Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Nov
2016
18

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations
  Last month in Boston, two men died at an Atlantic Drain Services job site when a ruptured water main flooded the 12-foot-deep trench they were working in. Prior to the accident, Atlantic Drain Services received fines totaling more than $140,000 for a decade’s worth of safety violations. Now, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has proposed [&hellip...
Nov
2016
9

A Vote for Precedent: Supervisor Charged with Homicide in NYC Construction Worker’s Death

A Vote for Precedent: Supervisor Charged with Homicide in NYC Construction Worker's Death
  Wilmer Cueva, the excavation supervisor overseeing the New York City construction site where a young worker was crushed to death last year, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. The verdict was handed down Friday, with sentencing scheduled for December 16. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said companies and...
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Oct
2016
27

Building Trades: “Irresponsible Developers” to Blame for NYC’s Non-Union Construction Deaths

Building Trades:
  The City of New York saw yet another construction worker die on the job last week. The Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a stop work order immediately after the accident, which occurred at a Brooklyn hotel site. New York City has experienced a slew of fatal construction accidents of late, prompting local building trades [&hellip...
Oct
2016
19

Perez Slams Workers Comp System: “Federal Gov’t Has Basically Abdicated any Responsibility.”

Perez Slams Workers Comp System:
  A new report from the Department of Labor describes the current state of workers’ compensation laws as a “race to the bottom.” The report, released earlier this month, suggests workers injured on the job are “at great risk of falling into poverty” because state compensation programs have become grossly inadequate....
Sep
2016
23

“Our motivation in this partnership is quite simple. We see tremendous value in the diversification of our workforce.”

  In Alberta, Canada, a job creation partnership between Women Building Futures (WBF), North West Redwater Partnership (NWR), and the Alberta Carpenters Training Centre is putting women to work in the trades. Seven carpenter-slash-scaffolder apprentices who graduated from the WBF program began work at the NWR Sturgeon Refinery in August:...
Sep
2016
19

One Third of NYC Construction Deaths Went “Unrecorded” by the de Blasio Administration in 2015

One Third of NYC Construction Deaths Went
  Not all deaths are created equal. This holds especially true in the City of New York. Of the 17 construction-related deaths reported last year by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), six went unrecorded by the de Blasio administration. It turns out the Department of Buildings, which regulates construction in the city,...
Sep
2016
9

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker’s Comp, Local Hire

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker's Comp, Local Hire
  The Austin City Council has approved a resolution that will require worker protection standards for all construction workers on non-residential commercial projects. The resolution is part of a voluntary expedited permitting process designed to help cut down on long and costly wait times. Austin has struggled to keep up with the rate of its...
Aug
2016
31

Fair Contracting Rule Is Final, Finally: Labor Law-Breakers Now Must Report Violations to the Feds

Fair Contracting Rule Is Final, Finally: Labor Law-Breakers Now Must Report Violations to the Feds
  Last Wednesday, President Obama issued 369 pages of final guidance for his two-year-old Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces executive order. The EO requires contractors to disclose their history of labor law violations when bidding on federal contracts. Not only does the new final rule help protect workers on federal projects, it also levels...
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...
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...