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2017 High Expectations

If you've had a chance to look at the State of the Industry Report in the January issue, you'll see that even though many people feel very uncertain about the future under our soon to be new president, the experts we talked to are predicting a fairly positive year for...

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Can We Solve the Labor Shortage?

The most pressing issue in the construction industry today is the availability to skilled labor. It's a societal problem, but there are things contractors can do to compete for skilled labor.

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Construction Projections and Forecasts (April 2015)

Here are useful construction-related projections and forecasts released in the past two months: Construction Put in Place to Grow 8 Percent in 2015 Total construction put in place for 2015 is predicted to grow 8 percent according to the latest report from FMI. This supports earlier FMI predictions that...

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Raise the Roof and Raise the Bar

The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) is debuting a new accreditation program that will help metal building assemblers differentiate themselves in the market place and raise the standard for quality across the industry. The International Accreditation Service (IAS) has developed a primary document called AC478 that lists...

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National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

For the fourth year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is planning its two-week fall prevention awareness campaign called "National Fall Prevention Stand Down." It will take place from May 4-15, 2015, and OSHA is calling on all employers to take time out to address fall prevention...

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Safety Fierce

Does the January cover of MCN show an OSHA violation? Many of our readers say, "Yes." In fact, a lot of you say it shows multiple violations. I heard from you by email, phone and through our website, and for the most part you expressed concern that we would...

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