August Construction Starts Jump 21 Percent

NEW YORK, N.Y. – New construction starts in August soared 21 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $711.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, following lackluster activity in July. The August rise for total construction starts featured an especially elevated amount for nonresidential building, which was helped by the start of a $3-billion petrochemical plant in Louisiana, the $1.7-billion Wynn Casino in the Boston, Massachusetts area and a $508-million terminal upgrade at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The non-building construction sector also experienced strong growth, with its public works segment lifted by the start of a $3-billion natural gas … Read more

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OFCCP Announces Mega Construction Project Program

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is announcing a significant expansion of its Mega Construction Project Program to ensure that federal construction contractors and subcontractors—companies that receive taxpayers’ dollars to construct buildings, highways and other federally funded or federally assisted projects—make job opportunities in the construction trades available to applicants and employees regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For the first time, OFCCP is making strategic investment of agency resources at all levels (national and regional) to ensure that the nation’s largest construction projects … Read more

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OSHA, Turner Forge Partnership to Train, Protect Construction Workers on CH2 Data Center

OSHA and Turner Construction Turner Company recently established a partnership to protect workers on the CH2 Data Center project in Northlake, Illinois. The partnership includes trade unions and 15 subcontractors, with a combined workforce of more than 500 employees. Construction of the $275-million, 22.8 megawatt data center is expected to be complete in 2018. The partnership will emphasize reducing injury and illness on the jobsite and will focus training on the top four construction industry hazards: falls, struck-by, caught-in/between and electrocutions. The partnership will require all employers, contractors and subcontractors to implement written safety and health programs conduct daily pre-task … Read more

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Construction Employment Rises in 36 States in August Year-Over-Year

Thirty-six states added construction jobs between August 2015 and August 2016 while construction employment increased in only 24 states between July and August, according to analysis of Labor Department data recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said demand for construction appears to be cooling in some markets but added that many firms report they would be expanding their headcount if they could find qualified workers to hire. “The construction market has cooled off in recent months but continues to outperform the overall economy in most states, with solid year-over-year job gains,” said Ken Simonson, chief … Read more

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