International Pension Fund (IPF) Updates
The International Pension Fund (IPF) has adopted a remote work policy that began March 18, 2020, but its operations are continuing without a hitch. Participants and applicants can continue to communicate with the Fund staff by phone at 1-888-880-8222, and calls will be routed to the appropriate staff’s cell phones. The IPF group emails will continue to be monitored and responded in a timely manner.
Participants who are applying for their IPF pension can email: IPFPensionapplicantinfo@ipfweb.org; Participants who are applying or have applied for their BACSave Annuity can email: RSPwithdrawalapplicantinfo@ipfweb.org; Pensioners can reach the IPF Pension Payroll Department at: PensionPayroll@ipfweb.org; Participants who are interested in a future pension estimate can email: Pensionestimate@ipfweb.org
For more information about the IPF, please visit IPF's website.
Construction Industry COVID-19 News (By Region)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced May 19 that it has adopted revised policies for enforcing its requirements with respect to the coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. Read more.
OSHA COMPLAINT TRACKER (Strikewave, 5/18/2020)
An interactive map of all COVID-19 complaints made nationwide including the names of employers, narrative descriptions of their offenses, and an overall breakdown of complaints by industry: Read more.
How construction firms can prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19 (Construction Dive, 5/18/2020)
Staggering start times, designating some stairways as one-way travel only and assigning workers to certain floors to reduce the chance that they will encounter each other. Read more.
Construction industry loses 975,000 jobs in April due to COVID-19 (CSI, 5/12/2020)
The economist said the loss of 975,000 construction jobs from March to April constituted nearly 13 percent of the industry’s employment and was, by far, the worst one-month decline ever. Read more.
US & Canada Delayed Projects Report (ConstructionConnect, Updated Daily)
State-by-state tracker of project delays Read more.
News in Canada
In Quebec, the epicentre of the pandemic in Canada, construction and manufacturing activities have been up and running for at least two weeks. In neighbouring Ontario, retail stores with a street entrance were allowed to reopen as of May 19, the same day all remaining restrictions on the construction industry were lifted. Read more.
Construction sites to reopen in Ontario from 19 May as Canada takes further steps to restart its economy (Design Build Network, 5/18/2020)
construction activities in all construction sectors were allowed to reopen across all regions in Quebec from 11 May, including residential, infrastructure, institutional, commercial, and industrial. With the second largest population in the country, Quebec has been the hardest hit Canadian province by Covid-19 since the coronavirus outbreak began. Read more.
B.C. construction leaders back federal COVID-19 infrastructure stream (Daily Commercial News, 5/14/2020)
“The construction industry will be at the forefront of economic recovery and stimulus and this is a step in the right direction. There are lots of opportunities for retrofitting and hazard abatement investment given there are a lot of empty commercial and government buildings right now,” Read more.
Construction and manufacturing sectors reopen in Quebec amid COVID-19 pandemic (CTVnews, 5/11/2020)
All types of construction sites in Quebec – including residential, institutional, commercial, industrial, etc. – will pick up where they left off mid-March. Read more.
Saskatchewan unveils $7.5-billion infrastructure plan to boost economy (Journal of Commerce, 5/11/2020)
Saskatchewan has announced a $7.5-billion, two-year capital plan to put people back to work and jump-start the province’s economy with infrastructure projects in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moving Forward with COVID-19 & Construction in Chattanooga Webinar (thepulse, 5/27/2020)
The City of Chattanooga is partnering with The Associated General Contractors to host this webinar in hopes to provide general contractors, subcontractors, and other industry professionals the necessary information to ensure the health and safety of themselves, their employees, and the Chattanooga community. Read more.
Tampa hires nurses to check COVID-19 safety at construction sites (Fox13 Tampa Bay, 5/26/2020)
"Some construction workers live together so you especially want to know if they have a positive case if they live with anybody else and quarantine the whole group,” explained Masters. Read more.
Allegiant stops work on $1B Florida resort due to coronavirus (ConstructionDive, 5/26/2020)
Nevertheless, Allegiant spokesperson Hilarie Grey told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the company has no plans to abandon its sponsorship of the $2 billion Allegiant Stadium, now under construction in Las Vegas. Read more.
COVID-19 delays construction on Monument of Courage (everythingLubbock, 5/25/2020)
Granite to be used for the monument is being shipped from Georgia but crews expect to complete the project this summer with a rescheduled dedication date. Read more.
38 workers test positive for COVID-19 at uptown construction site (WCNC, 5/22/2020)
"While the site is closed, we will conduct a deep cleaning and sterilization of the area. Additionally, we will be working with a 3rd party to provide enhanced onsite screening upon reopening." Read more.
