June 20, 2018

New WORKSAFE Program Features

In an effort to continuously improve our services to the construction industry, MBI convened a task force of safety personnel last summer to evaluate the services provided through the WORKSAFE program.  The group’s focus was to improve job site safety by developing a more responsive WORKSAFE program.  After a series of meetings, the task force made recommendations that were then presented and approved by the MBI Board of Directors. 

New Features of the WORKSAFE Program:

Subcontractor Inclusion Plan – All subcontractors on a WORKSAFE project are eligible to receive 24/7 safety services from MBI throughout the duration of the project and will be included in all of the WORKSAFE correspondence including the pre-construction safety review, and all survey reports. 

Additional Safety Resources – Under the direction of the WORKSAFE Taskforce, MBI has developed two new online resources:

  • Safety Best Practices - We have assembled a listing of safety best practices on the MBI website.  Safety best practices can improve any safety program and have an impact on the bottom line. 
  • OSHA Rules & Regulations - OSHA’s website on construction regulations is extensive, intricate, hard to understand, and can be difficult to find needed information.  MBI developed an easy to read and understand online resource for construction-related OSHA regulations.

Special Package Pricing – For optimal safety results, safety professionals recommend additional site visits depending on the duration of the project.  For this reason, we have developed a special discounted pricing structure.

No Time to Wait for Classroom Training?

We have you covered.  Members of MBI are eligible to receive a discount on online education courses available from ClickSafety. Online education is becoming a very popular option for many contractors because it is convenient and less expensive than sending an employee to a classroom education session. All it takes is an internet connection and a desktop, laptop or tablet. There are courses for safety, management, transportation and human resources. The courses can be started and stopped as the student’s time allows. Certificates of completion are also available.

Project Pre-Qualification and Training Vault!

Master Builders of Iowa recently released the MBI Training Vault as an online education and training credential tracking tool that is a free service for MBI member firms and their employees.  In addition to all of the outstanding tracking features of Training Vault, we have built in a component that assists MBI members with their project pre-qualification process as it relates to the education, training, and safety of the their workforce.

Construction Employment Increases in 244 out of 358 Metro Areas Between March 2015 and 2016 as Many Areas Benefit from Growing Project Demand

Construction employment increased in 244 out of 358 metro areas, was unchanged in 44 and declined in 70 between March 2015 and March 2016, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new figures show that the construction sector, in most parts of the country, continues to recover from its years-long downturn.

AGC-backed Suit to Block Fed's New Silica Rule to be Heard in D.C. Circuit Court

Court officials announced in mid-April that the AGC of America backed lawsuit to block the Obama administration’s misguided new silica rule will be heard in the D.C. Circuit Court.  AGC, via the Louisiana AGC, filed suit in the 5th Circuit earlier in April to block the measure, arguing that the administration established a new standard that is beyond the technological limits of current dust removal equipment. 

Legislature Working to Wrap Up Session

Legislative Focus
April 22, 2016
Volume XV, Edition 15

Though it would have been a stretch, some were thinking that the House and Senate could have been able to put the final touches on the 2016 Legislative Session.  Not surprisingly, a few bumps in the road to adjournment has extended the session.  If all goes well…that is IF….they should be able to complete work next week.  Keep your fingers crossed.

House Passes Water Quality Bill that Scoops $232 million from RIIF

Legislative Focus
April 15, 2016
Volume XV, Edition 14

By a vote of 65-33, the Iowa House passed HF 2451, a bill that would fund various water quality initiatives.  The bill would change the current sales tax on metered water to an excise tax of 6 percent. This would designate revenues generated by the excise tax to a water quality infrastructure fund.  Eligibility of projects for $500,000 grants would expand to included drinking water facilities and upgrading wastewater treatment plants. 

The Master Builders of Iowa and United Fire Group Program - From an Agent's Perspective

As an active member of the Master Builders of Iowa, I see many benefits to my membership and feel I receive great value from the organization in exchange for my dollars and time. I have been privileged to serve on several committees within MBI, including serving on the Board of Directors and Associate Council.  I have also attended MB EYE on the Future and always look forward to the many conventions and educational sessions that contractors can take advantage of throughout the year.

AGC of America’s 2016 Contractors Environmental Conference Will Be in Washington, DC, This October

AGC will hold its fifth Contractors Environmental Conference (CEC) on October 5-6, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The CEC is a yearly management, leadership and technology-focused conference that zeros in on the most critical environmental issues impacting today’s construction professionals. Past attendees agree that this one-of-a-kind program provides contractors with the information and resources to meet environmental requirements, sustainability initiatives, and remain competitive in the marketplace. Mark your calendar, registration will be opening soon.