DeWalt Announces New Lineup of Connected Tools, Tracking Devices, and More!

Almost two years after they announced the release of their Bluetooth Battery that allowed owners to remotely monitor battery life and even disable the battery if it’s stolen, DeWalt is set to release a massive upgrade to their connected tool platform.

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Contractor Allegedly Haunted by Ghosts at Serial Killer Ted Bundy’s Childhood Home

Construction sites can often be some pretty spooky places, especially when unexpected items and creatures, like human remains, are found on the property.  They can also be the site of some heavy superstition, like at several projects in Iceland that were believed to be delayed by hidden elves. But, according to one contractor, there’s something especially spooky about the childhood home of serial killer Ted Bundy.

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[VIDEO] Crane Flips While Lifting Large Section of Viaduct

Cranes collapse for a variety of different reasons.  Some are overloaded, some catch on fire, and others succumb to high wind loads.  Regardless of the reason, a falling crane can cause tons of damage and have the potential to kill on-site workers and pedestrians walking near the job site.

A recent crawler crane collapse in Northern Italy could have been much worse as the crane, carrying a large section of viaduct, crashed to the ground. 

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OSHA Delays Electronic Recordkeeping Injury Reporting

On January 1, 2017, OSHA officially put into effect a revision to workplace injury and illness reporting that requires certain employers to submit recorded information of these instances electronically.  Companies were to submit all of this information from the previous year (2016) by July 1, 2017, but now that due date is in jeopardy.

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Plastic Roads Could Reduce Pot Holes, Reduce Landfill Waste

There’s no shortage of company’s trying to improve the world’s roadways.  Asphalt and concrete each have their own disadvantages, especially when maintenance environmental factors are taken into consideration. Plastic is a major problem for landfills, as well, as it can take an estimated 500 years to fully decompose.  One UK company believes they can solve both maintenance and environmental problems through the use of recycled plastic.

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Caterpillar Buys Heavy Equipment Sharing Company, Yard Club

Feeling the pressure of 9 straight quarters with a decline in total revenue, Caterpillar has acquired the equipment sharing startup, Yard Club, to get help dig themselves out of the dirt.  Their most recent quarter was the company’s first positive revenue quarter since November of 2012. 

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Exoskeleton Suits Promise Lower Fatigue, Higher Productivity for Construction Workers

I’m a firm believer that before robots start taking over construction jobs, we’ll first be working with robotics to make workers more efficient and our job sites more functional.  Instead of using 3D printing robots to build an entire project, why not use them first to create intricate details and bring character back to buildings?  Instead of pushing human labor out of the way, why not use robotics to enhance the abilities of our workers, to improve their health and productivity? With rise in development commercial exoskeletons, workers will soon be able to harness additional strength by just slipping on a suit.

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[Timelapse] Atlanta’s I-85 Bridge Rebuild Completed a Month Ahead of Schedule

Traffic in Atlanta sucks, there’s really no other way to say it.  So imagine the tough position commuters and city officials were put in when a bridge of a major highway on the north side of the city caught fire on March 20, 2017 and was damaged beyond repair.  243,000 motorists were forced to find alternate routes to work for the estimated 3 months that it was going to take to rebuild it.  Now, imagine how thrilled they were when the highway opened back up one month ahead of schedule.

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