Construction has a labor problem. By one estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new employee entering construction.1 A big contributing factor to this issue is that kids aren’t all that interested in joining the construction workforce. Among young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% express interest in construction and 63% say they’ll give the industry little or no consideration, regardless of pay.2
Why aren’t young people interested in construction? Unfortunately, many people have antiquated perceptions about construction work and those who do that labor. If we want to keep our industry alive and thriving, we need to dispel those myths and misconceptions. That’s why Equipment Trader is using this post to take readers back to school, and teaching them the truth about construction. Continue reading “Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction (Full Article)”
Construction workers can sometimes feel like Merle Haggard singing the Working Man Blues, “working as long as my two hands are fit to use.” But as committed as laborers and technicians are, even the hardest working employee can stumble into disaster if safety precautions are not being closely followed on the jobsite.
In some ways, danger is an inherent part of a job that requires working at great heights and operating powerful machinery. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five worker deaths in the U.S. is in construction. However, supervisors and businesses are responsible for keeping workers safe by lowering risk whenever possible. That’s why it’s so concerning that while safety best practices are widely known throughout the industry, few of those precautions are systematically adopted by the majority of contracting firms. Continue reading “Creating a Culture of Worksite Safety”
“Welcome to the Construction Site, May I Take Your Order?”
They may look like they belong in a fast-food drive-through, but wireless headsets are becoming more and more common on construction sites and other work-zones. Job-sites can be very loud and when messages are missed or misunderstood, safety risks go up and productivity goes down. That’s why, as technological innovations have advanced, wireless headsets have increasingly been seen as a solution to communication issues at work. In recognition of this growing trend, we’re breaking down how you can Optimize Your Worksite with Wireless Headsets!! Continue reading “Optimizing the Worksite with Wireless Headsets”
It is a common refrain in our society that it is hard for young people to find jobs. There are many reasons for this, from economic uncertainty limiting the creation of new positions to insufficient salaries and benefits for qualified applicants. On the other hand, there are a number of fields which are not typically considered by the average young person, but which have a large need for workers. Foremost among industries experiencing a labor shortage is the field of construction.
Unfortunately, construction jobs no longer seem to appeal to rising generations as they once did. According to Builder Magazine, of the 74% of young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% have expressed an interest in construction and a whopping 63% say they’ll give the industry little or no consideration. By another estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new worker entering construction. Continue reading “3 Reasons Young People Should Enter Construction”
Wow. It seems like just yesterday that we were wrapping up 2016, and now here we are marking the end of 2017!! It’s been a big year on the Equipment Trader official Facebook page (which you can visit at www.facebook.com/equipmenttrader). Actually, it’s been far-and-away our biggest year on Facebook ever!!
We went from posting just a few things in 2016, to this year publishing a post every single day, earning hundreds of thousands of views each month!! We cannot thank you enough for contributing to this huge success. We also owe a debt to some very funny memes, most created in-house by our Specialty Content Writer!! Continue reading “Equipment Trader’s Top 10 Memes of 2017”
Construction has quietly been taking some giant steps into the future. Most recently, Microsoft announced that its mixed reality (MR) headset will be compatible with hard-hats beginning 2018.
MR headsets place clear digital screens in front of the user’s eyes, allowing the user to view the real world and virtual images at the same time. With advanced programs, MR headsets can even adjust the virtual images based on what is happening in reality. For example, a navigational arrow attempting to guide you to a GPS-selected location would adjust direction, depending on which way you turn. Or, if you wanted to temporarily keep tabs on your laptop power, a battery icon could appear whenever you look at the laptop, but disappear if you look away. Okay, but what does this have to do with construction?? Continue reading “The High-Tech Hard-Hat Revolution”
If you keep up with the Equipment Trader blog, then you know that there are some Big Reasons to Rent Equipment and that the Equipment Rental Business is Booming. We’ve even talked about the growing phenomena of Peer-to-Peer Rentals!! But we haven’t yet discussed what it takes to make the best equipment rental decision. Well, that changes today!! Here we’ll be breaking down 11 Quick Tips for Renting Equipment!! There’s no need to beat around the bush; let’s get to it!! Continue reading “11 Quick Tips for Renting Equipment”
Forklifts are typically considered equipment for indoor use, transporting materials from one place to another within a manufacturing or storage facility. However, these machines aren’t just for Amazon or Walmart warehouses. Heavy-duty forklifts are quite often an integral part of construction projects for moving heavier materials and other items on a job site. The far-reaching use of this equipment in both indoor and outdoor environments has led engineers to update the forklift with more modern components for greater efficiency and safety. The result of such futuristic innovation has been the Intelligent Forklift!! Continue reading “What Does the Forklift of the Future Look Like?”
It’s no secret that there is a shortage of skilled construction labor in our country. Across the U.S. there are approximately 200,000 openings in construction waiting to be filled- an 81% increase over the past 2 years. Yet 27 states lost construction jobs from March to April. The opportunities for construction employment are abundant, but workers are simply not available to take advantage of them. Continue reading “3 Solutions for Combating the Skilled Labor Shortage”
The Chicago Cubs. The Solomon Islands. The LA Lakers. A Round Trip to the Moon. What do these all have in common? They could be bought for about $1 billion. Also, $1 billion is the revenue lost nationwide each year due to theft of construction equipment and tools, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. A study from LoJack in 2014 found that 83% of equipment owners have been victims of theft at some point in their careers. What can be done?? Continue reading “Think VROOM & SCREECH”