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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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Utah DOT hosts a transportation summit for middle school girls

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 05, 2015

Utah DOT hosts a transportation summit for middle school girls

The Utah Department of Transportation is trying to get more young women to consider the transportation industry as a potential career choice. With that aim, the department recently hosted a transportation summit ...

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St. Louis construction firms help establish $10 million Contractors Loan Fund for minority- and women-owned businesses

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 04, 2015

St. Louis construction firms help establish $10 million Contractors Loan Fund for minority- and women-owned businesses

Aiming to boost the number of construction companies owned by minorities and women in the St. Louis area, a group of firms and banks joined forces to establish the Contractors ...

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Indiana bridge builder among finalists for Carhartt’s Tough Crew Contest

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 04, 2015

Indiana bridge builder among finalists for Carhartt’s Tough Crew Contest

The Cintas and Carhartt Tough Crew Contest has closed its nomination period for nominees, and a bridge builder and his Indiana crew are among the 12 finalists. Michael Knott and his ...

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VIDEO: Watch One World Trade Center’s 11-year construction in this beautiful time-lapse

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 03, 2015

VIDEO: Watch One World Trade Center’s 11-year construction in this beautiful time-lapse

With the opening of the iconic building's observation deck over the weekend, One World Trade Center is officially open for the public to enjoy. To mark the occasion, the folks ...

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Training offered for installing interlocking concrete pavement

Posted by Chris Hill on June 03, 2015

Training offered for installing interlocking concrete pavement

The School for Advance Segmental Paving (SASP) is offering two days of training and education for the mechanical installation of permeable interlocking concrete pavement, June 10-11 at its Franksville, Wisconsin ...

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Palm Beach high school construction academies seek to fill Florida’s skilled worker shortage

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 02, 2015

Palm Beach high school construction academies seek to fill Florida’s skilled worker shortage

The Palm Beach County school district has opened three construction academies that are equipping students from ninth through 12th grades with valuable construction skills through real-world, hands-on experience. According to a ...

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Crew unearths remains likely belonging to a construction worker on North Dakota jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 29, 2015

Crew unearths remains likely belonging to a construction worker on North Dakota jobsite

A crew working in west-central North Dakota recently uncovered human remains police believe may belong to another construction worker. According to a report from The Dickinson Press, an excavation crew there ...

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Construction worker wins $7 million jackpot in Georgia

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 27, 2015

Construction worker wins $7 million jackpot in Georgia

A lottery ticket that runs $30 a pop might be more gamble than most are willing to make, but the bet paid off big time for a construction worker in ...

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Construction worker shot in robbery on NYC sidewalk

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 26, 2015

Construction worker shot in robbery on NYC sidewalk

While operating a jackhammer on a New York City street corner, a construction worker was shot last week. According to a report from the New York Daily News, 49-year-old Rafael Lugo was ...

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Contractor busted for using his construction company’s office to grow pot in Massachusetts

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 14, 2015

Contractor busted for using his construction company’s office to grow pot in Massachusetts

Police in Maryland arrested the owner of a Bellingham construction company earlier this week after discovering the man was using his office to grow a large amount of marijuana. According to a ...

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Workers uncover ancient human remains, artifacts on Washington jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 12, 2015

Workers uncover ancient human remains, artifacts on Washington jobsite

While digging on a renovation job at an RV lot in Yakima, Washington, last week, a construction crew uncovered what could be some of the oldest Native American artifacts found in a ...

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Three students awarded Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 12, 2015

Three students awarded Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships

The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation awarded its Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship to three students who each lost a father during work zone accidents. The foundation awarded Lyndsay Morgan of Cape Coral, ...

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Construction worker saves boy from dog mauling in Michigan

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 11, 2015

Construction worker saves boy from dog mauling in Michigan

Thanks to the actions of a construction worker working nearby, a boy in Michigan is safe and recovering from an attack by four dogs. According to a report from The Morning Sun, 8-year-old ...

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Construction industry roars back from down March, adds 45,000 jobs in April

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 08, 2015

Construction industry roars back from down March, adds 45,000 jobs in April

Following the first job loss for the industry in more than a year in March, the construction industry made up for the decrease and then some with a big April ...

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