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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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Four red flags you’re ruining your construction crew’s productivity

Posted by Amy Materson on January 23, 2015

Four red flags you’re ruining your construction crew’s productivity

  "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while ...

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U.S. contractors optimistic about 2015 with 80% planning to make new hires, buy new equipment

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 22, 2015

U.S. contractors optimistic about 2015 with 80% planning to make new hires, buy new equipment

After finishing 2014 with employment at nearly a six-year high, hiring within the construction industry is expected to expand at an even faster rate in 2015, according to a new ...

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These 2 construction crews were instrumental in helping firefighters save lives in Baltimore, Minnesota house fires

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 15, 2015

These 2 construction crews were instrumental in helping firefighters save lives in Baltimore, Minnesota house fires

Construction workers in Baltimore and a small Maine town used their skills for a slightly different but heroic purpose earlier this week and the week prior: coming to the aid ...

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Shortage of skilled construction workers delays completion of Iowa biofuel plant

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 15, 2015

Shortage of skilled construction workers delays completion of Iowa biofuel plant

An Iowa biofuel plant is the latest major construction project to fall victim to the widespread shortage of skilled workers in the U.S. According to a report from the Ames Tribune, DuPont ...

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Iowa contractor takes aim at employee retention and safety with hefty monthly bonus checks

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on January 12, 2015

Iowa contractor takes aim at employee retention and safety with hefty monthly bonus checks

Although still in its early days, a program implemented by J. Pettiecord, Des Moines, Iowa, in September is already having a positive effect. Called the SAAP Monthly Bonus—which stands for Safety, ...

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Construction adds 48,000 workers in December to finish 2014 at nearly 6-year high

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 09, 2015

Construction adds 48,000 workers in December to finish 2014 at nearly 6-year high

The construction industry added Americans to its workforce in every month of 2014, an employment streak capped by an addition of 48,000 workers in December. The U.S. construction workforce now employs ...

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Houston construction worker shot in another jobsite robbery

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 09, 2015

Houston construction worker shot in another jobsite robbery

For the third time in the last few weeks a construction worker has been shot by armed robbers while on the job, this time in Houston. According to a report from ABC ...

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Jobsite Unite’s social platform streamlines construction project information

Posted by Amy Materson on January 09, 2015

Jobsite Unite’s social platform streamlines construction project information

Crews can streamline communication on the worksite with Jobsite Unite, a new mobile and web-based communication platform that allows superintendents, foremen, project managers and workers to more effectively communicate, boosting ...

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Texas tops list of most U.S. traffic deaths in construction work zones

Posted by Amy Materson on January 07, 2015

Texas tops list of most U.S. traffic deaths in construction work zones

The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse has released the latest data tally of deaths in motor vehicle traffic crashes in construction work zones, broken down by state. Of 32,719 traffic fatalities in ...

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Bricklayers rescue man from burning car near Houston

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 05, 2015

Bricklayers rescue man from burning car near Houston

A crew of bricklayers near Houston didn't hesitate to drop their trowels and shovels last week and run toward a burning car in order to rescue the driver who likely would ...

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Worker hit in head by bullet as construction crew is targeted in drive-by shooting in St. Louis

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 02, 2015

Worker hit in head by bullet as construction crew is targeted in drive-by shooting in St. Louis

A subcontractor on a parking lot project in St. Louis has pulled out of the job after a drive-by shooting targeted a construction crew earlier this week. According to a report from ...

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Sacramento worker no longer homeless thanks to NBA team’s construction apprenticeship program

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 26, 2014

Sacramento worker no longer homeless thanks to NBA team’s construction apprenticeship program

One of the main reasons the majority of contractors in the U.S. say they are unable to fill positions with qualified workers is the weakening of what used to be ...

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Construction worker shot and killed in robbery on Chicago jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 23, 2014

Construction worker shot and killed in robbery on Chicago jobsite

A construction worker and father of two was tragically shot and killed on the job Sunday night in Chicago's Englewood community. According to a report from the Chicago Sun Times, Miguel ...

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Construction crew unearths grenade without a pin, worker picks it up for some reason

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 18, 2014

Construction crew unearths grenade without a pin, worker picks it up for some reason

A jobsite supervisor in Arizona got quite the scare last week when one of the guys on his crew walked up to him holding what appeared to be a live ...

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Construction superintendent risks his life to stop wrong-way driver in Florida

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 09, 2014

Construction superintendent risks his life to stop wrong-way driver in Florida

After seeing story after story about deaths resulting from accidents caused by people driving the wrong way down Florida Interstates and highways, one construction worker took action last week when ...

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Construction adds 20,000 workers in November, but unemployment rises

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 08, 2014

Construction adds 20,000 workers in November, but unemployment rises

With an addition of 20,000 workers during November, the U.S. construction industry added employees to its workforce for an 11th consecutive month. The industry now employs 6.109 million Americans, according to ...

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Man in werewolf mask shoots construction worker, is still on the loose in California

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 01, 2014

Man in werewolf mask shoots construction worker, is still on the loose in California

Black Friday turned especially dark for one construction worker in Chino, California, when he was nearly killed by a masked man who shot him in the head. According to a report ...

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Construction worker helps police bust guy making meth in Florida park

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 28, 2014

Construction worker helps police bust guy making meth in Florida park

Police in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, arrested a man earlier this week for trying to make meth in the bathroom of a public park thanks to the help of a ...

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Obama unveils immigration reform shielding 5 million from deportation; challenges Congress to “pass a bill”

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 21, 2014

Obama unveils immigration reform shielding 5 million from deportation; challenges Congress to “pass a bill”

During a defiant speech from the East Room of the White House Thursday night, President Barack Obama unveiled sweeping immigration reforms that would shield nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from ...

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Construction workers across U.S. push through blast of Bering Bomb cold snap

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 17, 2014

Construction workers across U.S. push through blast of Bering Bomb cold snap

After the remnants of a Pacific typhoon sent arctic air across much of the United States last week, temperatures dipped to unseasonable lows across the country, making the jobs of ...

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Oklahoma DOT offers free week-long construction training program for those looking to enter the industry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 13, 2014

Oklahoma DOT offers free week-long construction training program for those looking to enter the industry

With the latest survey from the Associated General Contractors of America showing that 83 percent of contractors in the U.S. are having trouble finding enough skilled workers to meet demand, ...

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Construction adds 12,000 jobs in October, sees another big drop in unemployment

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 07, 2014

Construction adds 12,000 jobs in October, sees another big drop in unemployment

The U.S. construction industry has now added jobs for a 10th consecutive month with a gain of 12,000 workers in October. The industry now employs 6.095 million Americans, its highest figure ...

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