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Employer, staffing firm both responsible for temporary worker safety

FDR Safety

OSHA has stepped up its attention to temporary worker safety, and as two recent cases show, enforcement actions can be taking against both the employer and the staffing agency that provides the workers. OSHA has made it clear that staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for temporary worker safety. That can pose a particular challenge for employers , since many staffing agencies lack the expertise to provide training or to ensure that recordkeeping requirements are met. The agency cited manufacturer and its staffing firm, which face combined penalties of $106,020.

Bobcat Names 2016 Create & Conserve Contest Winner

Construction Equipment

Glenn and Judy Stevens, of Unity, Maine, experienced the ultimate land transformation after they were named the 2016 Create & Conserve Habitat Event contest winners.

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Is California Going to Ban Cows in the Name of Climate Change?

Green Building Law Update

The California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board has issued a “Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy” that includes the penultimate statement, California’s dairy and livestock industries account for roughly half of the State’s total methane emissions and about five percent of the State’s overall GHG emissions. they belch less) when compared to other U.S.

Biophilic pods beat the shade when it comes to outdoor cooling


Oscillating fans and sun umbrellas aren’t effective for cooling in hot and humid climates. Considering that, CallisonRTKL is developing Xylem, a self-sustained outdoor cooling system that can lower temperatures roughly 9°F when compared to shaded areas. . The martini-glass-shaped pods have a canopy with PV panels and a green roof, which blocks the sun and cools the air above through evaporation.

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Nashville International Airport Installs Geothermal Energy System

ENR Construction

Nashville International Airport has turned a former quarry on the site into the water source for a lake plate geothermal cooling system that is cutting energy consumption by more than 50

Visual energy model database demystifies net-zero design


Designers with Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects (DSA) view building design and performance much like a physician views patient health: tracking the vital signs is key to developing the proper diagnosis or optimal solution

Construction Worker Run Over by Roller

Construction Equipment

Monday, 38-year-old Arturo Razendez from Lansing was working on the front end of a pavement roller when the operator of the pavement roller, 47-year-old Felipe Hernandez Gonzalez from Lansing, got off the roller at the construction site to move some cones in the roadway.

The GPS Tracking Solution for Small Businesses

Constructor Magazine

Content Sponsored by GPS Insight. If you are a small business looking for a simple, yet effective GPS tracking solution that will give you real-time fleet visibility an. read more. Video


Keeping Your Construction Technology Up to Date

Why 2016 is the year to retire your old project management system.

Collaboration for Revit Installation and Setup Made Easy!

What Revit Wants

The fact that I'm posting about it means that it probably isn't really that easy, right? There are a few challenging pieces of the puzzle that all need to come together to get C4R or Collaboration for Revit working on a real project. just went through this process with a mechanical firm so it is all pretty fresh in my mind. You still with me? Hopefully. Any Questions?

Salini Impregilo Expects U.S. Acquisition To Cut Risk, Raise Profit Margins

ENR Construction

One afternoon this May, a group of journalists and market analysts convened in London at the Royal Society headquarters in Carleton House to hear the CEO of Salini Impregilo unveil the Italian engineering and construction conglomerate’s strategy for the next four years

Tall buildings with a twist: CTBUH ranks the world’s 28 tallest twisting towers


Move over citrus, your days of being associated with the word “twist” may soon be coming to a close as skyscrapers, and not martini glasses, are the new prime location for all things twisting and turning


Cat VP Jean Savage to Lead New R&D Division

Construction Equipment

Caterpillar announced it will form a single research, technology and product development division to deliver high-quality product differentiation and system integration. Current Advanced Component & System Division (ACSD) Vice President Jean Savage will lead this newly formed team of ACSD and PD&GT employees

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Sign up for Goulds Water Technology Factory School classes

Constructor Magazine

Distributors, dealers and engineers are invited to learn about product applications, markets, troubleshooting and system components at Goulds Water Technology (GWT) Factory School. read more. Training Opportunities

How Does a Revit Model Work?

