In 2017, the construction industry saw its share of significant events. From the beginning of a presidential term that promises to provide a tremendous boost to an already bustling industry to tackling tough issues, this has been a year unlike any other. Below is a rundown of the top stories affecting the construction industry in 2017, for more storylines, visit part one of this series.
No topic has seen more debate, controversy, and analysis than President Trump’s proposed wall at the border of the U.S. and Mexico. While the story is a political powder keg, it’s concept presents potential opportunities for construction companies willing to bid on parts of the project. While companies are a long ways away from realizing the reported $22 billion opportunity, if they ever do, the story has gripped the national conscious from a social, political, and financial standpoint.
OSHA Push Back
One organization that has been profoundly affected by the new administration is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Rules involving beryllium, silica, and online injury reporting were all pushed backed from their original dates at various points in 2017. Other rules, including the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act, have been eliminated altogether. If you have questions about OSHA policies and compliance, contact an Orlando construction lawyer from Cotney Construction Law today.
Green building is starting to emerge as less of a niche part of the construction industry and more of a viable standard for high quality work. Contractors that use green building techniques for buildings that gain a LEED certification are more valuable in the workplace because their buildings are more valuable. As the buildings become more popular, it will be a boon for the contractors willing to commit to it.
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