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Texas Reports Deaths in Road Construction Areas Up One Third in 2021

A report from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) out of Austin, TX, showed that people killed in accidents in road construction zones increased 33% over 2020.

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Construction Drug Test Positivity at 20-Year High

In an industry with high injury and accident rates, many raise their eyebrows at new statistics that reveal rising use of cocaine and marijuana. Moreover, drug tests uncover illicit substance abuse after work-related accidents. Opiates and oxycodone also show up in drug screenings.

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Construction's Suicide Rate Twice the National Average

2020 data shows that the construction industry's suicide rate sits at 45.3 per 100,000 male workers, substantially above the national average of 27.4 per 100,000 male workers.

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Construction Workers Are Bringing Home Dangerous Toxic Metals, Study Suggests

A study from the Boston University School of Medicine indicates that construction workers tend to bring home toxic metals; this impacts their families, especially young children. In addition, the study identified up to 30 toxic metal residues on clothing and skin.

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Divers Pull Body of Construction Worker from Canal After Tragic Accident

Divers in Parkland, FL, from the Broward County Sheriff's Office and Coral Springs Fire Departments pulled a body from a Parkland canal, believed to be a construction worker who crashed into the channel. A short time later, tow trucks removed the dump truck from the murky depths.

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Recent Storms Spark Conversations About Building For Disasters

All buildings stand in potential disaster zones, be it tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes, says Nadim Wehbe, the John M. Hanson Professorship of Structural and Construction Engineering and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

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Police in Connecticut Using Cameras to Catch Speeders in Construction Zones

The Department of Transportation in Connecticut in conjunction with the state police plans to create a safer environment for road construction crews. In 2021, more than 900 accidents occurred in construction zones; this resulted in four fatalities.

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Two Construction Workers Rescued After Dangling From 23-Story High-Rise

On the evening of Saturday, December 4, scaffolding broke at the Hemisphere Condominium in Hallandale Beach, Florida, leaving two construction workers dangling by their safety harnesses and entangled in scaffolding debris.

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140 Years After Construction Began, Panama Canal Remembers 25,000 Lives Lost

The Panama Canal, which has connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans since 1913, stands as one of the deadliest construction sites ever. An estimated 25,000 workers died; countless more experienced injuries. Now, 140 years after construction began in 1881, Panama remembers those accidents and the problems that caused them.

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Data-Driven Safety is “Still Emerging” in Construction Industry

A report issued by Dodge Data & Analytics and The Blue Book Network cites movement in the construction industry toward data-driven safety and digital record keeping. However, the report also uncovers holes in the adoption of this technology.

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Despite Warnings of Problems, Dubai Reports Low Construction Accident Rate

At Expo Dubai, construction officials reported a 0.03 accident frequency rate (contrasted against 0.1, The United States latest numbers); this came amid adverse working condition reports. More than 25 million visitors have visited The Expo Dubai, a massive undertaking similar to the World's Fair. Construction for the Expo began more than six years ago.

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Texas Reports Delta Variant is Hammering Construction—Again

Despite the rapidly growing population, the pandemic-driven boom in residential housing sales and the high demand for builders with large backlogs, construction in the Lone Star State looks dismal.

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Suicide Plagues Construction Industry

Construction workers commit suicide at three times the national average. Within the construction industry, already the most dangerous profession, more workers die from suicide than job injuries and accidents. Construction has the second-highest suicide rate of any sector in the United States.

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ABC: OSHA Requirements Are Minimum Standards, Not Highball

According to the most recent data from OSHA, construction continues its poor streak as the most dangerous industry in the United States, accounting for one in five workplace deaths.

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New York City Shuts Down 300 Jobsites Over Safety Violations

After the death of seven construction workers so far this year in New York City, including three in May, the city’s Department of Buildings plans to crack down on safety violations.

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Report: Construction Errors Led to Mexico City Metro Collapse That Killed 26

A preliminary report issued by the Norwegian company DNV and other international experts—prepared at the request of the Mexican government—found that at least six construction violations led to the collapse of the metro train last month that killed 26.

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Western Heat Wave Especially Hard on Construction and Farm Workers

A blistering heatwave torments the western United States. The heat significantly affects people who work outside, such as construction and farm laborers. In the past week, authorities have put advisories in place for an area containing more than 50-million residents.

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Work Zone Fatalities Reach 15-Year High

According to new data released from the Federal Highway Association (FHWA), in 2019 (the year with the most recently compiled data), 842 fatalities occurred in work-zone crashes, compared to 757 in 2018, representing an 11.2% increase; this means the highest number of deaths in work zones since 2004.

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Improving Urban Design to Promote Public Health

While many solutions to the pandemic appear easy—washing hands, wearing masks, and social distancing—much in urban design and architecture complicates strict guidelines adherence. How do you stay six feet apart if a sidewalk or a corridor is only four feet wide? What about pressing the button to cross the street or ride the elevator while trying to avoid high-touch areas?

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New NYC Marijuana Law Causing New Construction Rules Woes

On March 31, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that makes recreational marijuana legal in New York. Anyone over the age of 21 can possess up to 3 ounces of the drug. As far as construction crews, a simple solution seems obvious: make a rule that no one may work while impaired. But the problem's complexity requires a more involved solution.

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Engineering Firm Takes Hard Line on Safety

Facing a new project in 2019, Keith Switzer of INTEC Group, found himself in a meeting about safety on a new four-story housing project, and he decided he was going to take this seriously. It began by making a list. The meeting turned into a brainstorming session where, as he puts it, they said “if you did this differently, this would be a safer way of doing XYZ.”

