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Immigrant Workers Face Disproportionate Safety Risk

March 3, 2016
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A recent feature story from the New York Times went in-depth on the safety and health strugglesof New York City's construction industry, which has wide implications for construction workers around the country. In "Safety Lapses and Deaths Amid a Building Boom in New York," reporter David Chen details disturbingly similar trends in incident reports and lawsuits involving construction deaths in the city for the past two years. In diving deeper into these official statements, with the help of hundreds of interviews, Chen found a persistent culture of safety ignorance among industry leaders.

"Time and again, in thousands of pages of safety reports, handwritten notes, crude drawings, lawsuits and other documents, as well as interviews with the workers' relatives and friends, the same issues emerged," Chen wrote. "In many of the projects, a premium was placed on speed, causing workers to take dangerous shortcuts."

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Construction Work Among Highest Risk for Injury

March 1, 2016
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One of the latest annual reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has troubling news for the construction industry. In the latest installment of the report on "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away from Work," the BLS found that construction laborers were among the top 10 occupations for the highest injury and illness rates. This provides specific and unquestionable data that demonstrates how important construction safety systems are on the job..

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Work Shortage May Be Slowing

February 25, 2016

Recent data suggests the much-discussed worker shortage may be in the process of easing pressure on the quickly booming construction industry. The question, however, is if this is a sign of good things to come or just a temporary, yet unsustainable boost.

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Green Building Boom Good News for Construction Industry

February 23, 2016
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Concern for the environment is becoming more widespread among the general population, and as this trend continues to grow, so does consumer demand for buildings that reflect these values. According to a preliminary report compiled by Dodge Data & Analytics, demand for energy-efficient, environmentally conscious buildings has doubled every three years since 2008. Some of the highest growth rates have been seen in emerging economies, meaning that green buildings have contributed a significant amount to the overall global economic recovery.

With these trends in mind, developers and builders are bracing for even greater demand among consumers for environmentally conscious homes and buildings. The challenge lies not only in keeping pace, but with meeting the constantly changing expectations and engineering considerations such projects entail. Technology will also play as much of a role in building these structures as it will in helping them meet energy efficiency standards. Construction firms who can effectively leverage construction safety systems, among other new innovations, will see even greater rewards from this rapidly growing market.

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Six Hidden Dangers on Construction Sites [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 17, 2016
Safety /

Some of the most dangerous jobs on a construction site are those which seem the most innocuous. The way in which equipment is used and having the right construction safety systems in place on site can have a major impact on the safety of everyone.

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Wearable Technology Gains Traction In Construction

February 15, 2016
Safety /

If recent trends are any indication, wearable technology is the next frontier in consumer electronics. According to a report from Insurance Journal, it may also represent the newest waveof construction technology. Insurance conglomerate American International Group recently announced an investment in Human Condition Safety, which aims to begin providing wearable devices for use in many industries, including construction. Industry insiders predict that this could be just the first step in a wave of innovation that will sweep the construction landscape in a few short years, leading to better tracking of worker health and safety, and more innovative avenues for construction safety systems technology.

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New safety regulations to watch for in 2016

January 21, 2016
Safety /

By most accounts, 2015 was a busy year for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after it approved the passage of several key pieces of legislation. These changes included the first penalty increase in decades and new rules on working in confined spaces, among several others. With the start of the new year, industry experts are anticipating even more changes on the horizon as the administration continues to strive toward a safer workplace for employees in any industry, including construction.

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Workers' compensation underutilized in construction

January 12, 2016
Safety /

Workers' compensation is common throughout the construction industry, as well as other occupations with a high risk of injury. According to the most recent statistics available from the U.S. Social Security Administration, in 2012 it was estimated around 127.9 million American employees were covered by some form of workers' compensation program under state or federal law. According to the SSA, these benefits, paid out to workers who are injured on the job from no fault of their own, are subsidized entirely by employers.

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HCSS, AGC to Partner with Keene State to Create Construction Safety Program

January 6, 2016
Safety /

Construction is facing a drastic shortage of qualified workers in all aspects of the industry. But one of the most desperate needs in all of construction is for safety professionals.

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Snow, Ice Can Cause Construction Safety Concerns

January 4, 2016
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