Roofing Contractor Sentenced for Scamming Clients
January 5, 2020 – The Brockton Superior Court sentenced Mathew Will, a roofing contractor in Brockton, Massachusetts, to serve up to three years in state prison for scamming dozens of homeowners ages 50 to 94. Will plead guilty on January 2 to a litany of charges, including seven counts of home improvement contract violations, three counts of forgery, larceny of property over $1,200, state building code violations and money laundering.

Construction Jobs Added from 2018 to 2019; Strong Demand for Workers in 2020
January 3, 2020 – Construction spending rose 4.1 percent from November 2018 to November 2019, while industry employment grew in 63 percent of metro areas, according to a new analysis of federal data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that its recent survey found most contractors are optimistic about the dollar value of projects available and expect to keep adding workers in 2020.

Tesla Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative
January 3, 2020 – The NRCA has announced that Tesla Inc. has joined its One Voice initiative as a partner member. Founded in 2003, Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy with electric cars, solar panels and integrated renewable-energy solutions for homes and businesses.

NRCA Releases Training for Roof Application Careers
December 30, 2019 – The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released Training for Roof Application Careers. Companies can use the online and hands-on training to equip new field workers with information and skills to help them become quality roof system installers.

Contractors Construction Confidence Index (CCI) Rose in October 2019
December 19, 2019 – The Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index (CCI) shows that the U.S. construction industry regained a degree of confidence in October 2019. Industry leaders expect increased sales and profit margins over the ensuing 6 months but expect staffing levels to fall in the same period.

  • The CCI for sales expectations increased from 62.4 to 63.8 in October
  • The CCI for profit margin expectations increased from 58.5 to 58.8.
  • The CCI for staffing levels decreased from 64.2 to 63.6.

OSHA Finding Florida Contractor Exposed Employees to Fall Hazards
December 18, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Action Roofing Services, Inc., based in Pompano, Florida, for exposing employees to safety hazards at two Florida worksites. The roofing contractor was assessed $146,280 in penalties.

The Rate of Fatal Injuries Remain Unchanged.
December 17, 2019 – The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Report shows the rate of fatal work injuries remained unchanged in 2018.

  • There were 5,250 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the 5,147 in 2017.
  • The report also showed a 14% drop in work-related fatal falls from heights (from 713 to 615) —the lowest total since 2013. Reportedly, safety enforcement efforts helped avoid more than 7,000 fall-related hazards in the construction industry.

Check out this OSHA Compliance article on safety by PK Safety.

Polyglass Opens New Liquid-Applied Membrane Facility
December 17, 2019 – Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. opened a new 62,000-square-foot facility in Phoenix, Arizona, for the purpose of manufacturing premium roof coatings and primers. Based in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Polyglass is a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing solutions.

Huntsman Announces the Acquisition of Icynene-Lapolla, Expanding its Downstream Footprint in Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation
December 5, 2019 – Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) announced its agreement to acquire Icynene-Lapolla from an affiliate of FFL Partners, LLC. Icynene-Lapolla is a leading North American manufacturer and distributor of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation systems for residential and commercial applications.

Study Links Poor Sleep to Injury Risk for Construction Workers
August 2019 – A Colorado State study found a relationship between poor-quality sleep and risk of workplace incidents and accidents.

  • Construction workers from the two public works departments took three surveys over 12 months
  • On average, workers who reported more insomnia symptoms reported more cognitive failures at work (i.e. lapses in attention, memory or action)

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