- BIM-M announces the availability of a new report titled "BIM Deliverables Guide for M...
- NEW LAWS FOR CONTRACTORS 2016 Over 2,700 bills were introduced by the California Le...
- Description: Inner Access Decks (Hatch Decks)– A platform unit designed and constru...
- The Rolling Towers/Mobile Scaffold: Inspection, Maintenance, and Use Tip Sheet The m...
Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc.
Who is MCAC?
Established as the first and only statewide mason contractors association, the Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc. (MCAC) was formally incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) corporation on April 1, 1963 as the California Conference of Mason Contractor Associations, Inc. (CCMCA). Originally formed to give California mason contractors a greater voice in labor negotiations, MCAC expanded to become an organization representing both open-shop and signatory mason contractors of all sizes and specialties on a variety of issues related to the trade. In 2011, the association restructured and took on its new identity as the MCAC to more accurately reflect its member makeup from a regional presence to more individualized participation. Today, MCAC is comprised of mason contractors as well as suppliers with ties to the masonry industry. The Association is headquartered in the state capital of Sacramento, CA.
What Does MCAC Do?
MCAC is designed to enhance opportunities and services to mason contractors through the exchange of ideas and resources. This exchange is founded upon the principals of information sharing and peer-to-peer networking not only between contractors and suppliers but also among related trade groups with shared interests.
What Relationships Does MCAC Have with Other Industry Trade Organizations and State Government?
MCAC is the conduit that all mason contractors can use to voice their needs to other industry organizations and state government leaders. MCAC represents its members in related organizations to increase member visibility and recognition of the masonry industry. These affiliations create a greater presence for the masonry industry overall and a louder voice before our state decision-makers.
Public Works Contractor Registration
Contractors and subcontractors must register with DIR in order to bid on public works projects as of March 1, 2015, or be awarded a public works project as of April 1, 2015. Registration with DIR costs $300 and covers the fiscal year (July 1–June 30th). Credit card payments can be processed within 24 hours, while other forms of payment may delay registration for up to eight weeks.
Online Contractor Registration and Renewal
To learn more about Public Works Contractor Registration, please read the Public Works Reforms (SB 854) fact sheet and the frequently asked questions.
BIM-M announces the availability of a new report titled "BIM Deliverables Guide for Masonry Contractors". Developed by mason contractors for mason contractors under the direction of BIM-M project consultant Fred Kinateder, the Guide addresses 6 key issues every mason contractor needs to know:
1. Why BIM is important to the mason contractor
2. How to get started in BIM
3. What a BIM Execution Plan is and how to develop one
4. Examples of software being used by mason contractors to work in the BIM environment
5. Deliverables that provide a return on investment for contractors that are willing to invest the time and resources
6. Where to go for educational opportunities for modeling with the appropriate software
The Guide is FREE! Download it from the MCAC website or visit Read More...
NEW LAWS FOR CONTRACTORS 2016
Over 2,700 bills were introduced by the California Legislature in the 2014-2015 session. Below are summaries of some of the more important bills affecting contractors in their roles as contractors, effective January 1, 2016 unless otherwise noted.
Many other bills will impact them in other roles, such as being businesses, taxpayers, and employers. For more information on changes in the laws affecting employers in 2016, please check the Employment Law Notes page of the McLennon Law Corp. website where this information will be posted in the near future.
Each of the summaries are brief, focusing on the gist of the bill, while most of the bills have additional provisions that are not mentioned. Links are provided to the full text of each of the bills for those wanting to know in detail the provisions of the new law. Lastly, reference is made to 2-year bills carried over to 2016 and to failed bills that are likely to be revisited...
Description: Inner Access Decks (Hatch Decks)– A platform unit designed and constructed to carry at least one person and allow access from the scaffold level below by opening a hatch embedded in the deck. Inner Access Decks are equipped with end hooks that engage the scaffold bearer, a hatch for access and may contain an integrated ladder. Inner Access Decks are generally rated for uniformly distributed loads.
Items that should be considered when using this checklist as a tool for making purchasing decisions.
• Ultimately, the purchasing decision comes down to the purchaser. This list is not intended to be used as a “Pass/Fail”, but rather to arm plank purchasers with an aid in the decision making process.
• Inner Access Decks covered in this list are those intended for spans of 10’ or less. For solid sawn wood planks or engineered wood planks, refer to the appropriate SAIA purchasing guidelines.
• Only those items that are listed in bold...
The Rolling Towers/Mobile Scaffold: Inspection, Maintenance, and Use Tip Sheet
The most common type of rolling tower/mobile scaffold is simply a single bay supported scaffold tower with casters. Mobile scaffolds may be constructed using tube and coupler scaffold, fabricated frame scaffold or modular type scaffold. As with any supported scaffold, however, it can be configured in many different ways. This tip sheet highlights some of the key items to keep in mind when inspecting, erecting, maintaining, and using mobile scaffold.
Definition of rolling tower/mobile scaffold: A powered or unpowered portable, caster-or wheel-mounted supported scaffold.
Users of rolling tower scaffold must walk around the area in which they will work to remove any materials that may be a hazard to workers as the scaffolds are introduced onto the site. Particular care must be made to note floor hazards such construction debris, holes in the floor, etc....
In this Issue:
Solutions To Safety, Health And Environmental Issues Are Changing Fast
EHS Products and Services Listings
100BuyersGuide Document available at:
Scaffold user waiver forms now available *online exclusively to MCAC members. The forms are designed to provide mason contractors with protection when faced with the common situation of other trades using the mason contractor’s scaffolding.
*Member login required to access forms.
Once you have logged in as a Member you will see the form links on the home page in the "MEMBERS NEWS" section. The forms will open in a new window which you can save to your computer.