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Managing the Risk of an On-site Injury to a Subcontractor’s Employee

By: Jessica C. Neufeld In Texas, when an employee of a down-stream subcontractor is injured on a project site, an up-stream contractor is uniquely vulnerable to a lawsuit by that employee for negligence. The project owner is more or less protected by a statutory immunity derived from owning the premises. …

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Back to the Future

Written by: J. D. Slaughter, P.E., Vice President at S&B Engineers and Constructors Is safety number one? Our industry’s safety record has been improving since OSHA was formed and really got into gear in the 80’s when the industrial owners collectively demanded both process and construction safety become our top …

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ABC Greater Houston—Setting the Industry Safety Standard

Houston, TX—On July 8, 2016, at the Junior League of Houston, Inc., Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston honored a record of 79 member companies for receiving the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award. “I believe ABC members are an exceptional group, their commitment to providing excellent …

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Increase in Penalties Begins in August

Courtesy of ABC National Newsline Due to a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, all agencies with civil monetary penalties covered by the statute have the authority to raise penalties annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Some agencies affected by this increase include DOL, EPA …

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New OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Creates Series of Problems

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement in reaction to the release of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule on Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, commonly referred to as “electronic recordkeeping.” “OSHA created a rule that does nothing to achieve its stated goal of …

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As OSHA Fines Set to Nearly DOUBLE, Contractors Must Focus on Prevention

By: Anthony G. “Tony” Stergio Buried deep within the bi-partisan budget that President Obama signed into law on November 2, 2015, was a provision that establishes catch-up adjustments for OSHA penalties which is likely to be in place by August 1, 2016. The catch-up adjustment is tied to the percentage difference …

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More of what isn’t working

BY TARA MARIA AMAVI “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” W. C. Fields My last column closed with this invitation: “…tune in to our next issue for a list of practices that, while popular, really aren’t effective …

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