12.03.2018 #fuelme | Construction spending down, barge belly up (and under?), NY construction law has haters, this roof has eyes

Here’s a quick glance around the web, bringing you a taste of the news you need to know this week.


Overall construction spending down for third month.

October numbers are in, and the Commerce Department reports that U.S. construction spending was down by .1 percent in October, its third consecutive month on the decline after August and September numbers were revised. Public spending was in fact up by .8 percent from September—with school building in particular gaining ground as highway construction fell—while spending on private construction—such as home builds—dragged the numbers down. Some fear that private spending will stay low, given the labor gap and recent tariffs.

New York construction law costs construction too much, reformers say.

Some legal reform advocates are currently pushing for change to a New York construction law—the only of its kind in the U.S.—that makes contractors 100 percent liable for worker injuries on job sites. They argue that the law, known as the “Scaffold Law”, makes insurance prohibitively expensive for some construction companies. As an example, they say the Scaffold Law will add $300 million in costs to the funds needed for the Gateway Project, which will add a new tunnel under the Hudson River for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains.

Construction barge capsized on Massachusett coast, may have sunk.

A barge carrying construction equipment and up to 900 gallons of fuel was one of five barges being pulled by a tugboat nicknamed “Big Jake” north of Boston Sunday when four of the barges broke free. Three of them were recovered by rescue boats but one capsized and is believed to have sunk. Massachusetts police and Boston Harbor pilots were still looking for the barge Monday, and the Coast Guard warning seafarers to steer clear of the North and South Boston Main Channels until further notice.

This roof can see you.

The Chartered Institute of Building’s annual The Art of Building photography contest has chosen 12 finalists from the thousands of photographs entered. Check out the photos and vote for your favorite! (We like the roof with eyes—but that’s us.)

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