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
Overall, Oregon was in the middle of the pack with regards to hourly wage for the 25 construction professions analyzed, with an average ranking of 18. However, the Northwest state has the 3rd highest cost of living, according to MERIC, as it costs 31% more to live there versus the average state.
Maryland is ranked 7th in highest cost of living wages according to MERIC, which dropped their overall hourly wage ranking from around 20th to the 48th ranked state.
California fell victim to its extremely high cost of living, much like Hawaii did.
Hawaii, as beautiful of a place as it is to be, is unfortunately ranked last on our list of best places to work.
If your company did not electronically submitted its 2016 OSHA 300A injury and illness log to OSHA before December 31, 2017, they could be facing an other-than-serious violation with a maximum penalty of $12,934. We tried to warn you, and warn you, and warn you again.
Union vs non-union is an argument that has raged on for decades and in many comment sections on various Construction Junkie posts. What is not up for the debate is that union members certainly make more than their non-union counterparts
St Patrick’s Day was just a few short days ago and, while everyone else was busy wearing green and justifying the massive amounts of alcohol they were consuming, employees of Netherlands based Oasen, a utility company, were busy finding an actual pot of gold.
Welders are essential on many construction jobs throughout the US, especially in bridge construction and high rise buildings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) groups Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers into one category, but their jobs essentially boil down to joining and cutting metal.
Last Thursday, every construction professional’s worst nightmare happened. Lives were lost, both construction workers and civilians, by way of the catastrophic collapse of FIU’s under construction pedestrian bridge. We shared what we knew as of late Thursday night, but since this is not only a tragedy directly related to construction, but also a huge learning opportunity for the entire industry, I wanted to make sure we continued to follow and update on the story as it develops.