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OSHA penalty increase pinches industry (access required)

By Joe Lanane The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will beef up its penalties Oct. 1, prompting some in the construction industry to question whether the agency’s focus is on safety or money. OSHA’s revised system for calculating penalties comes ...

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Contractors want guidance in recruiting, retaining women, minorities (access required)

By Marie Rohde The construction industry didn’t get what it wanted in the Legislative Audit Bureau’s report on women and minorities in apprenticeship programs for the trades. “We were hopeful that we’d hear some success stories,” said Kelly Tourdot, director ...

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Economist predicts rough ride for construction industry

By Tony Anderson Special to The Daily Reporter An industry group is forecasting at least one more year of decreased construction spending in a market already battered by a weak economy. An American Institute of Architects economic forecast is predicting ...

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Builders want debarment details from state

By Paul Snyder Industry associations are withholding support for proposed contractor debarment rules until the state can prove it will not unfairly prevent companies from bidding on jobs. The threat of debarment is a useful tool for the Wisconsin Department ...

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Industry seeks journeymen, apprentice balance

By Paul Snyder Contractors working on state projects should have a choice between hiring apprentices and journeymen, according to construction groups asking the state to ease its employment rules. “We want to see apprenticeship standards used as encouragement; not a ...

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Contractors deal with renewed prevailing wage law

By Paul Snyder Nonunion contractors either are scrambling to prepare monthly and, in some cases, overdue state prevailing wage reports or congratulating themselves for following the correct hunch. Steven Janke, president of Athens-based Janke General Contractors Inc., said he continued ...

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State measures penalties for contractor paperwork

By Darryl Enriquez Longtime roofing contractor Leo Kaltenbrun of Sheboygan is skeptical of proposed penalties as high as $2,000 for generals and subs that fail to register with the state before going on a work site. When Kaltenbrun, 90, founded ...

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