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Normal? Well, Maybe

June 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

While the country is slowly opening up as we crawl toward what could be called a “return to normal,” the construction industry is moving ahead at a substantially better speed. By any measure, the fact that our industry is designated “essential” kept us from the economic collapse that rippled tsunami-like through other sectors. Now, [...]

Add Distracted Driving To Your Tailgate Talks

June 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The Engineering Contractors' Association Safety Forum joins with the National Safety Council (NSC) to urge all our members to emphasize the dangers of distracted driving as part of their company safety programs and tailgate talks on the job site. According to Injury Facts, a National Safety Council statistics database, transportation-related incidents accounted for 49,430 on-the-job [...]

Shedding Light On the Growing Issue of Catalytic Converter Theft

June 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Catalytic converter thefts are all over the news. Anyone that's been a victim of a converter theft will easily recall the sinking feeling of starting their vehicle and instead of the normal purr of an engine, it sounds like a helicopter. They'll also likely to tell you about the hassle and cost of getting a [...]

Prevailing Wage Now A Greater Challenge

June 11th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Contractors just got a lot of company under the California prevailing wage regulations. The newbies come courtesy of the state Supreme Court, which recently ruled that anybody providing services to special districts has to pay their employees involved in that work according to the requirements of Labor Code section 1720(a)(2).  Those of us in the [...]

COVID-Related Wrongful Termination Cases & Tips For Avoiding Them

June 8th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Despite unprecedented court closures and related procedural delays, COVID-19 litigation has steadily increased and is only expected to expand across industries, jurisdictions, and areas of law. In the engineering industry, new Coronavirus-specific wrongful termination litigation appears to be on the rise, up and down the state of California. Pregnancy Leave And COVID. In September, a [...]

Golfers Hit The Links For Traditional Spring Outing

June 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

ECA golfers came out in force for the association’s Annual Spring Golf Tournament at Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda. Tee off for the April 26 event offered the sold out slate of 96 members and guests in attendance the opportunity to network and practice their swings on a picture perfect Spring day.  At [...]

Member Snapshot: Beyond Tracking, Tenna Offers Total Management

May 28th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Going beyond tracking, ECA member Tenna has become the construction technology platform that revolutionizes equipment fleet operations. Before the construction technology boom, company co-founders identified the need for Tenna while working together on a heavy civil construction project and grew to develop a total equipment management solution for other contractors with similar needs and pain [...]

$50 Billion Clean Water Bill Introduced

May 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Good news from the Clean Water Construction Coalition, ECA's national affiliate for action in Washington—a bipartisan effort from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure would if passed, authorize $50 billion in direct wastewater infrastructure investment over the next five years.  The proposed bill – “Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021” – [...]

SB 430 – A Bill To Make You ‘Feel Good’

May 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

It's springtime in California, and that means things are heating up under the Capitol dome. A “feelgood” bill to require state agencies to establish policies to waive or reduce civil penalties and fines for small businesses is moving steadily through the California legislature. Fresno Republican Senator Andreas Borgeas is the author of Senate Bill 430. [...]

Digital Systems Enhance Operational Safety

May 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

If your construction business owns and operates equipment, then you know a key component of proper construction equipment management and overall business success involves the safe operation of equipment, and regulatory compliance. All contractors have internal safety programs that they hold their teams accountable to and are likely using a combination of manual and one [...]

Why High-Speed Rail Is Failing

April 30th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

They stand like modern-day Stonehenge monuments, the 14 bridges completed on the first segment of the high-speed rail project that voters approved in 2008.  Three governors have backed the project, Swarzenegger, Brown, and now Newsom, but the work, which was supposed to have been completed in 2017, remains unfinished. The main reason is the California [...]

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