Workplace Safety Book

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $11.5 Million In Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes and colleges and universities. The Harwood Training Grant program supports in-person, hands-on training for workers…

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Improves in May, New Data Reveals COVID-19 Impact

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation releases the May 2020 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) today. The index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $900 billion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance…

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Falls in April, Contractor Confidence Rebounds from Historic Lows

Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 7.8 months in April, the series’ lowest reading since the third quarter of 2012. Based on an ABC member survey conducted April 20-May 4, the results indicate that confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders inched higher last month compared to the historically…

Construction Industry Loses 975,000 Jobs in April as AGC Survey Shows Deteriorating Demand for Construction Projects

Association Partner Procore Also Releases Near Real-Time Construction Data Measuring Impacts of Coronavirus as Association Calls for New Measures, Including Safe Harbor Provisions, to Revive Industry Construction employment declined by 975,000 jobs in April as a new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America and data from construction technology firm Procore show deteriorating demand…

AED Urges State Governors Not to Cut Road Projects

On May 7, AED delivered letters to the nation’s 50 state governors, highlighting the importance of transportation infrastructure projects and encouraging them to refrain from decreases in planned investments. In the letter, AED’s President & CEO Brian P. McGuire acknowledges the difficult budget decisions facing states due to the COVID-19 pandemic but stresses the importance…

The Biggest Landscape Show in America, GIE+EXPO, Is Still a Go for October with New Safety Precautions and Protocols

GIE+EXPO, the international landscape, outdoor living and equipment exposition, will be held as planned this year on October 21- 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, say show organizers who also promise to design and develop a show and educational programming with all necessary safety protocols in place in response to the COVID-19…

Housing Affordability Down Due to Economic Losses Stemming from COVID-19 Pandemic Economics, Says NAHB

Surging job losses in March stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a decline in U.S. median income and housing affordability in the first quarter of 2020, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 61.3 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of…