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Preparing for the 2021 hiring season and beyond: MITA Workforce Survey Report

March through June provided MITA members with the opportunity to complete the MITA 2020 Workforce Survey. Ninety companies participated ranging from road and bridge builders, excavating and engineering companies.   Data was collected, analyzed and placed in a written report available to all MITA members. What are the expected hiring

MIOSHA Grant Looks to Reimburse Small Companies for COVID – 19 Related Costs

MIOSHA is offering small businesses the opportunity to be reimbursed for items that were purchased with the intention of protecting their workers from COVID – 19. The application period is from now until August 7th 2020. Grants up to $10,000 are being offered. The following press release will provide the

Should Speed Limits Be Increased For Heavy Trucks?

For several years, the Michigan Legislature has been debating, and, ultimately, changing certain speed limits on Michigan’s roads. Not without controversy, certain speed limits have been raised where it is safe and possible to do so. Recently, policy makers have discussed potentially raising speed limits for heavy trucks. MITA has

REMINDER: MDOT to Change Prime Contractor “Self-Performance” Requirement

Acting upon a MITA suggestion, MDOT will lower the percent of the original contract amount the prime contractor is required to self-perform with its own organization. Subsection 108.01, of the 2012 Standard Specifications for Construction, currently requires that the prime contractor self-perform work amounting to at least 40% of the

Let’s Make 2020 the Year for Good News

During these tough times, when it seems that no matter where we look — social media, television, or print media — all we see is bad news, it is important to actively look for Good News. Good News is out there, and we want to hear about it from our

Extensions for License and Registration Expiration Dates Granted Through September 30, 2020

For those who have state ID cards, vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, permits, endorsements, and certifications that expired on or after March 1, 2020, legislation has passed and been signed into law to extend those expirations through September 30, 2020. Previously, the Governor had issued an order that extended the deadlines

Working Safely In Summer Heat: An Important Reminder From U.S. DOL

WASHINGTON, DC – Throughout much of the U.S., high temperatures and humidity in the summer season can create hot and hazardous working conditions, both outdoors and indoors. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers of their duty to protect employees from the risks and

MITA Helps Secure Supreme Court Ruling On CGL Coverage That Benefits Industry

The Michigan Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion on June 29, 2020 in a case with wide ranging implications for all members who routinely purchase CGL insurance. In a break from over thirty years of established law, the Court held unintended or unanticipated faulty workmanship by a subcontractor which damages

MDOT DBE Program Under Scrutiny

As a part of their responsibilities for implementing a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, MDOT must report regularly to the FHWA on their status towards attainment of their annual DBE participation goal. In a recent report covering the first six months of this FY20 (October 2019 thru March 2020), MDOT

MIOSHA Issues Warning to Membership

In case you missed it, MITA recently hosted a ZOOM meeting with Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bart Pickleman, MIOSHA Director Lawrence Hildalgo, and MIOSHA Manager Eric Allen. The program lasted over an hour and yielded some insight into the MIOSHA stance concerning the ongoing COVID-19 issues that contractors are

2020 Excavation Stand-Down Week June 15-19

MITA encourages you to participate in this year’s fourth annual Trench Safety Stand-Down (TSSD) which will be held the week of June 15-19, 2020. The goal is to reach out to as many employees who work in and around trenches and excavations and to provide them with information on current

In Memoriam – Brian Dodds

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Michael Dodds, co-owner of D&R Earthmoving and a long-time MITA member, on Monday, June 8, 2020. He was 62 years old. Brian was born on December 20, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan, to Arthur and Delores Dodds (Morton). He received