Video feeds on a construction site are not only great for timelapse videos, they can potentially help stop intruders who enter your site.
According to WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, a construction site superintendent was watching a live video feed around 4 in the morning when he saw a man walking around his project’s job site. The superintendent was able to call the police, who later arrested the man for suspicion of criminal trespass onto a construction site and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bolt cutters were also found by police near the site.
Sick of being ripped off, contractors across the country are using technology to stop thieves from stealing the tools and supplies. A contractor in Oklahoma used a GPS tracker he strategically placed on an air compressor to catch the person who stole it.
Tool manufacturers are also getting more sensitive to the fact that contractors don’t like their tools to be stolen from them. Milwaukee Tool and DeWalt have both launched Bluetooth tracking devices and Bluetooth connected tools that can help locate their last known location and alert the user if someone is in range of their tools.
If you want to get really serious about job site security, there’s also this all-in-one mobile lighting and surveillance system that has a 360 degree view of your site. It’s also motion activated and allows users to pre-record messages to scare the trespasser off.
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As the United States just recently suffered another tragic and deadly construction incident involving civilians after a crane collapsed in Seattle over the weekend, we’re reminded that the bridge collapse on FIU’s campus in Miami in early 2018 still has many unanswered questions.
There’s no doubt that pop culture shapes the way people think, especially when it comes to interest in certain activities. The narrative for the past few years in the construction industry has been that there is a workforce shortage…that young people aren’t interested in working in construction. It’s no secret that kids love cartoons, though.
On Thursday, April 18th, the New York City Council passed what they are calling “NYC’s Green New Deal,” which legislators hope will greatly reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. In order to achieve those results, several mandates included in the legislation will have major effects on the construction and real estate industries.
For the past 3 years, Seattle, Washington has had the most construction cranes out of any United States city. But, as we know, from various videos and news stories, a crane collapse can have absolutely devastating consequences. On Saturday, a crane collapsed in downtown Seattle onto an open road below, killing two construction workers, 2 pedestrians, and injuring several others in the process.
Modular construction, on paper, should vastly speed up the process of construction as well as increase the quality. Sections or rooms of buildings are pre-assembled in an environmentally controlled room offsite and then shipped to site as needed. In reality, though, there are many challenges that have kept this type of construction from being more popular. That doesn’t scare hotel giant, Marriott, though, as they are currently underway on the world’s tallest modular hotel.
It’s that time again to begin Construction Junkie’s annual search for the best construction podcast! Now in our 4th year of the competition, it’s very clear that construction podcasts are gaining in popularity.
All trench collapse deaths are preventable. As soon as everyone on a job site starts believing that we might actually make some progress. In just the past 10 days, there have been 4 trench collapse deaths across 3 separate incidents, further highlighting how far we still need to go.
A 58-story condominium tower currently under construction has found itself embroiled in a legal battle after the former General Contractor filed a lawsuit against the developer, citing the fact that the building is now “leaning” 3 inches to the north.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.