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.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) recently reported that they were 1 of 17 organizations to meet during National Suicide Prevention Month. The 17 groups in attendance make up a portion of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, which was founded by the Construction Financial Management Association two years ago.
Members of the group include ABC, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), among many others.
“Our industry’s steadfast commitment to safety needs to extend beyond our jobsites to ensure that workers struggling with mental health issues get the help they need,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development, who attended the meeting, in a press release. “We are proud to be part of the Alliance to draw attention to the national issue of suicide risk and help increase access to mental health across the construction industry.”
The Alliance for Suicide Prevention has several free resources available on its website, including webinars, flyers & posters, action steps, FAQs, and important links.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, which offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources.
At the National Safety Council Congress & Expo on September 10, 2019, OSHA’s deputy director of Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust, announced their preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety violations for their fiscal year 2019.
A few technology companies have been trying to wedge augmented reality into construction for a few years now, boasting benefits of overlaying BIM models onto the real life site you’re working on, as well as interactive collaboration with remote workers. One of those companies that we thought was going to make a pretty big impact is apparently closing its doors in the near future.
The most popular method of demolition these days is by implosion, but not always welcome in certain areas or situations. The use of explosives can greatly damage neighboring buildings and spread hazardous materials over a large radius, which is why a cooling tower at the Mülheim-Kärlich power plant in Germany had to be slowly dismantled from the top.
Late last year, crane manufacturer, Sarens, announced that their brand new – and enormous – crane, was ready to be sent off to it’s first job. After several months of prep, the Sarens SGC-250 has finally made it onto its intended jobsite and is ready to lift.
For the past few years, tool manufacturers have been making cordless tools possible that no one thought could be done. We now have battery powered table saws, 12” miter saws, even battery powered pipe threaders. But one thing that no one has done yet, until now, is a battery powered worm drive circular saw.
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After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian worked its way up the U.S. East Coast last week and eventually made its way up to Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 2 storm. The storm left more than 369,000 without power in the Canadian Region, according to CBC, but also caused a tower crane to buckle and collapse in the city of Halifax.
A little over 3 years ago, reports surfaced that San Francisco’s luxury high rise, the Millennium Tower, has been consistently sinking and tilting since it was completed in 2009. Lawsuits have been underway for years involving dozens of lawyers from many different parties, but an expert panel has just approved a $100 million plan to keep the building from sinking and tilting any further.
If you are looking for the right scaffolding for your construction project, you will need to consider the choice of scaffolding available to you. However, there is one type of scaffolding that is chosen for a number of different projects because of the benefits that come with it. This kind of scaffolding is Mobile Scaffolding and regardless of whether you are working on a roof or working on the brickwork of a building, they are often a great choice.