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Workplace Fatalities Jump in 2014

Workplace Fatalities Jump in 2014A preliminary report by the Labor Department estimated 4,679 workplace fatalities in the U.S. last year, up from 4,585 in 2013, or 2% year over year.

The report is based on incomplete reporting and initial estimates, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. But if the numbers hold true, the oil and gas industry posted the highest gain at 27% over the previous year. Many of those deaths were in top oil-producing states, including Texas, Wyoming and Colorado. Meanwhile, oil-related deaths in North Dakota fell 32%.

Other industries responsible for the sharp rise include construction, agriculture, manufacturing and mining. The WSJ report also noted that female deaths rose from 8% Read more

Top 5 States for Construction as a Percentage of State GDP

Top 5 States for Construction as a Percentage of State GDPPrivate construction can have a tremendous impact on a state’s economy. A new report by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) ranks all 50 states based on their contribution to state gross domestic product.

In 1997 and 1998, construction accounted for 6.14% of national GDP. That number declined dramatically the following year and has risen slowly ever since. In 2013, the most recent year for this data, construction was 3.73% of national GDP. That number does not include related costs such as transportation, the demand for building materials, financial services or subsequent purchases from buyers. These additional costs add as much as 2 to 3% making construction even more Read more

How Will Lower Oil Prices Affect the Construction Industry?

How will lower oil prices affect the construction industry?With the cost of oil hovering around $50 a barrel, economists are projecting both positive and negative effects on a national and global scale. But how will lower oil prices affect construction, an industry that’s looking for a big year, and heavily reliant on fuel for transportation, heavy equipment and more?

ENR.com attempted to answer this question in the recent article, Contractors Get Reprieve at the Pump.

While responses are mixed, we thought you’d find the perspectives interesting as you look forward to the building season. What do you think? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

2014 Construction Industry Roundup and 2015 Forecast

2014 Construction Industry Roundup and 2015 ForecastWhile architects, engineers and construction pros close the books on 2014, industry experts have already crunched mountains of data and released their predictions regarding where the construction industry is headed in 2015. Here are some highlights from industry analysts.

The Associated General Contractors of America @AGCofA

AGC of America Economist Ken Simonson took a look back at 2014. In a recent release, Simonson cited a report from the Department of Labor which confirmed 37 states and the District of Columbia added jobs between October 2013 and October 2014. The association’s chief economist noted, “These year-over-year and one-month changes show that construction is doing well in most of the country. Yet, the list of states that have added construction jobs varies from month to month, showing that the industry’s recovery remains vulnerable to worker shortages and unfavorable governmental actions.”

Forbes @Forbes

Houston was the fastest growing U.S. city in 2014, according to Forbes Staff Writer Erin Carlyle. The oil industry metropolis was the site of $25.1 billion in new construction in Read more

5 Ways to Improve Oil and Gas Worksite Productivity with Modular Buildings

Modular buildings are an optimal solution for improving remote oil and gas projects as companies expand into new, untapped locations. Buildings can be quickly transported and setup almost anywhere to meet a variety of needs.

Watch this video to see a time-lapse of a large workforce camp installation. Then read on below to learn about the top five ways oil and gas companies can create a perfect worksite with modular buildings:

1. Project Management Offices

Onsite mobile offices allow managers to oversee projects and worker productivity firsthand. Offices can be built to any size or configuration and sections can be added or Read more

3 Industries Made for Modular

Modular hotel in Japan

Bayside Marina Hotel, Yokohama, Japan

As modular grows in popularity and architects find new uses for prefab, three industries are best suited to take advantage of the benefits of building offsite. A report by McGraw-Hill Construction says healthcare, commercial warehousing, and the hotel industry would reap the greatest rewards by choosing modular.


Hospitals and similar outpatient facilities are ideal for modular. Patient rooms are identical and can be efficiently replicated at the factory and then quickly assembled onsite. This approach yields consistent quality, time savings of up to 50 percent, and significantly Read more

Women Make New Strides in Drilling and Construction

women in constructionTwo traditionally male-dominated industries are closing the gender gap. As drilling and construction expand nationally and try to keep pace with staffing demands, a higher percentage of jobs are going to women.

Women Striking It Big in Oil

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 46 percent of new oil industry jobs in the first quarter of 2013 went to female candidates, according to a recent article on CNNMoney.com. While the total number of women in the oil industry may be comparatively modest, the recent change is Read more

ModSpace Opens New Branch Office to Better Serve Customers in Northeastern, PA

ModSpace Wilkes-Barre, PA branch office grand opening

Left to right: Mike Hoover, Sales Representative, Keven O’Brien, Director of Sales, John Lieffrig, Vice President of Sales; John Sipper, Hanover Township Manager; Lucy Sassi and Carl Worthington, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Al Walker; Hanover Police Chief; Jon Penman Branch Manager

The newest of our 80-plus network of branch locations opened today in Hanover Township, PA, a neighborhood in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region. The new sales office and storage yard will allow us to better serve customers throughout Northeast Pennsylvania with a local fleet of mobile offices, ModSafe portable storage containers and our innovative HQ ultimate onsite office.

“Opening this branch and investing greater resources in the region is a logical step for us,” said ModSpace VP of Sales John Lieffrig. “Growth in the region, due in part to the Marcellus Shale, has steadily increased demand for our temporary and permanent buildings. By moving part of our fleet closer to our customers we can improve delivery times, service intervals and overall customer service.”

Hanover Township Manager John Sipper, Police Chief Al Walker and several area representatives, vendors and customers were on hand for the event.

“It’s a great benefit to the township,” commented Sipper. “When businesses move into the area, it brings new residents and revenue. We’re happy to have ModSpace here.”

Though the grand opening was today, the branch has been ramping up operations for the last couple months, having already delivered several mobile offices and portable storage containers across the area.

For more information the ModSpace product and services available in Northeastern PA, please call the branch at 570.733.3193 or visit them online at ModSpace.com.

Middle East Cities Emerge as Global Leaders in Sustainability

masdar city abu dhabiWhile it’s the U.S. Green Building Council that sets the standard for LEED certification, two cities in the Middle East are quickly emerging as the world leaders in sustainable cities, or cities with a goal of net zero energy and waste. That means they produce as much energy, resources and waste as they consume.

Population and economic growth due to the Middle East’s oil reserves are the primary drivers in its aggressive push toward sustainability. With population expected to grow exponentially in the next 25 years, sustainable cities can offset the gradual depletion of the natural resources and with them, the region’s primary export and profit center. Here’s a look at innovative projects currently evolving in the region.

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New Policy Recommendations for the U.S. Energy Boom

New Policy Recommendations for the U.S. Energy Boom

Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit organization created in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George J. Mitchell, recently convened a group of industry professionals, environmentalists and law makers to evaluate the current energy boom and make recommendations for a balanced approach that secures a better future for America. Here is a brief list of those recommendations as reported in a recent article by CNNMoney.com:

  • Fracking should continue, but tighter regulations on the practice should be imposed, particularly at the federal level
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