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All Construction Managers Should Know About These Social Media Resources

Getting connected isn’t just an extroverted thing. In fact, 70% of jobs are found through networking. Networkers can use their peers to identify the newest business trends, discover best practices, and find high-quality leads.

Construction managers, have I gotten your attention yet?

Construction Social Groups

As someone who reports on the incredibly specialized niche of construction management software, I, long ago, started hunting for the best online, social groups for construction managers. While Twitter and Pinterest are good for sharing updates, I was more interested in groups where I could really engage with people.

Turns out, there are a ton of social communities dedicated strictly to construction.

Below, I’ve curated the top 74 LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Facebook construction groups. They are listed alphabetically, include original casing (even if they’re maddeningly grammatically incorrect), have the group’s description, and the number of members.

All the descriptions are from the groups themselves.

Top LinkedIn Construction Groups

The construction LinkedIn groups tend to focus on best practices and networking. While not a great place to find a job, you’ll grow as a tradesman by frequently referencing these groups.

  1. A/E/C Industry Networking Group

The A/E/C Industry Networking Group seeks to connect professionals in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry and trades for the exchange of industry tips, advice, referrals, and recommendations.

Members: 7,974

  1. AEC Industry Online Social Media

This group is for Online Social Media Fans in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry.

Members: 226

  1. AECSM (AEC Social Media)

Group to connect colleagues in the AEC Industry. Architecture, Engineering, Construction. Helping AEC firms build business through social networking.

We host weekly tweetchats every Tuesday at 1pm PST / 4pm EST, at hashtag #AECSM.(

If you are not on Twitter, get weekly updates in this group, from some of the nation’s thought leaders on the AEC industry!

Members: 92

  1. AGC Construction Leadership Council

The purpose of the CLC is to act as a conduit for participants to network, exchange ideas about work and the industry, serve local communities and continuing education which includes both professional development and leadership skills.

Members: 1,855

  1. Architecture, MEP Engineering, and Construction (A/E/C) Networking Group

This is group is intended to unite all architects, MEP engineers, and construction individuals in the United States. Architects, Construction, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection Professionals networking together to make a difference. We can exchange best practices, knowledge, tips, projects, bidding, any new certifications, and job referrals to the community of architecture, MEP engineering, and construction.

Members: 6,259

  1. Associated General Contractors,Subcontractors,affiliates,

Bringing together like minded individuals and the associations they belong to. (AGC,ABC,Apartment Associations) etc…

Members: 1,786

  1. BIM Experts

This is the premier group for Building Information Modeling (BIM) experts to exchange information, best practices, job listings, and professional contacts.

Members: 51,938

  1. Civil Engineering and Construction Recruitment

This is a group set up for Construction and Civil Engineering professionals of all disciplines to Network and discuss projects, the current climate, and organisations we all work with.

Members: 19,888

  1. Commercial Construction Professionals

Commercial Construction Professionals is a resource for industry professionals to stay up to date on the latest industry news, trends, and resources. Staying ahead of the competition requires a commitment to learning, and this group is a great venue for commercial construction pros to do just that.

Members: 17,612

  1. Construction & Building Materials- Professionals Group

Globally Infrastructure is the buzzword.

Getting access to the desired products & exchange of information is badly required by the construction & builder fraternity.

This group networks engineers, architects, builders, manufacturers & marketers of building & construction materials.

Members: 45,610

  1. Construction Business Owner Magazine

Join the Construction Business Owner group to network with construction industry professionals and receive updates from Construction Business Owner. Construction Business Owner ( is a monthly trade publication and online resource that provides contractors with information on the many facets of managing a construction business. The website and magazine offer easily applicable advice in the following areas: insurance, accounting, financing, marketing, technology, software, human resources, safety, security, legal issues, equipment management, compliance, and environmental issues and more.

Members: 46,488

  1. Construction Consultants

This group is for construction consultants that perform construction inspections, investigations, cost estimating, project scheduling and insurance/legal support among other tasks

This group serves all individuals that function in the construction consultant space.

