OSHA’s “Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards”

Every year, OSHA releases its list of the “Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards” as a way to make employers aware of the standards most cited for violations. The idea is that employers will use the list to identify and fix any hazards that would result in a violation of OSHA’s standards and in turn […]

FFCM Complaint Prompts Contractor Replacement

The Building Committee for the new high school in Greenfield has voted to drop its original contractor for the $65 million job and begin negotiations with the No. 2 bidder after the FFCM filed a bid protest with the Attorney General’s office. FFCM monitors who scrutinized the application submitted by DEW/MacMillin determined that the application […]

Legal Landmark: Leases Subject to Competitive Bidding Law

The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an agreement between UMass Lowell and a private developer, Brasi Development, for the development, maintenance and long-term lease of a dormitory constituted a contract for public construction subject to the requirements of the competitive bidding law. In Brasi Development Corp. v. Attorney General & another, the SJC reversed […]

Awarding Authorities Play Key Role in Prevailing Wage Compliance

The Foundation for Fair Contracting of Massachusetts announces a new Public Construction Watch column designed to recognize Massachusetts municipal and state awarding authorities who demonstrate accountability for compliance with public construction laws. Awarding authorities must receive, maintain and review certified payroll records to ensure prevailing wage compliance. Section 28 of the same law provides construction […]

Spring Issue of Public Construction Watch Now Available

The Foundation for Fair Contracting of Massachusetts is pleased to publish the first issue of Public Construction Watch, our new semiannual newsletter.  Public Construction Watch replaces two former FFCM  publications—The Fair Contractor and The Wage Watch—both suspended in 2010 in the wake of the Massachusetts construction industry’s hard hitting downturn . Our new publication provides […]