Construction Junkie’s 2nd Annual Best Construction Podcast voting booth has officially closed, the votes have been tallied, and we’re ready to formally announce this year’s winner. It’s been an exciting couple years for construction professionals who wanted a podcast made specifically for them, as many new construction podcasts have launched recently. In fact, 2 of the 4 finalists in our contest weren’t even around when we ran our contest last year! If you’d like to check out the rankings from last year, click here to see the final results!
Thank you to all that voted this year. Our main goal was to gain some exposure to podcasts who are doing a great job and, hopefully, they have a few extra fans because of it.
Let’s get to it…
The Winner of Construction Junkie’s Best Construction Podcast of 2016 Is….
With an astounding 67% of the votes, ConTechTrio has earned the top honor in this years contest! All of the hard work they have put into making an interesting and informative podcast has paid off. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to their show yet, do yourself a favor and check it out!
The ConTechTrio Podcast is not only the newest podcast on the list, but it also made the biggest splash in our nomination round, making it our early favorite to take home this year's top honor. Hosted by Rob McKinney (@conappguru), James Benham (@JamesMBenham), and Josh Bone (@BIM2theBone), the trio discusses the latest construction news and are typically joined by a heavy hitter in the construction technology world, such as Procore's CEO Tooey Cortemanche or Tracy Young, the CEO of Plangrid. All 3 hosts are part of the JB Knowledge team, which created products like Smart Bid Net, Smart Compliance, Smart Reality, and Smart Insight.
You can catch new episodes of the ConTechTrio podcast on a weekly basis by visiting their page on Spreaker. Each episode typically runs between 45 minutes to an hour.
Hosted by construction lawyer, Alex Barthet, the Lien Zone podcast is a weekly show in which the host gives incredibly valuable tips regarding lien waivers, "pay if paid" clauses, and many other legal topics. These are quick hitter episodes, typically around 3 minutes in length, so their great for those who want insightful information of the construction law, but don't have a ton of time to devote to podcasts. Not only is Barthet a talented podcaster, he's also a great blogger and amazing at finding great construction videos, several of which we have shared with our readers this year.
To listen to The Lien Zone podcast and view all the past episodes, click here.
Tie-3rd. Construction Leading Edge
Hosted by Todd Dawalt, Construction Leading Edge is a regularly occurring podcast that often features interviews with other construction professionals. Recent guests have included a COO of a millwork contractor, the owner of C.D. Moooney Construction, and the CEO of Batson-Cook. In each episode, DaWalt highlights the importance of building skills to help you become a leader in construction, while also offering helpful tips for construction trades.
Construction Leading Edge is typically released every couple weeks and new and old episodes can be found here.
Tie-3rd. Pro Construction Guide
Another new podcast addition to our voting this year is John Gordon and David Dovell's Pro Construction Guide Podcast, which began in January of 2015. Currently 50 episodes deep, the bi-weekly released podcast is aimed at professional contractors and gives tips regarding best practices and other how-to information. Gordon and Dovell are not only construction experts themselves, but they also invite other experts in their field to join them on the show as guests each episode. Most recently the pair had Justin Wilson, from Construction Instruction, which provides building science consulting to professionals, on the show to discuss the best mechanical systems.
Additional information on the Pro Construction Guide Podcast can be found on their website, by clicking here.
Construction companies rely on two main assets to get their jobs done every day: their people and their equipment. Without either component, you will not be able to serve your customers well. You wouldn't think of sending your people to a site without proper insurance coverage and safety gear, yet if you are operating your fleet without fleet tracking, then you are putting those valuable vehicles at risk. Here are some ways that fleet management systems protect your assets, and therefore your business, from serious financial loss.
Working in the construction industry, especially at construction sites, involves a high risk of injury. Some of the most common injuries that construction workers are exposed to may result from falls, falling objects, building collapses, and fires or explosions. Some injuries result in burns, amputation, lacerations, cuts, eye injuries, and broken bones among other things. Considering the high risk of injuries in this line of work, worrying about finances is the last thing you need if an injury occurs that could keep you away from work for a while. Salary loss and medical bills pile up very quickly during such times. Workers compensation is designed to address such eventualities. In the US, the program currently covers over 130 million people. The average wages paid to covered people are in excess of $ 6 Trillion per year.
The NFL is a cash cow and nothing makes that more evident than the soaring costs to build the newest NFL stadiums. The past four stadiums to open were the Minnesota Vikings’ US Bank Stadium (watch timelapse here), the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, the New York Jets/Giants’ MetLife Stadium, and the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. All four surpassed $1 Billion in construction cost. The first stadium to open after the Millennium was the Cincinnati Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium, which only cost a miniscule (relatively) $455 million ($626 million in 2016 dollars) to build. The oldest stadium still in use by any NFL team is the Oakland Raiders’ Coliseum, which was completed in 1966 and cost $25.5 million ($186 million in 2016 dollars). That stadium also spent $200 million ($302 million in 2016 dollars) in renovations in 1995 and 1996. As you can see, dollars spent on NFL stadiums have increased significantly in the past few decades and there’s no end in sight.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a lot of jobsite safety rules since its creation in 1971. Some of those rules have become outdated, due to a variety of reasons, or have caused unnecessary confusion for companies due to wording. Earlier this month, OSHA proposed 18 revisions to existing rules, with many affecting the construction industry.
There’s no doubt that drones are the hot technology item for the construction industry. They allow you inspect your overall site more quickly, take aerial photos for marketing and documentation, measure tonnage and volume of on-site stockpiles, and even monitor employee productivity. Now, one company has designed a drone that can safely inspect structures for damage and detect cracks as small as .0039 inches wide (.1mm), when fitted with an HD camera.
Not all demolition videos can be implosions and that’s OK, because each type of demolition is its own art form. Sometimes contractors are bound by the constraints of the job, especially when located in an area with a large concentration of pedestrians and other public areas. That was the case for the construction site of the future One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City, which just completed the demolition of five different buildings covering an entire city block.
The number one goal on every construction site should be that all workers make it home safe at the end of the day. The sad reality is that hundreds of construction workers are killed on the job site every year. Last year, contractors were working on an indoor activity center for a high school in Argyle, Texas, when the 30 foot tall structure quickly collapsed, killing one man in the process.
Construction work can be a workout in and of itself many times. The hours are long, the tools and materials are heavy, but that’s not stopping a young worker in central China from adding some additional exercises to his daily routine.
2016 has been a big year for OSHA, as the organization has raised the cost of fines for safety violations for the first time since 1990. Made, effective in August, fines were raised 78%, making the cost of a serious violation $12,471. The construction industry is by far the most affected by OSHA regulations, as it accounted for 43.3% of all citations, 52.92% of all inspections, and 44.16% of all penalties assessed from October 2015 to September 2016. Of all specific types of contractors, roofing contractors account for the largest quantity of citations (6,924), following by framing contractors (3,810), and masonry contractors (2,501).
“They don’t build ‘em like they used to,” as people love to say. That phrase could definitely be applicable to the 93 year old Broadway Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas, that refused to fall even after it was lined with explosives. This certainly isn’t the first time a demolition has failed and it’s probably not the last.