Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Aug
2016
25

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health
  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging alliance this week. In an opinion piece for Crain’s, the two organizations teamed up to highlight the dangers posed by lead piping and the importance of identifying and removing it immediately. “There is lead in the water of many cities,...
Aug
2016
25

Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers is FOUR TIMES the National Average

Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers is FOUR TIMES the National Average
  ConstructionDIVE has published a two-part story on the suicide epidemic that is quietly taking hold of the construction industry. The article cites a July CDC report which examined suicide rates among different industries, noting that construction and extraction top the list: The CDC report released in July was a first-of-its kind study...
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Aug
2016
25

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall
  Back in 2014, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) requiring contractors to disclose past labor violations when bidding on federal contracts. This week, his administration plans to release the final regulations that will finally put that order into effect: Under a proposed guidance from the Labor Department and a...
Aug
2016
23

Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide

Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide
  Austin, Texas is growing rapidly. So rapidly, in fact, that there are concerns about the city’s ability to manage the effects unchecked growth. One specific area of worry is the permitting process, where significant delays are taking a financial toll on project owners. That is why the City of Austin is currently considering a...
Aug
2016
16

IBEW 461 Records 30,000 Work Hours on Wrigley Factory Expansion Without a Single Lost Time Incident

IBEW 461 Records 30,000 Work Hours on Wrigley Factory Expansion Without a Single Lost Time Incident
  Wrigley’s just spent $50 million on a 145,000 square-foot Skittles factory expansion in Yorkville, IL. They hired members of the local building trades to complete the 1.5 year construction project, and the results were remarkable: IBEW Local 461’s workforce reached 30,000 hours without a lost time incident while working on two...
Jul
2016
28

Building Trades Partner Up for Apprenticeship Program in Renewable Energy Sector

Building Trades Partner Up for Apprenticeship Program in Renewable Energy Sector
  North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) are trying to make it a little easier being green. The two organizations have teamed up to create an apprenticeship program centered around investments in renewable energy. As the economy moves toward energy efficiency, both...
Jul
2016
28

Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance

Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance
  California Governor Jerry Brown has indicated a newfound openness to paying construction workers the prevailing wage under his new plan to streamline housing development across the state. Brown was previously resistant to the idea, but in a press conference last week, director of Housing and Community Development Ben Metcalf made it clear...
Jul
2016
20

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide
  A judge has ruled that Manhattan-based Harco Construction is guilty of manslaughter in relation to the April 2015 death of 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo. Though Judge A. Kirke Bartley handed down a relatively light sentence — either make a televised public service announcement or pay a $10,000 fine — the firm’s attorney...
Jul
2016
13

Just Fines? OSHA Boosts Penalties 78%, Can Still Only Whack First-Time Serious Violators for $12,471

Just Fines? OSHA Boosts Penalties 78%, Can Still Only Whack First-Time Serious Violators for $12,471
  Starting August 1, companies will be paying a whole lot more for workplace safety violations. 78% more, in fact. Will this finally make the fines prohibitive for employers? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) raised the maximum penalty for serious violations to $12,471 from $7,000, raised the fine for willful and...
Jul
2016
6

New Pro-Prevailing Wage Campaign in MO: “This Isn’t Just a Policy, It’s Personal”

New Pro-Prevailing Wage Campaign in MO:
  Right-to-Work. Paycheck protection. Prevailing wage repeal. If a law is anti-worker, the Missouri GOP will try as many times as it can to implement it. That’s why the Committee to Protect MO Families has launched a public awareness campaign to educate Missourians on the benefits of the prevailing wage. Their new ad features Navy vet...
Jun
2016
22

Canadian Trades Throw Weight Behind Important Safety Measure: a Registry of Employer Misconduct

Canadian Trades Throw Weight Behind Important Safety Measure: a Registry of Employer Misconduct
  In Canada, a private member’s bill that would create a registry of workplace dangers has passed its first reading. It is being supported by the Building and Construction Trades at the national level.  The bill, C-292, would amend the Canadian Labour Code to require the Minister of Labour to maintain a registry containing information...
Jun
2016
15

Building Trades, Community Orgs Make Final Push for a Just Sentence in 23-Year-Old’s Workplace Death

Building Trades, Community Orgs Make Final Push for a Just Sentence in 23-Year-Old's Workplace Death
  A coalition of community groups, labor unions, and worker centers are calling for a conviction during the final days of arguments in a case against Harco Construction, LLC.  The case centers around the death of 23-year-old Carlos Moncayo, who was killed in an excavation collapse in New York City’s Meatpacking District in April of...