Underwriters of surety bonds typically examine capacity, capital and character. Michael D. Lapre breaks down what construction companies can do along these lines to increase their chances of acceptance.
A project schedule with a wide range of variables should have some accounting for the unexpected, and therein is the challenge of insuring the uninsurable, writes Elizabeth Manning. Mike DeLio, a data scientist for Aon's construction services group, has some recommendations, beginning with the use of what data contractors can gather to estimate schedules.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a final rule regarding 14 provisions in construction standards and recordkeeping, among other areas. One of the revisions removes employers' requirements to "include an employee's social security number on exposure monitoring, medical surveillance and other records."
Safety while working at heights must be emphasized to limit the number of injuries and fatalities that occur at work sites, writes Charles D. Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Association. Employers should follow best practices and eliminate any notions of "acceptable risk" regarding work performed at heights, Johnson writes.
The value of projects and the large amounts of data exchanged among contractors and partners make the construction industry a prime target for cybercrime, experts say. To mitigate cyberrisks, contractors should start by having a risk assessment performed by a third party and remediating any areas of weakness, Scott Takaoka of Aon Cyber Solutions says.
Contractor McGough Construction has a project labor agreement in place for the $800 million Essentia Health Vision Northland project in Duluth, Minn. About 5,600 on-site construction jobs and 3,600 off-site construction-related jobs will be created or sustained by the project, which will feature a hospital bed tower, clinical space and surgical suites.
Engineers are often in a position to serve as whistleblowers as they are likely to be the first to notice safety, waste or fraud violations, Ralph Nader writes. He believes there needs to be "more engineers who embody the three principles of any profession--independence, scholarly pursuits, and commitment to public service."
New local laws that require training and on-site safety orientations won praise from construction leaders. Panel members at the Commercial Observer's Safety Construction Forum said the measures promote diligent planning and should lead to fewer incidents.
A lawsuit over spending on a pair of Pulaski County, Ark., road projects is progressing under Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chip Welch following the illness of a previous judge. The lawsuit claims the projects exceed the scope of what qualifies for funding under the Arkansas Department of Transportation's Connecting Arkansas Program.
Labor shortages have slowed progress on the Regional Connector -- a 1.9-mile set of tunnels below downtown Los Angeles. The joint venture of Skanska USA and Traylor Bros. is still on pace to finish the project by mid-March 2022, but work will continue at a slow pace without additional hires, project manager Gary Baker says.
Join more than 300 construction safety, health, and environmental professionals at the AGC Safety, Health & Environmental Conference taking place July 23 - 25, 2019, in Seattle, WA. This conference is the industry's foremost annual conference to hone in on the most critical safety, health, and environmental compliance and risk issues impacting the business of construction. Whether your goal is protecting the safety and health of the men and women working in construction or protecting the environment during the construction process - this is the conference for you. Stay current on the latest issues through a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions.