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Worker scales crane to remove Confederate flag upsetting residents in North Carolina

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 25, 2015

Worker scales crane to remove Confederate flag upsetting residents in North Carolina

When a Confederate battle flag found its way atop a construction crane in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, last week, a construction worker scaled the machine to remedy the situation. According to ...

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Three workers presumed dead after landslide strikes Alaska construction site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 21, 2015

Three workers presumed dead after landslide strikes Alaska construction site

A residential jobsite was in the destructive path of one of six landslides caused by heavy rains in southeast Alaska where two workers were killed and one more is presumed dead. According ...

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Road construction crew unearths potential Spanish flu-era mass gravesite in Pennsylvania

Posted by Chris Hill on August 19, 2015

Road construction crew unearths potential Spanish flu-era mass gravesite in Pennsylvania

Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, became a forensic anthropology dream site last week when a road construction crew discovered a mass gravesite while working along Route 61. Dr. Alexandra Klales, from Mercyhurst University’s ...

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New survey, hotel developers the latest severe signifiers of construction’s labor shortage

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 13, 2015

New survey, hotel developers the latest severe signifiers of construction’s labor shortage

In addition to the industry surveys and anecdotal evidence from states and projects all over the country, you can add two more examples to the group of sources pointing to ...

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Chicago church works to train more black residents for construction jobs

Posted by Equipment World Staff on August 12, 2015

Chicago church works to train more black residents for construction jobs

The Psalmist wrote, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” In Chicago, a South Side church is working to bear those words out. In the parking lot of St. Paul ...

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Construction worker dies from heat stroke in Texas

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 11, 2015

Construction worker dies from heat stroke in Texas

A worker on a residential construction site near Dallas died last month due to extreme temperatures being felt across Texas. According to a report from NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, the cause of 25-year-old ...

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Construction crew uncovers Native American remains likely hundreds of years old in Colorado

Posted by Angela Thomas on August 10, 2015

Construction crew uncovers Native American remains likely hundreds of years old in Colorado

During the installation of a drainage pipe at a new housing development in Colorado, a construction crew was forced to place a call to the local coroner after discovering a ...

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Two North Carolina counties push to name part of highway for DOT worker who died in March

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 10, 2015

Two North Carolina counties push to name part of highway for DOT worker who died in March

Two county commissions in North Carolina are pushing to honor a Department of Transportation worker who died on the job in March by naming a stretch of the highway he ...

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Construction adds 6,000 jobs in July; unemployment falls to 8-year low

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 07, 2015

Construction adds 6,000 jobs in July; unemployment falls to 8-year low

Following a flat June, the U.S. construction industry saw a small increase in employment in July. According to preliminary data from the Labor Department, construction employment rose by 6,000 jobs during the ...

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Two managers charged with negligent homicide for death of worker in NYC construction collapse

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 06, 2015

Two managers charged with negligent homicide for death of worker in NYC construction collapse

Two managers are facing homicide charges in connection with a deadly soil collapse in New York City earlier this year. The New York Daily News reports Wilmer Cuevas, 49, and Alfonso ...

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Volvo CE’s 2015-2016 Road Institute to offer Density Direct training in addition to paving, maintenance (VIDEO)

Posted by Chris Hill on August 06, 2015

Volvo CE’s 2015-2016 Road Institute to offer Density Direct training in addition to paving, maintenance (VIDEO)

Volvo Construction Equipment is offering 34 courses in 13 categories as part of its 2015-2016 Road Institute between September 2015 and May 2016 at locations in Phoenix and Chambersburg and Shippensburg, ...

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Construction worker and boy team up to rescue man from pit bull attack in Minnesota

Posted by Angela Thomas on August 03, 2015

Construction worker and boy team up to rescue man from pit bull attack in Minnesota

A construction worker and a young boy jumped to action and played a part in saving a man’s life in Minnesota recently when the man was attacked by a pit ...

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Guy who drove into construction site and hit a worker says he was only trying to help

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 31, 2015

Guy who drove into construction site and hit a worker says he was only trying to help

A disagreement between a construction crew and an enraged driver in Arkansas resulted in one worker clinging to the front of the man's hood for dear life. According to a report ...

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Construction workers befriend homesick 4-year-old, make him part of the crew

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 29, 2015

Construction workers befriend homesick 4-year-old, make him part of the crew

How would you feel about a 4 year old telling you to “Get back to work?” A construction crew in Maine knows the feeling well, and loves it. According to a ...

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UK paper, industry training board to honor unsung heroes of construction

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 27, 2015

UK paper, industry training board to honor unsung heroes of construction

A UK-based tabloid newspaper is helping to showcase the construction industry in a positive way. The Daily Mirror is joining forces with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to present ...

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Worker stung by bees more than 100 times on Arizona jobsite

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 24, 2015

Worker stung by bees more than 100 times on Arizona jobsite

If the scorching Arizona summer heat and the rest of the dangers inherent to construction weren’t enough, a crew in Scottsdale recently had to contend with an angry swarm of ...

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Construction worker fired after allegedly threatening bar owner over flying rainbow American flag

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 21, 2015

Construction worker fired after allegedly threatening bar owner over flying rainbow American flag

What a construction worker in Nebraska describes as a defense of the American flag landed him without a job recently. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, James “Tony” Cascio was part of ...

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Construction workers confront and film 2 men burglarizing home, assist in arrest

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 20, 2015

Construction workers confront and film 2 men burglarizing home, assist in arrest

While a construction crew was wrapping up their work for the day at a partially-finished home in Georgia, workers discovered two men dressed like construction workers who claimed they were ...

