Insurance Associates, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company, is excited to announce the hire of our newest Account Executive: Ryan Hays. Ryan comes to the agency with experience in the insurance and surety industry.
Prior to joining IA/MMA, Ryan worked as an underwriter handling construction surety accounts at Travelers. While underwriting, he helped public and private builders meet the demand for new and improved infrastructure. By developing confidential client relationships Ryan learned how to verify and evaluate corporate and personal financial data, review job backlogs, and examine contract provisions to successfully underwrite a bonded job.
Through his disciplined approach, Ryan can help negotiate terms and conditions consistent with established surety standards. He also understands the need for businesses to stay nimble and he will help complex clients consider different approaches that support their business objectives. Above all, Ryan stresses the importance of owning and delivering positive outcomes with integrity.
When Ryan isn’t actively participating in local trade and industry associations, he enjoys boxing, hiking, and is an avid fan of the Maryland Terrapins, Baltimore Ravens, and the Orioles.
About Insurance Associates, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company
IA, a MMA LLC Company, is locally based with the resources and backing of a national agency. There are offices in Rockville, Fairfax, Laurel and Towson and the agency has been advising and protecting clients for over 60 Years! IA, a MMA LLC Company prides itself on having one of the most competent, experienced, and knowledgeable workforces of any agency in the area. The agency works with clients in all industries for their group benefit packages and personal insurance, but their expertise is in the construction industry for business insurance and surety bonding. For more information about Insurance Associates, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company please visit www.insassoc.com.
LB Water Service Inc. CEO Shawn Pulford is scheduled to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business for a hearing titled, “Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes.”
LB Water is an industry leader in supplying waterworks-infrastructure solutions to cities, counties, municipalities and businesses throughout the mid-Atlantic region. It employs 225 people and has locations in Selinsgrove, Chambersburg, Ephrata, Ebensburg, Stoneboro, and Oakdale, Pennsylvania; Frederick, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia. It is a 100% employee-owned company. LB Water also operates two affiliated companies, Stormwater Solution Source and 540 Technologies.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, beginning at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
WHY: The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated May 5-11 as its National Small Business Week. To honor all of America’s entrepreneurs, the House Small Business Committee is saluting “Heroes of Small Business,” those leaders who exemplify the determination, hard work, and creativity that showcases the American entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs from across the country will testify on their small business success stories. The Committee will examine the important role these firms play in creating jobs, growing our economy, and investing in our local communities.
WHO: Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez, Ranking Member Steve Chabot, Rep. John Joyce (PA-13) and the rest of The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business; Shawn Pulford, CEO of LB Water Service Inc. and other LB Water Executives; owners and executives from other invited small businesses from throughout the United States.
OSHA is reminding employers to take precautions to protect workers from the potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide exposure during the operation of portable generators and other equipment in enclosed spaces.
Carbon monoxide – a colorless, odorless, toxic gas – is produced by equipment that uses combustion to operate. Such equipment includes space heaters, compressors, power tools, pumps, furnaces, gas-powered forklifts, welding equipment and motorized vehicles. Symptoms of overexposure include headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and tightness in the chest. Severe carbon monoxide overexposure can cause neurological damage, coma and death.
The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the winter months, when fuel-burning equipment and tools are used in buildings or spaces without sufficient ventilation.
OSHA resources include a pair of fact sheets, Using Portable Generators Safely and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, that address specific hazards related to use of the equipment and provide information on how to keep workers safe during operation.
The agency cautions workers to never use generators indoors or in spaces such as garages, crawl spaces or basements – even if doors and windows are open. Other tips:
- Make sure generators have 3 to 4 feet of clearance on all sides and above to ensure adequate ventilation.
- Do not place a generator near doors, windows or vents that could allow carbon monoxide to enter a building or an enclosed space.
- If a worker shows symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, get the worker to fresh air and seek medical attention immediately. Do not re-enter the area until it has been deemed safe by trained and properly equipped personnel.
Between 1992 and 2008, 22 workers were killed annually by work-related carbon monoxide exposure, according to a 2013 NIOSH study.
Insurance Associates (a Marsh & McLennan Agency Company) is proud to announce that they are expanding our dedicated claims team with the addition of Jennifer Wood. Jennifer comes to the agency with substantial experience that will allow her to champion clients’ workers compensation needs.
Jennifer has over twenty years of experience handling workers’ compensation claims. Prior to Insurance Associates/MMA, she worked with several major insurance carriers as an investigative case manager, lost time adjuster and resolution/litigation specialist. She has also worked for a large defense workers’ compensation firm as a paralegal. Jennifer’s prior experience as Senior Workers’ Comp Advocate at a large Baltimore, MD agency further enhances her strengths as a champion for our clients. At IA/MMA, Jennifer is responsible for ensuring that w/c claims are managed appropriately from first report through settlement. She holds regular claim review meetings with clients to assist them in reducing their reserves and costs while collaborating with our carriers to facilitate excellent claim resolutions and service. Jennifer holds her MD Property & Casualty license. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her son, traveling, bike riding and kayaking.
