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April 27, 2012
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  • Workplace accidents decline across the country, report shows
    The number of deadly workplace accidents per 100,000 workers in the U.S. fell from 5.3 in 1994 to 3.3 in 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The decline has been attributed to the increasing collaboration between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a drive to improve workplace safety. In Ohio and five nearby states, fatal work-related disasters slipped from 130 in 2007 to 115 in 2011, said Bill Wilkerson, director of OSHA's office in Cincinnati. Middletown Journal (Ohio) (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Contracts to buy existing homes in U.S. approach 2-year high
    The number of existing-home contracts buyers signed in March posted a strong increase, nearing a two-year high, the National Association of Realtors said. The group's Pending Home Sales Index rose 4.1% to 101.4, the highest reading since April 2010. Reuters (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $2.5B hospital project in San Francisco clears "major hurdle"
    A $2.5 billion hospital-construction project in San Francisco has been approved by the city's Planning Commission. The project entails seismic retrofits at five California Pacific Medical Center buildings in the area, and construction of a 15-story, 555-bed hospital. The project is expected to generate 1,500 construction jobs, but it still needs more approvals. San Francisco Chronicle (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga. construction firm faces fines for fall-protection violations
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has levied a $66,660 fine against Georgia-based LRG Framing for violations of workplace-safety and fall-protection rules at a site in Cumming, Ga. The agency charged the firm with $46,200 in penalties for allowing employees to work about 30 feet above the ground without fall-protection equipment. The firm also faces a $9,240 fine for not training its workers about fall-protection measures and a $11,220 fine for not making sure workers used head protection when needed. American City Business Journals/Atlanta (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Green, white roofs can lower temperatures in urban areas
    Installation of vegetated or reflective roofs can lower temperatures in urban areas, according to a study from researchers at Columbia University in New York. The study found that black roofs were significantly warmer than their green or white counterparts. Similarly, a picture and graph from the NASA Earth Observatory website showed that green and white roofs can have a cooling effect on cities. EarthSky/Earth blog (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • 4 steps to a smarter social media strategy
    You should perform quarterly social media audits to make sure you are taking the right approach to using social sites, writes Josh Peters of The Search Agency. Also pick one profile image to use across every social media site and be sure to completely fill out all important pages on social sites. Mashable (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EEOC issues update on criminal-background-check policy
    A new policy from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that while employers might consider an applicant's criminal record in making a hiring decision, it cannot have a policy that completely rules out those who have been convicted of a crime. The EEOC says such an employer policy could have a disparate impact on racial and ethnic minorities and could violate employment discrimination laws. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prevailing-wage measure in NYC rejected by Mayor Bloomberg
    A proposed prevailing-wage measure in New York City has been rejected by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said it could negatively affect the local economy. The bill would require businesses in buildings that received government funding to pay their workers based on prevailing wage standards. The measure, along with a living-wage bill, "would favor some businesses over others, and some industries over others," Bloomberg said. The Wall Street Journal (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register online for the NRLRC seminar
    Online registration is available for the National Roofing Legal Resource Center’s (NRLRC’s) 33rd annual legal seminar, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, Sept. 13-15 at Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H. Session topics for this three-day seminar include current legal, contractual, technical, insurance and safety issues. Take advantage of the early registration discount, which is available until April 30. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Updated business publication is available
      
    Business Fundamentals for Roofing Contractors is an updated version of NRCA's Building Blocks for a Better Business that focuses on the major issues involved with operating a successful roofing contracting business. The publication addresses business structure, contracts, risk management, insurance and bonds, marketing essentials, financial management, employee relations and government regulations. The member price for the publication is $40, and the retail price is $80. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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