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VIDEO: Roofer busts out gravity-defying samba breakdance; somehow doesn’t break his neck

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 02, 2014

VIDEO: Roofer busts out gravity-defying samba breakdance; somehow doesn’t break his neck

As the video below attests, music can be a very powerful force. So powerful that despite the fact he was working atop a roof, Andrew Wilcox says on his YouTube page ...

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Construction workers narrowly escape jobsite shootings in Michigan and NYC

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 26, 2014

Construction workers narrowly escape jobsite shootings in Michigan and NYC

As temperatures have soared on jobsites across the U.S., so too, apparently, have tempers. Nearly two weeks ago, a construction worker stabbed and killed his co-worker while they were renovating a ...

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These 3 changes to your day-to-day will make you a more productive worker on the construction jobsite

Posted by Amy Materson on August 25, 2014

These 3 changes to your day-to-day will make you a more productive worker on the construction jobsite

“Work smarter, not harder.” How many times have you seen that quote? Over time, the idea that your best performance is a result of how you work, not how long you ...

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Construction worker stabs and kills coworker in South Carolina department store

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 20, 2014

Construction worker stabs and kills coworker in South Carolina department store

Authorities near Charleston, South Carolina have arrested a man they say stabbed and killed a coworker while they were renovating a department store. Dennis Elvin Cervantes-Pavon, 33, was arrested last week ...

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Seattle may require construction companies to hire local workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 13, 2014

Seattle may require construction companies to hire local workers

The Seattle City Council is mulling over creating an ordinance that would require construction companies contracted by the city to hire a certain number of local workers for each job. According ...

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Workforce development program gives teens a small paid job with classroom time; could be model for construction industry

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 11, 2014

Workforce development program gives teens a small paid job with classroom time; could be model for construction industry

The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article Thursday describing how a wire factory in Georgia employed high school kids during the summer to help develop their work skills and ...

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What contractors can learn from the fast-food business

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 06, 2014

What contractors can learn from the fast-food business

One of America's unique talents is a genius for logistics. We practically invented the concept and have put it to use doing more work in less time with better results ...

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Expansion of Oklahoma fertilizer plant could put more than 1,000 contractors to work

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 06, 2014

Expansion of Oklahoma fertilizer plant could put more than 1,000 contractors to work

The massive expansion of a fertilizer production plant in Oklahoma will likely have quite the impact on the construction industry well beyond its local community. The expansion of the Koch Nitrogen ...

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The 6 signs of a bad construction boss

Posted by Amy Materson on August 05, 2014

The 6 signs of a bad construction boss

Managing employees can be one of the toughest jobs to face when running a company. Too often, contractors build their business without having any training, guidance or expertise in how ...

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Wages for construction workers and heavy equipment manufacturing workers are on the rise

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 05, 2014

Wages for construction workers and heavy equipment manufacturing workers are on the rise

We're now five years into the economic recovery following the Great Recession and pay raises, according to a report from the Associated Press, are uneven across U.S. industries. Overall, pay in ...

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Construction adds 22,000 jobs in July; employment now at highest level in more than 5 years

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 01, 2014

Construction adds 22,000 jobs in July; employment now at highest level in more than 5 years

The U.S. construction industry added jobs for a seventh-straight month in July, a streak that has propelled the sector's employment to its highest level since May 2009. July saw a sizable ...

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In wake of safety manager’s death, California construction company continues to pay his salary; coworkers raise $120k to support family

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 24, 2014

In wake of safety manager’s death, California construction company continues to pay his salary; coworkers raise $120k to support family

A construction company in Milpitas, California is honoring a former employee by making sure his family is well taken care of after a tragic accident took his life more than ...

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Second-career farming proves popular: Why not second-career construction?

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 23, 2014

Second-career farming proves popular: Why not second-career construction?

A recent article in the American Conservative talked up the merits and challenges of second-career farming, where middle age professionals drop the white collar life and take up small-scale, often ...

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Building the future of your construction company: Matching tech-savvy, young employees in a mentorship with seasoned crew members

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on July 18, 2014

Building the future of your construction company: Matching tech-savvy, young employees in a mentorship with seasoned crew members

When I listen to contractors tell me how they first became involved in construction—usually a tale of early exposure and family tradition—it has hit me that what this industry needs ...

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Construction newbies: How to find your place at the right company and launch a successful career in the industry

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 17, 2014

Construction newbies: How to find your place at the right company and launch a successful career in the industry

In the previous installments of this series I wrote about what it takes to survive your first week and month as a construction newbie (see here,  here, and here). Assuming ...

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4 tips for developing a health and wellness program at your construction firm (and why you should)

Posted by Amy Materson on July 16, 2014

4 tips for developing a health and wellness program at your construction firm (and why you should)

Construction company owners are in a unique position when it comes to assessing and helping their employees manage their health and wellness. Construction is difficult, demanding work, and having employees ...

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Construction worker reportedly fired for flying Alabama football flag at Texas A&M stadium jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 15, 2014

Construction worker reportedly fired for flying Alabama football flag at Texas A&M stadium jobsite

If you're unfamiliar with just how seriously folks down in the South take their college football, one construction worker has reportedly learned that lesson after being fired for hanging one ...

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STEM graduates are finding a weak job market. Why that could be a big opportunity to fix construction’s skilled labor woes

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 11, 2014

STEM graduates are finding a weak job market. Why that could be a big opportunity to fix construction’s skilled labor woes

A recent article at Business Insider revealed an odd wrinkle in the job market. According to Census Bureau statistics, less than half the college graduates with STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering ...

