There’s no doubt that construction workers do not get enough recognition for the hard work they put into building our nation's structures. At the end of each project, the workers are typically on to the next jobsite while executives and politicians are cutting the ribbon on their new facility.
As we know, there are plenty of construction workers out there that deserve extra recognition for the great things they do on and off the job. That’s why Procore is running their 2nd annual Hard Hat Hero Competition. The company also hopes that the contest will raise awareness for the construction industry’s skills gap.
Per Procore’s website, a “Hard Hat Hero is a construction professional who serves their community, creates jobs for people, creates a workplace where everyone goes home safe at the end of the day, or someone who simply goes the extra mile. A Hard Hat Hero is a member of your family, a friend, a neighbor, a community member, or it's you—you don't have to wait for someone else to nominate you.”
Last year’s Hard Hat Hero was Gary Fogarty, a Project Manager from North Carolina, who was nominated by his wife. She said he typically works 13 hour shifts and leads his team by working alongside them, “instead of simply instructing them.” In true selfless fashion, Gary invited the 2nd and 3rd place finishers to join him on the trip he won.
Nomination forms and the voting booth will be open until September 4, 2018, but the earlier you nominate someone, the better, as the person with the most votes will win the contest. The contest’s current leader has amassed 164 votes as of Thursday evening.
This year’s prize will be a big hit for any NASCAR fan, as the 2018 Hard Hat Hero will win a trip for 2 to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500. The winner will also get to stand in the pit, have their name printed on the #95 Procore car, and attend a meet and greet with the car’s driver, Kasey Kahne.
You can find the nomination form and voting booth at https://www.procore.com/hardhathero
When it comes to head to head tool battles, I can’t think of anyone that does a more comprehensive job than the team over at Tool Box Buzz. In the past, the TBB Crew has tackled in-depth comparisons ½” cordless hammer drills, portable jobsite table saws, and tape measures, among several others. Most recently, the team compared 8 different benchtop thickness planers in a variety of tests and determined the overall winner.
Construction is hard work and those working hard for your company should be paid in full and on-time for all hours worked. Cash flow can certainly complicate things for contractors, as pay draws can be delayed for various reasons, but cheating workers out of money is not only unscrupulous, but is gaining attention from government agencies.
For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine the Top States to Work in Construction. Now that all 50 states have been ranked, this post will serve as the complete recap for all states in the countdown.
Almost 7 years ago, construction began on the west side of Manhattan’s $20 billion mixed-use development. On March 15, 2019, Hudson Yards, as the development is known, has officially opened.
Demolitions by implosion can be fun to watch when they go right – or wrong – but nearby residents can be greatly affected by the high powered blasts and huge clouds of debris that follow. A few years ago, a botched demolition in England left dozens of nearby residents unable to return to their homes for several days. Last week, an obsolete Steel Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia is leaving residents in a similar situation.
Having an inflator can be a real lifesaver in any car or truck, you’ll never know when you’ll need it, but you’ll be happy you have it when you do. Since I’ve been driving, I’ve kept a 12V DC corded inflator in my trunk, which has saved me a tow several times. Recently, several major tool manufacturers have released their own versions of inflators and DeWalt is one of them.
After 50 weeks of the Top States to Work in Construction countdown, Illinois has been crowned our champion. Illinois didn’t just win, either, they actually demolished the competition. All construction professions combined for the state averaged $33.39 after adjusting for cost of living, which even topped #2 Missouri’s total average hourly rate by $4.42.
Traditional safety training for construction workers includes OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour courses, toolbox talks, and safety inspections. Those training techniques are all important and necessary, but construction workers are an extremely hands-on group of individuals and putting them in real life situations can be much more beneficial to them instead of classroom training.
Everyone in the construction has heard over and over again how young people just aren’t interested in joining the construction industry. What you don’t hear a lot about are the groups and organizations who are actively working to change that. The ACE Mentor Program is one of those organizations making a positive impact for the next generation.
The biggest story in the construction industry last year was a shocking pedestrian bridge collapse that killed 6 and injured many others on FIU’s campus in Miami, Florida. Since the collapse, there have been many civil lawsuits filed, a closed OSHA investigation, and an ongoing NTSB investigative report. The General Contractor on that project, Munilla Construction Management (MCM), has recently filed for bankruptcy protection, according to the Miami Herald.