On June 3, Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) signed into law a bill requiring construction workers to undergo mandatory 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety training within 15 days of hire; supervisors must undergo 30 hours of OSHA training. The measure was enacted one year after Perini Building Co., a unit of Tutor Perini Corp., Framingham, Mass., and the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council agreed to end a 24-hour strike that erupted over six jobsite deaths within 18 months at the $8.6-billion CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip. The law becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2010.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.