Public, private project owners prefer corporate surety performance bonds | Kaplan gets Trump nod for NLRB | Exoskeletons offer benefits but present risks
June 22, 2017
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Public, private project owners prefer corporate surety performance bonds
Owners of public and private projects tend to require a guarantee in the form of corporate surety performance bonds. All parties involved in a contract need to understand which form of bonding -- traditional performance bond, indemnity bond, completion bond or manuscript bond -- must be in place, Faegre Baker Daniels says.
JD Supra/Faegre Baker Daniels (6/15) 
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On the Radar Screen
Kaplan gets Trump nod for NLRB
President Donald Trump has nominated Marvin Kaplan, counsel at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. Republicans and Democrats would hold two NLRB seats each if the Senate confirms Kaplan, while the agency's fifth seat remains open.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (6/20) 
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Exoskeletons offer benefits but present risks
While wearable exoskeletons may help take loads off the spines of workers and decrease fatigue, they could also introduce a number of new risks, according to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report. It may be difficult for workers to recover their balance due to a shift in center of gravity while wearing such a device, and poorly fitting exoskeletons could cause pressure wounds and other injuries.
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News online (free registration required) (6/15) 
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Construction Contract Terms & Conditions
Contractors must work to mitigate weather-related risk
Extremely high summer temperatures, cold winter weather and other inclement weather can pose various challenges to contractors by affecting equipment, materials, workers and work quality. Contractors, who can use aggressive scheduling during cooperative weather or adjust the size of work crews accordingly, have the best opportunities for mitigating delays due to unfavorable weather, writes Stephen Bauld.
Daily Commercial News (Ontario) (6/20) 
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Protocols & Procedures
Chambers: 4 areas where internal audit can help manage cyberrisk
Internal audit plays a crucial part in ensuring that an organization's cybersecurity practices and policies are effective and efficient, writes Richard Chambers, president and CEO of The IIA. Chambers outlines four areas that deserve internal audit's focus: assurance over cyberattack readiness and response, communication about cyberrisk to the board and executive management, collaboration with IT, and coordination and communication based on a broad awareness of the organization's cyberrisks.
AccountingWEB (6/14) 
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Insurer advocates clear rules for use of wireless devices by operators
Businesses must establish clear guidelines for wireless communication device usage by drivers, according to Northbridge Insurance. Even hands-free devices should not be used when operating construction equipment or when a stressful conversation may occur, the company says.
CanadianUnderwriter online (6/19) 
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Legal Compliance
Keeping crane operators safe near power lines
Crane operators must exercise caution near power lines
(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A number of recent accidents have highlighted the dangers of operating cranes near power lines. By designating a spotter and making use of motion-limiting or range-control warning devices, contractors can reduce workers' risk, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Claims Journal (6/16) 
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Construction & Insurance Case Law
Mo. to prevent prevailing wage requirement for public projects
A new Missouri law will prevent the application of the prevailing wage law on publicly funded construction projects. While proponents of the new law say it will offer a more competitive environment for nonunion contractors, opponents believe union contractors will be put at a disadvantage against nonunion counterparts who can underbid them.
The National Law Review/Jackson Lewis (6/15) 
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Project Focus
Experts: Too many companies worked on Grenfell Tower project
Experts: Too many companies worked on Grenfell Tower project
(Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)
A number of construction experts have voiced concerns over the way Grenfell Tower in London was refurbished a few years ago. Building Design Editor Thomas Lane and BB7 Managing Director Ben Bradford are among the experts who have noted that the use of several contractors and subcontractors can introduce additional project risks.
The Guardian (London) (6/16) 
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Flexibility was key in mitigating risks at Copenhagen tunneling project
Contractors on the tunneling project for a new metro line in Copenhagen, Denmark, were able to reduce the risk presented by unexpected hazards through flexibility and adaptability. For example, designers had to retool the machines being used to bore tunnels due to the presence of benzene and carbon monoxide hazards.
Engineering News-Record (6/14) 
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Ind. takes control of P3 road project
Extensive delays and the financial woes of Spain-based Isolux Corsan, which headed up the I-69 Development Partners, have led to Indiana officials terminating the public-private partnership that was designing and building a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 69. The state will assume control of the project and expects work to finish in August 2018.
The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (6/16) 
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