Members: 16,229

  1. Construction Equipment Management

Construction Equipment Management focuses on the latest processes and technologies in the field of heavy equipment and fleet management. The group is moderated by Dr. Mike Vorster, author of Construction Equipment Economics and president of CEMPCentral Inc. an innovator in advanced methods for equipment management. This group serves as a resource and best practices forum for managers in construction, aggregate production, mining and any business that makes substantial investments in heavy construction equipment. This community focuses primarily on the management of equipment rather than the maintenance or “oil and grease” or productivity aspects of equipment. Construction Equipment Management serves as a place to exchange ideas, not sell equipment. Spam will not be tolerated.

Members: 6,955

  1. Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)

The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is “The Source & Resource for Construction Financial Professionals” and the only nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the construction financial professional.

Established in 1981, CFMA’s General Members represent all types of contractors – including generals and subs – as well as developers, construction managers, architects, engineers, principals, and material and equipment suppliers. Associate Members include the accounting, insurance, surety, software, legal, and banking specialists who serve the construction industry.

CFMA chapters in major cities from Maine to Hawaii offer local workshops, seminars, and programs that complement the extensive member services provided by CFMA Headquarters in Princeton, NJ. CFMA currently has more than 7,000 members in 88 chapters throughout the U.S.

Members: 9,476

  1. Construction Management

A group for and about professionals in the construction industry.

Members: 118,491

  1. Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)

Welcome to CMAA national’s networking and discussion LinkedIn group. The purpose of this group is to provide a space for members to share content and interact with other CM industry professional from around the world.

Members: 8,716

  1. Construction Marketing Association

The Linkedin Construction Marketing Association Group is the discussion forum for managers/executives of construction brands or targets, along with media (editors, reps), agencies and related. CMA will share content and resources in this forum, and group members/participants are encouraged to ask for advice and share ideas regarding Construction Marketing best practices, marketing tips and news. And of course, Networking!

Members: 4,333

  1. Construction Marketing Ideas

The Construction Marketing Ideas group is designed to encourage and enhance the understanding of relevant construction marketing issues, both in the ICI and residential sectors. If you are a contractor, sub trade, architect, engineer or industry supplier, you are welcome to participate, start or contribute to discussions, or relate relevant news to the group.

Members: 9,527

  1. Construction Marketing Platform

A network of Marketing Professionals in the construction, installation and real estate market all around the world with the aim to share knowledge.

Members: 1,896

  1. Construction Networking

This group has been created to enable construction professionals from all over the world to network in one location.

Members: 44,906

  1. Construction News

Construction News is the leading print and online title for the UK construction market – we want our LinkedIn group to be a way for our readers, online users and others within the industry to keep in touch with each other, discuss the hot topics, get the latest news first, network, win business and improve the way they work.

Members: 64,949

  1. Construction Owners Association of America – COAA

COAA ( is a national organization of public and private owners who manage facilities development and capital improvement projects. We are known for being an intensely‐focused, nuts–and‐bolts group that helps stir debate and thought on relevant topics in the facilities management and construction industry.


Members: 990

  1. Construction Professionals Forum

This group was created as a networking and knowledge sharing platform for all non-residential construction professionals. This includes engineers, administrative professionals, craft professionals, vendors, and others who work within the construction industry.

Members: 73,692

  1. Construction Superintendent Connection

The Construction Superintendent Connection is the LinkedIn group for the Construction Superintendent eNewsletter and website ( Network and join discussions with other superintendents.

Members: 71,918

  1. Construction Users Round Table (CURT)

Formed in the fall of 2000 by construction and engineering executives representing major corporations from across the United States, CURT’s primary goal is to enact broad, effective owner representation and increased owner leadership on construction industry issues. Continuing the 30-year effort of the Construction Committee of the Business Roundtable, CURT provides a national forum for the exchange of information, views, practices and policies of construction users from an array of industries.

An autonomous, not-for-profit organization, CURT strives to produce meaningful changes within the construction industry-promoting overall cost effectiveness; improving the way construction is planned, managed, justified and executed. Additionally, CURT works toward changing and improving what owners allow, require and accept responsibility for on their domestic and global construction projects.

Members: 1,728

  1. Construction Who’s Who

CONSTRUCTION WHO’S WHO, which is a QP4 Media managed social media group, is one of the ‘Top 3’ groups for construction professionals on LinkedIn.

Members: 82,562

  1. Construction Media Alliance

Facebook page for the newly founded Construction Media Alliance, a network of journalists and marketers in construction and related industries. You do not have to be a member of CWA to be in this group!

