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  • February 22, 2018 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Several documents have been revised on the OFCC website at http://ofcc.ohio.gov (click on Documents/Standard Requirements). The dates for recently revised documents will be shown as red on the website for approximately 2-3 months. Version Control Documents with changes tracked from the previous version and Combined Files have also been posted.

    The various revisions include:
    • "Self-Performed Work" is now a defined term and must be performed by the CM's or CM Affiliated Entity's direct employees.
    • The CM's obligation related to Defective Work and schedule deficiencies increased from "begin to correct ... and recover" to "promptly commence and diligently pursue correction ... and recovery."
    • The obligation to notify insurers providing property insurance for the Project from "A/E with the assistance of the Owner" to "Owner with the assistance of the CM and A/E."
    • The method for paying the CM's Fee revised from "percent-complete progress basis" to "earned Cost of the Work on the basis of the CM's Fee percentage identified in the Agreement."
    • Introduced a requirement that the CM develop Alternates during Preconstruction Stages and permits the Owner to use 'buy-out savings' to incorporate them into the Project.
    • The CM is required to deliver to the Contracting Authority a new 'Acknowledgement of Surety' form to evidence that affected Surety or Sureties received notice of the increased penal sums.
    • The Contracting Authority's receipt of an insurance company certified copy of complete insurance policy is now a condition precedent to payment of any portion of Contract Sum.

    A complete synopsis of the changes to the CM at Risk Contract Documents is available on OFCC’s website.

  • February 22, 2018 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AGC Needs Contractor Input by February 28
    The Ohio EPA is asking for feedback on its draft General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for Storm Water associated with construction activity. View the public notice, fact sheet, and draft general permit on the Ohio EPA website. 

    AGC of Ohio plans to submit comments in conjunction with other industry associations and would appreciate feedback about the changes to the permit from members. AGC would need the input by February 28. Forward your comments and questions to Andrea Ashley: (614) 486-6446 or andrea@agcohio.com.

    If interested in submitting comments directly to the Ohio EPA, the deadline is April 4.  Find information about the proposal from the EPA here.

  • February 22, 2018 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A court decision announced this week and supported by AGC of Ohio ensures that business owners across Ohio can continue to take advantage of centralized filing and payment of municipal net profits taxes. This new benefit is especially important for employers, like contractors, who file municipal returns in multiple cities and villages across Ohio. The ruling was issued in response to a lawsuit filed last fall by over 100 cities challenging that centralized filing and other municipal tax reforms were a violation of home rule authority. 

         Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David Cain on Feb. 21 ruled the Ohio Constitution “makes it clear that the general assembly has the power to pass laws that limit the power of municipalities to levy taxes.” Further, the cities “can argue the definition of the word ‘levy’ until they’re (sic) blue in the face, but using common sense, the Court can only find that the Collections deal with the levying of taxes.”

         Cain also ruled there was no need to continue hearings and terminated the case. That means businesses may continue to register for centralized collection of municipal net profits taxes, a benefit the Ohio Department of Taxation has said could save up to $1.6 billion per year.

         Ohio Tax Commission Joe Testa applauded the decision. “It’s an important ruling for business taxpayers in Ohio who for too long have had to deal with this costly, complex process for local tax on business income. This law gives business taxpayers the opportunity to save millions of dollars in the cost of complying with the fragmented municipal tax system.”

         Employers may opt in for 2018 to file one single return and make one payment quarterly through the Ohio Business Gateway (OBG) for all cities where they owe municipal net profit taxes. The Ohio Department of Taxation will remit payments due to cities and villages monthly.

         Businesses with a calendar year end must both opt in by March 1 and notify the cities they operate in no later than that date to centrally file for the 2018 tax year (make quarterly payments in 2018 and file the tax return in 2019). Opt-in now.

    For more information, visit www.tax.ohio.gov; or view step by step instructions.


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  • February 21, 2018 12:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Red Flag Alert: Sharing HR Information Outside Your Organization Risks Federal Criminal Antitrust Liability

    In a little-noticed presentation to the Antitrust Research Foundation on Jan. 19, 2018, at George Mason Law School, Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim revealed the DOJ is preparing to file criminal charges against a number of yet-unnamed employers for violating federal antitrust laws. These criminal prosecutions, which could also be filed against individuals, will be highly publicized and undoubtedly alarming to many HR professionals and other organization leaders who have never focused on these issues. Mr. Delrahim, referring to the criminal cases his office is preparing, stated,  “In the coming months, you will see some announcements, and to be honest with you, I've been shocked about how many of these there are, but they're real.”  

    Read the complete article



  • February 16, 2018 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Durable electronic tags scanned into Honeywell Safety Suite software can connect virtually all existing worker safety gear to monitor usage, simplify compliance, improve inventory management

    Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today a simple cost-effective way for companies to improve productivity and regulatory compliance by connecting their existing inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) using Honeywell’s cloud-based Safety Suite software and specialized electronic tags.

    This new Connected Worker solution uses Honeywell’s ultra-high frequency radio identification (RFID) tags that can be attached to any safety equipment and are designed to withstand the tough con

    ditions characteristic of many commercial work sites. The tags can be scanned directly into Honeywell Safety Suite software, which means equipment can be tracked for usage, maintenance and training, resulting in better, money-saving inventory management decisions and compliance reporting.

    “Our newest Connected Worker offering allows customers to connect virtually any piece of personal protective equipment – hard hats, fall protection gear, gloves, ladders, fire extinguishers – and track the equipment with Honeywell’s cloud-based software,” said John Romano, vice president and general manager of High Risk Safety for Honeywell. “This cost-effective tracking solution leverages Honeywell’s Safety Suite software to extend connectivity to a company’s entire ecosystem of safety equipment to drive more productivity for safety managers.”

