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Workforce and Safety

ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 770% Safer

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently released its 2017 Safety Performance Report to further the construction industry’s understanding of how to make jobsites safer through its Safety Performance Evaluation Process (STEP). Packed with infographics and practical takeaways, the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 87 percent, making the best-performing companies 770 percent safer than the industry average. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Announces Craft Professional and Instructor of the Year Finalists

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 1:00 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the finalists for its 2017 Craft Professional of the Year and Craft Instructor of the Year awards. Winners of both awards will be announced March 3 during ABC’s Workforce Week ’17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

Nearly 170 Top Construction Pros to Compete at ABC’s National Craft Championships

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 8:30 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 8– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that nearly 170 of the top construction apprentices and trainees in the country will compete in the 30th annual National Craft Championships, March 1-2 during ABC’s Workforce Week ‘17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Industry Alliance Announces New Resources Aimed at Preventing Suicides

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 10:03 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 6– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced new resources made available to its members through its membership in the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. ABC joined the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)-led alliance in October 2016 to help provide resources and disseminate information on suicide prevention and mental health awareness in the construction industry, with a goal of building a zero-suicide industry. Read the rest of entry »

Intelligent Machines and Wearable Tech Improve Productivity on Construction Sites, According to Construction Executive Magazine

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 18—Technology-rich equipment, tools, drones, robots and vehicles are revolutionizing how America’s commercial and industrial construction projects are built, according to the July/August issue of Construction Executive magazine. Improved safety, productivity gains and expedited schedules are driving industry-wide investment in technology acquisitions and upgrades among contractors of all sizes.

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ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 720% Safer

Thursday, May 5, 2016 3:01 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5—In observance of Safety Week, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its 2016 Safety Performance Report to further the industry’s understanding of how to make construction jobsites safer. Packed with infographics and practical takeaways, the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 86 percent, making the best-performing companies 720 percent safer than the industry average. 
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Construction Industry Pushes Back Against Misrepresentation of Welders’ Income

Friday, November 13, 2015 1:20 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 12 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Construction Labor Market Analyzer (CLMA) and NCCER today pushed back against media reports this week that have misrepresented the income of welders in commercial and industrial construction. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Celebrates Careers in Construction Month

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:47 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is celebrating Careers in Construction
Month this October by recognizing the investment its members and chapters make each year to attract and train the construction workers of the future. ABC member firms spend $1.1 billion on workforce development and train approximately 476,000 construction industry professionals annually. Read the rest of entry »

ABC and Tradesmen International Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:23 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tradesmen International, the construction industry’s premier source for craft professionals and labor-related services, which will help contractors maximize productivity per dollar of labor. The agreement became effective May 1, during ABC’s 28th annual National Craft Championships in Birmingham, Ala., which Tradesmen International sponsored.
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Electrician Lloyd Evans Named ABC Craft Instructor of the Year

Monday, May 5, 2014 6:05 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today named Lloyd Evans, hiring and training administrator at Watson Electrical Construction Co. in Wilson, N.C. its Craft Instructor of the Year. Evans received the honor May 2 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Development Conference in Birmingham, Ala.
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