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Just a year ago, the Associated General Contractors released results of a nationwide study that showed 83% of construction firms were understaffed in key crafts. Skilled workers such as carpenters, roofers, electricians and equipment operators are in severely short supply, as are laborers and even supervisory and management personnel. The AGC predicted the shortage in skilled construction workers would get worse in 2015.
Construction equipment is now able to work "smarter" and safer than ever, thanks to new technologies. You can, too. New mobile apps designed specifically for workers in the field enable you to increase construction jobsite safety in many ways. Safety managers are using these new tools to augment the traditional elements of their safety program such as morning toolbox talks and formal training sessions.
Do your people take their personal protection equipment for granted? PPE is a critically important tool on any type of construction jobsite. But just because it exists doesn't mean your crew members are using their gear correctly. And when they don't, that can actually create additional hazards on the jobsite rather than protecting people from harm.
Now that the construction industry is looking forward to happier days again, contractors of all types and sizes are looking to beef up their workforce. That’s good news for America’s veterans looking to transition back into civilian jobs. In fact, the construction industry has formally announced a plan to promote hiring veterans, pledging to fill more than 100,000 construction industry jobs with them within the next five years.
Sometimes you have to tear things down before you can begin new construction. Demolition is a normal part of life, but it can be particularly dangerous work. Every contractor and every worker knows that jobsite safety is crucial, but you should always approach each demo project with extreme caution.
What's your Optimism Quotient? Wells Fargo Equipment Finance has released the results of their annual construction industry survey, and the numbers indicate optimism among both contractors and dealerships is the highest it's been in a number of years. Against a benchmark score of 100 that indicates ?igh?optimism, the survey revealed a score of 124 for 2014. That's up from 106 last year and a miserable 42 in 2009.
Construction sites are an extremely risky and dangerous place to work. Heavy machinery, if not treated with the utmost safety and precaution, can lead to serious injuries and even death. Although sites are usually given the green light by health and safety officials, accidents can still happen through carelessness and/or poor training. All construction sites must comply with OSHA regulations intended to minimize the number of accidents on construction sites.
We first talked about the Tappan Zee Bridge rebuild project back in August. The project has hit a major milestone, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says the hardest part is now over. The environmental impact statement for the new Tappan Zee Bridge was presented to the federal government and was approved. The building plans include numerous steps that will be taken to reduce the environmental impact of the construction on the fish in the area as well as local residents. These precautions were highlighted in our blog "Less Disruptive Construction Plans For Tappan Zee".
Operating a dump truck is a very serious job, and there are many hazards that come along with it. Every year, there are hundreds of accidents involving dump trucks and large commercial trucks. Theses vehicles have to be operated with great attention to safety and use of proper safety procedures. Many of these accidents happen on the jobsite and involve work crew on the ground. This article will go over important safety tips to follow to keep you and your crew safe.
Every industry is affected by the ups and downs of our economy. In many cases there are more people looking for jobs than there are openings, especially as new waves of graduates attempt to join the workforce. Another side of that struggle is the shortage of skilled workers in the field. The burden of tuition leaves young people who might go to school for technical training unable to. As a result of that, the low numbers of enrollment can lead to some programs shutting down before they even begin. One example of that shortage is of technicians in the heavy duty truck and equipment industries. As the current generation of techs get closer and closer to retiring there is a growing demand for the next wave of workers. Unfortunately the veterans also get "stolen" from dealers, or offered extra compensation to leave their current employer.