Last week, we highlighted a construction summer camp for 7th and 8th graders in Indiana which allowed several young children gain knowledge of different construction trades, as they converted an old shed into a concession stand for their school. We recently learned about another summer camp, aimed at middle and high school females in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The camp, which was created this year, was facilitated through a partnership with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), JESCO Construction Company, and Itawamba Community College. The three day camp had a strong focus on safety, as well as DIY projects such as building a lamp and a wood bench. Rachel Hill, who is a project manager at JESCO and featured in the video below, told DJournal that JESCO is "trying to be involved even more so in the community and help girls grow and see what’s out there for them.” The bench that the group made during the camp will be donated to a local not profit.
This is yet another example of construction companies, and organizations and schools coming together to educate young people on the world of construction. It’s becoming nearly impossible to find a wood shop class in schools these days, so any extra effort these groups can make will prove to be extremely beneficial to the industry as a whole in the future.
What types of learning events for the next generation are you or your company involved in? Tell us in the comments!
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Kentucky, home of horse racing and bourbon distilleries, lands at number 22 on our countdown. The state’s relatively low cost of living, at around 6.7% below national average according to MERIC, helped it drop around 11 spots after adjustment.
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.