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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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Bulldozer operator helps police bust thief after finding him hiding under machine while hauling it away

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 07, 2014

Bulldozer operator helps police bust thief after finding him hiding under machine while hauling it away

Sean Welch almost got away with his crime scot-free. He just chose the wrong getaway vehicle. According to a report from The Daily Ardmoreite, the 23-year-old was arrested for stealing $800 in ...

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Wheel loader operator drives his machine for coffee, bathroom breaks; residents of NY town not amused

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2014

Wheel loader operator drives his machine for coffee, bathroom breaks; residents of NY town not amused

A wheel loader operator's use of his machine to go on coffee and bathroom breaks has upset several residents in a New York town. Residents of New Rochelle, New York issued ...

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BuildOhio.org connects skilled workers to hiring firms, students to industry training across state

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2014

BuildOhio.org connects skilled workers to hiring firms, students to industry training across state

Following the release of an Associated General Contractors of America survey in which 83 percent  of U.S. contractors said they can't find enough skilled craft workers, another of the association's state chapters ...

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Guy dresses up as construction worker for Halloween, robs NYC bank

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 03, 2014

Guy dresses up as construction worker for Halloween, robs NYC bank

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But this is imitation the construction industry could do without. According to a report from the New York Daily News, a man dressed ...

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VIDEO: Construction crew wrangles 11-foot python on Florida jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 30, 2014

VIDEO: Construction crew wrangles 11-foot python on Florida jobsite

We can all only hope that when confronted by a massive snake we handle the encounter as well as this construction crew near Miami. According to a report from WFLX TV, ...

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Construction worker stabs co-worker in altercation on Texas jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 29, 2014

Construction worker stabs co-worker in altercation on Texas jobsite

Two construction workers in Tyler, Texas got into an argument last week that escalated into a stabbing. According to a report from KLTV, police responded to a disturbance call at a ...

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VIDEO: Workers caught on tape firing assault rifle inside Orlando building they were demolishing

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 28, 2014

VIDEO: Workers caught on tape firing assault rifle inside Orlando building they were demolishing

Orlando Police are investigating a demolition contractor hired by the city after footage surfaced of workers firing an assault rifle inside the building they were supposed to be demolishing. According to ...

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Excavator tumbles 60 feet from Georgia overpass, operator survives

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 27, 2014

Excavator tumbles 60 feet from Georgia overpass, operator survives

A machine rollover is one of the scariest things an operator in the construction industry can face. In northwest Georgia recently, an excavator operator has lived to tell about one ...

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Construction’s skilled worker shortage intensifies: 83% of firms tell AGC they can’t find enough craft workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 22, 2014

Construction’s skilled worker shortage intensifies: 83% of firms tell AGC they can’t find enough craft workers

The problem of not being able to find enough skilled craft workers is reaching nearly universal levels in the U.S. construction industry, according to a new survey. In response, the Associated ...

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Northwestern Mutual sets out to hire 1,000 construction workers in Milwaukee

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 21, 2014

Northwestern Mutual sets out to hire 1,000 construction workers in Milwaukee

Northwestern Mutual is in the middle of a substantial construction project in downtown Milwaukee and the company is in need of a lot of hands to get it done. On Monday, ...

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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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