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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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Workers discover ancient tools, homestead during pipeline construction in Utah

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 06, 2015

Workers discover ancient tools, homestead during pipeline construction in Utah

While working on the construction of a Questar gas line in Utah, construction workers uncovered some materials that gave them pause. According to a report from FOX 13 TV, after finding ...

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Crew rescues 2 co-workers from rubble following demolition collapse

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 05, 2015

Crew rescues 2 co-workers from rubble following demolition collapse

A demolition crew in St. Louis escaped a collapse that occurred while they were working with only injuries, thanks to its own heroics. According to a report from KSDK TV, the ...

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Services around U.S. mourn workers killed on the job

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 29, 2015

Services around U.S. mourn workers killed on the job

On Tuesday, thousands gathered in services across the country as part of the annual Workers Memorial Day remembrance. The day was established 46 years ago by the AFL-CIO to honor ...

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3M contributes to scholarships for children of roadway workers

Posted by Equipment World Staff on April 29, 2015

3M contributes to scholarships for children of roadway workers

3M donated $20,000 to fund scholarships for the children of roadway workers killed or permanently injured on the job. The company donated the money through its 3M Visibly Safer Work Zones ...

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Construction crew finds body while excavating site near Detroit

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 28, 2015

Construction crew finds body while excavating site near Detroit

A construction crew working a site in a rural Michigan town near Detroit discovered a body last week. According to a report from WDIV TV, the workers were doing excavation work ...

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VIDEO: Watch Disneyland built in 1 minute in rare, 60-year-old construction time-lapse recently uncovered

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 27, 2015

VIDEO: Watch Disneyland built in 1 minute in rare, 60-year-old construction time-lapse recently uncovered

Disneyland first opened its doors on July 17, 1955, meaning that in just a few months, the iconic theme park will turn 60 years old. As part of the celebration, ...

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Discovered on Instagram, construction worker leaps from jobsite to runway in new career as a model

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 23, 2015

Discovered on Instagram, construction worker leaps from jobsite to runway in new career as a model

It's not very often we realize just how far-reaching the Internet is. Matthew Noszka certainly wasn't thinking about it when he posted a picture of himself to his Instagram taken while ...

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Crew saves co-worker’s life using CPR on Missouri construction site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 22, 2015

Crew saves co-worker’s life using CPR on Missouri construction site

When Curtis Todd's co-workers saw him lying flat on the ground as the crew worked on a residential jobsite in Columbia, Missouri, they thought he had simply slipped when hooking ...

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Construction worker pulls man from SUV dangling from cliff after crash in Idaho (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 17, 2015

Construction worker pulls man from SUV dangling from cliff after crash in Idaho (VIDEO)

A construction worker came to another man's rescue earlier this week in Idaho following an automobile accident that came inches from turning deadly. According to NBC News, Jason Warnock, a 29-year-old construction ...

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Indiana Senate passes repeal of common construction wage; Gov. Pence expected to sign

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 16, 2015

Indiana Senate passes repeal of common construction wage; Gov. Pence expected to sign

Amid a storm of protest, the Indiana Senate on Wednesday passed the repeal of a state law which sets baseline wages for construction workers on certain public projects. According to a report from the Indianapolis Star, ...

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VIDEO: Deadly construction collapse of Texas high school building caught in surveillance footage

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 15, 2015

VIDEO: Deadly construction collapse of Texas high school building caught in surveillance footage

Nearly two weeks after the collapse of a high school athletic facility killed one construction worker and injured three others in Texas, the school district has released surveillance footage of ...

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Family of Houston worker shot on jobsite offers large reward for capture of his killer

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 15, 2015

Family of Houston worker shot on jobsite offers large reward for capture of his killer

The family of a 19-year-old construction worker killed on a Houston jobsite is offering a large reward for the capture of his killer. Frank Medrano was working alone inside a house under construction ...

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