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What Construction Companies Need To Know About OSHA’s Updated Reporting & Recordkeeping Rule

Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated their rule about reporting and recording work-related injuries. The new rules take effect on January 1, 2015 and expand the reporting requirements for certain injuries. The new rule requires that all fatalities have to be reported within eight hours. In addition, all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and […]

New Tappan Zee Bridge Construction, a Design-Build Project.

Extension of New York’s Design-Build Law Could Be Tied To Project Labor Agreements

New York’s Infrastructure Investment Act of 2011 which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed five stage agencies; the New York State Dept. of Transportation, New York State Bridge Authority, Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, New York State Thruway Authority and the Dept. of Environmental Conservation the right to use the […]


OSHA 2014 Rulemaking Agenda Will Affect Construction Industry

The Department of Labor’s semiannual regulatory agenda was released back on November 27, 2013 and was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2014 and includes all the regulations that OSHA expects to actively consider for review, proposal or formal declaration in the coming year. OSHA has a full slate of regulations in the […]


House Approves Bill For Water Resources Infrastructure Construction Projects

Last Wednesday, the U.S. House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3080) by a vote of 417-3. The bill was introduced by Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA) along with 47 cosponsors was described as a “jobs bill” by the senator. According to the Congressional Budget Office if all of the projects authorized in […]

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OSHA Publishes Proposed Rule on Exposure to Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published its proposed rule for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica in the Federal Register yesterday. The proposed rule includes two standards, one for general industry and maritime and the other specifically for construction. The construction standard would reduce the current permissible exposure limit (PEL) of respirable crystalline […]

Government Neutrality in Contracting Act Seeks to Ban Use of Project Labor Agreements

The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (HB 436/SB 109) introduced at the beginning of the year seeks to stop government agencies from being able to mandate the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on Federal and federally funded construction projects. PLAs are collective bargaining agreements used to establish conditions and terms of employment for a […]


NY Scaffold Law Reform Dies in Legislation, Debate Rolls On

Changes to the NY Labor Law 240, commonly referred to as the Scaffold Law, died when the 2013 legislative session ended on Friday June 21st. Earlier that week, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver killed the proposed changes when he announced on Tuesday through his spokesman, Michael Whyland, that, “Changes to the Scaffold Law are not […]


The Impact of MAP-21 on the Construction Industry

There has been quite a bit of uncertainty in the transportation construction industry over the past few years. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was a bill to provide funding and authorization for federal surface transportation projects. The SAFETEA-LU law was enacted on August 10, 2005 and expired […]