Thieves will stop at nothing to get their hands on valuable equipment and the construction industry is a major target. Recently, in the state of Washington, thieves have been using cutting torches to break the locks on job site trailers in order to steal thousands of dollars’ worth of tools.
This is certainly not the first time tools have been stolen off of a job site, but the important part of this story is that the contractor the tools were stolen from has a list of the serial numbers of all the equipment that was taken from the trailer. It’s a great reminder to stay on top of that, because police crews are now able to positively identify the contractor’s tools, if they happen to find it.
We’ve learned in the past that a clever contractor in Oklahoma attached a GPS monitor on certain pieces of equipment that was used to track down a tool thief and got his equipment returned. There are also several newer technologies that allow for inventories to be easily tracked and monitored, such as Milwauke ONE-Key and Rejjee. ONE-Key is a complete tool inventory and control solution, but its free and will later allow you to monitor tool performance. Rejjee is also a free phone application, that allows you to keep an organized tool inventory and solicit help from other Rejjee users to help you find your property if lost or stolen.
Full story: Thieves Use Blow Torch to Steal Construction Tools | NBC
Kansas, the state that we can thank for a large portion of our wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans, lands just inside the top 10 at #9. With a relatively low population density, ranked 40th in the country, Kansas is also one of the most affordable states to live in. Their cost of living is the 4th lowest int he country, according to MERIC, at 10.3% below the national average.
“Coolest,” in its very essence, is a very subjective term, but I tried my best to cover construction projects throughout the world that set themselves apart, through either design, construction method, or situation.
We’ve finally made it to the top 10 on our countdown and the Hoosier State, Indiana, is on the board. The state of Indiana is ranked 38th in total land area, 17th in total population, and 1st in amount of basketball hoops affixed to the side of a barn.
As we approach our fourth full year on the interwebs, it’s always nice to reflect back on the some of the things that our readers enjoyed the most in the previous year. Our goal every year is to bring you the most interesting construction related stories involving technology, tools, safety, and events around the world, although some posts can be for pure entertainment, like our extensive collection of demolition videos.
Landing just outside the top 10 on our countdown is Pennsylvania. The nation’s second state admitted to the union also has the 5th highest population in the country and a cost of living index that is just above the national average, at 1.6% higher.
After an uptick in construction industry fatalities in 2016, a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that both the amount of construction worker deaths and the rate of fatality dropped in 2017.
Autodesk, the software company synonymous with architectural and engineering design, has gobbled up yet another construction related software just a few week after its massive acquisition of PlanGrid. It’s most recent acquisition, BuildingConnected, will help bolster Autodesk’s growing construction brand and help them grow additional profit pipelines.
With a population estimated at just under 580,000, Wyoming is ranked last among all US states in population. “the Cowboy State,” as it’s known, is also ranked as the 10th largest in terms of land area, making it the 49th ranked in population density. Wyoming has a cost of living slightly lower than the national average, according to MERIC, at 3.5% under the average
By many statistical categories, Iowa is a pretty average state. It ranks 26th in land area, 30th in population, and was even the 29th state to be admitted. It does, however, have a above average median household income across all industries. Add to that a low lost of living index, at 8.1% below average and Iowa lands at #13 on our list.