Downtown Area Development Recap: 2018 Edition

Originally Published in Buffalo RisingJanuary 7, 2019BY WCPerspective 

Downtown development this year was not one for the record books. The bar was set high last year when several large projects including the Oshei Children’s Hospital and UB Medical School opened their doors. Ten projects were completed in 2018, fourteen were announced, and eighteen are currently under construction. With the curtain closed on 2018, below is a recap of the development activity that occurred in the downtown area last year.


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Work on Reuse Plan Continues

Weirton Daily Times
August 23, 2018
Craig Howell

WEIRTON — Efforts to prepare and market former industrial property in Weirton is continuing, according to a representative of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center assisting in the development of the Weirton Area Reuse Plan.

Anna Withrow recently addressed Weirton Council on the status of the Reuse Plan, which is being developed through the work of the City of Weirton, the Frontier Group of Companies and the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, with …

Construction Opportunities On Rise Locally

Originally published by The Weirton Daily Times
July 25, 2018
By Craig Howell

WEIRTON — Representatives of local labor, industry and government were told Tuesday the business climate is turning around in the region, and efforts continue to attract new jobs to the Ohio Valley.

The discussion took place during a networking luncheon with Project BEST, held at the Holiday Inn on Three Springs Drive.

Project BEST is a labor-management company formed by the Upper Ohio Valley Building and Construction Trades Council and the …

Developing a Spill Cleanup Plan

Working in construction and manufacturing industries you become prone to different spills throughout your day. A spill contingency plan should be put into place to help outline what is needed to ensure a fast, efficient and safe response to leaks, sprays, spills and drips. A spill contingency plan identifies the right tools and supplies that need to be readily available in case of an emergency and to keep daily leaks and spills at bay. It is absolutely necessary to have …

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Accidents on Construction Sites

Construction accidents on job sites are common but are very preventable.  Construction sites are filled with many safety hazards and are the cause of numerous serious injuries and even fatalities.  Equipment, trucks, machinery and materials are intermixed with employees and can pose a dangerous threat to the workplace.  There is also the possibility of falling debris, unsafe or uneven work services and challenging weather conditions.  Even though construction sites can be dangerous, there are strategies that can be put …

9 Avoidable Workplace Health and Safety Hazards

Health and safety hazards are constantly surrounding the workplace.  Many people think this only happens when your job requires you to operate heavy machinery or work with explosives and chemicals.  Whether there is a carbon monoxide leak in the office or and employee gets into a car accident on the way to work, there are risks and potential hazards at every job. 

Common workplace health and safety hazards include:  communicable disease, transportation accidents, workplace violence, slips and falls, chemical …

WVU Students Present Ideas For Weirton

Originally published by The Weirton Daily Times
April 24, 2018
By Craig Howell

WEIRTON — Working since January, a group of West Virginia University students have been meeting with residents and officials and studying the community to develop proposals for potential revitalization projects in Weirton.

Monday, they made their final presentations for the city, showcasing their ideas for the public at the Millsop Community Center.

“We have several draft master plans and designs,” Anna Withrow said.

Withrow is the course instructor in charge of the project and …

11 Rules For Handling Hazardous Materials Safely

 Follow all established procedures and guidelines.  Perform job duties as you’ve been trained.
 Plan ahead.  Be cautious.  Notice your surroundings.  Pay close attention
 Always use required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and eyewear.  Inspect that it is safe to use.  Replace worn out or damaged PPE.
 Make sure all containers are properly labeled and that the material inside is in the appropriate container.  Don’t use any material that isn’t labeled properly.  Report any damaged containers or any with incorrect or mismatched labels.
Read labels, instructions …

6 Tips To Help Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents, which account for:

15% of all accidental deaths per year, the second-leading cause behind motor vehicles
About 25% of all reported injury claims per fiscal year
More than 95 million lost work days per year — about 65% of all work days lost

Slips and trips happen when there is a loss of traction between the shoe and the surface you are walking on, or …

Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips Every Employee Should Know

1. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Know the particular hazards of your job or workplace. Once you’ve learned these risks, you are able to keep clear of potential hazardous areas and situations.  Always be alert of machinery and how it operates.

2. Keep Correct Posture To Protect Your Back and Neck 

If you work at a desk, keep your shoulders in line with your hips to avoid back problems. If you’re picking things up, use correct form so your back doesn’t get hurt. Avoid …