The Trump Administration is considering making draconian reductions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the 2018 Budget Proposals. The Department of Labor is also facing a reduction in funding and these cuts will eliminate or severely decrease job training and safety measures that will prevent worker injuries or moreover deaths in the workplace. Read more about these proposed budget cuts in an article that was published in EHS Today.
Here is the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area one doesn’t have to look very far to see how important OSHA and its guidelines are needed in the workplace. In December 2016, an employee of Arrow Plumbing, LLC of Blue Springs lost his life while working in a trench at a construction site in Belton, MO. OSHA has levied fines against this company totaling over $770K and the case is currently under appeal. Read more about this in an article posted in the KC Star.
The rise in construction projects across the country is great for the economy; however, it does create some obstacles for the construction industry. The construction companies are challenged as it relates to the need for skilled labors who are knowledgeable and competent at their craft. These include Carpenters, Electricians, Roofers, Plumbers, Brick Masons, Pipe Fitters, Boiler Makers etc.
Last week an article appeared on the McClatchyDC website referencing this topic. Included in the story was a quote from Jason Hodges, Director of Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust (MO-KAN LECET): "I don't think there is a worker shortage as much as a shortage of exceptionally cheaper labor". Read the entire article here.
In September 2015, the Associated General Contractors of America published an article referencing this same topic: Nationwide Survey finds 86% of Contractors Have Difficulty Filling Key Crafts and Salaried Jobs as Demand for Construction Increases.
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