Natalia Grove of Cotney Construction Law would like to provide the best practices for I-9 compliance to all of NERCA’s members. She has written a guest contribution to provide these to our members. Below is the full article. Continue reading “ICE AGE – BEST PRACTICE TIPS FOR I-9 COMPLIANCE”
3M Fall Protection has detected a small quantity of DBI-SALA® 16 Ft. Talon™ Self Retracting Lifelines that are defective due to an assembly error. This notice only applies to the 16 ft version of the Talon; no other versions of the Talon are affected by this condition. There have been no reports of fall-related injuries associated with this condition. However, this assembly error would result in the unit not arresting a fall, which could result in serious injury or death. Continue reading “3M DBI-SALA Fall Protection Recall”
Philip Siegel of Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel would like all of NERCA’s members to be aware that the new Massachusetts Non-compete law affects any non-compete signed after October 1, 2018. He has written a guest contribution to inform members of the new law. Continue reading “Massachusetts Enacts New Noncompetition Law”
The new federal Crane Operator Certification Rule is effective November 2018. Check out this guidance document created by NERCA regarding the federal rule, state license laws, and third party certification!
MSA, a manufacturer of safety products, has implemented a recall of all green MSA V-Gard Protective Caps due to the occurance of cracking without and impact.
In an email to those currently registered as hot works trainers, the NFPA announced that Massachusetts has recently amended their state fire prevention regulations to require anyone performing hot work to have successfully completed the NFPA program.
The NFPA also stated that they would be setting up a database for verifying who has completed the training requirements. Starting on June 18, 2018, the database will be available at www.nfpa.org/hotwork-lookup where users can find the first and last name, city/town and state of residence, certificate number, and successful exam date. The database will not include information on people who have taken the class, but have not passed the exam or earned their certificate.
For those who have already passed the course, no action is required, but for those who haven’t, they will have until July 1, 2018 to comply.
NERCA is a certified hot works training provider with the help of Contractors Risk Management (CRM). We would be happy to offer an additional hot works course if there is sufficient interest. Courses for individual contractors may have fees associated with the use of CRM, however NERCA might also offer courses if there is sufficient interest.
If any of our members require training, please contact the Association office or email email@example.com.
OSHA inspectors finished 32,396 inspections in FY 17. That’s up 1.4% from 2016 when there were the fewest inspections conducted in 20 years. Both are still well below peak years of the Obama administration, when the agency conducted more than 40,600 inspections in both fiscal 2011 and 2012.
Proper licensure is part of what separates us from a public perception of distrust. Therefore, we have to ensure our licenses are up to date. Massachusetts and Rhode Island are cracking down on unlicensed contractors and soon, many licenses will be expiring. Continue reading “Licensure Continuing Ed Requirements”
According to an analysis by the International Renewables Energy Agency (IRENA), the United States increased green energy jobs by 6% in 2015 to reach 769,000 jobs. While this is a good trend in the US, it represents a small fraction of global renewable energy employment which is at 8.1 million jobs. Continue reading “Energy Report with Bright News for Solar Industry”
In 2015, Congress passed a 5-year $305 billion Infrastructure Bill. It was the longest reauthorization approved in more than a decade after years of stopgap bills and half-measures that bankrupted the Highway Trust Fund and made states wary of committing matching funding. Despite this small win, experts estimate the total infrastructure needs at over $1 trillion dollars in immediate needs. As states deal with the meager funding doled out by the Federal government, many are grappling with the results.
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