January 13, 2020

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Safety Training at OCA – Utility Damage Prevention

During OCA’s 2019 Winter Conference, our safety breakout session addressed the importance of avoiding unsafe and costly utility damages on your job sites. Contractors must train their crews at the point of service so that they know the requirements of Ohio’s Damage Prevention Laws, and how to properly plan and operate to avoid underground utility damage.

OCA has a strong presence on Ohio’s Underground Technical Committee (UTC) who works with the Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) to enforce Ohio’s underground damage prevention laws. The UTC and PUCO are experiencing more and more violations by both excavators and utility owners for not following the law. Fines and/or corrective action plans are being ordered as a result.

OCA is again offering its highly rated training course on utility damage prevention in 2020. This course is designed to give contractors’ field personnel the tools and knowledge necessary to avoid dangerous and costly run ins with underground utilities. Your crews will not only learn their own obligations under the law, but also learn what utility owners must do to comply with Ohio’s damage prevention laws.

Three half-day sessions are scheduled at OCA’s Columbus office on February 19, March 11 and March 25. The courses meet OSHA requirements for Competent Person Training. Click on the following link for additional course and registration information. (Registration Form).

Online Registration:

February 19, 2020
March 11, 2020
March 25,2020


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ODOT Announces Additional Webinars on Subcontractor Payment Reporting on ODOT-let Construction Projects

Attention prime contractors and subcontractors on ODOT-let construction projects: Prime contractors shall become compliant with Proposal Note 031 (“Prompt Payment”) by entering and signing all previously made subcontractor payments (on open projects) by February 1, 2020 and by entering and signing future subcontractor payments as they are made. The proposal note requires you to utilize the AASHTOWare Project Civil Rights & Labor (CRL) system to enter these payments. Entered payments must be signed in order for subcontractors/suppliers to affirm their receipt of the payments made. This webinar will feature a demonstration of how these payments are entered, signed, and affirmed as well as a live Q&A session.

Please register for the Subcontract Payment Reporting on ODOT-let Construction Projects webinar at one of the following dates/times (each webinar will cover the same content):

• Tuesday, January 21, 2020 2:00 PM EST: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7464846528371873037
• Wednesday, January 29, 2020 2:00 PM EST: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2439586907785950477
• Wednesday, February 5, 2020 9:00 AM EST: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6730998383181732365

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Supreme Court Denies City of Cleveland’s Motion for Reconsideration 

On Christmas Eve, the Supreme Court denied the City of Cleveland’s Motion for Reconsideration. The Court sent mandates that same day to the clerks of the Court of Appeals for Cuyahoga County and the Court of Common Pleas for Cuyahoga County directing them to reverse the prior judgments regarding the statute. Local hiring requirements for public works can no longer be enforced. This goes into effect immediately. If a situation arises where a political subdivision still attempts to apply a local hire requirement, an injunction would be sought and immediately granted on the basis of the statute because of the Supreme Court’s decision.

Please make the OCA office aware of any attempt by a local public entity to apply a local hire mandate on contracts that have not been executed as of this date. The Court’s ruling did not specifically address contracts that are currently in effect.

The annual Conaway Conference will be March 3 & 4, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus located at 350 N High St., Columbus, OH. The conference will provide a forum to review the previous construction season, provide valuable information for the upcoming year, and a networking opportunity.

March 3rd - Day 1 of the conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The format and sessions will be similar to last year’s Conaway Conference. Registration and Continental Breakfast are tentatively scheduled for 8:00-9:00 with sessions ending at 4:50. Day 1 Registration is $150 (breaks and buffet lunch included).

March 4th - Day 2 of the conference will also be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Day 2 is targeted toward ODOT and contractor leadership personnel. Registration is tentatively scheduled for 8:00-8:30 with sessions ending at noon. Day 2 Registration is $65.

Conference Registration Link 

Hotel reservations can be made at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus where the contract hotel block is.
Hotel Reservation Link - Hyatt Online Booking Reservation Group Code: OCAS
Phone: (614) 463-1234

The agenda and other information will be shared once it is finalized. There will be CPD hours for both days of this training.

Sponsorship OpportunityAn annual collaborative effort between OCA and ODOT. We bring together over 600 people to attend sessions led by ODOT staff, OCA experts and other professionals. This is THE partnership conference to learn and network. Sponsors will have their company names and logos in the program (if received by Feb. 7), on the introductory screen before the opening session and the individual sessions. Great exposure for $500

To learn how to get your spot, contact David Rule, Director of Member Events at (614) 488-0724.

ODOT Plan Reading Courses Friday, January 31 & March 13, 2020 

OCA’s Chris Engle will be instructing this plan reading course once again. Before joining OCA, Chris spent 22 years with ODOT, with several years overseeing Construction in District 5. Training for this informative course covers reading, understanding and using ODOT plans. Includes sections, profiles, quantity take-offs, and relationships between components of the plans. The course is designed for someone who is just getting familiar with how to read plans. Includes lecture discussions and in-class use of plans. Class space will be limited. $125 OCA members / $150 non OCA members. Includes lunch. To register, visit our website at www.ohiocontractors.org or contact David Rule to register.

ODOT to Provide Training for Updated Commercially Useful Function (CUF) Requirements

ODOT will be offering training classes to inform contractors and consultants of the upcoming update to ODOT Policies and Procedures to address DBE Commercially Useful Function (CUF) requirements. This training will provide an overview of how ODOT identifies issues and red flags in order to ensure compliance. The training will also address new required documentation requirements by ODOT for CUF reporting on a project by project basis. There will be two sessions on February 10, 2020. For more information, click here.

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