Members: 133

  1. Design and Construction Network

Networking opportunities for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction AEC industry. Members include Architects, Engineers, Designers, General Contractors, Interior Designers and individuals that focus on LEED, Green and Sustainable Consulting, Civil Engineering, and Cost Estimating.

Members: 59,756

  1. Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)

This group is for members of the design-build industry, or owners and A/E/C professionals interested in design-build project delivery, to post relevant industry news and discuss best practices in design-build. The group is limited to those who may be directly involved in a design-build project, so at this time journalists, marketing professionals, and graphic designers are not accepted. On a related note, the group manager reserves the right to delete any post s/he feels is spam, not relevant to design-build, or a marketing ploy.

Members: 15,301

  1. Dodge Data & Analytics

Dodge Data & Analytics is the leading provider of data, analytics, news and intelligence serving the North American commercial construction industry. The company’s information enables building product manufacturers, general contractors and subcontractors, architects and engineers to size markets, prioritize prospects, target and build relationships, strengthen market positions, and optimize sales strategies.

Members: 7,816

  1. Federal Government Contractor Network (TFCN)

The largest LinkedIn group for Government Contractors

Members: 27,981

  1. Hardhat Bizhub – Helping Construction Business Owners

Hardhat BizHub is for Construction Business Owners and managers to discuss strategies how to get their companies to work, grow and make more profit. It is managed by George Hedley, author of “Get Your Construction Business To Grow & Profit!”, construction business builder and owner of Hardhat Presentations, Hardhat BIZCOACH, Hardhat BIZGROUPS, and Hardhat BIZSCHOOL online university.

Hardhat BizHub was created to help construction business owners and provide expert business solutions to contractors. Topics include business building strategies, leadership, managing projects, developing accountable people, improving bottom-line profit, winning more work, estimating, sales, marketing, business development, financial management, job cost issues, project management, field productivity, and other ideas to grow and profit.

George Hedley’s BIZ-BUILDER BLUEPRINT System outlines steps to build a profitable construction business include setting goals, installing operational systems, business development strategies, estimating accurate job costs, financial programs, managing people, field and project management, leadership strategies and building wealth.

George is a licensed Professional Business Coach, Certified Professional Speaker, and author of the bestseller ‘Get Your Business To Work!’ He specializes in helping contractors grow their businesses, get organized, improve productivity, and make more money.

Members: 6,788

  1. iPad in Construction

Share with us how you are using the iPad in your field of construction. What apps are you using and how are you using them? How has the iPad made you more efficient, more effective?

Members: 9,979

  1. Linking Construction

This Huge Global Interactive forum currently having 157,000 + Construction Professionals Construction industry always remain foundation of economy, Our responsibility remain to bring latest Engineering developments, Infrastructure global developments, Opportunities , StartUps, Financing innovations, Research , Universities, Education, Materials being utilized, major projects , manpower demand and supply, Real Estate sentiments

Members: 157,557

  1. Mining & Construction Equipment

The LinkedIn networking group for Mining and Construction Equipment professionals.

Discussions, Jobs and Promotions to improve the industry.

Members: 58,219

  1. National Association of Construction Professionals

We promote all aspects of the construction industry. If you are a CEO, Project Manager, Educator, Craftsman, Student, Estimator, Engineer, Salesman, Architect, or any other construction professional, this is your group.

Members: 8,589

  1. Offshore Construction

The objective of this group is to create a network for operational personnel, practicing engineers and students, where we can discuss technology, procedures and innovation in the Marine and Offshore construction industry.

Construction in the offshore environment is a difficult and dangerous activity. To minimize the risks and costs of constructing platforms offshore, various installation methods have been developed:

  • One method is to fully construct the offshore facility inshore, and tow the installation to site floating on its own buoyancy. Bottom founded structure are then lowered to the seabed by ballasting, whilst floating structures are held in position with mooring systems.
  • A second method is making the construction modular, with modules being constructed onshore followed by transportation using barge(s) or Heavy Transport Vessel(s) and then lifting them into place using a crane vessel. A number of large crane vessels were built in the 1970s which allow installation of modules weighing up to 14,000mt.
  • A third method is to fabricate a production topsides onshore, transport it using a barge(s) or Heavy Transport Vessel(s) followed by installation using the “Float-over” method. The largest module installed until now is the PA-B Sakhalin platform with an estimated weight of 32,000mt. However, bigger modules are already being designed with weights ranging up to 50,000mt.

