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Highway worker frees woman from vehicle overturned in icy Indiana creek

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 16, 2016

Highway worker frees woman from vehicle overturned in icy Indiana creek

A highway worker in Indiana is being hailed a hero after he helped rescue a woman whose car overturned in a creek last week. According to the Banner Graphic, Putnam County Highway Department ...

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Construction adds 28,000 jobs in January

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 08, 2016

Construction adds 28,000 jobs in January

The U.S. construction industry continued its streak of employment gains in January, adding 28,000 jobs. The industry now employs 6.615 million Americans, the highest total since December 2008's total of 6.701 ...

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VIDEO: Carpenter’s twirling hammer tricks make us wish we had more free time

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 25, 2016

VIDEO: Carpenter’s twirling hammer tricks make us wish we had more free time

A worker and his hammer. Is there any relationship more pure? This video is a couple years old but just recently started being passed around the web at a serious click. ...

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SCE&G working with schools statewide to fill 1,000 construction positions for new reactors

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 25, 2016

SCE&G working with schools statewide to fill 1,000 construction positions for new reactors

South Carolina Energy & Gas (SCE&G) will hire 1,000 workers over the course of this year as part of a large, ongoing project for two new nuclear reactors. According to a ...

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Heavy equipment dealers: trade skills gap costs industry $2.4 billion a year

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on January 21, 2016

Heavy equipment dealers: trade skills gap costs industry $2.4 billion a year

Construction equipment dealers are reporting significant shortages in getting skilled help, a lack that is directly impacting their bottom line, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Associated Equipment ...

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Construction workers uncover 300-year-old ship along Potomac River near D.C.

Posted by Angela Thomas on January 21, 2016

Construction workers uncover 300-year-old ship along Potomac River near D.C.

A construction site in Virginia has led to the discovery of not one, but two major pre-Revolutionary War archaeological finds. According to the Washington Post, construction crews excavating the site of ...

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Aging U.S. workforce carries both benefits and liabilities for construction companies

Posted by Jill Odom on January 20, 2016

Aging U.S. workforce carries both benefits and liabilities for construction companies

Many factors have caused older workers to remain on the job longer and the trend is only expected to increase. This change in demographics has several different effects on workplace ...

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Construction worker’s $2 million Powerball prize a fortunate accident

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 14, 2016

Construction worker’s $2 million Powerball prize a fortunate accident

A New Mexico construction worker says he nearly walked away from the ticket that has made him $2 million richer following the Jan. 6 Powerball drawing. According to a report from ...

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Contractors tell AGC worker shortage remains their top concern despite half having already increased base pay

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 12, 2016

Contractors tell AGC worker shortage remains their top concern despite half having already increased base pay

As we reported yesterday, a majority of construction firms in the U.S. are optimistic about 2016 volumes and plan to hire more workers to meet likely increased demand. But their optimism ...

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Nearly 2/3 of U.S contractors plan to hire in 2016 due to optimism in several markets, AGC study finds

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 11, 2016

Nearly 2/3 of U.S contractors plan to hire in 2016 due to optimism in several markets, AGC study finds

The vast majority of U.S. contractors have voiced a positive outlook for 2016 and are expecting to hire more workers to meet demand, according to a new survey from the ...

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Construction adds 45,000 jobs in December to finish 2015 up 4%

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 08, 2016

Construction adds 45,000 jobs in December to finish 2015 up 4%

Finishing 2015 with a ninth-consecutive month of employment gains, the U.S. construction industry added 45,000 employees to its workforce in December. The industry now employs 6.538 million Americans, the highest mark ...

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Houston construction crew robbed at gunpoint twice in one week

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 07, 2016

Houston construction crew robbed at gunpoint twice in one week

A construction crew in Houston recently told KHOU TV that they "feared for their lives," after being robbed at gunpoint on two separate occasions within the span of one week. The ...

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Safety Week Lesson 1: RFID card reader prevents unauthorized machine access

Posted by Tom Jackson on December 28, 2015

Safety Week Lesson 1: RFID card reader prevents unauthorized machine access

Tim Truex, midsize equipment and electrical manager for Kokosing Construction wanted a way to prevent unauthorized operators from starting equipment, especially cranes, aerial work platforms, forklifts and CDL vehicles. When site ...

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Worker loses his mind, fires nail gun, slashes tires in jobsite altercation with co-worker

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 18, 2015

Worker loses his mind, fires nail gun, slashes tires in jobsite altercation with co-worker

A confrontation between two construction workers on a Hawaii jobsite last month proves that not everything on the Big Island is chill. According to a recent press release from the Hawaii ...

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INDOT workers rescue elderly couple and pets after dump truck mangles minivan

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on December 11, 2015

INDOT workers rescue elderly couple and pets after dump truck mangles minivan

An Indiana Department of Transportation road crew is being celebrated for its heroic actions after they helped save an elderly couple, as well as a dog and cat, from a minivan that ...

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Vermeer launches HDD Circuit training program to meet demand for skilled drill operators

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 09, 2015

Vermeer launches HDD Circuit training program to meet demand for skilled drill operators

A shortage of skilled drill operators is not something Vermeer is taking lying down. Following the announcement of a partnership with its primary competitor, Ditch Witch, to recruit, train and deploy ...

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Contractors mulling lawsuit against city of New Orleans over local-hiring ordinance

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 08, 2015

Contractors mulling lawsuit against city of New Orleans over local-hiring ordinance

City officials in New Orleans are contending with the ire of both supporters and opponents of a new law in the city that requires contractors on city jobs to hire ...

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Construction adds 46,000 jobs in November

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 04, 2015

Construction adds 46,000 jobs in November

Despite the onset of colder months, construction job numbers are only heating up. Following the addition of 34,000 jobs in October, the industry added another 46,000 jobs in November, according to ...

