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The hard truths about soft skills

3/13/2018 7:56 AM
The construction industry relies on the strength of its workers -- not the physical strength -- but strength of character.  Employers need engaged employees who put in an honest day’s effort every day. 

ABC of Wisconsin’s online training partner, Penn Foster, recently conducted a survey of employers in the hospitality, retail, and restaurant industries.  Although, the survey did not cover construction, the results are universal, regardless of the industry. Read the rest of entry »

Sink or swim -- a better choice

2/20/2018 2:37 PM
When I was a kid, my grandfather told me when he was a little boy, his father took a rowboat with my grandfather in it to the middle a of lake. Once there, he threw my grandfather overboard and pointed to the shore, telling him that he would meet, if he learned to swim. This practice was fairly common, and it brings to mind the phrase, “Sink or Swim.” I always felt fortunate I had swimming lessons in a swimming pool with a swimming instructor ...
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Silica dust standard likely here to stay

1/8/2018 10:39 AM
Since the new Respirable Silica Dust standard went into effect on September 23, 2017, an industry coalition (including ABC National) had already been developed with the intent to challenge OSHA and the new standard. Their efforts were focused on several topics – challenging that OSHA lacked enough evidence to prove that that there was a significant risk of silica disease at 50 μg/m3, and that the standard was technologically and economically infeasible. On Friday ...
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Safety cliché or safety culture?

12/7/2017 2:30 PM
Lift pictureI’m sure you’ve heard or used the clichés, “safety is no accident” or “safety first.” There are hundreds of safety adages like it. While they may be used with well intentions, Psychologist and Trainer, Rob Long, PhD., says the use of safety language like this is meaningless. It dumbs down our safety culture and distracts us from taking safety seriously ... 
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Final rules on cranes and derricks in construction published

11/9/2017 10:48 AM
Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule, Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension, which delays its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year, from Nov. 10, 2017, to Nov. 10, 2018. OSHA is also delaying its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are ...
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Wisconsin experiences four occupational deaths in October; one in construction

11/1/2017 3:44 PM
October saw a high number of occupation-related deaths in Wisconsin. Even one death is too many, but four is beyond disturbing. Employers and employees are urged to use extreme care and safety diligence in all work activities.  This begins by making safety part of your culture ...
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ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship turns 30!

8/3/2017 4:07 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprenticeship is marking 30 years of service to the construction industry today. That's longer than most apprentices have been alive. If you were around during that time, you may recall the many obstacles and challenges ABC members faced getting the program started.
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Future construction managers shorten learning curve with giant erector set

7/11/2017 8:54 AM
How do you educate 30 inexperienced college kids to a point where they will become good construction project managers? You provide them a real-world construction site with skid steers, cranes and excavators. This is what the Building Construction Management and Building Construction Safety Management
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Fighting fatigue is important for workers

6/29/2017 10:00 AM
Hard work involves high-risk activities. To work safely, workers must be physically and mentally alert. This means that fatigue is an enormous risk. Employers and employees have a responsibility to manage fatigue in the workplace ...
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Take the Heat Illness Quiz

6/16/2017 7:59 AM
It's that time of year when construction management teams need to remind those working in the heat to stay hydrated. The Madison OSHA Office says it is getting calls and emails from employees complaining about the warmer weather.  For the first time, OSHA Madison has developed a Heat Illness Quiz ...
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