Development of management, technology and equipment like new generation heavy-lift vessels/barges, pipe-lay vessels/barges, support and transport vessels, remote sensing devices, Remote-Operating Vehicles, computerized aids and underwater technology are steadily improving safety, efficiency and economical execution of projects, in more unstable soils and under deteriorating environmental conditions as the industry is moving into harsher environments in search of “cheap” energy.

Members: 137,155

  1. Professional Services Executive Forum

Welcome! The purpose of this forum is to discuss how to create a high growth, high value professional services firm. Conversations in this forum will focus on marketing, strategy, business development, branding, and research findings.

Members: 5,119

  1. Rock & Dirt

Rock & Dirt is your global connection to greater sales opportunities, helping you cost-effectively reach a larger audience of targeted, credit-worthy buyers, 24/7/365, through results-proven print and online advertising within the Construction, Mining, Forestry, and Utility industries. Buyers can easily find Machinery, Trucks, Trailers, Cranes, Parts, and Upcoming Events & Auctions through Rock & Dirt Print and online at

Members: 1,180

  1. Social Media in Construction

This subgroup is for members of the Construction and related industries who are furthering their careers and business using social media.

Members: 2,438

  1. Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)

SMPS represents a network of 6,300 marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, construction, and specialty consulting firms located throughout the US and Canada. SMPS and its 57 chapters represent 3,250 design and building firms.

Members: 7,431

  1. Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) group on LinkedIn serves as a forum for SAME members to connect, network and exchange ideas. The mission of the Society of American Military Engineers is to provide education and support to the engineering components of the military and uniformed services and other federal, state and local government agencies responsible for the nation’s infrastructure, and to advance the partnership between government and the architecture, engineering and construction industry in the interest of national security.

NOTE: The group is restricted to SAME members only.

Members: 10,639

  1. The “Construction Project Leads” Network – # 1 Group for Construction Professionals

“Construction Project Leads (CPL)” Network Group on LinkedIn started in 2011 is a professional leading group for the Engineering, Construction Professionals & Associates. Group Member’s strength during first week of Jan’2016 was 36,300 plus…… have a look on top or bottom of this page to know about actual members on date. This group is also known as Construction ProLeads (CPL).

Members: 39,016

  1. The HEALTHCARE DESIGN connection

The Healthcare Design Connection is maintained by Healthcare Design magazine. Healthcare Design is the best informational resources for architects, designers, administrators, facility managers, consultants, and key members of the construction community who are responsible for designing, building, and renovating healthcare buildings. Healthcare Design is the central resource that reaches, informs, and influences these key decision makers.

Members: 15,281

  1. The Owner’s Dilemma

The design and construction industry is one of the most inefficient on the planet, wasting billions of dollars a year of public and private owners’ money. Architects, engineers, builders, and developers have struggled in this environment for years.

But it is owners who can impact the industry most deliberately and aggressively. It is owners who can drive innovation on their projects and create profound change in the industry. In fact, it is owners who are uniquely positioned to innovate. By planning the design and delivery process, becoming team leaders, collaborating deeply throughout the industry, and applying key elements documented in The Owner’s Dilemma, owners can summon meaningful and lasting change.

Members: 442

Top Facebook Construction Groups

Unlike LinkedIn, Facebook construction groups tend to focus on available jobs and funny construction stories. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in these suggested groups, try searching for construction communities within your specific geographic location.

  1. Construction machine and Equipments

In this place we can discuss engineering mechanical knowledge.

Members: 1,535

  1. Construction Machinery

For buying and selling construction machinery.

Members: 4,252

  1. construction only

A hysterical group with construction memes.

Members: 599

  1. Design, Construction and Project Management

The Forum of Design, Engineering, Construction and Project Management participate in discussions or read the information posted by other members.

You are invited to JOIN.

A forum to discuss above issues concerning projects, construction and management.

Members: 69,657

  1. duct fitter looking for work

Fitter and company’s please post on this site it can help us all make money .we are all in this together so let’s help each other out no time wasters please anyone abrasive or abusing anyone will be removed and blocked

Members: 859

  1. Jobs: Construction Jobs Uk

For all construction agencies and companies to post jobs and for people to find work in the UK.

