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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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Tax reform provisions for contractors

2/1/2018 4:18 PM
John Folsom portraitThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 and it offers substantial changes in the U.S. tax law for both businesses and individuals.  Provisions for C-Corporations are generally permanent in nature, whereas provisions for individuals, estates, and pass-through entities (e.g. partnerships and S-Corporations) typically “sunset” after 2025. There are several changes to the tax law that will be of particular interest to the construction industry.  Read the rest of entry »

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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Revenue Recognition: Why Should I Care?

12/21/2017 2:58 PM
“Why should I waste my time reading an article about financial statements? Shouldn’t we be putting a shovel in the ground instead to get some work done?”

Your financial statements matter, and you need to understand them. They are the prism through which your surety, financial institution and investors see your company. There is no better time to get that understanding than in the calm before the storm.
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The five most dangerous jobs in construction

12/14/2017 9:18 AM
As one can imagine, the construction industry has some of the riskiest jobs in America. Construction workers face a wide range of hazards at work everyday from falling debris to machinery mishaps and everything in between. Below, is a countdown of the top five most dangerous construction practices.
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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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A phishing trip you won't forget!

12/5/2017 9:23 AM
Many contractors enjoy a fishing trip to Canada or up north with family and/or friends to get away and relax. The time away recharges their batteries for what now feels like a year-round busy season.

Another type of phishing trip will you leave feeling anything but relaxed ...
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Enhancing your employee value proposition to attract and retain workers

11/29/2017 11:28 AM
When it comes to attracting good employees, salary and benefits are at the top of the list. Knowing external equity, internal equity and individual equity is important, but it takes more than good pay to attract talent. Contractors that invest in developing and delivering strong “employee value propositions” or EVPs, have a significant advantage over those who don’t, not only for attracting employees, but also for retaining employees ... 
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OSHA’s deadline for Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Rate is approaching

11/20/2017 8:59 AM
OSHA’s revised record keeping rules require certain high-risk establishments with 20 or more employees at each facility or business location to electronically file their injury and illness records on line. Since the construction industry falls under the high-risk category, ABC of WI would like to remind members that OSHA’s December 1st deadline for electronic submissions of injury and illness records is approaching ...
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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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