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Construction Employment Grows in 194 of 339 US Metropolitan Areas

A recovery appears on the horizon, but we’re not back to the peak yet The Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) released information based on federal employment data information that points to an increase of construction employment in the majority of US metropolitan areas. The employment data study (which covers August 2012 to August 2013) […]

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Construction News From Across the Water: UK Construction Industry Update

Despite the economic downturn and the problems that many countries in Europe are experiencing with economic growth – the UK’s construction industry is one that seems to be surviving the slump. Industry figures from October 2013 show that the UK Construction industry has continued to grow for the 5th Consecutive month. The biggest boost this […]

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Firefighters Receive Training To Help Rescue Those Trapped Underneath Heavy Machinery

A nationwide focus is underway to train firefighters to respond to incidents involving heavy equipment Firefighters are well trained in the art of rescuing individuals from dangerous situations.  Whether they are found scaling a ladder to pull an individual from a burning building, using hydraulic cutters to free a family from a crushed vehicle, or […]

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Safety Tips To Remember When Using Construction Equipment

“Safety First” – It’s an Age-Old Motto For a Reason! Safety is of uppermost importance to anyone on a job site. Workers must always be concerned about their personal safety, as well as the safety of their peers. Construction managers and Foremen must be concerned with the health and welfare of their teams, as well […]

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Why Do Construction Workers Always Appear To Be Standing Around - Doing Nothing?

Construction Workers Frequently Appear To Be Observing Work… Rather Than Actually Completing Work Insiders in the construction industry understand that the public’s perception of construction workers could use a little PR. More importantly, though, the often-misunderstood construction worker could stand to simply provide a glimpse into the everyday life of those who build for a […]

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Top Schools for Construction Management

Construction Managers Help Plan, Execute, and Support A Variety of Building Projects Construction management is defined as the process of coordinating and supporting all of the various steps in a construction project. Construction managers frequently help with the conceptual stages of a building job, as they generally have a firm grasp on the architectural design […]

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The Rock & Dirt App Now Available in 20 Countries!

The Rock & Dirt App for Apple iPhones/iPads and for Android Phones/Tablets is now available at the Apple Store, Amazon, and Google Play in the following 20 countries. 1. U.S. 2. Canada 3. Mexico 4. Australia 5. United Kingdom 6. Columbia 7. Peru 8. Chile 9. Venezuela 10. Spain 11. Argentina 12. India 13. Ecuador […]

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Canadian Man Excavating His Own Basement Using Only Radio-Controlled Tractors and Trucks

Some Construction Managers Prefer Their Machines Small – and Radio Controlled! Excavating a basement is a job for a powerful, maneuverable, and efficient machine. Construction machines like skid steer loaders and dedicated excavators come to mind when deciding on which type of unit to employ when digging out a basement area. For those who have […]

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Bulldozers Now Made Easier to Operate As Skilled Workers Prove Harder to Find

Drought of Skilled Workers Hits at The Wrong Time - As Building Rebounds Fiercely One of the ways in which construction industry professionals are coping with the lack of skilled manpower these days is by tailoring the work to the available workforce. It used to be that an apprenticeship, months of practice, and a trusting […]

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Federal Contractors Facing New Hiring Rules in 2014

Veterans and Those With Disabilities - at the Forefront Of New Legislation As defined by United States’ code – a federal contractor is any person who enters into a contract with the United States or any department or agency thereof for the rendition of personal services and whose compensation is paid in whole or in […]

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While Many Are Unemployed In America - Construction Jobs Are Available

Construction Begins To Ramp Up – But Where Have All The Workers Gone? While multi-family, single family, and commercial builders have all begun to see increased traction in recent quarters, construction companies are finding that the pool of talent in which to select from has, to an extent, dried up. Single and multi family builders […]

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Nine Tips for Better Excavator Maintenance

Tip 1: Use high-grade oil Maintaining proper oil change intervals per the manufacturer’s recommendation is basic to excavator performance and life. Engine oils, particularly those with additives, can break down under high duty-cycles. The newer Tier 4 engines with exhaust gas recirculation and anti-pollution equipment require higher-grade oils. Engine oil is no place to save […]

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