COVID-19 And Vertical Transportation

Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay a safe distance apart. This has become the mantra of 2020 and will stay in effect through much, if not all, of 2021. Disinfecting surfaces that may harbor the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has also become normal. But there are many places where surfaces are not, or cannot, be cleaned often and there is where technology may benefit the safety of all.

Indeed, COVID-19 has thrown the spotlight on the surfaces people touch. What we have taken for granted in the past is now suspect in the present and future. The common

[VIDEO] A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Recent Record Breaker for World’s Tallest Demolition

via YouTube // Modon Properties

In November of last year, the 546 foot tall Mina Plaza in Abu Dhabi officially broke the world record for tallest demolition by explosion, supplanting Hudson Department Store in Detroit, Michigan, which held the record for 22 years.

And, while a record breaker is always exciting, I wasn’t able to find a great video of it, so it wasn’t *that* exciting. To be honest*, I haven’t slept since I found that low quality video, especially after Rob and Sarah from Belts & Boxes viciously attacked it on the weekly YouTube show Week

CDC Updates COVID-19 Mask Guide to Recommend Neck Gaiters

courtesy of Milwaukee Tool

There’s no doubt that this past year has been a constant back and forth of confusion surrounding the best way to protect yourselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. Incomplete studies and misinformation spread hasn’t helped much either, but some things do take time to properly sort out. A recent published study, which was carried out by a team of researchers from NIOSH and has been endorsed by the CDC, has concluded that neck gaiters can be an effective form of control.

Neck gaiters are a popular choice for the construction industry

[VIDEO] Helicopter Drops Cooling Tower During Lift to Roof

If you need to get some heavy mechanical equipment on the roof of your project, you could use a boring old crane – or you could gas up the bird and make that equipment take literal flight. Alright, so cranes aren’t actually boring, but some times a helicopter makes more logistical sense, either because it reduces total lift time or, in some cases, makes economical sense. Either way, there are some important safety precautions to take in case something goes wrong.

During a recent helicopter lift in Oakland, California, something did go wrong, but luckily, it appears that no

ReportL 2020 Sees Dip in Tall Building Completions

Central Park Tower, New York City. Photo by Itrytohelp32, CC BY-SA 4.0

For the second straight year, the world has seen a decrease in the number of tall buildings completed, according to a new report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Each year, the CTBUH takes a look back on the tall building progress throughout the world and makes predictions on the current year. While 2019 broke the record for most supertall buildings, defined as 300 meters or more in height, it saw a 13.7% drop in overall tall buildings, defined as 200

Liebherr Premieres the World’s First Battery Powered Crawler Cranes

courtesy of Liebherr

As more and more battery powered heavy construction equipment is being released to help lower noise and emissions on the jobsite, I shouldn’t be that surprised to hear about a battery powered crawler crane – but, I still am.

In December, crane manufacturer – and amazingly cool crane video maker – Liebherr unveiled what they are calling the world’s first battery powered crawler cranes.  These aren’t some dinky little mini-cranes either, they can lift up to 275 tons (250 metric tonnes).

Modeled off of their standard versions, Liebherr announced the LR 1200.1 unplugged and

eSUB Launches Power to the Trades Podcast to Highlight How Trade Contractors Are Utilizing Tech

eSUB Construction Software, a mobile and cloud project management system for trade contractors, recently launched the Power to the Trades podcast.

Each week, the show will shine the spotlight on how trade contractors are using technology to power their businesses and protect their profits. The podcast will feature interviews with trade contractors, industry insiders, and technology partners who build the world around us.

The host, Rob McKinney, aka the ConAppGuru, will bring his podcasting experience over from the ConTechCrew podcast, a past winner of Construction Junkie’s Best Construction Podcast competition.

The first two episodes have featured Wendy Rogers, the

OSHA Announces 2021 Citation Penalty Increase

Ever since the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act was passed by Congress in 2015, OSHA has been required to increase the maximum penalty they can assess businesses for violations. The intent is to keep the penalty amounts in line with the annual rate of inflation, so as to continue to use the penalties as an appropriate deterrent for not following their regulations.

Effective January 15, 2021, OSHA has officially increased maximum allowable penalties by 1.182%, a decrease from 2020’s increase of 1.78%.

    Serious, Other-Than-Serious, and Posting Requirements: $13,653 (up from $13,494 in 2019)

    Failure to Abate:

Simulation for Architects

In the design phase, buildings are often interpreted in light of previous designs, transferred over and “rebuilt.” However, in reality, not every structural design is appropriate to the environment where it will be built. The actual stresses that the location may produce—wind, climate, earthquake, flood—can negatively impact even the most careful plan.

Zaha Hadid Architects is an internationally known firm that pushes the boundaries of design and sustainability. They have completed over 950 projects in 44 countries and have worked on some iconic and award-winning buildings. Zaha Hadid is working with SimScale, a cloud-based simulation tool for modeling and simulating

Reminder: OSHA 300A Injury and Illness Records Required to be Electronically Submitted by March 2

image via OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application web page

Congratulations, you made it through 2020, but now it’s time to do you taxes and turn in your OSHA 300A Form.

By March 2nd, 2021, all non-exempt construction companies must submit their OSHA Form 300A for the year 2020, which is the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, to OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

All employers across all industries with 250 or more employees must electronically submit their form to OSHA, but construction has some more strict requirements. Since construction is considered a higher risk for occupational injuries and