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June 27, 2016

Don’t Miss the Free Members-Only Webinar on Safety Culture Change

On July 12th, MBI is offering a free, members-only webinar presented by Kevin Ellison of Caterpillar Safety Services, Peoria, Illinois.  Caterpillar’s formula for achieving operational excellence is driven by the Six Criteria for Safety Excellence, a four-step accountability model, and tools to facilitate engagement-based safety management. Learn how these tools can be applied in any company to take safety performance from good to great.

Notice to Bidder Changes Go into Effect on July 1, 2016

On March 23, 2016, Governor Terry E. Branstad signed SF 2170, which amends the notice to bidder timeframe provisions of Iowa Code Section 26.3.  The new law will increase the estimating time between a notice to bidders being published to when a public owner can actually set a bid letting date.  Effective July 1, 2016, a notice to bidders shall be “posted” at least once, not less than 13 days and not more than 45 days before the date for the bid letting.  Previously, the timeframe was 4 days and 45 days.

Plan Now to Sponsor MBI Events & Programs in the 2016/17 Training Season!

Master Builders of Iowa offers the construction industry with a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities to assist in broadening your competitive advantage in the marketplace.  Each year MBI holds many events and educational offerings that provide unique sponsorship opportunities for the commercial construction industry.  Sponsorship of a MBI event is an excellent way to deliver increased awareness and brand exposure for companies looking to make contacts with clients and mix business and pleasure. 

Save on Workers' Compensation Premiums with Midwest Builders' Casualty

Workers’ compensation insurance is required for all Iowa employers. Without it, some businesses would suffer because the costs of medical care have risen and are continuing to do so. Insurance companies pay close attention to these rising medical costs. When the costs they pay out exceeds what they charge in premiums, they find ways to maintain their profits. One way they do this is by raising the premiums for every customer.

NEW SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY – Regional Membership Meetings

The simple act of sponsoring an event is a way to create competitor differentiation.  Attendees often perceive sponsorship in a positive way because they see the sponsoring company as making a greater effort to support the event and industry as a whole.  MBI offers many sponsorship opportunities throughout the year, and we strive to create competitive and valuable sponsorship packages for participating companies.  MBI is very appreciative of our sponsors and we work to ensure value from each dollar invested. 

Here is your chance to become a sponsor of the Annual MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic and Smoker!

For the 17th straight year, MBI will be hosting the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic and Smoker.  This year’s event will be held at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines on Monday, August 1st.  Last year’s event sold out for the golfers, and had a nearly sold out crowd of sponsors, representing many of the leaders in Iowa’s commercial construction industry. 

We have completed the first right of refusal process with last year’s sponsors and there are 4 sponsorship opportunities available to be a part of this year’s event!  Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity to be one of the companies that support this popular construction industry event.  As a sponsor, you will be part of a premiere golf event that brings together construction industry leaders from throughout the state.  The Construction Golf Classic and Smoker is one of those rare networking opportunities where you can easily mix business with a whole lot of fun. 

Did we mention that representatives from many of Iowa’s top construction firms will be participating?  We have include a list of the sponsoring firms below and to see the foursome lists from recent years, click on the links below:

UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Supervisor Safety Management - Members-Only Webinar

June 8, 2016

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Webinar

Presented by:  Chuck Martinek, LMC Insurance & Risk Management - Des Moines, IA

Companies with successful safety programs have one common characteristic: front line supervisors who understand their roles and responsibilities in managing and promoting the safety activities of their employees. In order to be a successful supervisor, they must have a working knowledge on how to motivate their employees, identify hazards and understand employee behavior. This dynamic webinar is intended for CEOs, Risk Managers, Safety Directors, front line supervisors and job site foremen.

 

The Drone Age - A Primer for the Commercial Construction Industry

June 15, 2016

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hilton Garden Inn
205 S. 64th Street
West Des Moines, IA  50266

Presented by:  David Preznuk, Aerial Strategies, Hume, VA and Jeff Stone, Whitfield & Eddy Law, Des Moines, IA

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, have spent a great deal of time in the news lately and continue to grow in popularity amongst several industries, including commercial construction. But, how they are used and the benefits of drone use is not clear for most commercial construction companies, and the regulations, licensing requirements, and guidelines likely add to the confusion.

Drones are already affecting the construction industry and have the potential to become as important as any other daily tool used on the job site. Attend this informational day on drones in construction so that you aren’t left behind!

 

Qualified Rigger & Signal Person

June 29, 2016

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Hilton Garden Inn
1325 Dickinson Ave.
Ames, IA  50014

Presented by: Aaron Walker, EagleOne Safety Solutions LLC, Cedar, IA

As of November 2010, all employees engaged in hooking, unhooking, or guiding the load, or in the initial connection of a load to a component or structure and are within the fall zone must be a qualified rigger. A qualified rigger is also needed during assembly/disassembly of cranes.

