Basic Rule 310 Dust Control Training Now Available Online

dustThe Maricopa County Air Quality Department has just announced that it is now offering Basic Rule 310 Dust Control training classes online.  Online classes are available to those seeking new certifications and those looking to renew their certifications.

Basic Rule 310 certification is required for water truck and water-pull drivers on any site.  It is also required for site superintendents or designated on-site representatives on projects that disturb between 1 and 5 acres of surface area. read more

Arizona Loses 5,900 Construction Jobs in the Past Year

The Associated General Contractors of America reported last week that Arizona lost 5,900 construction jobs between July 2013  and July 2014.  This is surprising because, on a national level, the construction industry is growing.  Thirty-nine states, including many neighboring states, added jobs over that same period.  It is also surprising because Arizona suffered the second highest number of construction jobs lost.  Only New Jersey, which shed 8,900 jobs, lost more.

Arizona’s losses have decreased the state’s construction employment from 123,700  to 117,800 workers , or by 4.8%.  This percentage decrease is also near the worst among the states.   Only New Jersey, Mississippi, and West Virginia lost greater percentages of their construction workforces in the past 12 months. read more