Just where was your employee injured and why it matters: Workers’ comp and the “Coming And Going” rule

Just where was your employee injured and why it matters: Workers’ comp and the “Coming And Going” rule

On the Front Lines with Fisher Phillips by Jerry Cline Think of the typical office employee who commutes to their job by driving to and from work every day. Say this unfortunate employee gets into a motor vehicle accident on the way to or from work. Is this a compensable workers’ compensation claim? Typically, the ...
Benefits of annual mine rescue contests and training in face of COVID-19

Benefits of annual mine rescue contests and training in face of COVID-19

  Source: Safety Law Matters By Erik Dullea on September 23, 2020 Posted in Enforcement updates, MSHA Coal mine operators could face a dilemma with the annual proficiency and training requirements of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (Miner Act) and the regulations Subpart Mine Rescue Teams for Underground Coal Mines conflicting with ...
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes significant changes to the forgiveness provisions of PPP Loans

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes significant changes to the forgiveness provisions of PPP Loans

Getting to the bottom line with Dannible & McKee, LLP Michael J. Reilly, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFF, CDA Managing Partner The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), enacted as part of the CARES Act, is a lending program designed to provide funds for small businesses to hold on to current employees and bring back workers who have been ...
VOLVO CE Dealer Cowin Equipment Company weighs in on short-term outlook: “We’re coming back”

VOLVO CE Dealer Cowin Equipment Company weighs in on short-term outlook: “We’re coming back”

MILWAUKEE, WI — “All things considered, we’re confident we’re coming back out of it.” The way Matt McGowan sees it, there’s really no overstating the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on Cowin Equipment Company over the course of the past few months. No aspect of the organization went unaffected, forcing the Volvo CE dealer and Birmingham, Alabama-based company, which ...
Four things that do not change for recruiting and hiring during a crisis

Four things that do not change for recruiting and hiring during a crisis

by Jeremy Eskenazi Unfortunately, there will always be another “crisis” to deal with.   Whether it’s a health concern, a business concern with vendors, customers and/or employees, or an economic concern– it looks like these crises may be here to stay for a while. While companies spend time in their ‘war rooms’ making important decision about ...
“The sound of silence” – What mine operators should expect from MSHA during pandemic

“The sound of silence” – What mine operators should expect from MSHA during pandemic

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Christopher G Peterson Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most mine operators have been waiting for MSHA to release some health and safety guidance regarding the outbreak and how to safeguard the safety and health of their miners. After a protracted period of silence, on its ...
Taking command of your internal controls

Taking command of your internal controls

Dannible and McKee LLP by Benjamin A. Sumner, CPA Internal controls are an essential part of every business to help reduce misstatements in finances due to fraud or error. Companies throughout the construction industry are vulnerable to this threat because they are often reactive to incidents that occur, as opposed to proactive in putting controls ...
Equipment financing options when cash flow is tight: Tips from Terex Utilities

Equipment financing options when cash flow is tight: Tips from Terex Utilities

WATERTOWN, SD — During a recent conference call President Donald Trump held with state governors regarding the financial impact of the coronavirus, some expressed concerns over state revenue shortfalls. Telecom and utility providers are critical to our infrastructure, but many co-ops and municipalities are faced with making short-term decisions focused on cash management. A recent ...
9 tips to make working remotely work for you and your employer

9 tips to make working remotely work for you and your employer

by Jill J. Johnson The concept of remote working has been around for a long time. Many entrepreneurs have mastered the ability to work virtually, but it is often a major challenge for those who normally work in a busy office setting to shift to working outside their traditional office environment. Working remotely can feel ...
NSSGA Member Alan Parks’ op-ed on water rule published in Bloomberg News

NSSGA Member Alan Parks’ op-ed on water rule published in Bloomberg News

INSIGHT: Trump’s clean water rule will bolster local infrastructure The new Waters of the United States rule released Jan. 23 by the Trump administration is a big deal for the economy and many industries like mine that deal with infrastructure, development, and agriculture. Sand and gravel, also known as aggregates, are the most mined materials ...
Mini machines, big business: The electrifying rise of compact equipment

