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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 the 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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Future Infrastructure Experts Are Current Roblox Players, Industry Says

Construction in the metaverse and virtual reality excites gamers; some companies say today's VR users represent tomorrow's engineers.

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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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Tech Solutions Solving Labor Shortage Issues?

Despite the recent growth of construction jobs, a labor shortage remains, especially with small contractors and businesses. In September, the National Federation of Independent Business reported that 51% of small business owners couldn't fill job openings, more than double the 22% historical average.

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"Spreadsheets Are Crushing Project Managers," Article States

Businesses continue to use spreadsheets as practical tools. Most agree that Excel offers a robust solution. But an article in Construction Dive poses that too many spreadsheets and not enough automation cause difficulty for construction project managers.

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Construction Industry Lagging behind Technologically — Digital Solutions Can Help

Despite being one of the largest sectors of the global economy, the construction industry is notoriously slow to adopt new technologies; this leads to shortfalls in productivity. According to a report by McKinsey Global Institute, "Reinventing Construction: A route to higher productivity," labor productivity across all sectors has grown by 2.8% in the last 20 years, but construction productivity has only increased by 1%.

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Despite Labor Shortages, One Builder is Donating Labor to Schools

Labor shortages plague the construction industry. Even so, Hutton Construction, a Wichita-based company, stepped up to help schools facing the same staffing crisis.

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'Build Your Future Arizona' Bringing More Students into Construction Industry

Most American business sectors currently suffer from the labor shortage, but the construction industry's hiring dearth reaches back further than the pandemic. Builders have struggled to regain workers in every trade since the Great Recession.

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"Pricing Insanity" Affecting All Levels of Construction

Whether in board meetings or on job sites, construction employees at all levels express concern regarding the unprecedented hikes in building costs.

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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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Workrise Raises Over $300 Million to Train New Construction Worker

Every construction company knows about the drastic shortage of skilled labor entering the market. Numerous polls cite this shortage as the number one or two concern among contractors, builders, and owners.

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Could a Reduction in Young Construction Workers Mean a Labor Shortage?

Fewer young people are entering the construction industry; this could translate into an increasing labor shortage. Compared to 2009, there were 330,000 fewer construction workers between the ages of 20-29 than in 2019.

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Gamers Giving Boost to Construction Technology

A team of more than 250 employees who are immersed in BIM technology are coming from gaming backgrounds.

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The Highest Paid Construction Jobs that Don't Require a Degree

Between 2020 and 2030, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that about 60 percent of new jobs in the economy will be in occupations that don’t typically require an associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate degree.

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Forecast Says 2.7 Million Construction Jobs to be Automated by 2057

MEPI, an organization that focuses on infrastructure and construction in the Midwest, reports that their forecasts say that 2.7 million jobs currently done by laborers will be done by autonomous robots by the year 2057.

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Understanding Your Role In The Workplace

Success in the workplace depends on how well employees work together to accomplish goals. In order to grow any organization and be profitable, employees must have an understanding of each other’s strengths.

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Keeping it Professional: How To Be The Best Version of You

I have found through my personal experience that becoming a professional in life requires special attention to detail. It’s the small things that produce big results.

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