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Former worker on Apple’s Campus 2 jobsite says tech giant expects iPhone-like level of detail from construction

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 16, 2015

Former worker on Apple’s Campus 2 jobsite says tech giant expects iPhone-like level of detail from construction

In an exclusive interview with Business Insider, a person who worked on the construction of Apple’s spaceship-like Campus 2 project tells the publication the tech giant expects the same level ...

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SSAB University Challenge encourages students to develop innovative applications for high-strength steel

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 15, 2015

SSAB University Challenge encourages students to develop innovative applications for high-strength steel

SSAB, a Nordic and U.S.-based steel company, invites students to participate in their University Challenge contest, held in conjunction with the Swedish Steel Prize competition. The contest is an opportunity for ...

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Worker shortage delays major highway expansion project in Austin

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 15, 2015

Worker shortage delays major highway expansion project in Austin

Austin is the latest city in the U.S where contractors are concerned over the shortage of skilled construction workers. According to a report from KVUE, construction crews are adding one toll lane ...

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Worker run over by SUV inside cemetery work zone after telling driver to turn around

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 13, 2015

Worker run over by SUV inside cemetery work zone after telling driver to turn around

A construction worker on a resurfacing project in Iowa said he was intentionally hit by a motorist recently when he told the driver to turn around upon nearing the work zone. According ...

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Judge orders NYC concrete workers back to work after 3-day strike halted work across city

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 08, 2015

Judge orders NYC concrete workers back to work after 3-day strike halted work across city

A strike among concrete workers that brought work to a halt at 30 New York City jobsites was brought to an end over the weekend at the order of a federal judge. According ...

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Alabama’s new building permit fee will fund statewide construction education and training

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 07, 2015

Alabama’s new building permit fee will fund statewide construction education and training

Though the construction industry's rebound is in full effect with spending at a nearly 7-year high and jobs at a six-year high, contractors across the country are still struggling to ...

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Shovel to the back of the head ends dispute between concrete workers started by muddy shoes

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 06, 2015

Shovel to the back of the head ends dispute between concrete workers started by muddy shoes

  With the dangers of heavy equipment, falling materials and gunfire well documented on construction sites, the last thing workers need to worry about causing them harm are their co-workers. And yet near ...

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Striking concrete workers halt work at 30 NYC construction sites

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 03, 2015

Striking concrete workers halt work at 30 NYC construction sites

Concrete workers belonging to the New York City District Council of Carpenters have gone on strike, bringing work to a halt at an estimated 30 jobsites around the city. According to a ...

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Construction jobs flat in June; unemployment drops

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 03, 2015

Construction jobs flat in June; unemployment drops

Following two months of gains, the U.S. construction industry saw no job losses or gains in June. According to preliminary data from the Labor Department, construction employment remained at 6.380 million Americans. The ...

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New Labor Dept. regs require employers to pay overtime to additional 5 million workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 01, 2015

New Labor Dept. regs require employers to pay overtime to additional 5 million workers

In an op-ed published by the Huffington Post, President Obama revealed his administration's plan to raise the wages of millions of American workers through new Labor Department regulations. "We've got to keep ...

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Shortage of skilled workers has pushed up construction costs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 26, 2015

Shortage of skilled workers has pushed up construction costs

The immediate effect of the skilled worker shortage impacting the U.S. construction industry for the last two years was a slowdown in work. Demand rose and backlogs increased as firms ...

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Is the golden age of underground construction upon us?

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on June 25, 2015

Is the golden age of underground construction upon us?

During the Great Recession, one phrase reached cliché status: “this is the new normal.” In other words, suck it up, things will never be as good as they once were. Get ...

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Nashville may soon require contractors to hire significantly more local workers on metro projects

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 19, 2015

Nashville may soon require contractors to hire significantly more local workers on metro projects

An amendment that will be presented to Nashville voters in August is drawing the ire of some members of the local construction industry there. According to a report from Nashville Public ...

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Contractor discovers drywall signed by his father 50 years ago while demoing a bathroom

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 18, 2015

Contractor discovers drywall signed by his father 50 years ago while demoing a bathroom

Just in time for Father's Day comes a story out of Michigan where a contractor recently made unexpected contact with his father for the first time since he was a boy. According ...

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Kansas DOT hosts transportation, construction career camp for high school girls

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 12, 2015

Kansas DOT hosts transportation, construction career camp for high school girls

The Kansas Department of Transportation hosted a camp recently to educate teenage girls on career opportunities in transportation and construction. According to WIBW, KDOT hosted 28 high school girls to the ...

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Go Build Tennessee program will work to attract students to construction

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 12, 2015

Go Build Tennessee program will work to attract students to construction

The Tennessee construction industry is in dire need of new blood, and in an effort to attract younger people to the profession, Gov. Bill Haslam recently signed the Go Build ...

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Worker shot after confronting 2 men drawing in wet concrete on Georgia school jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 09, 2015

Worker shot after confronting 2 men drawing in wet concrete on Georgia school jobsite

A worker near Atlanta is lucky to be alive after being shot several times from point blank range by two men. According to a report from WSB-TV, Fernando Olguin-Perez is recovering after ...

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Construction adds 17,000 jobs in May; unemployment drops again

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 05, 2015

Construction adds 17,000 jobs in May; unemployment drops again

The U.S. construction industry established for itself another streak in jobs gains during May, adding 17,000 jobs for the month. According to preliminary data from the Labor Department, the industry now employs 6.387 million ...

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