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Winter is Coming: How to Protect Workers, Sites, and Schedules

November 7th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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AUTHOR – Kim Slowey As with hurricane season, winter brings the threat of storms and unique safety issues. Yet many of the dangers of winter weather are known quantities. That can make preparation easier compared to what is required for hurricanes, but planning for winter is still critical. We asked the experts what contractors can […]

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10 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2017

November 7th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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With 2016 in the rearview mirror, construction professionals are turning their attention to the year ahead. While construction spending failed to meet analyst expectations last year, economists predict 5% growth in the value of starts in 2017, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Despite that positive forecast, a feeling of uncertainty continues to loom over […]

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OSHA Proposes $106K Fine to ID Contractor for Trench Safety Violations

November 7th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Wednesday cited a Boise, ID, contractor for willful and serious violations related to its trenching operations, according to the Idaho Statesman, and proposed a fine of $106,470. OSHA said its investigators inspected Alta Construction’s site at a $65 million development in downtown Boise after receiving two complaints […]

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What is World Class Manufacturing and How Do You Measure It?

November 6th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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Larry Fast | Jan 12, 2016 Question: What is world class and how do you measure it? Answer: Now THAT’s a great question! I am unaware of a specific measurement that is universally available for use. If any of our readers are aware of such a measurement(s), then please comment. I can only share how […]

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Salesforce Sets Its Sights on … Manufacturing?

November 6th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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Matt LaWell | Nov 03, 2017 Think for a second or two about the biggest trade shows in the world. CES probably pops up right away. Maybe Hannover Messe over in Germany does, too. And what about the annual extravaganza Salesforce puts on every year called Dreamforce? No? Not so much? Maybe it will enter […]

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Where the Jobs Are: The Fastest Growing Sectors for Manufacturing

November 6th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The manufacturing sector has shown some growth over the past few years. Since 2011, the sector has created jobs every year, a 6-year expansion that exceeds the 5-year expansion experienced 1994-1998, according to a new report from consulting firm Headlight Data. The report showed that the industry has created nearly 500,000 new jobs in the […]

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40% Increase in US Manufacturing is Achievable

November 6th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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Harry Moser | Nov 02, 2017 The future state of U.S. manufacturing depends substantially on our success in reducing, rather than further increasing, our approximately $700 billion goods trade deficit, excluding petroleum. That deficit, after adjustment for price differences, equals about 40% of actual U.S. manufacturing output, about 5 million manufacturing jobs at current U.S. […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Signs Alliance with Robotic Industries Association and NIOSH to Improve Worker Protections in Emerging Tech Industry

November 6th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently established a two-year alliance with the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to improve awareness of occupational hazards from traditional industrial robots and emerging robot technologies. The alliance will promote best practices for controlling exposures […]

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Economy Needs Workers, but Drug Tests Take a Toll

November 6th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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By NELSON D. SCHWARTZJULY 24, 2017 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Just a few miles from where President Trump will address his blue-collar base here Tuesday night, exactly the kind of middle-class factory jobs he has vowed to bring back from overseas are going begging. It’s not that local workers lack the skills for these positions, many […]

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Q. and A.: If Workers Are Scarce, Is It the Work or the Wages?

November 6th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The labor market is stumping even the experts. The unemployment rate is near a 16-year low, and employers are fretting about their inability to find reliable workers. That shortage of workers should prompt an increase in wages. Remember that supply and demand curve: When the demand (for workers) exceeds the supply, prices should rise. Yet […]

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