The SpeedCore System is a new method of composite structural-steel framing, designed to replace the common reinforced concrete core in steel office-tower construction. The method saves time and money, and offers reduced wall thickness, better flexibility for adaptive re-use, and increased blast resistance.
Effective February 6, 2019, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) each published, in the Federal Register, a final rule adjusting the maximum amount of each civil money penalty (CMP) within their jurisdiction to account for inflation.
According to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, federal agencies must adjust their maximum CMPs annually by using an inflation multiplier provided by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). For 2019, the OMB’s inflation multiplier is 1.02522.
To help the powered access industry move toward compliance with the updated ANSI A92 suite of Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) standards, IPAF has issued guidance in the form a four white papers, which are free to download. Published Dec. 10, 2018, the updated ANSI A92 suite has an effective date of December 2019. IPAF is also addressing the Canadian CSA standards, implemented in May, 2018.
SEAA and member companies are taking an active role in skilled trades recruitment through a variety of initiatives that bring together organizations and industries that align with structural steel construction.
In its Q3 2018 Commercial Construction Index, the USG Corporation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that the scarce labor pool is affecting more than performance and jobsite efficiency. According to survey respondents, 80 percent of contractors say that skilled labor shortages also impact jobsite safety.