlighting one of the contest’s nominees each week.  This week we highlight The Lien Zone Podcast (TLZ).

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OSHA Exploring Possible Update to Lockout/Tagout Standard

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.

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