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Four red flags you’re ruining your construction crew’s productivity

Posted by Amy Materson on January 23, 2015

Four red flags you’re ruining your construction crew’s productivity

  "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while ...

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U.S. contractors optimistic about 2015 with 80% planning to make new hires, buy new equipment

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 22, 2015

U.S. contractors optimistic about 2015 with 80% planning to make new hires, buy new equipment

After finishing 2014 with employment at nearly a six-year high, hiring within the construction industry is expected to expand at an even faster rate in 2015, according to a new ...

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These 2 construction crews were instrumental in helping firefighters save lives in Baltimore, Minnesota house fires

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 15, 2015

These 2 construction crews were instrumental in helping firefighters save lives in Baltimore, Minnesota house fires

Construction workers in Baltimore and a small Maine town used their skills for a slightly different but heroic purpose earlier this week and the week prior: coming to the aid ...

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Shortage of skilled construction workers delays completion of Iowa biofuel plant

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 15, 2015

Shortage of skilled construction workers delays completion of Iowa biofuel plant

An Iowa biofuel plant is the latest major construction project to fall victim to the widespread shortage of skilled workers in the U.S. According to a report from the Ames Tribune, DuPont ...

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Iowa contractor takes aim at employee retention and safety with hefty monthly bonus checks

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on January 12, 2015

Iowa contractor takes aim at employee retention and safety with hefty monthly bonus checks

Although still in its early days, a program implemented by J. Pettiecord, Des Moines, Iowa, in September is already having a positive effect. Called the SAAP Monthly Bonus—which stands for Safety, ...

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Construction adds 48,000 workers in December to finish 2014 at nearly 6-year high

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 09, 2015

Construction adds 48,000 workers in December to finish 2014 at nearly 6-year high

The construction industry added Americans to its workforce in every month of 2014, an employment streak capped by an addition of 48,000 workers in December. The U.S. construction workforce now employs ...

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Houston construction worker shot in another jobsite robbery

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 09, 2015

Houston construction worker shot in another jobsite robbery

For the third time in the last few weeks a construction worker has been shot by armed robbers while on the job, this time in Houston. According to a report from ABC ...

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Jobsite Unite’s social platform streamlines construction project information

Posted by Amy Materson on January 09, 2015

Jobsite Unite’s social platform streamlines construction project information

Crews can streamline communication on the worksite with Jobsite Unite, a new mobile and web-based communication platform that allows superintendents, foremen, project managers and workers to more effectively communicate, boosting ...

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Texas tops list of most U.S. traffic deaths in construction work zones

Posted by Amy Materson on January 07, 2015

Texas tops list of most U.S. traffic deaths in construction work zones

The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse has released the latest data tally of deaths in motor vehicle traffic crashes in construction work zones, broken down by state. Of 32,719 traffic fatalities in ...

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Bricklayers rescue man from burning car near Houston

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 05, 2015

Bricklayers rescue man from burning car near Houston

A crew of bricklayers near Houston didn't hesitate to drop their trowels and shovels last week and run toward a burning car in order to rescue the driver who likely would ...

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Worker hit in head by bullet as construction crew is targeted in drive-by shooting in St. Louis

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 02, 2015

Worker hit in head by bullet as construction crew is targeted in drive-by shooting in St. Louis

A subcontractor on a parking lot project in St. Louis has pulled out of the job after a drive-by shooting targeted a construction crew earlier this week. According to a report from ...

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Sacramento worker no longer homeless thanks to NBA team’s construction apprenticeship program

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 26, 2014

Sacramento worker no longer homeless thanks to NBA team’s construction apprenticeship program

One of the main reasons the majority of contractors in the U.S. say they are unable to fill positions with qualified workers is the weakening of what used to be ...

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Construction worker shot and killed in robbery on Chicago jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 23, 2014

Construction worker shot and killed in robbery on Chicago jobsite

A construction worker and father of two was tragically shot and killed on the job Sunday night in Chicago's Englewood community. According to a report from the Chicago Sun Times, Miguel ...

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Construction crew unearths grenade without a pin, worker picks it up for some reason

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 18, 2014

Construction crew unearths grenade without a pin, worker picks it up for some reason

A jobsite supervisor in Arizona got quite the scare last week when one of the guys on his crew walked up to him holding what appeared to be a live ...

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Construction superintendent risks his life to stop wrong-way driver in Florida

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 09, 2014

Construction superintendent risks his life to stop wrong-way driver in Florida

After seeing story after story about deaths resulting from accidents caused by people driving the wrong way down Florida Interstates and highways, one construction worker took action last week when ...

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Construction adds 20,000 workers in November, but unemployment rises

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 08, 2014

Construction adds 20,000 workers in November, but unemployment rises

With an addition of 20,000 workers during November, the U.S. construction industry added employees to its workforce for an 11th consecutive month. The industry now employs 6.109 million Americans, according to ...

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Man in werewolf mask shoots construction worker, is still on the loose in California

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 01, 2014

Man in werewolf mask shoots construction worker, is still on the loose in California

Black Friday turned especially dark for one construction worker in Chino, California, when he was nearly killed by a masked man who shot him in the head. According to a report ...

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Construction worker helps police bust guy making meth in Florida park

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 28, 2014

Construction worker helps police bust guy making meth in Florida park

Police in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, arrested a man earlier this week for trying to make meth in the bathroom of a public park thanks to the help of a ...

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Obama unveils immigration reform shielding 5 million from deportation; challenges Congress to “pass a bill”

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 21, 2014

Obama unveils immigration reform shielding 5 million from deportation; challenges Congress to “pass a bill”

During a defiant speech from the East Room of the White House Thursday night, President Barack Obama unveiled sweeping immigration reforms that would shield nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from ...