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Tampa group training women to fill construction industry’s labor shortage

Posted by Angela Thomas on December 04, 2015

Tampa group training women to fill construction industry’s labor shortage

The stereotype that the construction industry is not suited for women is hard to squash, but Women Building Futures is doing just that. According to The Tampa Tribune, Women Building Futures ...

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You probably pay your operators more than the Navy pays SEALs. So why don’t you get more out of them?

Posted by Tom Jackson on November 26, 2015

You probably pay your operators more than the Navy pays SEALs. So why don’t you get more out of them?

In a recent conversation with a group of contractors the subject of operator pay came up. As is typical, the contractors thought they were paying top dollar, but often getting ...

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Worker survives being impaled through chest by rebar

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 25, 2015

Worker survives being impaled through chest by rebar

  The witnesses and others who helped save Casey Zawojski's life after a terrifying accident on a Florida jobsite are crediting divine intervention, and it's easy to see why. According to a ...

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VIDEO: Massive scaffolding collapse injures 6 workers in Houston

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 23, 2015

VIDEO: Massive scaffolding collapse injures 6 workers in Houston

Much less catastrophic scaffolding collapses than the one captured in the footage below have proven deadly. And yet the workers involved in this collapse, which occurred last month at a ...

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Construction worker thwarts knife attack on University of California campus

Posted by Angela Thomas on November 10, 2015

Construction worker thwarts knife attack on University of California campus

A construction worker is being hailed as a hero in the wake of a knife attack last week that could have become much worse at a University of California campus. Byron ...

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Construction adds 31,000 jobs in October

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 09, 2015

Construction adds 31,000 jobs in October

After four months of relatively small employment gains, the U.S. construction industry had a big October, adding 31,000 jobs to its total workforce. The industry now employs 6.434 million Americans, according ...

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Construction deaths up 10% in preliminary 2014 report; total leads all industries

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 02, 2015

Construction deaths up 10% in preliminary 2014 report; total leads all industries

Nearly 4,700 people were killed on the job in 2014, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the construction industry accounting for nearly one-fifth of those ...

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Iowa high school shop class tasks students with designing, building a sim home

Posted by Angela Thomas on October 16, 2015

Iowa high school shop class tasks students with designing, building a sim home

Students in a Sioux City, Iowa, shop class are learning more than just the traditional woodworking techniques most high schoolers are taught. According to a report from the Sioux City Journal, ...

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Construction worker lifts porta-potty lid, finds wanted woman below

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 14, 2015

Construction worker lifts porta-potty lid, finds wanted woman below

A construction worker who stepped into a porta-potty in Oregon recently was shocked to find Treasure down below. According to a report from The Register Guard, the worker lifted the lid of a ...

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Crane Industry Services brings custom training courses to West Georgia Technical College

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 12, 2015

Crane Industry Services brings custom training courses to West Georgia Technical College

Hoping to boost the number of skilled trade workers in Georgia, Crane Industry Services, an Atlanta-bassed crane operator and rigger training company, has partnered with West Georgia Technical College in ...

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Construction adds 8,000 jobs in September

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 07, 2015

Construction adds 8,000 jobs in September

September brought another positive month to the U.S. construction workforce with an addition of 8,000 jobs. The industry now employs 6.396 million Americans, according to preliminary data from the Labor Department. September ...

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Construction crew that rebuilds in wake of superhero battles focus of upcoming Marvel sitcom on ABC

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 05, 2015

Construction crew that rebuilds in wake of superhero battles focus of upcoming Marvel sitcom on ABC

If you've ever wondered what goes into rebuilding and cleaning up after the Avengers have tackled a tough foe, you're going to want to tune to a new sitcom under development ...

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Ditch Witch, Vermeer team up with Ericsson to recruit horizontal directional workers to meet massive telecom fiber needs

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on September 30, 2015

Ditch Witch, Vermeer team up with Ericsson to recruit horizontal directional workers to meet massive telecom fiber needs

In an effort to meet massive telecom fiber construction needs, telecom services provider Ericsson is joining with Ditch Witch and Vermeer to create a template to recruit, train and deploy ...

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Crews uncover mammoths and other Ice Age fossils while grading jobsite near San Diego

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 23, 2015

Crews uncover mammoths and other Ice Age fossils while grading jobsite near San Diego

While grading the site of a new home development near San Diego, construction crews uncovered fossils paleontologists have dated all the way back to the Ice Age. According to a report ...

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Number of construction firms reporting shortage of skilled workers rises to 86%

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 15, 2015

Number of construction firms reporting shortage of skilled workers rises to 86%

The construction industry's shortage of skilled workers has only gotten worse in the last year, according to the latest national survey of firms conducted by the Associated General Contractors of ...

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Construction worker claims Cubs jinx, says he buried White Sox hat at Wrigley Field during renovations

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 15, 2015

Construction worker claims Cubs jinx, says he buried White Sox hat at Wrigley Field during renovations

It's been a big year for the Chicago Cubs. First, they got a new manager when Joe Maddon decided to walk away from the Tampa Bay Rays. It worked out. ...

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Company focused on construction staffing and skills training opens in Alabama

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 09, 2015

Company focused on construction staffing and skills training opens in Alabama

A new company focused on training up skilled construction workers opened its doors recently in Alabama. Wright Way held its ribbon cutting ceremony August 21 in Birmingham. The new company's emphasis ...

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VIDEO: Steam explosion blasts worker from manhole on San Jose construction site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 08, 2015

VIDEO: Steam explosion blasts worker from manhole on San Jose construction site

Santa Clara County officials have released footage of a terrifying steam explosion that occurred one year ago, citing the video as evidence of San Jose contractor Turner Construction's breach of contract on the ...

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