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Construction worker arrested after attacking co-worker with forklift in Texas

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 26, 2015

Construction worker arrested after attacking co-worker with forklift in Texas

A worker on a Texas jobite was fortunate to have survived an attack last week after an apparent disagreement led a co-worker to attack him with a forklift. According to a ...

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If construction wants to tap the millennial workforce, industry must abandon tribal knowledge for Web reference

Posted by Tom Jackson on March 25, 2015

If construction wants to tap the millennial workforce, industry must abandon tribal knowledge for Web reference

Last week while attending the Association of Equipment Management Professionals Management Conference and Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, I heard a term I'd never heard before: "tribal knowledge." I thought it sounded ...

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Women in Concrete Forum to address diversity, sustainability

Posted by Amy Materson on March 24, 2015

Women in Concrete Forum to address diversity, sustainability

The International Concrete Sustainability Conference, scheduled for May 11 through 13 in Miami, will open with the second Women in Concrete Forum. Focusing on the role of women in the ...

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BuildOurNebraska.com launches to address state’s worker shortage issues

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 24, 2015

BuildOurNebraska.com launches to address state’s worker shortage issues

With more workers aging out of the industry than it is currently bringing in, construction professionals in Nebraska are seeing the same impacts from a shortage of skilled workers as ...

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Construction crew rips roof from wrong residence near Cleveland

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 20, 2015

Construction crew rips roof from wrong residence near Cleveland

Your roof. It's not necessarily something you think about unless it's leaking or you're installing one. Or, in the case of one particular Cleveland man, it's being torn off your home. According ...

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Construction expected to near pre-recession employment highs by 2022

Posted by Amy Materson on March 17, 2015

Construction expected to near pre-recession employment highs by 2022

Construction employment will likely grow by 29 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to a report by the CPWR Data Center. According to the center, that would put the number of construction ...

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Home starts plunge 17% in February as cold weather and worker shortage drop builder confidence

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 17, 2015

Home starts plunge 17% in February as cold weather and worker shortage drop builder confidence

With spring right around the corner, U.S. home builders are certainly looking forward to the warmer temperatures and the official start of the construction season as starts on new homes ...

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Arizona DOT partners with college on Highway Construction Pre-Apprenticeship certification

Posted by Chris Hill on March 17, 2015

Arizona DOT partners with college on Highway Construction Pre-Apprenticeship certification

The Arizona Department of Transportation is partnering with Gateway Community College to offer a Highway Construction Pre-Apprenticeship certification program beginning March 23. The program is being offered through ADOT’s Business Engagement ...

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Skull found on Louisville construction site sparks search for more remains

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 16, 2015

Skull found on Louisville construction site sparks search for more remains

Work has slowed on a Louisville, Kentucky, jobsite where construction workers recently gained a bit more company as police and volunteers are combing the area after a skull was found on the ...

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Freeing trapped raccoon costs carpenter his job in San Francisco

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 12, 2015

Freeing trapped raccoon costs carpenter his job in San Francisco

"I'm going to do what is necessary for this raccoon." According to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, those were among carpenter Todd Sutton's last words while still employed by RFJ Meiswinkel Co., ...

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Worker shot and killed on Atlanta jobsite after confronting thief attempting to steal his pickup

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 11, 2015

Worker shot and killed on Atlanta jobsite after confronting thief attempting to steal his pickup

While on the job at an Atlanta grocery store, a construction worker was shot and killed Tuesday after confronting a man that appeared to be stealing his truck. According to a ...

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Skilled worker shortage in Omaha problematic for several major construction projects, delaying smaller ones

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 10, 2015

Skilled worker shortage in Omaha problematic for several major construction projects, delaying smaller ones

The Omaha area is in the midst of a major construction boom that its local workforce simply isn't equipped to handle. According to a report from the Omaha World-Herald, a $400 million ...

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Contractor optimism reaches historic high in annual construction industry forecast

Posted by Tom Jackson on March 09, 2015

Contractor optimism reaches historic high in annual construction industry forecast

The last time contractors were this optimistic, the economy tanked and went into the longest and deepest recession since the Great Depression. That was ten years ago. Today's optimism is reported ...

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Construction adds 29,000 jobs in February

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 06, 2015

Construction adds 29,000 jobs in February

U.S construction firms added 29,000 workers to their payrolls in February, extending the industry's streak of employment gains to 14 months. The industry now employs 6.353 million Americans, according to preliminary data ...

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Disneyland masks its construction sites with magical artwork of whatever is being built

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 06, 2015

Disneyland masks its construction sites with magical artwork of whatever is being built

If you've ever been to either of the Disney parks here in the U.S. you know that the magical castle, whether belonging to Cinderella at Disney World in Orlando, or ...

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USDOT launches local hiring pilot program

Posted by Chris Hill on March 05, 2015

USDOT launches local hiring pilot program

The U.S. Department of Transportation is introducing a one-year pilot program through the Federal Highway Administration that allows local hiring provisions as part of contracting requirements. The program, called Local Hire, ...

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Nashville construction sites saw 8 armed robberies in February alone

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 03, 2015

Nashville construction sites saw 8 armed robberies in February alone

In the wake of an armed robbery on a North Nashville jobsite last week, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said that the city had seen a spree of construction site attacks ...

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Legislation to recalculate prevailing construction wage passes in West Virginia

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 02, 2015

Legislation to recalculate prevailing construction wage passes in West Virginia

While Indiana appears to be on the way to repealing its common construction wage entirely, lawmakers in West Virginia have passed legislation that will recalculate how the wage is set. With ...

