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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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OSHA ups the ante on citation fines (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan Stiffer penalties are threatening an already tempestuous relationship between builders and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Bruce Morton, safety consultant with Platt Safety Services Inc., Franklin, said fines from OSHA are about 30 percent higher than ...

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Operator licensing bill fades as session wanes

By Paul Snyder Rhode Island contractor David Burnham has worked with heavy equipment for 45 years without an accident. The owner of Sauderstown, R.I.-based Burnham Excavating Inc. will not attribute his safety record entirely to his state-mandated operating license, but ...

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Crane bill raises ire: Operator licensing adds training, experience requirements to OSHA rules

By Paul Snyder Construction industry representatives Wednesday pounded on a state bill that would add to upcoming federal certification requirements for crane operators. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Parisi, D-Madison, would require a state license for crane operators ...

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Prevailing wage reporting change catches heat (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder Construction companies in Wisconsin are not convinced a revised prevailing wage reporting spreadsheet from the state will make their jobs any easier. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has pared down what had been a 50-field spreadsheet ...

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