Compensation Survey Reveals Construction’s Pay Differences

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Field engineers, quality assurance, proposal managers, environmental engineers and project engineers have enjoyed the largest increases in base salary percentage since 2009. (Copyright: andreyuu / 123RF Stock Photo)

The fundamental shift in how the construction industry does business is now reflected in pay rates, according to research from FMI, a provider of management consulting, investment banking and research to the engineering and construction industry. Since the great recession, an increased emphasis on sales and the process of nurturing relationships is making business development, and project accounting/office management pay rates increase quicker than other industry occupations. Continue reading

Space Elevator Construction Might Rely on Nanostructures

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Artist Pat Rawling’s concept of a space elevator shows one view of how a vehicle would travel between earth and space to carry people and cargo. This is the view looking down the cable from a geostationary platform above the earth. (Courtesy NASA)

Japanese construction firm, Obayashi announced its intention of building a space elevator to carry materials and people into space at a fraction of the cost of today’s rockets. The plan is to have one in place by 2050 with the help of an international organization set up for the task.

What is the magic material Obayashi will depend on? Continue reading

Construction’s Place in the New Death Statistics

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The ages of 45 to 65+ put you in a category where you are more likely to have a fatal workplace injury. (Copyright: fergregory / 123RF Stock Photo)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows two groups face higher risks of death on the job. Hispanic or Latino workers, and those identified as contractors had higher on-the-job deaths than in previous years. Continue reading

Compact, Simple Construction Cameras Increase Options for Job Oversight

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Easy to use construction cameras now offer just about anyone who’s involved in a project ways to easily capture visuals of what’s going on. According to Brinno, this image represents the quality produced by this camera. (Courtesy Brinno)

The revolution in easy-to-use job site cameras continues with a new entry that claims to make it quick and easy to record job site activities. The Brinno Construction Camera, otherwise known as Brinno’s TLC200 f1.2 model, offers subcontractors, and others on construction sites, the chance to easily record activities on the fly.

Many construction sites have cameras these days, but they are often controlled by the GC, owner or CM. Continue reading

OSHA Changes Injury Reporting Rule

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OSHA is looking for new insights into workplace injuries that can help to reduce injuries, disabilities and deaths. A changed reporting rule goes into effect next year. (Copyright: stockbroker / 123RF Stock Photo)

Starting in January 2015, employers in states covered by federal OSHA must report all work related fatalities to OSHA within eight hours, and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and eye losses within 24 hours, according to Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Employers in states with OSHA-approved state plans must check with their state plans to find out their implementation dates. Continue reading

Is Construction in a Dark Age of Moisture Damage Prevention?

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Handling moisture issues in days of old was largely a process of channeling it away from where you didn’t want it. Today, tighter buildings, climate change and variations across regions makes controlling moisture a much more scientific and high profile process. (Copyright: justdd / 123RF Stock Photo)

The Dark Ages, so called because civilization forgot a lot of stuff, led to human misery on a grand scale. Now, some people claim construction has entered just such a phase when it comes to mitigating moisture and mold problems in buildings. Continue reading

Empowering Construction Employee Wellness

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Workplace safety programs get a big lift when there is a genuine concern for wellness across the company. (Copyright: luislouro / 123RF Stock Photo)

By: Kristin Hodgkinson

When people discuss health and safety in construction, the typical topics pop up; proper headgear, avoiding falls, and lifting and electrical safety.

But what about employee health and well-being? With such a focus on avoiding work-place accidents in the short-term, employers in construction can sometimes overlook the significant damage that unhealthy employees can cause to themselves and others – including the business itself – in the long run. Continue reading

Infographic Offers Surprising Details About Skyscrapers

Chase Culpan at the Calgary Window and Door Guys did up a fascinating infographic on skyscrapers. Besides listing the tallest skyscrapers, the graphic details the cities with the most buildings over 300 meters (984 feet) high, the most iconic buildings in this class, the first skyscraper, the evolution of the skyscraper and illuminating facts about these very tall buildings. The infographic itself is very tall so you’ll have to click the Read More link to view it. Continue reading

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