congress, statue

OSHA will receive a $24 million funding increase based on a federal budget agreement passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 17. The U.S. Senate’s Amendment to H.R. 1865 [1] is one of the two fiscal year 2020 appropriations packages that earmarks $581.8 million for the federal agency, a slight increase from $557.8…

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keyboard, hand

The construction industry is currently undergoing a huge transformation parallel with the explosion of new technology for job sites. Such new technology can improve risk management in construction projects for job site managers. According to a recent study conducted by Dodge Data Analytics in partnership with Triax Technologies Inc., contractors can benefit from technological advancements…

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buildings, city, New York City

Over the past 10 years, the five boroughs of New York City have recovered from the recession, two major hurricanes, and on the brink of 2020, reached a 25-year milestone in construction spending. At the dawn of the decade, the city of over 8 million stories had nowhere to go but up in residential construction.…

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house, construction

The new year is looking optimistic for potential homebuyers, as well as for home builders. Residential construction companies are more confident than ever that there will be a booming market in 2020 due to the latest construction numbers exceeding expectations. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, residential construction permits reached a 12-year high this past…

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businessman, window

Nowadays, “innovation” is a trendy word used by professionals and companies to set themselves apart from their competition. Though it’s a popular word to gain business from prospective clients and customers, many struggle to actually innovate as it also involves taking risks. In construction risk management, your career is filled with risks as you take…

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caution, asbestos

Each year, asbestos claims the lives of about 40,000 Americans while thousands more must endure a lifetime of torment from crippling respiratory diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. [1] However, asbestos is still hardly regulated in the United States. In the past, progress has been made to relieve our society of the fatal substance, but…

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popcorn, mug, fireplace

With Old Man Winter practically knocking on your door, you’ve changed into seasonal clothing – thicker garments, gloves, and scarves. Besides bundling up, you plan on using heating sources such as a radiator, fireplace, and a space heater. However, when you consider the space heater fire statistics, it might feel like you’re taking a risk.…

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construction worker, tools

Homebuilding in the United States has risen in the last decade until last August when construction of new apartments took a sharp decline. However, single-family house construction crept higher for the fourth month in a row. The U.S. Commerce Department reported that the total onset housing construction declined by 9.4% in September to a seasonally…

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OSHA logo

As of October 1, 2019, OSHA announced the implementation of a new weighting system to consider elements like different types of hazards inspected and moderated, along with Site-Specific Targeting and other implementation plans for the 2020 fiscal year (FY). The OSHA Weighting System (OWS) will promote the optimal allocation of resources and information to aid…

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crane, night

As one of the largest industries in the United States, the construction industry employs many people as laborers, equipment operators, and so on since it doesn’t require higher education. Yet there are plenty of managerial and operator positions that require experience and supplemental education. If you’re looking into a career in construction, of course, you’re…

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