The Trouble With Talent: Why Employees Are Disengaged and What To Do About It

The year was 2000. The startup that launched in 1998 had outgrown the garage, relocating to a nondescript building in an office park a couple of...

Construction Disruption: Fastbrick Robotics

We’ve heard of industrial robots building a block structure in record-making time. We’ve also seen outdoor construction robots. Then Fastbrick...

Safety: Fall Protection: It’s Safe to Say that Knowledge is Your Greatest Tool

Implementing a proper fall protection plan is difficult. Here are the basics to give you a firm foundation on which to build your fall protection...

Shop Talk: Silica One Contractor’s Journey Part 2

The Chino Hills High School project was back underway and the dust issue was solved. After completion of this project, Guth went back to MK Diamond...

Big Foot or Mast Climber — Take Your Pick

There's a ratio of body surface to foot size for vertical adhesion that would require the average human to have a size 114 foot and some sticky...

OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard: FAQ Introduction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has just released a set of 53 Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) to provide guidance to...


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Chairman’s Message: Recent Updates

From MCAA President, Jeff Buczkiewicz: This month I have the honor of guest writing for our Chairman Paul Odom. I would like to extend my condolences to the entire Odom family on the loss of Travis Odom, Paul’s father. Paul will be back with his column next month.   ...

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Painter’s Corner: MCAA Magazine

Subject: Is Masonry Ever Perfect? Jerry Painter   The definition of perfect is to be complete, flawless, faultless or exact. Soooo, is masonry ever perfect? The short answer is yes. Whenever you can put together the perfect design, the perfect material and perfect...

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Government Affairs

MCAA Pushes Bill Across Finish Line  Stephen A. Borg Unfortunately, throughout the years, some bad actors in Washington, D.C. have given all of us who work and live here a bad name.  We are only out for ourselves, we are greedy, we have no morals, and of course…WE...

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September 2018: Full Contact Project Management

Contractors have unique abilities, equipment and training to “see” things that almost no one else can. You can merely look at a set of plans and see, right then and there, if a proposed project will not work – even though it was designed by the expert architect or engineer.

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