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.
A 2015 study in the UK has made the case that nearly one-third of construction workers in the industry were inspired to work in construction by characters they watched on TV. Of the 1,947 construction industry workers that were surveyed, 31% stated that watching these characters on TV played a role in them ultimately choosing to work in construction.
Respondents were also asked to pick the cartoon character that was most iconic to the construction industry. Bob the Builder was the clear leader with 42% of the votes, followed by Super Mario (19%), and Fred Flintstone (16%).
I decided to come up with my own list after scouring the earth for all of the cartoon characters that I could think worked in the construction industry. The list, which you can see below, is based solely on my opinion, but I would also love to hear yours in the comments!
After posting the Top 5 on my social media pages, a few other worthy entrants emerged, including Handy Manny, Wreck-it Ralph, and Handy Smurf. We’ll call those honorable mentions to this list.
Almost 18 months ago, an under construction pedestrian bridge on Florida International University’s (FIU) campus collapsed, killing 6 people and injuring another 8. While many investigations have closed, including OSHA’s scathing report, families of victims and survivors have been awaiting the results of civil lawsuits filed against the companies in charge of the projects.
There’s no doubt that building rectangles in construction is much easier than making round objects, which is why building a 366 foot tall sphere in the middle of Las Vegas really caught our eye.
One of the key components of BIM is the ability to detect clashes, which are design coordination issues that result in the inability to construct a building as drawn. The use of 3-dimensional drawings allows contractors –and software- to detect if key building components are intersecting before it’s about to be installed in the field. Autodesk BIM 360 has recently updated its clash detection abilities within its Model Coordination module more easily and efficiently within its platform.
Hot off of the acquisition of Honest Buildings, a project management software aimed at owners and developers, Procore has announced they have acquired yet another tech company to help bolster their offerings.
According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women only account for 9.9% of the workforce in the United States construction industry. To help drive gender diversity in construction and empower women, a new conference will be making its US debut in September, called Women in Construction USA 2019.
For years, Milwaukee has made it very clear that they will continue to keep their M18 platform as their core system. Cordless tool users spend a ton of money into batteries these days, and the company’s goal is to not force them into investing into a new cordless system. That means that Milwaukee has to come up with innovative ways to provide the tools users want while being limited to 18 volts.
The spring of 2019 saw 3 trench collapse deaths in a span of 10 days. One at a home construction site in Colorado, another during a culvert install in Marysville, Ohio, and a third at a residential site in Sugarcreek Township, Ohio. The latter has recently received a hefty fine and penalty from OSHA.
Personal fall protection devices are extremely important to saving lives and preventing injuries due to falls on a jobsite. Half the battle is getting your team to wear harnesses, but when they do, you need to trust that the devices will work when they’re needed. 3M has recently issued an immediate stop use and product recall on two of their fall protection products.
Construction Management software company, Procore, initially launched their annual technology conference, Groundbreak, back in 2015. Originally hosted at their headquarters in California, the event has grown exponentially from that first year and this year may be its biggest yet.
While placing concrete on the 7th floor of a new hotel in Houston, TX, 16 construction workers were suddenly sent falling to the 6th floor below, sending 9 of them to the hospital, according to local news reports.