Memorial to Capitol builders advances in Legislature

Legislation to install a plaque honoring the workers who built the state Capitol advanced Wednesday in a Senate committee, thanks to the effort of students from the Owatonna school district.

Six students testified before the Senate State Departments and Budget Division, which then laid the measure over for possible inclusion in a budget document. In mid-March, another group of students spoke to a House committee that then approved the legislation. Read more »

Scouts get hands-on lesson in carpentry

More than 100 Girl Scouts learned about carpentry and construction careers at  workshops hosted by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters on Saturday. The scouts, in grades 6-8, participated in demonstrations on aspects of carpentry, built their own projects and had the opportunity to ask tradeswomen questions about the construction industry. Twenty-five members of the carpenters union led the workshops. Read more »

New: 52 Spanish Language Handouts & Toolbox Talks (Charlas Informativas de Seguridad Ocupacional)

This collection of 52 Toolbox Talks from CPWR -The Center for Construction Research and Training - has been available in English-only for just over two years and is widely used on construction sites across the country, with more than 100,000 downloads in the first year alone. The Safety Toolbox Talks are guides designed to easily disseminate safety and health information in the workplace. Read more »

Stand-Down for Fall Safety May 2-6, 2016

The National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down was conceived by OSHA in 2014 as part of the National Falls Campaign to raise awareness surrounding the severity of fall hazards in construction and the importance of preventing them. In the first two years of the Stand-Down we reached over 3.5 million workers.  May 2-6, 2016 will mark the third year of the event and we hope to make an even bigger impact on fall hazard awareness and prevention. Read more »

Obama administration unveils rules on silica, union-busting

After years of consideration, and brushing aside one final attempt by an industry lobby to derail it, the Obama administration issued a final rule that it says would cut workers’ exposure to harmful silica dust in half.

The silica rule is one of two big-ticket pro-worker rules the administration unveiled the week of March 21. The other would change the definition of when so-called “labor consultants” – otherwise known as “persuaders” and union-busters – must disclose their spending.

 

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