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:
Every year, we search all year long to find construction projects that push the limits on what can be done. Through the hard work of workers in each and every trade, new techniques and technologies are produced to allow us to achieve what was previously thought to be impossible.
Below are 9 examples of projects that pushed the boundaries and were under construction, completed, or announced in 2017. If you have a project that you think is really cool that you think we should include in our 2018 list, please contact us to let us know!
The solar photo-voltaic panel installation profession is one of the newest jobs on the construction site. It's also considered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to be one of the fastest growing professions across any industry. From 2016 to 2026, the BLS expects employment to rise 105 percent, when the average is only around 5 percent.
As open land in cities across the world is becoming harder to find, the tendency to go vertical on buildings is becoming more popular. For the fourth straight year, a record number of buildings 200 meters (656 feet) or higher were built in a single year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016. Among all industries, fatal work injuries rose 7% in 2016 (5,190 deaths) over 2015 (4,836 deaths). The fatal injury rate per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers also rose from 3.4 to 3.6 year over year.
Glaziers mainly install windows, skylights, and storefronts on buildings. Because they work with glass and often from heights, the trade is highly susceptible to cuts and falls from ladders and scaffolding.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the glazing profession will grow 11% by 2026, which is higher than the rate of all professions combined.
If you have not submitted your company’s OSHA Form 300A electronically through OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) yet, you only have a few days left to do so.
Cranes are a necessary and useful piece of equipment on most construction sites, but extreme caution must be taken when working with them, as any failure could be catastrophic or, at the very least, very costly.
Sheet metal workers are most often seen on construction sites installing or repairing HVAC ductwork, but their duties can also include installing sheet metal roofs, siding, and gutters.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the sheet metal profession will grow 9% by 2026.
Construction superintendents may not like it when the building inspector comes on site and hands out red cards, but inspectors perform important tasks that make sure our buildings were constructed to code and are safe for the public.
At minimum, building inspectors typically require a high school diploma, but many states also require them to have additional certifications or licenses.
OSHA has long used the language in the OSH act to find and hold multiple employers accountable for the actions of another on construction job sites. For decades, OSHA would not only cite the employer whose employees were exposed to hazards, but would also cite the employer who was designated the “controlling employer” on-site, which is most often the general contractor.