Members: 2,240

  1. Jobs In Construction

Dedicated to Civil Engineering, Construction and Allied Industries. Please feel free to advertise any vacancies you may have, or if you are looking for work please feel free to post your details for others to to contact you.

Members: 14,387

  1. Looking for Construction work UK

This group has been created for agencies to post jobs and for workers for advertise themselves.

Members: 3,525

  1. Nationaltradesmen

Nationaltradesmens group is a platform for employers and job seekers to find work or workers in the construction industry.

We also offer forums and blogs for all those in the construction Industry along with free jobs listings and job searches through the website and apps which can be downloaded for free.

Members: 1,763

  1. Platers, Welders & Pipefitters from all around the U.K

Add all your brothers. Add jobs. Ask questions and normally get a straight answer.

Members: 5,643

  1. Trade Community

Welcome to the Trade Community

A place to add work related photos, videos, articles & questions. We want people to feel comfortable using the group so please try to be supportive. Diyers not welcome.

It’s a good place to make contact with other trades.

Tradesmen community is part of the successful pages Elite Tradesmen & Tradesmen banter with a combined 375k followers & climbing. GET INVOLVED………Don’t miss out on becoming part of one of the largest online trade communities.


Please ensure adhere to the following group rules:

  • Group members are to observe common courtesy when commenting and to refrain from using terms which are regarded as derogatory to another member. Members who continue to be abusive and disrespectful to other members will be removed from the group.
  • Members are respectfully asked to refrain from advertising. Any advertising posted which have NOT been with the Admin’s previous consent, will be removed. This is including but not limited to advertising a product, service, website, group or another forum.
  • Spamming is forbidden. Members who are found to spam the forum will be given a warning following which, if ignored, will be removed from the group.
  • Trolling is forbidden. Members who are found to troll any threads will be immediately removed.
  • This forum is a professional group, which include both self-employed and employed Tradespeople people/businesses. Whilst we conduct ourselves in a non-formal fashion, members are encouraged to keep their comments constructive whilst considering professional respect for their fellow members.

Failure to adhere to the above terms may compromise your membership to the group.

Disclaimer: The statements expressed by people on this forum are the views of individuals and not that of the forum. As such neither the forum nor its operators accept any responsibility nor liability for peoples’ statements, threads and comments. All comments and threads made on the forum are without prejudice.

Members: 8,841

  1. Trades Hub Academy

A group for Trades People & Builders who are Serious about Growing their Business.

This group has been set up for you to gain – Help – Knowledge – Support & Tips on how to improve & grow your business from fellow Trades People.

Please share what’s working for you in your business to help others by posting:

  • Inspirational Stories
  • Online Tools You Are Using
  • How To Videos
  • Helpful Blog Articles
  • Motivational Quotes
  • Business Tips & Advice
  • Success Stories
  • Recognition To Some Else


  • Direct Selling or blatant advertising to the group or its members
  • Any form of silly banter
  • Taking the piss & negativity

Members: 632

  1. Tradesmen Swindon & Wiltshire

Post the jobs you need doing and find a builder, painter, landscaper, carpenter, electrician, plumber and many more.

The first step towards finding a great tradesman. Post your job here and get quick responses from local, reputable tradespeople, you can review previous customer feedback for peace of mind.

Recommendations are more than welcome.

Members: 808

Top Google Plus Construction Groups

If you’re looking to share information about construction, construction management, and trade skills, Google Plus is the best source of online construction communities for you. Full of how-to’s and spaces to promote your company, Google Plus may be the best social network to advertise your construction business.

  1. About Construction

Helpful info about construction. Tips, how to’s, solutions to common problems, new product releases, information, everything you need to know about construction.

Members: 3,101

  1. Building, renovation and home improvement

A community for people who are building or renovating their homes JOIN

Members: 18,622

  1. Civil Engineers

Civil Engineers, Civil Engineering, Construction, Surveyor, Quantity, Estimation, Buildings

Members: 41,793

  1. Construction

For those who enjoy building or are in the construction industry

Members: 8,519

  1. Construction

From Buildings to Architecture to Civil Engineering and everything inbetween.

Members: 9,344

  1. Construction & Civil Engineering

Welcome to the Construction & Civil Engineering Professionals Community on Google+.

Please feel free to post into the appropriate section by selecting from the drop down “share” menu. Please post here if you would like to help moderate in a special field, or in general.

