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Back to Basics: OSHA Rescinds Interim Fall Protection Standard for Residential Construction
The Legal Intelligencer
August 16, 2011

The leading cause of injury and death in the residential construction industry occurs from falls from elevation on the work site. A recent change in the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations attempts to bridge the gap between this tragic reality and the builders as they attempt to remain OSHA-compliant. Full Text


The ‘Greening’ of High-Performance Building Codes
The Legal Intelligencer
August 16, 2011

In 2004, Pennsylvania began enforcing a uniform statewide building code as a means to adopt “nationally recognized standards” for the protection of life, health, property and environment; to encourage standardization and economy in construction; and to “start a process” leading to a uniform standard for the design and construction of buildings in the commonwealth. Full Text


Lien Waivers, Releases Submitted With Requests for Payment Bar Claims
The Legal Intelligencer
August 16, 2011

Construction projects generate a staggering amount of paper. Other than raw building materials used in construction, paper is perhaps the biggest commodity used on a construction project. Contracts, specifications, drawings, payment applications, change orders, requests for information, shop drawings and general job correspondence — to name a few — create project files that can easily exceed 1,000 pages. Full Text


Evidence Preservation on the Construction Job Site
The Legal Intelligencer
August 16, 2011

The need to repair construction failures on the job site may often destroy probative evidence of fault, such as material failure, poor workmanship or design defect. In the case of fire, water damage or structural weakness, urgent repairs may be needed to protect life and property. Full Text



The Costs of Withholding Payment: Developments in Pa. Construction Payment Law For Owners, Contractors and Subcontractors
The Legal Intelligencer
August 16, 2011

The Pennsylvania Legislature has developed a two-pronged approach to regulating payment practices to subcontractors on privately funded construction projects. The Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 (MLL) and the Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA) have regulated construction contractor payments for years. Full Text


Sole Source Specifications in Pa. Public Procurement
The Legal Intelligencer

August 16, 2011

In today’s somewhat lethargic private construction economy, the importance of investment dedicated to public construction is increasing. Government-sponsored construction of schools, municipal and state buildings, stadiums, prisons and other public facilities, paid for by Pennsylvania taxpayers, have taken on increased importance to the regional and state construction economy. Full Text