The latest construction news from around the globe…
Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From an update on the preconstruction industry to the most cited OSHA violations of 2020, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the world.
The Future of Preconstruction
No matter what phase of the construction life cycle you’re in, the global pandemic has fast-forwarded the requirement of digitization, maximizing productivity for project teams and enabling the ability to work from anywhere. Hear from Wyatt Jenkins, SVP Product at Procore, to get his take on the rising importance of preconstruction and the critical role data plays in setting projects up for success.
How COVID-19 is Impacting Construction Workers’ Mental Health
According to a report from Morneau Shepell, mental stress is on the rise among Canadian construction workers due to COVID-19. Hoping to shed light on the issue, industry leaders from around the country recently gathered at a virtual event hosted by the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) to share resources and help others better understand ways to address chronic stress in workplaces.
Most Cited OSHA Violations of 2020
Each year OSHA releases its list of top 10 most cited violations, however, changes don’t seem to be fast enough —OSHA’s top violation of 2020 is a repeat offender: fall protection. Despite being the leading cause of jobsite injuries and fatalities for a long time, fall protection continues to be one of the most lacking parts of the industry. Click here to see the full list of the most frequently cited OSHA violations in construction in 2020.
Sydney Rail Expansion Project Kicks Off
With the goal of increasing ridership by 40,000 more passengers per hour and slashing travel times between Parramatta and the CBD to 20 minutes, the new Sydney Rail expansion project is expected to transform public transportation in Sydney. The project just broke ground and will cost approximately $10 billion dollars. Learn more here.
Breakdown of the Construction Tech Startups Dominating the Industry
On top of the global pandemic, construction companies today are dealing with four big challenges across construction projects; high fragmentation, poor communication, lack of transparency, and the skilled labor shortage. Despite the fact that the construction industry has been relatively late to investing in technology, companies are now slowly but surely turning to construction tech to solve some of these key issues. Here’s a breakdown from TechCrunch on the construction tech startups helping to shape the modern built environment.
US Cities With the Highest Share of Women Construction Workers
Although men make up approximately 90% of the construction force in the United States, the number of women joining the industry continues to rise. Based on new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Construction Coverage mapped out the cities in the United States with the highest share of women construction workers. Click here to take a look at the top 20 U.S. cities by their share of female construction workers.
The Specialty Contractors We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving soon approaching, it’s time to reflect on the things we’re grateful for and the people who matter most. So this year while we thank our family, friends, and loved ones let’s also take a moment to thank the subcontractors who help complete the picture and get the job done.
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