Housing & Construction

Since FrameSAFE first rolled out in March of this year, 23 NFC Professional Framer members and 12 Skilled Subcontractors have subscribed to the program. As this bilingual, OSHA-compliant safety program is being implemented across the country, the feedback has been very positive.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, it is anticipated that a large portion of the workforce will be asked to work from home for their own protection and for the protection of others.

We have pulled together data tables for a daily snapshot of the facts behind the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus in order to provide context to any numbers you may come across in other media channels.

According to a recent press release, OSHA has postponed the 7th annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, originally scheduled for May 4-8, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be rescheduled this summer.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provides small and midsize (under 500) employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19.

While OSHA, the CDC, and other organizations are providing clear guidance on how to handle the COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace in general ways (see Resources page on NFC’s website), it’s ideas from NFC members and other readers that are often the best at addressing specific needs on the jobsite.

As part of the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” recognized by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, members of the component manufacturing and framing industries should be concerned with the position OSHA has taken with regard to viewing COVID-19 as a recordable illness.

As component manufacturers face an uncertain business climate in the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, SBCA has developed for its members a simple Pro Forma Income Statement with sensitivity analysis capabilities to understand effects varying percentages of change in revenue will have on overall bottom line performance.

In the fight against Covid-19 though we might look forward in doom, one day we will look backward in awe.

Virginia’s Arlington County Permit Office (building department) recently announced virtual inspections as a safe and efficient alternative to in-person inspections that enable prompt service, productive follow-ups, and more specific scheduling.