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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Over the past few years, it has been abundantly clear that many contractors have their choice of work and not enough resources to handle all of the opportunities. That abundance commonly leads to the labor field being able to bounce between companies for quick wage increases, leaving company owners and management struggling to keep fully staffed with qualified people.
Louisiana, home of jazz music, gumbo, and next door neighbor to #20 Texas, is the first one on our list to reach the teens in the rankings. America’s most swamp heavy state benefits from a low cost of living, 5.4% below the national average, according to MERIC.
You may have been sitting in your house or office one day and noticed the distinct sound of a bird hitting the window. It’s pretty common, as it’s estimated that as many as 988 million birds die in the US each year by colliding into glass. The new arena that will house the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks has incorporated some design elements that will reduce the amount of birds killed by the massive structure, allowing it to be dubbed the “World’s Most Bird Friendly Sports Arena.”
The construction industry ranks first in total suicides and second in suicide rate compared to all other industries in the United States, according to a 2016 study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This sad fact led more than 75 industry groups to form an alliance to combat the epidemic in 2016. Some of the members recently met in in Washington DC to help construction companies to better address mental health issues among their workers.
Texas is the second largest state in the entire country by land area, trailing only Alaska. It’s significant land mass and relatively low population density help the state have a very low cost of living, according to MERIC, at 9.4% below average. That allowed Texas to drop over 12 spots in our ranking.
Just over a year ago, in September of 2017, Hurricane Irma blew through Miami, Florida, bringing extremely high speed wind with it. The wind caused 3 cranes to collapse in southern Florida, 2 in downtown Miami and 1 more in Ft. Lauderdale. Interesting video of the dismantling of one of the failed cranes was shared on Youtube.
In September of 2017, OSHA’s new standard on exposure to respirable crystalline silica went into effect in the construction industry. The rule lowered the allowable exposure to the harmful substance to 50 micrograms per cubic meter, a measurement that we’re all familiar with [/sarcasm]. After a full year of enforcement, OSHA is considering making a change to the rule.
Connecticut is a relatively small state with a very high population density, ranking 48th in total area and 4th in density. The state also has a very high cost of living, at 16.5% above the national average, according to MERIC.
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.