The Georgia Branch of Associated General Contractors of America is calling for a “safety stand-down” Aug. 3. During the statewide work stoppage – lasting from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the job site – supervisors and workers will learn how to spot heat illness and prevent it.
“Stagnant” is the word Georgia’s top labor official used Thursday to describe the state’s job market. The jobless rate stands at 10 percent – the same as a year ago. To stimulate hiring, the state will expand its job training program. Critics say the program is free labor for employers because trainees aren’t paid.