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Level 10 Construction Hits Historic Safety Milestone

On February 12, exactly one year after the California-based company, Level 10 Construction, announced it had reached 6 million man-hours worked without a lost-time incident, they announced the next milestone: 7-million hours and seven straight years without a lost-time incident.

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Opioid Crisis Hits Hard on American Construction Workers

According to a new report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “Opioids have commonly been prescribed to construction workers to treat pain caused by these occupational injuries. Workers in the industry also have higher rates of opioid overdose death compared with other groups.”

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Construction Workers Hit Hard by Coronavirus

According to a new study from the University of Texas (UT), construction workers are far more likely to be hospitalized for coronavirus than workers in other segments.

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New Software Monitors Construction Sites for Wildfires

In a year that has been fraught with wildfires burning across the west, consuming hundreds of thousands of acres, a new app is being piloted in Arizona to locate the source of fires by mapping hundreds of construction sites.

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Major Construction Accident Highlights High Crane-Related Fatalities in Texas

On September 16th, two cranes at an Austin, TX, construction site collided. In the accident, 16 workers were injured and taken to local hospitals. None of the injuries are considered critical, but experts say that the incident highlights a significant lapse of workplace safety awareness.

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Shooting at Construction Site Highlights Dangers Faced by Workers

A shooting at a Culver City, California, construction site this week shows how dangerous an already dangerous profession can be. Construction, which hosts a number of the most dangerous jobs in the workforce, including carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, and more, has always been a risky business. The general laborer is the 17th most dangerous job in America, while roofers are at #4, heavy machine operators are at #8, and steelworkers at #9. (The most dangerous jobs remain in the logging industry.)

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Construction Workers Prone to Risky Behaviors, Study Says

We talk all the time about dangers on the jobsite—and there are many—but a new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests that it may be during the off-the-clock time that construction workers are at more serious risk of injury or illness. And the behaviors don’t just apply to workers, but to construction management as well.

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Troopers Saving Lives by Dressing as Construction Workers

Construction workers in road construction are among the highest rated for danger or death, so one state is sending police undercover to try to save lives—by dressing as construction workers.

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Using Architecture to Fight a Pandemic

In 2006, in Tugela Ferry, South Africa, an extremely virulent, drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis raged through a hospital—and the building was partially to blame. The hospital was not designed for infection control. The transmission of the disease was through particles suspended in the air, inhaled by patients in a poorly ventilated building with overcrowded waiting areas.

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5 Ways the Coronavirus Will Affect Construction

Steve Lesser, the chair of Becker’s Construction law practice, says the key words right now are “Wait and see.”

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Up-And-Coming Jobsite Danger: Personal Cellphones

Even as smartphones are breaking open the world of construction with new apps and technologies that are radically changing the face of the industry, there is a problem that is plaguing job sites and doesn’t seem to have any sign of stopping soon: the presence of mobile phones.

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New Self-Driving Construction Trucks Aim to Save Lives

Construction zones on roadways have always been dangerous, and many strategies have been tried to deal with them, including increasing fines for speeding in those areas, increasing patrols by law enforcement, and giving construction workers the power to tag and report reckless drivers.

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Construction Industry Teeming with Opioid Abuse

A new study from New York University shows that construction workers are more likely to overdose on opioids than people in any other profession. Much of this has to do with the risk of injury on the jobsite, as well as long working hours where workers may feel the need to take ‘just one more pill’ to get through the day.

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Salt Lake City Construction Company Models Suicide Prevention Ideals

RK Construction, a 55-year-old construction company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has become a model of what it means to confront mental health problems head on, according to a recent report on NPR.

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Surprise Inspector Visits Hand Out 11,000 Citations

New York City, which is a hotbed of construction, has a startling problem with worksite safety, and it’s only growing. In 2015, there were 472 construction-related injuries, but that number has jumped a staggering 61% to 761 last year. And the city is cracking down.

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Saving Lives and Money with Risktech

Construction suffers $11 billion in losses every year in damage due to fire, water, theft and—worst of all—worker deaths. Despite construction only accounting for 7% of the work force, 21% of workplace deaths occur at construction sites.

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Construction Workers are Dying in the Heat

Construction is booming, and companies are trying to pack as much work into the summer months as possible, but a very real danger lurks out under the sun. According to a new study, construction workers sweltering in the heat are dying at an alarming—and increasing—rate.

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New Law Allows Construction Workers to Flag Traffic Violators

A new law in the state of Minnesota allows construction workers to flag traffic violators who are driving unsafely in construction zones.

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Construction Worker Saves Children From Fire

At a burning apartment complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a father had to lean out a window and drop his 2-month-old baby into the arms of a rescuing construction worker. The father was trapped on the second floor. Seconds later, the worker caught and saved a toddler as well.

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Canadian Construction Workers Took a Moment of Silence for Safety

Last week, after a particularly bad year for workplace accidents, 4000 construction workers took a break from their jobs to take a moment to reflect on safety. More than 50 companies and organizations joined in the second annual Construction Safety Stand-Down, a program hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association

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Construction Industry Attempting to Combat Suicide Risk

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing that, between 2012 and 2017, the construction and extraction industries have the highest suicide rates of any industry tracked, growing at a rate of 43.6 (per 100,000) in 2012 to 53.2 in 2017. This problem is not just centered in the USA, but is recognized globally.

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UK Cladding Problem Widespread; U.S. Mostly Safe

Fallout from the Grenfell Tower, which killed 80 due in large part to the cladding, a form of exterior siding. The cladding allowed for a flammable, chimney-like structure that spread a fire at a catastrophic rate...

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Dangers When Working from Heights

My first day in the construction industry, back in 2003, a contractor, who was working on the roof of our warehouse, fell through a gap and died. He was not wearing a harness, despite it being required by both law and...

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