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Construction adds 6,000 jobs in June as industry retains grip on highest employment in 5 years

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 03, 2014

Construction adds 6,000 jobs in June as industry retains grip on highest employment in 5 years

For six straight months, the U.S. construction industry has added jobs and held tight to its highest employment figures in five years. However, there have been signs of slipping as ...

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Construction workers save elderly woman struck by cab in NYC by lifting the SUV off of her

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 02, 2014

Construction workers save elderly woman struck by cab in NYC by lifting the SUV off of her

An 83-year-old woman is recovering from a broken wrist and several fractures in her right leg at Bellevue Hospital in New York City after being hit by a cab Monday ...

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Western Pennsylvania road builders launch “virtual apprenticeship” video game for recruiting teens (VIDEO)

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 01, 2014

Western Pennsylvania road builders launch “virtual apprenticeship” video game for recruiting teens (VIDEO)

The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania has come up with a promising way to attract more recruits to the industry. They've set up a "virtual apprenticeship" video game in which ...

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Documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” shows how valuable the intersection of the arts and technology is to a nation re-learning how to make things

Posted by Tom Jackson on June 24, 2014

Documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” shows how valuable the intersection of the arts and technology is to a nation re-learning how to make things

If you are any kind of craftsman, if you've ever had to build your own tools, jigs or fixtures to solve a problem, you’ll get a kick out of the ...

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Chicago construction worker killed when drunk driver crashes through work zone and into a paver

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 23, 2014

Chicago construction worker killed when drunk driver crashes through work zone and into a paver

A construction worker in Chicago was killed early Saturday morning and several others were injured when a minivan drove through barriers on a road construction work zone and crashed into ...

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Reports: Up to 100 construction workers kidnapped in militant raids in Iraq

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 18, 2014

Reports: Up to 100 construction workers kidnapped in militant raids in Iraq

Foreign construction workers in Iraq have become the target of Islamic militants raiding towns and seizing large swaths of territory in the country on a march toward the capital city ...

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Is a John Deere version of FarmVille on the way? Or could the brand establish construction simulators in a bigger way?

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 17, 2014

Is a John Deere version of FarmVille on the way? Or could the brand establish construction simulators in a bigger way?

Though this isn't the company's first foray into video games, John Deere appears to have a more focused idea on the type of success it hopes to achieve in that ...

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Hard work, soft touch: 3 steps to becoming an effective, modern construction company leader

Posted by Amy Materson on June 17, 2014

Hard work, soft touch: 3 steps to becoming an effective, modern construction company leader

As anyone who has ever owned a business can tell you, being in charge and being a leader isn’t necessarily the same thing. When you’re running a company, it’s important ...

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Study: Construction among America’s least depressing jobs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 16, 2014

Study: Construction among America’s least depressing jobs

According to a new study, blue-collar jobs like construction, mining and those in the oil and gas industry are among the least depressing jobs in America. The study, done by a ...

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DOL reaches agreement with contractor for $5 million in back wages for 500 workers

Posted by Amy Materson on June 10, 2014

DOL reaches agreement with contractor for $5 million in back wages for 500 workers

Approximately 200 construction workers will receive $3.8 million in back wages and fringe benefits after a settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor and MDG Design and Construction for wage ...

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Construction job growth slows in May with 6,000 jobs added

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 06, 2014

Construction job growth slows in May with 6,000 jobs added

The U.S. construction industry notched its fifth straight month of employment gains in May but saw growth fall off considerably. The industry added 6,000 jobs in May, compared to April's revised ...

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Wages for construction and other skilled trades are on the rise

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 04, 2014

Wages for construction and other skilled trades are on the rise

Wages for skilled tradesmen in the construction and mining as well as those in logging and manufacturing are on the rise, according to a new report from the Economist. Citing data from ...

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Go Build Alabama helps boost trade school attendance 30%, redirects ads to teens (VIDEO)

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on June 03, 2014

Go Build Alabama helps boost trade school attendance 30%, redirects ads to teens (VIDEO)

Nearly four years into the Go Build Alabama construction career promotion, there’s evidence kids are heeding and acting on its message, says Jason Phelps, executive director of the Alabama Construction ...

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How to survive your first month working in construction

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 30, 2014

How to survive your first month working in construction

In a previous post, I described the attitudes and behavior newbies need to survive their first week on a construction site. Now let’s turn our attention to what folks new ...

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Minnesota construction firms likely need to boost pay, reduce expectations to find enough workers to meet demand

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 27, 2014

Minnesota construction firms likely need to boost pay, reduce expectations to find enough workers to meet demand

Construction is Minnesota's fastest growing industry, and as demand continues to pile up, construction firms there are having a hard time finding enough skilled workers. And one labor analyst suggests ...

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Gimme shelter: Jobsite chaplains there for construction workers in troubled times

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on May 15, 2014

Gimme shelter: Jobsite chaplains there for construction workers in troubled times

Review the news we’ve reported in just the past two weeks, and you get an idea of how stressful jobsites can be: a blowtorch sparks the destruction of bridge, pushing ...

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Pittsburgh contractors say their problem is finding work, not workers… for now

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 14, 2014

Pittsburgh contractors say their problem is finding work, not workers… for now

Contractors in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania say it's not a skilled worker shortage that's causing them problems. It's a shortage of construction jobs that's to blame for a lack of production. In the ...

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Burning buildings, collapsing freeways: Is our lousy education system to blame for the recent uptick in construction accidents?

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 09, 2014

Burning buildings, collapsing freeways: Is our lousy education system to blame for the recent uptick in construction accidents?

Lately there's been a rash of fires, collapses and accidents at projects "under construction," all over the country. Here are just three of the more spectacular examples. March, Boston:. A 33-story ...

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