A Female Friendly Industry Starts with You

The construction industry is suffering from a worker shortage. Women are seriously under-represented in the construction field. Only 14% of the construction sector is made up of women, and only 2% of on-site workers are women..
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Partners in Progress Conference Recap

Contractors, chapter executives, business agents and managers gathered at the beautiful and newly renovated Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, Florida, for the first Partners in Progress Conference since 2012.
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Winter Leadership Workshops Add Educational Value to Members

SMACNA Greater Chicago kicked off the New Year by offering the new workshop series “Leadership Without Limits.” This program was broken down into four, 4-hour interactive sessions and was designed for both the emerging and seasoned leaders to help them accomplish their business goals.
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Get To Know Westside Mechanical

Westside Mechanical — with locations in Chicago and Naperville — has been a recognized leader in mechanical HVAC construction, service and maintenance since the company was founded in 1970.
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What To Consider As You Recruit New Talent

Many trade associations and unions have asked Nehlsen Communications to help them recruit workers — both apprentices and management trainees — and with good reason. Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of approximately 10,000 per day.
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How OSHA Standards Impact Your Workplace

Face masks and respirators have their place in construction safety, but you’re going to need to adopt a more comprehensive plan to comply with OSHA’s new standard for respirable crystalline silica.
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Electronic Recordkeeping

Injury and illness recordkeeping has always been required, but the information is typically filed on an office shelf. The new rule, however, allows public access in an effort to encourage employers to focus on and improve safety measures within their companies.
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John Comforte Inducted to SMACNA's College of Fellows

SMACNA’s College of Fellows recently announced that John W. Comforte, president of Climatemp Inc., in Broadview, Ill., will be inducted into the prestigious College in October. He will receive his signature College medallion at SMACNA’s 74th Annual Convention, in Maui, Hawaii.
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Crisis Management - Preparedness is Key

Although many of our members have established effective safety programs that address issues from the design phase through completion, how many can confidently navigate those accidents that are simply unavoidable?
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