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OSHA’s Five Year Look Back Period Cap No Longer Enforced

By Trent Cotney – Excerpted from the Cotney Construction Law Update Newsletter – September 2018 Prior to 2015, OSHA’s Field Operations Manual states that an employer may be cited for a repeat violation if “the citation is issued within 3 years of the final order date of the previous citation or within 3 years of the final abatement date, whichever is later.” In simple language this meant that OSHA may look back no further than… Read More

Fast Lane’s Best Call: a 20-Second Timeout

Contributed by Steve Fales Anyone who’s watched a professional football or basketball game is familiar with the concept of the 20-Second Timeout. Steve Fales When things are getting especially tense, the team calls a 20-Second Timeout. Everyone gets together on the sideline, takes a deep breath, discusses strategy, etc. Likewise, in our jobs or our personal lives taking just 20 seconds can make a big difference. Imagine you are getting ready to walk out the… Read More

PHCC Members Can Offer Customer Financing Options Under New Partnership with GreenSky Loan Program

Helping its members close more sales and grow their businesses, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC) has partnered with the GreenSky® Loan Program, a leader in home improvement financing. As a new PHCC Preferred Service Provider, GreenSky gives PHCC members the opportunity to offer their customers flexible financing plans, such as no down payment/no interest promotions, as well as deferred interest, low interest and fixed payment options.* “This is an exciting new member benefit for our… Read More

Safety Corner

By Greg Wharton As the economy improves, odd as it may sound, many of the most experienced construction professionals are taking on more responsibilities in addition to their normal duties. This may mean daily body movements that they are not used to, increasing their risk of injury. This aspect of a job should not be overlooked. SMACNA members should be aware of these ergonomic issues, and the need to consider these risks in their supervisory… Read More
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