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Volume: 6, Issue: 23 - 06/09/2017


In fiscal year 2015, OSHA Citations in the Focus Four Area constituted 94% of the fines among the TOP 20 OSHA Violations. Year-in, year-out, OSHA Citations are at 85% for Focus Four Violations and 90% of the fine amounts. Given these numbers, an OSHA inspection will likely concentrate on Focus Four areas.


During a recent webinar program presented in conjunction with ConstructionPro Network, Neil Opfer, a professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, told attendees that as construction projects get more complicated, increases in safety protection become even more important. Learn more.


 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • Indoor Air Quality Supports Employee Health
  • Business Development for A/E/C Firms
  • Workspace Design Can Boost Productivity

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 In a recent blog entry in Construction Junkie, Shane Hedmond reported on an accident at a mixed-use building in Oakland, California where about 20 construction workers fell 10 to 15 feet while placing concrete on the second floor. Read more


Volume: 6, Issue: 22 - 06/02/2017


By Bruce Jervis


The concept of “concurrent delay” is straightforward. A contractor cannot recover for suspended or delayed work caused by the project owner if the contractor would have otherwise been unable to perform during the period in question. In effect, the owner-caused delay is cancelled out by the contractor-caused delay. Read more.


 A scene that plays out thousands of times a year, and sucks countless millions of dollars of damages and attorneys’ fees out of the pockets of owners, contractors, and subcontractors, goes something like this. Halfway through construction of a large apartment building, inspectors notice some minor racking of the frame in the face of unusually high wind.


The project is suspended for additional inspection, and it turns out that some of the structural members are slightly undersized. It is clear that remedial work and supplemental engineering is necessary to protect the structural integrity of the building. Thus the battle begins over who will bear the costs of the remedial work and the resulting delay damages. Read more.


 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • Fritted Glass Saves Birds and Energy
  • Trump Infrastructure Budget Revealed

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A Baltimore rowhouse had developed a large crack and city inspectors determined that the building was unstable and an emergency demolition was ordered. During the demolition, the adjacent rowhouse which was occupied as a Laundromat, was mistakenly destroyed as a section of brick fell over the neighboring property. Please click here to watch the video.


Volume: 6, Issue: 21 - 05/26/2017


 Claims do not magically appear during construction. The seeds of many disputes and many claims are planted prior to contract execution – as defective or incomplete design, a design that is not conforming to owner’s needs -- all are in the documents that go out to bid.


The most cost effective time to mitigate claims is prior to bidding.  Read more


This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • 5 Tips for Attracting and Hiring Top Talent
  • OSHA’s July 1 Deadline May Be in Jeopardy
  • Can Recycled Plastic Help Build Strong Roads?


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Tower cranes are a common fixture at any major construction site. They're pretty hard to miss -- they often rise hundreds of feet into the air, and can reach out just as far. Read more.


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