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Construction Techniques

Robot roundup: 5 recent innovations in construction tech

July 1, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

Robots have continued to make inroads into the construction industry. Whether due to a lack of skilled labor, or simply new tech becoming commercially available, companies continue to market robots and drones to contractors as options to perform important tasks […]


Construction Techniques

Hard hat device facilitates social distancing, contact tracing

June 30, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

This spring, managers at a 2,200-person European construction site discovered that a worker had contracted COVID-19. It was critical to find out where he had been during his time on the 70-story tower project. To help trace the sick worker’s […]


Construction Processes, Financial

Report: US cities’ massive budget cuts impact infrastructure, capital expenses

June 30, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

The survey was based on input from officials at more than 1,100 municipalities across the country. Other findings include: 70% of municipalities have not received funding through the CARES Act. 13% of municipalities are making cuts to inspection, planning and […]


Sustainability

COVID-19 presents new challenges for minority-owned construction firms

June 30, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

In the best of economic times, minority-owned construction firms struggle to access the capital they need to operate and grow their businesses. Many minority-owned businesses, for example, pay higher loan interest rates than their nonminority-owned counterparts, according to a report […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Court: Trump administration can’t use military funds for border wall construction

June 29, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

Despite the bigger issues of who gets to approve border wall funding or what decisions the president can make under a national emergency, the Supreme Court’s favorable decision toward the Trump administration last year was based on the likelihood that […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards, Regulations

COVID-19 health screenings raise privacy considerations for contractors

June 29, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

When workers arrive at a Skanska jobsite at the University of Delaware, they are asked a series of questions such as, “Are you experiencing flu-like symptoms?” and ” Have you, or has anyone in your family, been in contact with […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise

Friday Feedback: Will Trump’s rollback of environmental regulations help construction?

June 26, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

President Donald Trump issued an executive order earlier this month directing federal government agencies to waive environmental regulations and to take other actions necessary to streamline and expedite infrastructure projects. The order, designed to help hasten the economic recovery from […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Legal

How Construction Workers’ Compensation Losses Are Changing

June 26, 2020

Via: ENR

While much has remained the same in construction workers’ compensation claims, there’s a small difference that’s worth noting. Autos hitting workers now seems to exceed slips and trips that don’t involve a fall, accounting for 7.6%, or about $800 million, […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards

New study: Health risk behaviors among construction workers

June 25, 2020

Via: ISHN

New research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests that several behaviors that contribute to higher health risks are more prevalent among construction workers than workers in other industries. This new study was recently published in […]


Construction Techniques

How Technology Can Steer the Construction Industry Out of COVID-19

June 24, 2020

Via: ConstructConnect

The spread of COVID-19 was all about uncertainty and distress. With people being strongly advised to follow social distancing protocols, the government had its focus on controlling the spread of illness by restricting travel and work. And just like any […]