A couple weeks ago, a Pennsylvania construction crew was startled to dig up a century old mass grave site. This week, a Scottish construction crew uncovered something much less disturbing: a time capsule from the 1800s.
Crews from the construction firm Morgan Sindall were working on the Ruthvern Bridge in Kingussie, Scotland when they dug up a rusty metal box, the size of a typical shoe box. Inside that box was a newspaper clipping from September 1894, a paper scroll, and a bottle of what experts believe to be a bottle of whiskey.
Robert Ogg of Morgan Sindall told BBC, “"It is fascinating to think these items have been sitting in the bridge's structure for 121 years…the changes which have occurred since it was placed there are extraordinary. If you think that the bridge was being used by horses back then, it gives you a sense of the time which has passed."
The ancient artifacts have since been given to the nearby Highland Fold Museum for documentation and display. According to the Telegraph, the old bottle of whiskey could actually be worth a bit of money, citing the sale of a 140 year old bottle of beer that was uncovered during an Artic Expedition and sold at auction for roughly $925 US Dollars.
It’s a good lesson to learn to actually look at the earth you dig up at your projects, you may just be digging up some valuable and interesting history.
Video below, from BBC, shows images of the items contained in the time capsule:
After sharing average hourly wage data for construction laborers, ranked by state, a little over a week ago, I’ve decided to begin doing the same for the other many different construction related professions. Our second profession that we’ll be analyzing will be heavy equipment operators.
The construction industry is in need of workers and the industry is generally struggling to attract younger workers to the job site. There’s real money to be made in the construction industry, even more so than many other industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly median pay for those in the construction industry was around $6,000 higher than all other occupations.
In June, we shared that OSHA was planning to extend the deadline for crane operator certification requirements until November 10, 2018. Last week, on August 30, OSHA made that official and issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
When construction companies initially started to adopt mobile technologies like tablets and smartphones, there was a race between many construction technology companies to be the future leader in the area. As the years rolled on, it became less and less likely that one app was going to be the end-all-be-all, like AutoCAD became in the architectural design world. There’s not one app out there right now that provides every single function that a construction company needs, because each company is very unique. The solution? Integration.
[guest post] A punch list is a vital part of a construction project’s contract. It helps ensure that the contractor has completed the project in a satisfying manner and that all issues, such as damage to any structures as well as incomplete or incorrect installations, are taken care of before being paid.
Communication is key to a safe and productive construction environment. One of the biggest challenges of effective communication on job sites is the complexity and size of the project, which inhibits being able to contact the correct people in a timely manner. Tracking devices have been a hot button issue in construction news for the last few years. Some examples include RFID tag sensors in hard hats, such as the one being used on certain job sites in Washington DC and time sheet applications, which allow employers to track their employee’s locations using the GPS on their phone’s or tablets.
[guest post] The progress of construction sites is usually captured by taking still photos of different areas that have been subject to change. Documenting a full construction site requires a lot of pictures (usually more than ten per room), and even then not every corner of a room can be captured.
Augmented and Virtual Reality has always been designated for large headsets. Even with recent developments in the construction industry, like Microsoft Hololens and the DAQRI Smart Helmet, if you want to experience AR, you have to get used to wearing something you’re not used to around a job site. As cool as both of those technologies are, it seems that the ole trusty smartphones and tablets have been overlooked. A Danish BIM company has developed a smartphone and tablet application that leaves the headsets behind.
For many construction superintendents and project managers across the world, tablets are becoming one of the most important tools on the job site. They’re great for looking at plans, taking pictures, making notes, and running your favorite construction apps. Carrying a tablet does take up at least one of your hands, however, so it can be a hindrance if you need to help a co-worker lift material or climb a ladder.
According to OSHA, more than 40 percent of all heat-related worker deaths occur in the construction industry. Many more workers also become ill from extreme heat and humidity. With summer now in full effect, it’s time to re-evaluate your personal steps for keeping safe in the heat and how your company is going to help their employees stay safe.