    Three types of tags are available  to cover the broadest range of worker tools, safety devices and personal protective equipment: a tag that adheres to various flat, non-metallic surfaces; one that can be mounted to metallic surfaces; and a sealed, rigid RFID tag that can be attached even to devices with irregular or odd-sized surfaces.


    When equipment is scanned into Honeywell Safety Suite, safety managers can track and manage their inventory of PPE, making sure it is tested on schedule or repaired or replaced as needed, reducing the frequency of equipment failure or non-compliance. The data pulled from the tag can be compiled automatically into reports, thus eliminating time-consuming manual audits and data logs. The ultra-high frequency RFID tags also enable longer-range scans, helping speed up and simplify scanning of multiple devices and workers.

    Honeywell is the global leader in personal protective equipment, including a broad line of Connected Worker solutions. Its products include equipment to protect workers from helmet to boot, including hearing protection, safety harnesses, respiratory and electrical safety equipment, turnout gear for first responders, and protective eye-, hand- and footwear.

    For more information about Honeywell’s Industrial Safety products and services, visit http://www.honeywellsafety.com.  

    Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) provides products, software and connected solutions that improve productivity, workplace safety and asset performance for our customers across the globe. We deliver on this promise through industry-leading mobile devices, software, cloud technology and automation solutions, the broadest range of personal protective equipment and gas detection technology, and custom-engineered sensors, switches and controls. We also manufacture and sell a broad portfolio of footwear for work, play and outdoor activities, including XtraTuf and Muck Boot brand footwear. For more news and information on Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions, please visit http://www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

    Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

    This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


  • January 13, 2018 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s now easier than ever to comply with OSHA’s safety meeting requirement and as a member, you can try the Safety Meeting App for free for 30-days.

    It’s an amazing app full of topics and one you should give a try.

    The Safety Meeting App is one of a kind and was built using input from construction firms of all sizes.

    • Preloaded with 950+ English & Spanish topics (and more coming soon)
    • Meet’s OSHA required meeting laws
    • Document meetings and attendees and notes
    • Document jobsite accidents or incidents
    • Available almost anywhere from your phone, tablet, or PC
    • Unlimited Storage/Employees/Meetings
    • Tracks active and inactive employees
    • One account works with multiple crews

    OSHA takes safety very seriously. In fact, its budget was just increased 37% for the “whistleblower enforcement” program. 

    Try the Safety Meeting App for 30-days


  • January 05, 2018 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ohio Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) recognizes companies’ overall safety program. It has a comprehensive application process that considers company management commitment, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation. The AGC of Ohio award entry categories include: Building (GC Only), Heavy, Specialty Contractor, and Construction Management. The national deadline has past, but AGC of Ohio will accept entries through January 26; entrants must use this form. The entry fee is $50, and winning companies receive a green marble brick with a yellow hard hat during the AGC of Ohio Safety Luncheon. Access entry form here.


    National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) allows AGC contractor members to compare their safety statistics others of similar size and type and honors companies with low incidence rates. There is no cost to participate, and it only takes 5 minutes to fill out the entry tabulation form with your completed OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Companies must participate in the NASA program for three consecutive years to be eligible for an award (2015, 2016, 2017 to be eligible for receive an award in 2018). If you have not entered those years, now is a great time to start so your company can be eligible in the future. Companies with zero incidence rates or rates 25 percent below their division average will receive Certificates of Commendation during the AGC of Ohio Safety Luncheon. Click here for more information; complete the entry tabulation form here.


    Questions? Contact Andrea Ashley at AGC of Ohio:
    andrea@agcohio.com or (614) 486-6446


  • January 04, 2018 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

         


    National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) allows AGC contractor members to compare their safety statistics others of similar size and type and honors companies with low incidence rates. There is no cost to participate, and it only takes 5 minutes to fill out the entry tabulation form with your completed OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.  Companies must participate in the NASA program for three consecutive years to be eligible for an award (2015, 2016, 2017 to be eligible for receive an award in 2018). If you have not entered those years, now is a great time to start so your company can be eligible in the future. Companies with zero incidence rates or rates 25 percent below their division average will receive Certificates of Commendation during the AGC of Ohio Safety Luncheon.  Click here for more information; complete the entry tabulation form here.

    Questions? Contact Andrea Ashley at AGC of Ohio: andrea@agcohio.com or (614) 486-6446


  • November 03, 2017 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two of Mosser Construction’s talented bricklayer apprentices recently participated in the MCAA (Mason Contractors Association) of America Skills Challenge. The event coincided with the open house of the new bricklayers training facility in Amherst, Ohio.

    Contestants are divided by experience level, “First Years” who are just entering the trade through “Third Years” for those just entering the workforce as journeymen. Mike Roberts, First Year Apprentice, and Jon Weininger, Second Year Apprentice, each participated in their individual levels of the contest.

    Each level is given a project to build commensurate to their skill level. The contestant must build their respective projects without having seen the drawings prior to the contest. They are not given any time to practice and cannot consult with their instructor or anyone else throughout the contest. They have three hours to complete the project with the materials provided to them.

    One of these two talented apprentices took home first place in their category and will be headed to Las Vegas in January 2018 to compete in the Bricklayer 500

    Contest! Click the link to find out who won! https://lnkd.in/e3vzyjS

  • November 03, 2017 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The city of Columbus, OH, is testing a new construction apprenticeship and local hiring plan for public projects that it hopes will boost the local construction workforce, according to The Columbus Dispatch

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