Mini machines, big business: The electrifying rise of compact equipment

At the center of some of the most influential technological transformations in recent years, compact machines have proven to be a breeding ground for innovation and application versatility. The product experts at Volvo CE explain why they continue to be the most popular segment on the market. The global compact construction equipment market — consisting ...
Beyond workforce development — workforce solutions

Beyond workforce development — workforce solutions

Are you tired yet of pulling from the same employment pool? If the answer is yes, then you are ready to explore the new world of veteran recruitment. If you think that you’ve tried it, it doesn’t work for you or there is no one to recruit in your area, then you simply aren’t up ...
Five trailer sizing tips for excavators

Five trailer sizing tips for excavators

Selecting the right excavator isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Research is required to find the machine that fits an operation’s needs. It’s a long process, but the end result is (hopefully) a machine that will safely increase productivity for years to come. Selecting a trailer to transport an excavator is an equally important ...

Merging traditional trade-in fundamentals with current trends to maximize the power of equity

There are core fundamentals to optimizing heavy equipment trade-in value that construction business owners typically operate under. However, in today’s environment of varied warranties, catered payment programs and innovative technology, there is a balance to considering many trade-in factors when it comes to maximizing the value of your equipment. The fundamental building blocks First and ...

Can the government blacklist contractors for safety violations?

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Travis Vance and Patrick Dennison Dr. David Michaels, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, recently tweeted a suggestion that the government ban a construction contractor from work on public lands after the company pleaded guilty on charges related to the death of a worker. This is ...
The real reason construction companies fail

The real reason construction companies fail

The Small Business Administration (SBA) identifies a huge failure rate among start-up companies: Roughly 20 percent fail in the first year Roughly 50 percent fail within five years Roughly 66 percent fail within 10 years Construction companies have an even uglier track record. Roughly two-thirds go out of business within five years. The owners of ...
Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg Why in the world would I need a magnet in my mining or aggregate producing operation? Is this a spoof or something serious I need to look further into? What kind of magnet(s) would I be looking at to install? Where would I use such a thing and for ...
Haver & Boecker portable and washing equipment Q&A

Haver & Boecker portable and washing equipment Q&A

Answers by Duncan High, processing equipment division manager, Haver & Boecker and Michael Honea, process engineer, Haver & Boecker Q: What’s taking place in the market that’s driving some of the current innovation in the arena of portable plants? DH: We’ve seen increased interest in portable equipment, with more of our customers asking about it ...

New truck scale instrument helps meet increased product performance expectations

Companies are looking to increase profitability and efficiency by increasing the number of weighments they can make over a given time. One way to achieve this is by integrating weighing functions more closely with daily production and business activities. New truck scale instruments are being developed that fit in with today’s culture and business environment, ...
Preventive maintenance servicing for vehicle scales saves time and money

Preventive maintenance servicing for vehicle scales saves time and money

The goal of any vehicle scale service program should be to ensure that equipment stays in working order with minimal downtime between service visits or the life of the product. The losses to revenue due to a scale failure can exceed the cost of maintenance. Adopting a comprehensive preventive maintenance program ultimately saves money over ...
Should I lease or should I buy?

Should I lease or should I buy?

Getting to the bottom line With Dannible & McKee, LLP by Brian W. Johnson CPA, CFE, CCIFP One of the age-old dilemmas a company faces is whether it makes more sense to lease construction equipment or to purchase it outright. The answer depends on your individual circumstances, as both directions have distinct advantages and disadvantages. ...
Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk drive-thru aggregates”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk drive-thru aggregates”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg, DEMI Equipment Can I weigh the productivity of my efforts while processing aggregate materials, even as I stockpile it on the ground? How accurate can a weighing system be, and will someone I’m producing or working for be able to confidently pay me without either of us wondering if ...
Seven things construction companies can do to improve employee retention

Seven things construction companies can do to improve employee retention

MILWAUKEE, WI – Today’s workforce is different. The society they live in is different. With low unemployment and worker shortages in many occupations, today’s workforce has a lot of leverage in the job market. And in most cases, it takes more than good pay to get employees to stick around. “Employers have to view the ...
Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk wash plant maintenance.”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk wash plant maintenance.”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg, DEMI Equipment What do you do to maintain a materials wash plant? Do these plants require only minimal maintenance since they aren’t being used to crush rock down to size? Do they require little housekeeping to keep them clean and clear of rogue material and debris? Does utilizing a ...
A ten-year global view

A ten-year global view

Electric machines, emission regulations and market domination in the construction, agriculture and mining sectors  With the advent of electric vehicles entering the construction, agriculture and mining sectors (CAM) what does the future hold for the industry and what effect will this have on the used machinery market globally. Peter Clarke, founder and CEO of heavy ...

