OSHA Partners with Manhattan Torcon JV to Protect Workers Constructing New Medical Facility

FREDERICK, Md. — Workers constructing the new medical research facility at Fort Detrick will be safer due to a new partnership formed between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Manhattan/Torcon Joint Venture. The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases located at Fort Detrick, in Frederick will be the premier bio-defense laboratory for the U.S. Department of Defense. The facility of about 865,000 square feet will include bio-safety research labs, administrative and support areas. The project began July 2009 and is expected to be completed by May 2014. At peak construction, it will … Read more

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Scaffold Industry Association and International Powered Access Federation announce joint agreement to offer Mast Climbing Training

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) and International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) signed an agreement that will allow SIA to become an AWPT approved training Center and offer the AWPT Mast Climbing training program through SIA’s current Accredited Training Institutes (ATI).   The Mast Climbing training provides instructions for mast climber demonstrators, mobile operators, installers and advanced installers who will receive the internationally recognized PAL card as proof of successful completion of training. “On behalf of the SIA and our Alliance with IPAF, we are pleased to have produced this momentous partnership. A vehicle consisting of curriculum and … Read more

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ABC Unveils Jobs Proposal for the Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today unveiled its 2010 Job Creation Proposal, a wide-ranging package of recommendations that will help to stimulate the construction industry and put Americans back to work.   “We believe these measures are a much-needed first step to get this nation's construction industry moving again,” said ABC President and CEO Kirk Pickerel. “With construction in this country nearly at a standstill and the industry unemployment rate at a staggering 24.7 percent — more than twice the national average — it is imperative for Congress to enact meaningful job creation legislation.”   In order … Read more

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VA Announces $41M in Construction Contracts for San Antonio

State-of-Art “Polytrauma Center” Funded WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the award of two contracts totaling $41.5 million to create a “polytrauma center” that cares for the most severely injured Veterans and to improve the existing wards at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center. “A top priority for VA is providing greater access to VA’s health care system and higher quality of care for the nation’s Veterans,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said. “America’s Veterans have earned the very best that this nation as to offer.” One contract announced by Secretary Shinseki provides $37.2 … Read more

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