3 Ladder Manufacturers Reinventing the Step Ladder | Tool Junkie

It seems weird to be talking about new step ladder designs.  Other than moving from wood to aluminum to fiberglass, the form and function of a stepladder hasn’t really ever changed.  One of the biggest opportunities has always been the gap between how step ladders were designed to be used as opposed to how people actually use them. 3 major manufacturers now have a solution to at least some of those problems.

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2019 Winners of World of Concrete’s Most Innovative Products Announced

The World of Concrete is a massive industry event hosted annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  For those who have never been, it’s an endless sea of exhibitor booths, training sessions, and even a bricklaying competition.  Every Year, Concrete Construction Magazine organizes a Most Innovative Product competition for many of the new products that are highlighted at the show.

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[VIDEO] This Material Lift Makes Objects up to 135 Pounds Virtually Weightless

Fatigue on the jobsite is real, so much so that many technology companies have developed products to reduce fatigue and also sense when a worker is experiencing fatigue. There are other wearable devices, like exoskeletons, that can enhance a workers strength and stamina, but when you need to add more than a little punch, Construction Robotic’s MULE 135 may do the trick.

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OSHA Video Explains How to Properly Classify Soil for Trench Safety

In 2018, OSHA announced that reducing trenching an excavation hazards on construction sites would be their priority goal. Since that time, the agency has releases a variety of different materials to help build outreach to contractors across the country, including updating their National Emphasis Program (NEP) on trench safety. On a recent newsletter, OSHA highlighted a video about soil classification in trenches and excavations, meant as an introduction to those who want to know more about the process.

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[VIDEO] The Most Comprehensive Review of Benchtop Thickness Planers You Can Find | Tool Junkie

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.

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66 Massachusetts Contractors Cited and Fined $1.23 million for Wage Theft

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. 

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The Top States to Work in Construction, Ranked

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.

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[Timelapse] Watch 7 Years of Construction of New York’s 2 Newest Supertall Skyscrapers

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. 

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[VIDEO] Obsolete WV Steel Plant Imploded into Cloud of Smoke, Covering Nearby Resident’s Houses

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.

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