Cowden: State attorneys general declare opposition to proposed DOL overtime ruling

Elliot N. Dinkin: State-level opposition to a proposed Department of Labor overtime ruling leaves employers uncertain about current and future labor costs. PITTSBURGH,PA —The attorney general (AGs) of 14 states and the District of Columbia have announced their opposition to a proposed Department of Labor (DOL) ruling that would increase the number of workers eligible ...
The Trump economy vs. the Obama economy

The Trump economy vs. the Obama economy

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Mark W. Hendrickson Recently, a student came to me in a state of perplexity. His liberal friends were insisting that President Obama deserves much credit for today’s favorable economic news of higher GDP ...
Johnson to Trump: The time is now to fund infrastructure

Johnson to Trump: The time is now to fund infrastructure

NSSGA President & CEO Michael W. Johnson sent a letter to President Trump and Congressional leaders on Tuesday in advance of their White House meeting on infrastructure to take place Wednesday, May 22. In the letter, Johnson urged the leaders to fix America’s infrastructure. “Tomorrow is an opportunity for leadership of historic proportions to fix ...
Ending Section 232 tariffs for Canada and Mexico a step in the right direction

Ending Section 232 tariffs for Canada and Mexico a step in the right direction

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. WASHINGTON, DC – Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement supporting the Trump Administration’s decision to end tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico: “We are encouraged ...

ABC comments on President Trump’s new immigration proposal

WASHINGTON, DC — Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman commented recently on President Trump’s new immigration proposal, which would create a “merit-based” visa system to address the workforce needs of U.S. industries like construction. Bellaman said: “With a systemic labor shortage impacting ABC member companies of all sizes and an estimated 440,000 ...

Clarion Ledger: Out-of-state interests mobilizing against Mississippi’s working forests

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. by Andy Gipson Should out-of-state interests decide what’s best for a rural Mississippi town of about 3,000 people, or should the local community decide? You’d think the answer to that question would be obvious, but ...

Morning Consult: The energy solution growing in our backyards

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. by Rep. Buddy Carter From addressing climate change to achieving American energy independence, there are many reasons I believe we need to be focused on supporting a wide variety of innovative energy sources. ...

Remaking the Senate: Hyper-Democracy rears its head

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Source: Faithandfreedom.com. by John A Sparks   Periodically, those who do not think that the U.S. Constitution is “democratic” enough set out to repudiate the document’s genius. The Electoral College is often the ...

BLOG: What does the future hold for the recycling industry?

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Aldous Hicks, CEO & co-founder of ReCircle Recycling Does recycling have a future? And can it really solve our waste problem? Aldous Hicks, CEO and Co-founder of ReCircle Recycling discusses the issue. The ...
It’s time for congress to ratify the USMCA

It’s time for congress to ratify the USMCA

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. By Dennis Slater, AEM President It has been over a quarter century since NAFTA was negotiated. A lot has changed since then. The internet was born, the world population has grown by two ...
AEM spearheads opposition to Section 232 tariffs

AEM spearheads opposition to Section 232 tariffs

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. AEM continues to work on behalf of the industry to urge the Trump administration against implementing additional Section 232 tariffs or quotas. This week, AEM joined seven other trade associations in a letter ...
New study: The case for toll-financed interstate replacement

New study: The case for toll-financed interstate replacement

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. How to rebuild Interstates through tolling and shift from per-gallon fuel taxes to per-mile highway user charges.  LOS ANGELES, CA — A new Reason Foundation study finds Congress and states need to utilize toll ...
Unclogging our nation’s airports

Unclogging our nation’s airports

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. On Tuesday, March 26, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) held a hearing to explore options to improve our nation’s airport infrastructure. During the hearing titled “The cost of doing nothing: Why investment ...
Tariffs will continue to raise costs for equipment manufacturers, reduce jobs

Tariffs will continue to raise costs for equipment manufacturers, reduce jobs

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. WASHINGTON, DC – With tariffs continuing to take a toll on U.S. businesses, farmers, communities, and families across the country, a new report by IHS Markit released today outlines the impact of tariffs on ...
The best way to preserve forests? Use trees.

