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Cleaning up Fukushima: A challenge to the core
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The Japanese government raised its assessment of the crisis at the troubled nuclear power plant to the highest possible level. The rating was bumped up from five to seven on an international scale used to evaluate the seriousness of nuclear incidents. Nuclear engineers working at the Japanese plant are dealing with two problems at the same time: They are working to fully stabilize the plant's reactors, and they are trying to control the release of radioactive material. More

OSHA inspector likely saved worker's life
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An OSHA inspector who was performing a work site inspection directed an employee to exit the trench, believing collapse was imminent. Within five minutes the trench collapsed and could have buried the worker under 6 to 7 feet of soil. The company received six safety citations and faces penalties of $63,360. The inspection was conducted under OSHA's national emphasis program on trenching and excavation. OSHA standards mandate that all excavations 5 feet or deeper be protected against collapse. More

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Toronto artisan aims to promote the re-introduction of plasterwork
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Before the days of gypsum board and drywall, lath and plaster was the material of choice for Canadian wall and ceiling construction. Toronto's Lime Plaster Company aims to promote the re-introduction of traditional plasterwork into the Canadian consciousness at both the residential and commercial level. Owner and lead plasterer Benjamin Scott learned his trade in Devon, in the southwest of England, where the construction industry continues to honor historical building methods. More

After tax time: What's next for your business?
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Another April 15 (or April 18 this year) has come and gone, and business owners have dutifully sent in their tax forms for one more year. The end of tax time is a perfect time to reassess what's next for the business. Is it time to take that next step and create a legal structure? Here are three things to consider after tax time. More

Half of cuts in federal budget compromise come out of construction
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After several long weeks of negotiations, the White House and House Republicans announced April 8 that they have agreed on a $1.208 trillion spending package for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. The package represents nearly $40 billion dollar cut in nondefense discretionary spending for the remainder of FY 2011. Similar to the cuts provided in H.R. 1 (the original continuing resolution for FY 2011 that passed the House) this latest package appears to have a severe impact on federal construction accounts. More

The most important question a manager can ask
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When is the last time you asked the group you manage, and the individuals in it, this simple question: What can I do to help you be more effective? What question could be more central to being a good manager? To manage and lead successfully, you've got to know what the people doing the work need. So why not ask them? But the truth is, this question is not asked nearly enough. More

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10 best green buildings — Architects pick 2011 winners
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The 15th annual COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates buildings that not only use few resources but don't harm their sites, have healthy indoor air quality and connect to public transit. The winners this year include a school in Greensburg, Kan., a town that was nearly flattened by a May 2007 tornado. The school has a 50-kilowatt wind turbine that provides some of its power (the rest comes from a wind farm outside of town). Another is Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG Foundation in Austin, Texas, which used 88 person of the materials from a 1950s warehouse to help build — on the same site — a multifunctional office space for 62 employees. More

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German industrial production rose more than forecast in February
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German industrial production rose three times as much as economists forecast in February, adding to signs economic growth accelerated in the first quarter. Business confidence remained close to a record high in March while unemployment fell for the 21st straight month, pushing the jobless rate to 7.1 percent, the lowest since June 1992. Still, German manufacturers are facing rising prices for energy, steel and aluminum as well as potential supply bottlenecks as a result of stoppages in Japanese plants after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. More

US construction inflation highest since 2005
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The producer price index for construction industry inputs hit an annual rate of +6.9 percent in March 2011, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. This is the highest measure of inflation in the industry since 2005. An area that has seen sharp increases has been metallic construction products, such as steel bars, pipes and structural members, and copper and aluminium products. More

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Construction materials prices climb in March
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The Department of Labor Producer Price Index indicates that prices for construction materials increased by 2 percent in March, the largest monthly increase since July 2008, according to a news release from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Arlington, Va. Iron and steel prices increased 2.8 percent in March and 10.6 percent for the quarter, to reach levels 14.7 percent higher compared to last year. More
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