Nine are among general contractors, three involve electrical, heating and air-conditioning work, two affect concrete work, two plumbing, two special trades and one has hit excavation, reports radio station KVUE. Read more.
COVID-19 OUTBREAK HITS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AT BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM (wvua23, 5/22/2020)
More than 10 construction workers and subcontractors working at Bryant-Denny stadium have tested positive for COVID-19. Read more.
Mass testing at construction site reveals 74 workers with COVID-19 (newschannel5, 5/21/2020)
Workers voiced concerns about close working conditions. NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked one worker, "Why don't you just walk off the job? The worker responded, "Because you can't get unemployment if you just quit. So I have to provide for my family." Read more.
Harris County updates Covid-19 guidance for construction, manufacturing (BizJournals, 5/21/2020)
(Texas) The guidance released by Hidalgo’s office advises manufacturers and contractors to stagger employee start times, provide 15-minute rest periods every four hours for workers to wash their hands, identify a designated safety monitor to oversee safety protocols and screen employees for symptoms of Covid-19. Read more.
Report: Bryant-Denny construction resumes after COVID-19 delay (247Sports, 5/20/2020)
(Alabama) The delay was prompted after an undisclosed number of workers tested positive for COVID-19. Read more.
Coronavirus in Austin: Virus clusters showing up in construction, other industries (Statesman, 5/19/2020)
At least 57 construction workers tested positive. The clusters represent cases identified from May 1 to 17. Read more.
“We are seeing some outbreaks in construction sites that we need to pay attention to,” said Health Director Gibbie Harris. Read more.
Tracking more COVID-19 cases among construction workers, their families (KXAN, 5/18/2020)
The city does say it was actively monitoring clusters or possible clusters at “25 businesses or construction locations” during the first two weeks of May. Read more.
16 App State construction workers test positive for COVID-19 (wataugademocrat, 5/14/2020)
Appalachian State announced on May 14 that 16 subcontracted workers for a campus construction project have tested positive for COVID-19. The workers are not Watauga County residents. Read more.
KFOX14 received an anonymous report from a person who claims they work for a remodeling company working at the stadium. This person said construction has been shut down after concerns that there could be a coronavirus outbreak at the site. Read more.
People have been reaching out to complain about potential violations at construction sites and about other violations of stay-at-home orders. Read more.
Construction sites in Travis County become hot spots for COVID-19 cases (Fox 7 Austin, 5/11/2020)
Coronavirus not slowing construction of two Abilene ISD elementary schools (KTXS12ABC, 5/8/2020)
(Texas) Young said crews have been following safety guidelines like washing their hands regularly, staying six feet apart and wearing masks. Read more.
Construction worker on UTC project tested positive for coronavirus (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/7/2020)
(Tennessee) On all of our jobs for a month now, we've been fully masked, gloved, social distancing has been enforced in addition to having hand wash stations. Read more.
The only recorded coronavirus outbreak at a construction site in Denver has been at DIA (Denverite, 5/22/2020)
An outbreak at a Denver International Airport job site affecting 14 employees from an insulation company last month has been the only reported novel coronavirus outbreak at a construction site in Denver, according to the Department of Public Health and Environment. Read more.
300-unit Palo Alto Luxury Apartments under construction in Pflugerville (Round Rock, 5/18/2020)
Palo Alto Luxury Apartments, a 300-unit complex, is set to open in Pflugerville this summer, Kaleigh Wallace, JCI Residential marketing coordinator, confirmed in a May 14 email. Read more.
Construction sites remain active in Truckee-Tahoe amid COVID-19 (Sierrasun, 5/15/2020)
Construction projects across the region have either stayed on schedule or have been able to take advantage of less vehicle and foot traffic to accelerate work. Read more.
While other cities have slowed construction in response to the pandemic, the City of San Diego moved forward with plans to make permitting available online to keep construction moving. Read more.
There are differences in the revised county orders, each with two pages of rules on how to operate safely as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and with varying procedures third-party inspection policies and other details.Read more.
“There was no enforcement of any kind. There were no steps taken,” said a supervisor on the project, who feared retribution if he was identified. “It was basically, put your blinders on and keep working, going forward.” Read more.
Two employees walk around the job site every day, wiping down everything with disinfectant, and cleaning the restrooms. Read more.
Safety photographs: http://www.oregonbuildingtrades.com/covid-19-safety-photographs/
From April 15 through May 7, groups of five to seven task force members, assisted by an Oregon OSHA consultant, visited nine job sites in Portland, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Salem, Eugene, Oregon City, and sites in Eastern and Central Oregon to assess job safety practices addressing COVID-19 and to make recommendations for improvements. Read more.