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Construction workers across U.S. push through blast of Bering Bomb cold snap

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 17, 2014

Construction workers across U.S. push through blast of Bering Bomb cold snap

After the remnants of a Pacific typhoon sent arctic air across much of the United States last week, temperatures dipped to unseasonable lows across the country, making the jobs of ...

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Oklahoma DOT offers free week-long construction training program for those looking to enter the industry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 13, 2014

Oklahoma DOT offers free week-long construction training program for those looking to enter the industry

With the latest survey from the Associated General Contractors of America showing that 83 percent of contractors in the U.S. are having trouble finding enough skilled workers to meet demand, ...

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Construction adds 12,000 jobs in October, sees another big drop in unemployment

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 07, 2014

Construction adds 12,000 jobs in October, sees another big drop in unemployment

The U.S. construction industry has now added jobs for a 10th consecutive month with a gain of 12,000 workers in October. The industry now employs 6.095 million Americans, its highest figure ...

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Bulldozer operator helps police bust thief after finding him hiding under machine while hauling it away

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 07, 2014

Bulldozer operator helps police bust thief after finding him hiding under machine while hauling it away

Sean Welch almost got away with his crime scot-free. He just chose the wrong getaway vehicle. According to a report from The Daily Ardmoreite, the 23-year-old was arrested for stealing $800 in ...

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Wheel loader operator drives his machine for coffee, bathroom breaks; residents of NY town not amused

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2014

Wheel loader operator drives his machine for coffee, bathroom breaks; residents of NY town not amused

A wheel loader operator's use of his machine to go on coffee and bathroom breaks has upset several residents in a New York town. Residents of New Rochelle, New York issued ...

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BuildOhio.org connects skilled workers to hiring firms, students to industry training across state

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2014

BuildOhio.org connects skilled workers to hiring firms, students to industry training across state

Following the release of an Associated General Contractors of America survey in which 83 percent  of U.S. contractors said they can't find enough skilled craft workers, another of the association's state chapters ...

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Guy dresses up as construction worker for Halloween, robs NYC bank

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 03, 2014

Guy dresses up as construction worker for Halloween, robs NYC bank

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But this is imitation the construction industry could do without. According to a report from the New York Daily News, a man dressed ...

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VIDEO: Construction crew wrangles 11-foot python on Florida jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 30, 2014

VIDEO: Construction crew wrangles 11-foot python on Florida jobsite

We can all only hope that when confronted by a massive snake we handle the encounter as well as this construction crew near Miami. According to a report from WFLX TV, ...

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Construction worker stabs co-worker in altercation on Texas jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 29, 2014

Construction worker stabs co-worker in altercation on Texas jobsite

Two construction workers in Tyler, Texas got into an argument last week that escalated into a stabbing. According to a report from KLTV, police responded to a disturbance call at a ...

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VIDEO: Workers caught on tape firing assault rifle inside Orlando building they were demolishing

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 28, 2014

VIDEO: Workers caught on tape firing assault rifle inside Orlando building they were demolishing

Orlando Police are investigating a demolition contractor hired by the city after footage surfaced of workers firing an assault rifle inside the building they were supposed to be demolishing. According to ...

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Excavator tumbles 60 feet from Georgia overpass, operator survives

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 27, 2014

Excavator tumbles 60 feet from Georgia overpass, operator survives

A machine rollover is one of the scariest things an operator in the construction industry can face. In northwest Georgia recently, an excavator operator has lived to tell about one ...

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Construction’s skilled worker shortage intensifies: 83% of firms tell AGC they can’t find enough craft workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 22, 2014

Construction’s skilled worker shortage intensifies: 83% of firms tell AGC they can’t find enough craft workers

No. 13 Story in 2014 « No. 14 No. 12 »   The problem of not being able to find enough skilled craft workers is reaching nearly universal levels in the U.S. construction ...

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Northwestern Mutual sets out to hire 1,000 construction workers in Milwaukee

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 21, 2014

Northwestern Mutual sets out to hire 1,000 construction workers in Milwaukee

Northwestern Mutual is in the middle of a substantial construction project in downtown Milwaukee and the company is in need of a lot of hands to get it done. On Monday, ...

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Bob the Builder, construction’s most well-known ambassador to kids, gets a makeover for a new generation

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 20, 2014

Bob the Builder, construction’s most well-known ambassador to kids, gets a makeover for a new generation

After entreating and educating children around the world for the last 16 years, the popular cartoon Bob the Builder has gotten its first refresh in the form of an all-new ...

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Construction workers in Iowa save kitten from a dumpster’s doom

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 17, 2014

Construction workers in Iowa save kitten from a dumpster’s doom

While saving cats is typically the work of firefighters, a group of construction workers in Des Moines, Iowa, recently made an exception. According to a report from KCCI, a group of ...

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Construction crew sprayed with pesticide by helicopter in California

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 16, 2014

Construction crew sprayed with pesticide by helicopter in California

A group of workers from a construction crew working near Sacramento, California, has come forward saying they are still dealing with sickness after being sprayed with pesticide by a helicopter. According ...

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Construction worker throws co-worker off bridge, disappears after jumping in river after him

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 15, 2014

Construction worker throws co-worker off bridge, disappears after jumping in river after him

Police in Charleston, South Carolina, are searching for a construction worker accused of throwing his co-worker off a bridge. Joshua D. Brown, 19, told police he was playing a game on ...

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