Florida construction employment surging; new workers will need safety training

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS of all kinds are booming in Florida, and a key result of that is a sharp upswing in construction hiring all over the Sunshine State. According to a recent analysis of Labor Department data by The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Florida added 34,900 construction jobs from March 2017 to March 2018 —a 7 percent increase in just a year.Continue reading

OHSA enforcement of modified beryllium safety standards begins in mid-May

IN JANUARY 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (www.osha.gov) issued comprehensive new industrial regulations for worker exposure to beryllium, an element that can cause severe damage to the lungs and even death. Now, little more than a year later, OHSA is back with modified beryllium standards that the agency will begin enforcing in mid-May.Continue reading