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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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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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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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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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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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