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Bob the Builder, construction’s most well-known ambassador to kids, gets a makeover for a new generation

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 20, 2014

Bob the Builder, construction’s most well-known ambassador to kids, gets a makeover for a new generation

After entreating and educating children around the world for the last 16 years, the popular cartoon Bob the Builder has gotten its first refresh in the form of an all-new ...

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Construction workers in Iowa save kitten from a dumpster’s doom

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 17, 2014

Construction workers in Iowa save kitten from a dumpster’s doom

While saving cats is typically the work of firefighters, a group of construction workers in Des Moines, Iowa, recently made an exception. According to a report from KCCI, a group of ...

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Construction crew sprayed with pesticide by helicopter in California

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 16, 2014

Construction crew sprayed with pesticide by helicopter in California

A group of workers from a construction crew working near Sacramento, California, has come forward saying they are still dealing with sickness after being sprayed with pesticide by a helicopter. According ...

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Construction worker throws co-worker off bridge, disappears after jumping in river after him

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 15, 2014

Construction worker throws co-worker off bridge, disappears after jumping in river after him

Police in Charleston, South Carolina, are searching for a construction worker accused of throwing his co-worker off a bridge. Joshua D. Brown, 19, told police he was playing a game on ...

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Flagman caught drinking, buying booze on the job at Michigan road construction site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 15, 2014

Flagman caught drinking, buying booze on the job at Michigan road construction site

Road construction zones are already unsafe enough without bringing alcohol into the mix. Yet that's exactly what the flagman of a crew near Omena, Michigan, was recently caught doing. According to ...

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Construction crew uncovers human bones during gas line install in New York City

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 14, 2014

Construction crew uncovers human bones during gas line install in New York City

A construction crew in New York City made a pretty startling discovery last week when a routine trench dig uncovered human bones. According to the New York Daily News, the crew ...

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Construction’s late recovery in Nevada heightens shortage of skilled workers as Tesla looms

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 09, 2014

Construction’s late recovery in Nevada heightens shortage of skilled workers as Tesla looms

After successfully wooing electric car maker Tesla to build its massive gigafactory through $1.25 billion in tax incentives, the state of Nevada is looking forward to an impact of $100 ...

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Construction worker mauled by tiger loses thumb in Florida

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 08, 2014

Construction worker mauled by tiger loses thumb in Florida

Apparently there are some hazards in construction no toolbox talk can prepare you for. One construction worker learned this the hard way Monday afternoon when his hand was mauled by a ...

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How to stay safe while working with a small or short-handed construction crew

Posted by Amy Materson on October 07, 2014

How to stay safe while working with a small or short-handed construction crew

One of the lingering effects of the construction downturn is the difficulty contractors now face finding skilled workers. Whether construction workers have found other jobs, moved to a new city ...

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Construction worker finds hidden message from grandfather he never met on Ohio hospital jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 06, 2014

Construction worker finds hidden message from grandfather he never met on Ohio hospital jobsite

A current runs through the Schneider family blood. The past three generations of the Zanesville, Ohio family has included at least one electrician, the latest being 24-year-old Hugo Schneider. In addition ...

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Construction adds 16,000 workers in September, unemployment falls 7 points

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 03, 2014

Construction adds 16,000 workers in September, unemployment falls 7 points

The construction industry added jobs during September, extending a streak of job gains now nine months long. Construction added 16,000 workers in September and now employs 6.079 million Americans, according to ...

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How a “Circle of Retention” can bring better hires to construction companies

Posted by Tom Jackson on October 01, 2014

How a “Circle of Retention” can bring better hires to construction companies

The biggest challenge facing the heavy equipment industry is the lack of qualified workers in any skill area. The problem is not impossible to solve but as with football or ...

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Georgia high school students get a day of hands-on experience at Albany Tech’s construction career day

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 26, 2014

Georgia high school students get a day of hands-on experience at Albany Tech’s construction career day

High school students in Albany, Georgia got to spend a full day getting acquainted with the construction industry and the multitude of jobs it offers with some quality hands-on experience ...

