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Workforce Weekly

Safety Panel: Construction Industry Needs to Follow Oil & Gas Industry’s Example

The construction industry could learn a thing or two from the oil and gas industry in terms of safety. Matt Frey, Vice President of Skanska USA Building Inc., led a lively discussion of six expert safety panelists to address a crowd of 250 construction professionals who attended ABC of Greater …

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Workforce Weekly

CMEF Performance Evaluators Broaden Their Skills

Two performance evaluators at Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) enhanced their skills by adding another certification to their credentials. New OSHA guidelines require any construction professional who “touches a rig” to be certified by 2017, meaning CMEF will be assessing people “all day, every day.” Performance Evaluator Richard Bolt …

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Workforce Weekly

The Evolution of the Safety Harness

Is there something wrong with this picture? Or are you just saying to yourself, “Don’t look down”? Before the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the creation of the Occupational Health Safety Administration (OSHA) in the early 1970s, fall protection was unregulated, and employers bore almost no liability for fall …

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Workforce Weekly

CMEF awards scholarship at MAGIC Camp

Of all who work in the construction industry, nine percent of them are women, according to the US Dept. of Labor. Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) worked to increase these numbers by volunteering at the Mentoring A Girl in Construction “MAGIC” camp on June 16 – 19 at Galena …

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Workforce Weekly

ABC members voice concerns on the Hill

Each year, ABC members across the nation trek to Washington D.C. to make their voices heard about issues concerning the construction industry. The event is the Legislative Conference, commonly referred to as LegCon. ABC National is calling 2014 a “critical year for the construction industry, your business and the country.” …

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Workforce Weekly

Local competitors win at the ‘Super Bowl’ of craft competitions

If you had 800 eyes closely watching you ‘do what you do’ for 6 hours, how would you perform? This was National Craft Championship Chairman Greg Sizemore’s way of describing the ABC hosted National Craft Championship’s intensity, rigor and difficulty.  All in all, this competition is the triathlon for craft …

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Workforce Weekly

Empty Worksites: Educating a New Workforce

The alma mater sounds, caps are thrown, the diploma is held and at this moment many students may think to themselves: now what? Their minds may not have led them to believe that construction is a viable career option for their blurred post-grad path. After the collapse of the Texas …

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