December 26, 2015 was a nightmare for many Rowlett, Texas residents as an EF4 tornado ripped through the city, leveling many housing and thousands without power. A confirmed 13 people were killed by the devastating storm. For those who were fortunate enough to have a house still standing, there were plenty of repairs that still needed to be made.
That’s exactly what Lindsay Diaz and her family were getting ready to do before a demolition company mistakenly knocked down her house, instead of the one block over that they were supposed to. The demolition crew blamed Google Maps for the mishap. After the story was covered by local news, it generated tons of interest on social media and national media, with many calling for the company to apologize and make the situation right. Overwhelmed by the coverage and calls for action, the company later apologized and promised to fix the mistake.
WFAA News 8, a local channel, has the full story below:
Arizona’s cost of living is 3.5% below the national average, according to MERIC, which helped them jump about 7 spots in the rankings after adjustment. There are two professions ranked in the top 10, including security and fire systems installers at #2 and solar panel installers at #5. The lowest ranked professions in the state are insulation workers at #40 and crane operators at #38.
Last week, we shared some newly updated Trenching and Excavation safety information from OSHA, which was part of their priority goals for 2018. Those updates included a public service announcement and updated online resources. The administration has just announced the update of their National Emphasis Program (NEP) on trenching and excavation safety, which features a period of education and prevention outreach.
The first state to be on the right side of our countdown is the Centennial State: Colorado. It received it’s nickname after becoming an official state 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
At long last, we have reached the midway point on our countdown and the state of Tennessee has the honor of establishing the national average. Tennessee’s wage number rankings are pretty steady across the board, with the only outliers being Security and Fire Systems Installers ranked #4 and Glaziers ranked #35.
As other organizations, like the NTSB, are busy analyzing the root cause of the pedestrian bridge collapse that killed 6 people and injured 8 others in Florida in March, OSHA has finished their investigation and issued safety violations to 5 different contractors.
Like many of the states in the Mountain time zone, Utah has a relatively large area of land, but has a low population compared to the average state. That may be changing in the coming years, as the US Census data has shown that Utah has the 2nd fastest growing population in the country as of 2013.
Over 2 years ago, concern began to grow when it was discovered that the 58-story high Millennium Tower in San Francisco had settled 16 inches and tilted 2 inches, after just 8 years of being open. The latest reports, according to NBC Bay Area, say that the building is now tilting 18 inches, when measured at the top. That stress on the curtain wall may have caused a 36-story window to crack.
Georgia is located in one of the hottest regions for construction activity, the Southeastern Region. Atlanta, in particular, has experienced a bit of a construction boom recently, which could spell some pay increases for workers across they state, as the labor shortage is still a problem.
For the past several years, workforce shortages have been a constant headline in the construction industry. A large contingency of the skilled labor in the United States is retiring and the younger generations aren’t filling in as quickly as needed.