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According to OSHA, Brett Collins’ Life Was Worth $2,363

A miniscule fine was imposed for a safety violation that led to the death of a 20 year old man on a jobsite in Wyoming, so his family went to the legislature to make sure the next guy's life does not come as cheap. Read more

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New Tax on Wood Creates Confusion in California

As of January 1, California retailers have been required to collect an extra one percent tax certain lumber products. Plywood, framing lumber, and unfinished decking are among the products subject to the tax. Doors, windows, trim, and other more heavily processed items are not. Read more

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Bill Bans Use of Sulfur-Tainted Drywall

Congress passed a bill that limits the amount of sulfur allowed in drywall and directs the administration to press Chinese manufacturers to compensate victims of tainted Chinese wallboard products. Read more

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OSHA Extends Temporary Fall-Protection Enforcement Once Again

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decided to push its toughest enforcement measures for its new fall-protection rule back to March 15, 2013, according to a memo released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more

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Cutting Edge: Confusion Surrounds Lead Rule

By now, everyone involved in residential remodeling should know about the EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule. As of midsummer there were still plenty of questions and confusion regarding the requirements for tools and equipment. In particular the government was still in the process of clarifying for carpenters, plumbers, painters, electricians, and other residential contractors how the cleanup and disposal of waste materials and workplace dust and debris should be handled. Read more

Cutting Edge: Blue-Collar Jobs Turn Green
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Cutting Edge: Blue-Collar Jobs Turn Green

With home building at a near standstill and the government promising financial... Read more

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Nail Pricing Survey

The January 16th anti-dumping ruling on nail imports by the U.S. Department of Commerce caused nail prices to jump an average of 30% within days of the announcement. Help us track this important issue by answering the following survey questions. Read more

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Warranty Wars

Performance, features, and price will always be first-choice deal-makers for tool buyers, but warranty coverage has become the latest competitive battleground among tool companies. Read more


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