OK look, there are certainly a lot of pressures to get buildings completed on time, but I’d never thought I’d hear of construction workers being GIVEN crystal meth in order to finish a building on time. But, that’s what multiple sources are telling Radio Free Asia (RFA) is happening right now in North Korea. According to RFA, the project managers working on a “showcase” construction project in Pyongyang, which includes many different buildings, are under extreme pressures to finish on time.
In order to finish before the cold weather season hits, the source says, the project managers have been supplying the thousands of workers on site with a methamphetamine, which is known to greatly increase energy and attention. It’s also known to cause extremely erratic behavior in the short term and major brain damage in the long term. The Telegraph in the UK spoke with the Asia director for Human Rights Watch, who said that if this is truly going on, it will be tough to verify.
If these reports are true, it’s truly a sad day for human rights, both in terms of the harmful effects the drug has on a person’s body and the clear lack of safety concerns on the job sites. As we all know, mixing drugs or alcohol and construction sites is a major source of disaster and it’s highly recommended for all construction companies to employ a strict substance abuse policy. A person under the influence of drugs and alcohol is 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a workplace accident, which is a risk none of us should be willing to take. The sad reality is that the construction industry in America has the highest rate (15.6%) of drug users of any industry in the country, according to the Department of Labor.
Full Story: Drugs Fuel Work Surge at North Korean Building Site | Radio Free Asi
“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.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr strikes again on his hard stance against corruption and safety negligence in the construction industry. A Few weeks ago, he announced assault charges against a superintendent and a manager after 2 construction workers were seriously injured on a jobsite. In 2016, he successfully convicted a construction foreman of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment after a laborer was killed in a trench collapse that he was overseeing. Just last week, Vance announced charges against formers Turner Construction and Bloomberg LP executives in a $15M bid-rigging and commercial bribery conspiracy.