ABC and Safety Coalition Concerned with OSHA’s Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule

ABC and members of the newly formed Construction Industry Safety Coalition, a group of national construction industry trade associations, expressed concern over a proposal from OSHA addressing crystalline silica exposure in the construction industry. On Aug. 23, OSHA proposed drastically lowering the existing permissible exposure limit (PEL) for silica, prescribed control methods that contradict existing…

RPM International and Tremco pay millions to resolve allegations regarding false claims

RPM International Inc., Medina, Ohio, and its subsidiary, Tremco Inc., Beachwood, Ohio, have paid $60.9 million to resolve allegations that Tremco filed false claims in connection with two multiple award schedule (MAS) contracts with the General Services Administration (GSA) for roofing supplies and services, according to the Justice Department. Tremco failed to provide the government…

OSHA announces rule to modify regulations regarding crystalline silica

On Aug. 23, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is proposing a new rule to modify regulations governing worker exposure to crystalline silica in the workplace. Exposure to airborne silica dust, which can have detrimental health effects, occurs in operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, block and other…

IBHS releases midterm update to building code activity report

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) released a midterm update to its Rating the States Report, which reviews the progress the 18 most hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast have made in strengthening their residential building codes. Rating the States Midterm Update reviews building code activity in the same states…

BLS report shows reduction in fatal occupational injuries in 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released preliminary results from its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries that show the number of fatal work injuries decreased in 2012. In 2012, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries compared with a final count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011. Based on preliminary counts, the rate…

ABI increased in July

The American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billings Index (ABI), a leading economic indicator of construction activity, increased in July with an ABI rating of 52.7 compared with 51.6 in June. The inquiries for new projects score was 66.7 compared with 62.6 in June. A score above 50 indicates an increase in billings. Regional averages include…

DOL Issues Model Exchange Notice and Sets Compliance Deadline

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, individuals and employees of small businesses will have access to insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance exchanges (Exchanges). Open enrollment under the Exchanges will begin on Oct. 1, 2013. ACA requires employers to provide all new hires and current employees with a written notice about ACA’s Exchanges….

NRCA University Offers Webinar on New OSHA HazComm Rules

NRCA University will offer NRCA University Webinar: New OSHA HazComm Rules: What You Must Do Sept. 19 at noon CST. As of Dec. 1, revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Hazard Communication standard will take effect. Full compliance will not be required until 2016, but OSHA is requiring employees to be trained…

Arbitrator Makes Determination that there was No Prevailing Party

Diane N. Wells and Thomas G. Wells v. Hector Castro, et. al., 38 Fla. L. Weekly D1509a, Case Trytek v. Gale Industries, Inc., 3 So. 3d 1194 (Fla. 2009); however, the trial court’s attempt to overturn and modify or vacate the arbitration award as to this determination was not within the limited statutory grounds for doing…

Case Discusses Differences between Arbitration and Appraisal Proceedings

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation v. Mango Hill #6 Condominium Association, Inc., 38 Fla. L. Weekly D1507c, Case No. 3D10-2630, issued on July 10, 2013. Trial court’s application of the Florida Arbitration Code to confirm an “appraisal” award for roof damages following Hurricane Wilma was held to be inappropriate, and the award reversed and remanded. This…

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