What Revit Wants

If you had 5 minutes to explain to someone the basics of a Revit model, how would you go about it? wanted to share this very basic (and rough) sketch with you, that I put together to describe the main data structures in Revit, along with key management components: Hope you can read my hand-writing :). training what revit wants

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Panama Canal Disputes Still Unresolved

ENR Construction

Two months after the $5.4-billion third lane of the Panama Canal opened, more than 100 ships have made passage


The impact of light on color


Color is a major element in project design. People make subconscious judgments about the built environment within seconds, largely based on color. For this reason, Valspar’s Fluropon is available in over 20,000 colors, including solar reflective ENERGY STAR–compliant formulations and special-effects colors

Stay Ahead of Risk and Avoid Construction Disasters

Most failures can be traced back to the designers' or builders' blatant disregard of codes or laws, but not every structural failure happens because of criminal negligence.

Tweets Shut Down Illegal Construction in Chicago

Construction Equipment

Electrical contractor Archon Construction, working for SBC Communications, was shut down Tuesday while working on Dearborn Street in Chicago's Loop after Twitter users reported the contractor was blocking the bike lane on the street illegally.

Testo announces “Measure of Excellence” campaign and promotional bag giveaway

Constructor Magazine

Testo, Inc. announces their Fall promotional campaign, “The Measure of Excellence”. read more. Marketing


Align Your Training Goals with Your Business Goals

Construction Business Owner

There are two types of training—the first and most basic of which centers on teaching employees to improve their performance of required skills and tasks. The second type does that, too, but also produces far more transformational results because it teaches skills and behaviors that align with larger company initiatives and goals


ENR Mountain States Announces 2016 Project of the Year Finalists

ENR Construction

The winners of this award will be announced at the Best Projects award ceremonies in Salt Lake City on Oct. 25 and in Denver on Oct.

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How Construction Professionals Can Break Free From the Iron Triangle

Use the Power of a Software Platform to Manage the Three Cornerstones of Project Management: Time, Cost, and Quality

Durable coffeemaker brings a bit of comfort to job sites


Perk up your construction teams with this rugged, battle-tested single-serve coffeemaker. The CoffeeBoxx is lightweight (11 lbs.), rust proof, dust proof, water resistant, and ultra durable. It’s survived being kicked across rugged terrain, run over with a 1,500-lb. truck, and even blown up. Don’t believe us? See for yourself: [link]

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Placing Bets on a New Vegas Raiders Stadium

Construction Equipment

Last night, a Las Vegas oversight committee was told by Sands president Rob Goldstein, speaking on behalf of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his family, that if his group doesn't get $750 million in public money, all bets are off for construction of a new sports stadium to house the Raiders

ServiceTitan to present at Comfortech in Philadelphia

Constructor Magazine

Head of Sales and Revenue Growth for the home service industry software solutions provider to discuss technician recruitment and retention. ServiceTitan, the leading provider of cloud-based business management software for the home services industry, will attend and present at the annual Comfortech Conference. read more. Comfortech

Start-Up Your Contracting Company With Equipment Auctions

Contractor Bookkeeping

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The Extinction of Paper-Based Construction Specs

Pack up your things--we're movin' to the cloud.

Excellence in Safety Award Goes to Baybrook Mall Expansion Project

ENR Construction

ENR’s Excellence in Safety Award is now in its fifth year as part of the annual regional Best Projects competition. This year, ENR Texas & Louisiana is singling out five projects for their outstanding safety records and job-site procedures

Mobile emergency room arrives just in time for Alabama hospital


Grove Hill (Ala.) Memorial Hospital is adding a new $3.75 million, 4,500-sf emergency department that will house nine exam and treatment rooms, a two-bay trauma room, expanded waiting area, and direct access to operating rooms within the hospital. During several months of construction that started last November, Grove Hill couldn’t shut down its existing ED because it’s the only one serving Clark County. And the hospital’s administration determined that converting unutilized space into a temporary ED would be too costly

How to Survive Brake Safety Week

Construction Equipment

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Airbrake / Brake Safety Week takes place September 11-17, and the law might be checking yours out.