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Fahrner Asphalt, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce team up to offer road construction training in Wisconsin

Posted by Chris Hill on March 02, 2015

Fahrner Asphalt, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce team up to offer road construction training in Wisconsin

Fahrner Asphalt Sealers and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) have partnered to offer road construction and repair job training, according to a report by the Milwaukee Business Journal. "The HCCW ...

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Construction workers shot in jobsite attack in Nashville

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 27, 2015

Construction workers shot in jobsite attack in Nashville

As if the heights and heavy machinery didn't make construction work dangerous enough, U.S. home builders apparently now have to contend with the threat of gunfire. Thursday brought yet another armed jobsite attack, this ...

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Wisconsin Senate passes right-to-work bill amid protests (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 26, 2015

Wisconsin Senate passes right-to-work bill amid protests (VIDEO)

After two days of chaotic protests from union supporters and construction industry workers and officials, the Wisconsin Senate voted late Wednesday night to pass fast-tracked right-to-work legislation. According to a report ...

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Construction workers’ butt-dial to boss rats them out for jobsite burglary

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 26, 2015

Construction workers’ butt-dial to boss rats them out for jobsite burglary

Two construction workers in Key West, Florida, have been arrested and charged with felony grand theft after stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools from one of their company's jobsites. And ...

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Indiana House votes to repeal state’s common construction wage

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 25, 2015

Indiana House votes to repeal state’s common construction wage

The Indiana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would repeal a state law that sets baseline wages for construction workers on certain public projects. According to a report from ...

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Workers discover woman’s body on Florida jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 24, 2015

Workers discover woman’s body on Florida jobsite

Early Friday morning on a jobsite in Satellite Beach, Florida, construction workers found the body of a young woman. According to a report from FOX 35 TV, the workers had just arrived ...

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$2.4 billion Louisiana aluminum mill to create 2,000 construction jobs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 24, 2015

$2.4 billion Louisiana aluminum mill to create 2,000 construction jobs

A planned aluminum mill will bring thousands of jobs to central Louisiana, the majority of which are in construction. According to a report from The Advocate, American Specialty Alloys Inc. will build ...

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Career night aims at signing up more Cleveland-area women for construction apprenticeships

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 23, 2015

Career night aims at signing up more Cleveland-area women for construction apprenticeships

With the area's number of women working in construction and the the trades dead even with the national average of 3 percent, trade groups in Northeast Ohio are looking to ...

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OSHA extends annual fall prevention Safety Stand-Down to 2 weeks, announces 2015 dates

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 23, 2015

OSHA extends annual fall prevention Safety Stand-Down to 2 weeks, announces 2015 dates

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the dates of its second annual Safety Stand-Down for construction fall prevention. Citing widespread participation in last year's event, OSHA has increased the ...

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Construction worker shot and killed in Houston jobsite robbery

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 19, 2015

Construction worker shot and killed in Houston jobsite robbery

Another construction jobsite robbery in Houston erupted in gunfire Tuesday, this time ending with the death of a worker. According to a report from KHOU TV, 19-year-old Frank Madrano was working alone ...

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Just about every type of skilled construction profession got a raise last year

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 12, 2015

Just about every type of skilled construction profession got a raise last year

Wages for skilled construction workers are up nearly across the board, according to the latest wage survey from the National Center for Construction Education and Research. NCCER surveyed 30 U.S. construction companies ...

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With oil field cuts increasing, Texas contractors rush to hire and recruit laid off workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 10, 2015

With oil field cuts increasing, Texas contractors rush to hire and recruit laid off workers

Many workers in South Texas are currently experiencing a bit of déjà vu. During the recession, the U.S. construction industry lost about 2 million workers to layoffs and cuts, many of ...

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Buffalo forum brings together female construction pros to brainstorm methods for growing their numbers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 09, 2015

Buffalo forum brings together female construction pros to brainstorm methods for growing their numbers

Two Buffalo construction groups have formed a forum for local female construction professionals in order to give these women a way to share ideas and discuss any obstacles they may ...

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ACPA launches WikiPave resource site, adds 2 web courses to training site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 04, 2015

ACPA launches WikiPave resource site, adds 2 web courses to training site

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has created a Wiki for information about the concrete pavement association—WikiPave. The association announced the launch at World of Concrete in Las Vegas. “WikiPave is the largest-scale ...

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Construction workers win $5 million, $100k from lotto, but won’t quit their day jobs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 04, 2015

Construction workers win $5 million, $100k from lotto, but won’t quit their day jobs

Two construction workers recently hit pay dirt, winning big lottery prizes within just days of each other. According to a report from USA Today, Kevin Buchanan of Yonkers, New York, won $5 ...

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American Concrete Institute launches ACI University; online hub offers anywhere access to educational programs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 03, 2015

American Concrete Institute launches ACI University; online hub offers anywhere access to educational programs

Seeking to simplify access to the wealth of educational resources it offers for contractors and workers, the American Concrete Institute announced today the launch of ACI University. "We have a lot ...

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New AGC of Washington president places emphasis on attracting younger members

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 02, 2015

New AGC of Washington president places emphasis on attracting younger members

As the newly elected president of Associated General Contractors of Washington, Gary Smith, a 40-year construction industry veteran and president of Seattle firm Lease Crutcher Lewis, says while he is ...

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How a heavy equipment operator, mother of two went from no driver’s license to running her own construction crew (VIDEO)

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on January 29, 2015

How a heavy equipment operator, mother of two went from no driver’s license to running her own construction crew (VIDEO)

“What am I doing here?” That was Patricia Hook’s first question when she arrived at J. Pettiecord two years ago. The mother of two didn’t have a driver’s license or any ...

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