This training program is designed specifically to ensure that rigging personnel meet OSHA’s definition of a qualified rigger and will provide information to assist in making every lift safely. Participants will receive:

  • 6.5 Hours of Instruction
  • Rigging Pocket Guide
  • Hand Signal Wallet Card
  • Qualified Rigger & Signal Person Wallet Card and Wall Certificate
 

Safety Culture Change - Members-Only Webinar

July 12, 2016

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Webinar

Presented by:  Kevin Ellison, Caterpillar Safety Services - Peoria, IL

Caterpillar’s formula for achieving operational excellence is driven by the Six Criteria for Safety Excellence, a four-step accountability model, and tools to facilitate engagement-based safety management. Learn how these tools can be applied in any company to take safety performance from good to great.

Presenter Kevin Ellison led a cultural transformation at Southern California Edison’s Customer Service Business Unit before joining Caterpillar’s team of safety consultants. He will share his own experience and explain leadership’s role in successfully building commitment, accountability and involvement that drives operational and safety excellence.

 

Are You Prepared for the New OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements? - Members-Only Webinar

July 19, 2016

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Webinar

Presented by:  Troy Porter, Master Builders of Iowa - Des Moines, IA

On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration finalized a recordkeeping and reporting rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public, and OSHA about workplace hazards.  These new requirements become effective August 10, 2016, and as of January 1, 2017, contractors will be required to submit information to OSHA annually.

Currently, OSHA requires employers to keep a record of work-related injuries and illnesses.  Under the new rule, employers will be required to send OSHA injury and illness data, that employers are already collecting, for posting on the agency’s website, omitting any personally identifiable information.  Using data collected under the new rule, OSHA will create a public database on work injuries and illnesses.
This members only webinar will provide insight into the new rule, a guide to contractor recordkeeping obligations, and OSHA recordkeeping best practices.

 

Qualified Rigger & Signal Person

July 27, 2016

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
1220 1st Avenue
Coralville, IA  52241

Presented by: Aaron Walker, EagleOne Safety Solutions LLC, Cedar, IA

As of November 2010, all employees engaged in hooking, unhooking, or guiding the load, or in the initial connection of a load to a component or structure and are within the fall zone must be a qualified rigger. A qualified rigger is also needed during assembly/disassembly of cranes.

This training program is designed specifically to ensure that rigging personnel meet OSHA’s definition of a qualified rigger and will provide information to assist in making every lift safely. Participants will receive:

  • 6.5 Hours of Instruction
  • Rigging Pocket Guide
  • Hand Signal Wallet Card
  • Qualified Rigger & Signal Person Wallet Card and Wall Certificate

 

FLSA Salary Threshold Increases

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released its final rule implementing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.   The rule will be officially published in the Federal Register on May 23.  The most significant change is a doubling of the standard salary threshold for exempt employees – from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year).  The rule takes effect on December 1, 2016.

Construction Employment Rises in 42 States and the District of Columbia Over Latest 12 Months, While Only 23 States Add Jobs From March to April

California and Hawaii Add Most Jobs for the Year, North Dakota Has Biggest Actual and Percentage Declines; California and Idaho Top Monthly List of Gainers, Tennessee and Rhode Island Have Largest Monthly Decreases 

Don’t Miss this Seminar Offering on Drones in the Construction Industry!

We are pleased to announce that we have contracted with Aerial Strategies, LLC of Hume, Virginia to deliver a unique and informative presentation on drones in the construction industry.  Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, have spent a great deal of time in the news lately and continue to grow in popularity amongst several industries, including commercial construction.  But, how they are used and the benefits of drone use is not clear for most commercial construction companies, and the regulations, licensing requirements, and guidelines likely add to the confusion.  Attend the seminar on June 15th to help answer these questions and more!

Phil Mercuris Retirement Party – June 16, 2016

MBI will be hosting a party in honor of Phil’s 28 years of service dedicated to safety for the Iowa construction industry.  We hope that you and others from your company can join us on Thursday, June 16th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Raccoon River Nature Lodge in West Des Moines, Iowa.  There is no fee to attend and food and beverages will be hosted by MBI. 

Phil Mercuris Retirement Party
Thursday, June 16, 2016
3:00 – 6:00 pm

Raccoon River Nature Lodge
2500 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA

To RSVP, please contact Nichole Fry at nfry@mbionline.com or (515) 657-4386.

Are You Taking Advantage of the Free MBI Training Vault Program?

As a value-added membership service, Master Builders of Iowa offers the MBI Training Vault to MBI member firms at no charge.  The Training Vault is an electronic tool that is designed to make the process of tracking and documenting training records easy, organized, accurate and accessible. Your company-specific Training Vault contains all training conducted by MBI dating back to 1998. This internet-based credential tracking system gives company management, as well as employees, easy access to training records. To reap the maximum benefits of the Training Vault system, you are encouraged to include ALL additional training, past and future, that your employees receive and to include all of your employees.

Within the MBI Training Vault there are two types of users for your company - Administrator and Employee. The Administrator has access to the training records of all of their respective company’s employees.  In addition, the Administrator is able to view and edit all employee records, add company training classes, as well as add and remove employees.  Each MBI member company is assigned one Administrator username and password.  To learn more about the Administrator role and who has been assigned from your company, please contact Tom Fulcher at the contact information below.  Company employees are able to login and view their own personal training records, as well as view and register for upcoming MBI and company provided training. To receive employee login credentials, please contact Aly Schmidt at aschmidt@mbionline.com or (515) 657-4380.

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