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Portland Jetport groundbreaking Posted by on

Congratulations to union contractor Turner Construction and union carpenters in Maine. A groundbreaking was held today for the $75 million expansion of the Portland Jetport. The project will involve several phases that will add three gates, double the size of the existing terminal, add to baggage handling capacity and update and upgrade de-icing and security capabilities, among other improvements.

The project will add scores of construction and permanent jobs without cost to the city. Funding is coming from existing fees being charged to passengers as well as stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Pictured at the groundbreaking, below, from left to right; Charlie Buuck of Turner Construction, John Leavitt, Business Manager for Carpenters Local 1996 and Pete Hamill of Turner Construction.

Also at the groundbreaking were, below from left to right: Portland Mayor Nick Mavadonis, Portland City Councilor Dan Skolnick, Leavitt and Congressman Mike Michaud.

TAGS: Jobs, Maine

Carpenters Center celebrated by BISNOW Posted by on

The Boston edition of BISNOW--an online publication serving the real estate and design industry--has featured the Carpenters Center in a recent edition. (free registration required)

The building is described as being "impressive," "vibrant" and "well worth the wait." It praises the juxtaposition of "traditional and subtle with muted colors and glazed cubes meeting the street where small residences and stores predominate" and "its sweeping roof line, emphatic colors, and giant LED screen projecting messages to SE Xway drivers" all of which "speaks to their determination to be part of the future."

OSHA stepping up penalties for "severe violators" Posted by on

OSHA has announced that it is significantly increasing penalties against employers who commit severe or repeated offenses. A directive issued in late April, outlines increased inspections and enforcement for the "Severe Violator Enforcement Program." The program is the result of a year-long work group, which determined that existing penalties were "too low to have an adequate deterrent effect."

According to an OSHA press release: "The current maximum penalty for a serious violation, one capable of causing death or serious physical harm, is only $7,000 and the maximum penalty for a willful violation is $70,000. The average penalty for a serious violation will increase from about $1,000 to an average $3,000 to $4,000. Monetary penalties for violations of the OSH Act have been increased only once in 40 years despite inflation. The Protecting America's Workers Act would raise these penalties, for the first time since 1990, to 12,000 and $250,000, respectively. Future penalty increases would also be tied to inflation."

"For many employers, investing in job safety happens only when they have adequate incentives to comply with OSHA's requirements," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Dr. Michaels. "Higher penalties and more aggressive, targeted enforcement will provide a greater deterrent and further encourage these employers to furnish safe and healthy workplaces for their employees.""

TAGS: Osha, Safety