Applicants must be employees or a family member of an employee of NUCA of DC Member companies
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2019
College Scholarship: $1,500 one-time grant
Eligible applicant: Current High School senior planning to attend an accredited 4-year university as a full time student as of Fall 2019. The NUCA of DC Scholarship Committee will consider applicant’s scholastic standing, ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular activities, career goals, past employment and/or leadership roles, essay, letters of recommendation. See more information and application HERE
Technical Education Scholarship: $1,500 one time grant
Eligible Applicant: Anyone who is planning to attend a technical school or approved craft training program in any discipline of construction. Applicant MUST be enrolled or accepted into an approved accredited program and must pursue a degree, certification or credential in construction-related program. See more information and application HERE
NUCA National Scholarships
NUCA National offers FOUR scholarships annually:
D.A. Foster Memorial Scholarship
$8,000 award ($2,000/year over four years)
NUCA $4,000 Scholarship
$4,000 award ($1,000/year over four years)
William & Shirley Burgett Scholarship
$2,000 one-time award
NUCA $1,000 Scholarship
$1,000 award ($500/year over two years for those enrolling in two-year programs) .
NUCA National Scholarship Eligibility: Any high school senior whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a NUCA member company in good standing at the time of the application deadline may apply. This includes dependents of employees of NUCA members, high school student employees of NUCA members, and dependents of NUCA Chapter Executive Directors. Submission Deadline: April 15, 2019. For Application and more information, click HERE!
The Washington DC Infrastructure Academy, a training program announced by Mayor Muriel Bowser, endorsed by local area utilities such as DC Water, PEPCO, and Washington Gas (all NUCA of DC Members!), is starting several new classes that have the potential to benefit DC area Utility Contractors.
A CDL Drivers class is beginning January 22 with 20 registered students. The last class had a 90% graduation rate, with 10/20 students obtaining their CDL license, so the pool of trained CDL drivers is growing! NUCA of DC representatives are in discussions with DCIA representatives to develop ways to help these graduates get the crucial on-the-job experience that is needed for our members to be able to hire these drivers.
Similarly, TWO auto mechanics courses will be taking place this training period, with one having already started and one starting on January 28.
A PEPCO-endorsed electrical worker course will be starting on February 4, and lasting 22 weeks. The graduates of this course will be trained in both underground and overhead electrical work.
Future courses under development include water and gas pipefitting.
As of now, many federal construction programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) have been directly affected by this shutdown. State DOTs across the country, uncertain of future federal funding, have been hesitant to authorize highway construction projects planned for 2019. For example, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation postponed accepting bids for approximately $137 million in projects because the state is uncertain of whether the federal share will be reimbursed. In Oklahoma, bidding for summer projects occurs in the first two months of the year, and an extended shutdown will adversely affect the summer construction season.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a notice earlier this week giving 50 state DOTs and the District of Columbia an extra $30 billion to start new federal-aid highway projects. However, the FHWA warned these agencies that if Congress enacts a short-term agreement to reopen the government, the states will have to put most of that money back in the interim. Some USDOT infrastructure entities could also be affected, such as Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD, formerly TIGER) grants, which draw from the general fund. USDOT just recently announced nearly $1.5 billion in BUILD grant awards, which have been slowed down due to the shutdown.
The shutdown is not only harming our country’s infrastructure and related agencies. Billions of dollars in post-disaster aid to cities and states have been delayed due to the U.S. Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) inability to issue guidance on how to apply for the funds. Additionally, many of our National Park System parks remain open but unstaffed by park rangers—leading to health, safety, and environmental concerns as trash and human waste pile-up, roads go unplowed, and historically prominent sites are vandalized. These park closures also have a direct effect on surrounding cities’ economies. Finally, thousands of ongoing transportation investigations, research, and engineering efforts are put on hold as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigators have been furloughed due to the shutdown.
In an effort to end this partial shutdown, the U.S. House of Representatives has begun to take up appropriation bills to reopen the Cabinet-level departments and affected agencies. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up:
- HR 267, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019, which provides $71.4 billion in spending, which is $1.1 billion more than the FY 2018 level and $23.3 billion more than the President’s FY19 budget request. The bill also provides for the release of $49 billion from both the highway and aviation trust funds. Under this legislation, there is $750 million in supplemental funding for Airport Improvement Program (AIP), $1 billion for BUILD Grants, and $2.6 billion for Transit Capital Grants (CIG).
- HR. 266, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019. The bill provides $35.9 billion to the USDOI and the EPA, including $63 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and $2.9 billion combined for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds—all of which are also equal to the current FY18 funding level.
H.R. 267 and H.R. 266 are effectively identical to the bill language passed by the Senate in 2018 in a “minibus,” or multi-appropriations bills package.
As negotiations between Congress and the President continue, ASCE’s government relations team will continue to actively encourage Members of Congress and the Administration to end this partial shutdown, which will put employees back to work, open our parks, and resume infrastructure projects. Then federal lawmakers can begin to advance legislation that invests in our country’s infrastructure, including an infrastructure bill. For our nation to have a complete infrastructure system and progress towards the future, Congress and the Administration must now work together to open up the government and resume our crucial infrastructure projects.