The best way to preserve forests? Use trees.

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Source: The Hill Regardless of your political ideology or where you fall on the environmental spectrum, we can agree on one thing: American public land needs healthy forests and the more public and ...

Infrastructure investment pays for itself

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Source: thehill.com A recent Business Roundtable study found that $737 billion in public investment over 10 years would set us on the path toward reviving our national infrastructure. While those numbers seem daunting, the report ...

Opinion: Bipartisan solutions needed to modernize infrastructure

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Source: RoadsBridges.com. BY DENNIS SLATER, AUDREY COPELAND, PH.D., P.E., AND MICHAEL W. JOHNSON, IOM / FEBRUARY 11, 2019 Industry leaders call on Congress to act on infrastructure funding Our nation’s infrastructure is the ...
The folly of minimum wage laws

The folly of minimum wage laws

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. by Dr. Mark Hendrickson Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed raising the legal minimum wage to $12 per hour on July 1, 2019, and then an additional 50 cents per year until the ...
Statement by ARTBA President & CEO Dave Bauer on President Trump’s State of the Union address

Statement by ARTBA President & CEO Dave Bauer on President Trump’s State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, DC — American Road & Transportation Builders Association President & CEO Dave Bauer issued the following statement relating to President Trump’s State of the Union address: “Good public policy is most often achieved when there is common ground. “New public opinion research finds that 90 percent of the American people want the Democratic leadership in Congress ...
Construction telematics:  The power of the network

Construction telematics: The power of the network

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Modern construction equipment needs telecoms networks. While there is significant machine-to-server activity there is far less vehicle-to-vehicle communication than many people think. In this article Michele Mackenzie, principal analyst for M2M (machine to ...

Poll shows strong partisan divide on border wall funding, strong bipartisan support for broad infrastructure initiative

WASHINGTON, DC – While a new national poll shows only 43 percent of likely voters support using federal dollars to build “a wall or physical barrier along parts of our southern border to make it harder for people to enter our country illegally,” almost 90 percent believe “the Democratic leadership and President Trump should work together ...
In My Opinion: Potential in the policy

In My Opinion: Potential in the policy

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Source: E-SCRAP NEWS posted July 25, 2018 by Clayton Miller   The concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) is spreading and evolving around the world. And with recently passed legislation, the Canadian province ...
When we first broke the bonds of Earth: The story of Apollo 8

When we first broke the bonds of Earth: The story of Apollo 8

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. by Dr. Glenn A. Marsch  On Christmas Eve, 1968, three humans in the cramped Apollo 8 command module slingshot around the moon. They were the first human beings ever to be in the ...
Zero tolerance for dropped buckets

Zero tolerance for dropped buckets

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Stig Engström / CEO and founder, Engcon The tiltrotator that was the start of engcon back in 1990 came about because I wanted to solve a technical problem. Looking back a few decades later, ...
Congressional leaders must start with infrastructure in 2019

Congressional leaders must start with infrastructure in 2019

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. by Dennis Slater, AEM president (Dec. 13, 2018) During this year’s midterm elections, there were a lot of issues debated and promises made. Post-election polls widely show the top issues that were on ...
What to expect in workplace safety in 2019

What to expect in workplace safety in 2019

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. By Avi Meyerstein on January 6, 2019 Safetylawmatters.com POSTED IN MSHA, OSHA As the calendar pages turn over to a new year, many wonder what to expect from workplace safety and its regulators ...

Congressional leaders must start with infrastructure in 2019

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. by Dennis Slater, AEM president (Dec. 13, 2018) During this year’s midterm elections, there were a lot of issues debated and promises made. Post-election polls widely show the top issues that were on ...