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Construction worker accused of stabbing supervisor after pay dispute in Brooklyn

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 23, 2014

Construction worker accused of stabbing supervisor after pay dispute in Brooklyn

New York City police say an argument over pay was likely the cause of a jobsite stabbing in Brooklyn Monday afternoon. According to a report from CBS New York, Andray Kumymar, ...

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Truck driver hops out of his truck at road work zone, sucker punches construction worker

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 18, 2014

Truck driver hops out of his truck at road work zone, sucker punches construction worker

As if workers in road work zones didn't have enough to worry about between speeding cars and inattentive drivers, the driver of a tanker truck was recently arrested for allegedly ...

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Construction worker calls in fake bomb threat to Coast Guard to get off work early

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 17, 2014

Construction worker calls in fake bomb threat to Coast Guard to get off work early

A construction worker in Corpus Christi, Texas, is facing up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 for calling in a fake bomb threat. The reason? He ...

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3 tips for boosting employee relations at your construction company

Posted by Amy Materson on September 17, 2014

3 tips for boosting employee relations at your construction company

For construction company owners and supervisors, managing a team can be tricky. Often there’s a distinct separation between “in the field” and “in the office”—a situation that can create opportunities ...

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Construction worker shot multiple times after altercation with coworker in Georgia

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 12, 2014

Construction worker shot multiple times after altercation with coworker in Georgia

Another jobsite altercation between coworkers erupted into a shooting, this time in Valdosta, Georgia. According to a report from WFXI TV, the workers were part of a crew doing a home ...

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BuildColorado.com matches contractors with skilled workers, recruits new workers to construction

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 11, 2014

BuildColorado.com matches contractors with skilled workers, recruits new workers to construction

A new website has launched that seeks to both find and train up new workers for Colorado's construction industry as well as match skilled workers to firms that are hiring. Though ...

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Is construction “dead in the water”? Greenspan comment highlights industry’s mixed feelings about recovery

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 10, 2014

Is construction “dead in the water”? Greenspan comment highlights industry’s mixed feelings about recovery

Despite many positives in the industry right now, Alan Greenspan is pointing a finger of blame in construction's direction. According to a report from Bloomberg, Greenspan, who served as chairman of ...

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Tesla gigafactory will create 3,000 construction jobs in Nevada

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 10, 2014

Tesla gigafactory will create 3,000 construction jobs in Nevada

Tesla, the successful and growing American electric car company, has tapped Reno, Nevada as the site of its massive $5 billion gigafactory where it will make batteries for its vehicles. To ...

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A Kansas tech school began recruiting diesel mechanics like college athletes and now they have a waiting list

Posted by Equipment World Staff on September 08, 2014

A Kansas tech school began recruiting diesel mechanics like college athletes and now they have a waiting list

Recruiting diesel technology students hasn’t been a challenge for Washburn Institute of Technology, based in Topeka, Kansas. “If I could get a bigger space, I could get 100 students,” said Clark ...

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Construction industry extends employment streak, adds 20,000 jobs in August

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 05, 2014

Construction industry extends employment streak, adds 20,000 jobs in August

The U.S. construction industry extended its streak of job gains in August, adding 20,000 workers. It was the eighth-straight month of gains for the industry which now employs 6.068 million Americans—the ...

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How one construction firm is using drag racing to recruit new talent (VIDEO)

Posted by Tom Jackson on September 04, 2014

How one construction firm is using drag racing to recruit new talent (VIDEO)

If you want to catch a fish you need bait. And if you want to catch the attention of a mechanic, a 10,000 horsepower, 300 mile-per-hour car is a good ...

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Majority of skilled construction workers who lost jobs in wake of the recession have been rehired, but many are being paid less

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 03, 2014

Majority of skilled construction workers who lost jobs in wake of the recession have been rehired, but many are being paid less

As the U.S. construction industry faces a shortage of skilled labor, a new government study finds that the majority of skilled workers who lost their jobs in the wake of ...

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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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