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September 30, 2016

Mobile Crane Operator Certification - Lattice Crawler & Truck Crane

MBI has contracted with Associated Training Services (ATS), RTL Equipment Inc. in Swisher and NCCCO to provide this premier crane operator course. Attendees of this course will be prepared for and tested on the written and practical exams for certification through NCCCO. The NCCCO crane operator certification is one of the most widely recognized certifications in the crane and lifting industry. The Mobile Crane Operator Certification exams are designed for operators who are trained and who currently work in crane operation. All candidates are required to pass both written and practical examinations to be certified. The initial certification period is for 5 years, after which an operator is required to recertify. Successful completion of this course and meeting the requirements for NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator Certification will assure the  crane operator and his/her employer meet the OSHA certification deadline of November 10, 2017.

What is Your Emergency? What is Your Plan?

None of us want to start a phone conversation with “911 operator what is your emergency?," but as a police officer for more than 20 years, I’ve been dispatched to many 911 calls that have come in from individuals and companies who are experiencing some type of emergency. Many of the times when I arrived at the scene of one of these emergencies, I found that the people involved were not properly prepared for such an event. In a disaster, local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone immediately. That’s the reason it is becoming more important for each one of us to prepare ahead of time and have some type of an emergency action plan in place.

Calling All Architects! Don’t Forget About IowaBidDate.com

IowaBidDate.com is a free website that has been designed to assist project owners and their representatives with selecting the most beneficial bid date possible. The Construction Update Network tracks more than 4,000 projects on an annual basis, and all of these are placed into a bid date calendar that gives an up to date outlook of all currently bidding projects.

How Do We Implement a Safety Program?

All employers are required to have a safety and health program, per OSHA standards, that includes documentation, training, and specific company policies in addressing employee safety and health within the workplace. However, when was the last time you reviewed your own company’s program? Better yet, when was the last time anyone at your company reviewed the program? If it’s been some time, there’s a good chance that a lot of what’s in there is outdated and / or remedial.

Sponsorship Opportunities to take the Popular MBI Leadership Classes to Dinner are Selling FAST!

MBI hosts four different leadership courses each year -- MB EYE on the Future, The Leadership Experience, Leadership Series for Project Managers & Project Supervisors and Cornerstone Academy. All of these leadership classes meet in cities across the state for a two-day period and each of their sessions include a social/dinner on the first evening of the session.

What Employees Want: 5 Trends to Retain the Best Workforce

By Bryan May
VP of Business Development
BirdDogHR

Is your retention strategy standing up against the competition? Retaining employees in today’s workforce is critical. Once you find them, it’s time to start working toward retaining them. Employee retention is ongoing and starts the day you hire them and lasts until the day they retire. Learn how many successful construction companies are retaining their best workforce.

Spotlighting Exceptional Field Workers During Construction Week

During Construction Week, Master Builders of Iowa will be shining the spotlight on exceptional field workers on social media and in our communication pieces.  We are asking our members to submit your exceptional field staff to have the spotlight on them during Construction Week.  We will be posting all submissions sporadically throughout the week on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds.

Help Students Explore Careers in Construction with www.BuildIowa.org

It is no secret that Iowa’s commercial construction industry is rising at a record-setting pace. This has been great for our members, but a rapid expansion in work often equates to a few growing pains, as is the case with our industry’s current workforce shortage.  In response to our members’ consistent demand for growth in our industry’s labor force, MBI has put together a plan to bring awareness to this need, and give our members the necessary tools to recruit the talent they need to move their companies forward.

Two-Thirds of Contractors Have a Hard Time Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire Amid Growing Construction Demand, National Survey Finds

Two-thirds of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that many firms are changing the way they pay and operate to cope, but warned that labor shortages could undermine broader economic growth and called for new workforce measures to improve the pipeline for recruiting and training new craft workers.

Throw Away the Playbook for 2016 Elections

As you try to decipher what exactly transpired during this past primary season, please know that you are not alone.  Political pundits and the talking heads are having problems explaining what and how it happened and have no precedent from which to draw upon as we near this coming election season.  Even the statehouse candidates aren’t sure what sort of impact the top of the ticket will have on the ballot. 

Celebrate the Construction Industry During Construction Week

During Construction Week, Master Builders of Iowa will be shining the spotlight on exceptional field workers on social media and in our communication pieces.  We are asking our members to submit your exceptional field staff to have the spotlight on them during Construction Week.  We will be posting all submissions sporadically throughout the week on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds.

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