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Governor’s New Budget Reduces Construction

By |2020-07-08T11:45:30-07:00July 8th, 2020|Blog|

The economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic will likely take a slice out of construction spending by the state, based on the numbers released in Governor Gavin Newsom's May Revised 2020-2021 budget. The new $203.3 billion proposal would borrow money from "internal accounts" to help make up for a projected $54.3 billion budget deficit, as [...]

Cal/OSHA Covid-19 Guidance

By |2020-06-03T11:51:18-07:00July 5th, 2020|Blog|

The coronavirus pandemic has struck another aspect of the construction industry. California's Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Cal/OSHA) issued a five-page “guidance “ document dated April 25 (but updated April 27).  The report is available online at  //www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/COVID-19-Infection-Prevention-inConstruction.pdf The agency says the document “does not impose any new legal obligations.” Then it explains that [...]

Trench Shoring’s New Light Duty Crossing Plates

By |2020-06-03T11:45:53-07:00July 3rd, 2020|Blog|

For almost 50 years, Trench Shoring Company has been a leading supplier of steel trench plates to meet a wide range of heavy load requirements. However not all situations require steel plates.  Trench Shoring Company has now added the Oxford® Composite LowPro® 15/10 Trench Covers to its trench plate product line. These covers deliver a [...]

A Silver Lining In COVID-19 Cloud

By |2020-06-09T10:44:29-07:00June 28th, 2020|Blog|

If you're looking for a silver lining in the COVID-19 clouds hovering over our state, you will find one in the significant reduction in traffic on California's streets, which is making it easier for equipment, supplies and workers to get to job sites. Traffic levels in the Los Angeles basin dropped 60 percent under [...]

Does Business Interruption Insurance Protect Against Losses Related to the Pandemic?

By |2020-06-03T11:40:15-07:00June 25th, 2020|Blog|

In general, business interruption insurance covers loss of income suffered by a insured when damage to its premises by a covered cause of loss causes a slowdown or suspension of its operations. Coverage applies to loss suffered during the time required to repair or replace property, which may, depending on the policy, include loss of [...]

Governors & Mayors Fill The Vacuum

By |2020-06-03T11:38:38-07:00June 20th, 2020|Blog|

When legislators at the federal and state levels abandoned their posts and evacuated to their homes to escape COVID-19, governors and mayors filled the power vacuum with proclamations and executive orders to fight the current coronavirus outbreak, all in the name of public health.  In the case of the plague visited on the world from [...]

COVID-19 Safety In Construction

By |2020-05-12T16:46:26-07:00June 6th, 2020|Blog|

While millions of Americans hunker down and stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, much of the construction industry in California has continued. At the same time, the health of construction workers and the general public cannot be ignored. The federal government did not issue specific mandates to the construction industry; thus, states and cities found [...]

CSLB Closes Offices, COVID-19 Affects Licensing Services

By |2020-05-12T16:44:59-07:00June 1st, 2020|Blog|

What a difference a week can make. In this case difficulties we all share in overcoming the spread of the Covid-19, or Corona virus. That being said, many State agencies are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Much of the California Contractor’s State License Board (CSLB) staff is teleworking. This could cause a [...]