This Community is for Construction & Civil Engineering Professionals to Network, Discuss Trends & Ideas, Access Career Opportunities & Jobs in the Construction & Civil Engineering industry.

Please, no spam to irrelevant sites that have nothing to do with Construction & Civil Engineering Industry, they will be removed and you will be banned and if necessary, reported.

Please can all posts be written in English.

Members: 3,782

  1. Construction Contractor Community

Welcome to the Construction Contractor Community!

Thanks for stopping by.

Please Introduce yourself and your company.

Feel free to look around and join in to discuss construction and remodeling or any related topics or questions.

If you have photos or videos of a recent project or one you’re working on right now post it in the “Project Spotlight-Photos-Videos” section of our community.

**Please post your topics in the appropriate section!**

SPAM will be removed, reported and Banned!

Enjoy our community!

Members: 3,857

  1. Construction Industry Intelligence

An open Google plus community for Construction Professionals to collaborate. Join free, invite your peers and let’s make this the best construction special interest group globally.

Members: 959

  1. Construction Machinery

Machinery Buyers & Sellers… share info on used construction machinery.

Members: 4,238

  1. Construction Management 2.0

A place to exchange ideas about the use of Construction IT in the AEC Sector.

We want to encourage discussion and the use of IT products and services in the AEC sector.

House Rules:

  • Any advertising to services or products not in the area of Construction IT will be removed
  • Posts linking to other sites where it is not obvious what the post is about will be removed.

Members: 2,374


Where Construction Professionals share ideas, discuss trade knowledge and business, ask questions and become acquainted with others having similar interests.


  • Have real legitimate posts of your own creating not just re-shares.
  • This is an open community. If you wish to post about your product, service or promote your business please feel free to do so as long as its construction related and you don’t keep repeating yourself.
  • No rants or raves.
  • Do not self promote all the time, spam harass, troll or be mean to others.
  • People who spam will be banned and posts will be immediately deleted.

Members: 5,999

  1. Construction Recycling Mining Attachments

Community for the discussion of machinery within the construction, forestry, recycling, and mining industry. We also welcome sharing of new and rebuilt machinery.

This is not a used equipment for sale community. You may promote your company but individual posts of used machines will be removed.

We ask that you limit posts and not to spam other members. Please post in the “ask a question” category if you are uncertain.

Members: 3,521

  1. Contractors

A community for contractors of all types to share industry news, project photos, and thoughts or ideas.

Members: 2,579

Contractors: Builders & Creators

Learn, discover, explore. For contractors of all trades, designers, decorators, homeowners.: anyone interested in home improvement & design.

Members: 11,400

  1. Heavy Equipment And Construction

A place for all those interested in heavy equipment, road building and construction to get together and discuss the industry.

Members: 3,655

  1. Safety Professionals

This public networking community is open to all safety professionals including all safety coordinators, safety directors, safety compliance professionals, and any other professions dedicated to the advancement of safety compliance.

Use this group to post safety updates and to connect with other safety professionals from around the world.

Members: 3,873

  1. Structural Engineers

Structural engineering is a field of engineering dealing with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads.

Members: 17,676

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Which phone is best for you ? The 5 Best Smartphones for Construction (2017)


With all of the major phones having been announced in the last few months that will serve as flagship devices heading into 2017, it’s that time of year where we take a look at the field and give you our suggestions as to what the next device you should carry onto the jobsite should be.

When we do this each year we take price, build quality, speed and certain specs like camera and screen quality into consideration. Here are our top five picks.

#5 LG V20


LG has done some impressive work over the last few years in gaining respect among manufacturers of Android phones. While the company has provided screens to competing manufacturers for years, it’s own phones have gradually progressed in terms of quality. The V20 has an excellent dual-camera setup on the rear similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, it’s storage is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD and it sports a beautiful 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 display.

The V20 is also plenty powerful. It has a healthy amount of RAM at 4GB and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor. Plus, it runs the latest version of Android—7.0 Nougat—and boasts military standard impact durability. It also has a nifty banner-like secondary display that sits atop the primary display and displays app shortcuts, widgets, useful information and more.

#4 Samsung Galaxy S7 Active


Samsung’s Active phones have held top-of-the-line status among rugged smartphones for several years now and the Galaxy S7 variant is no exception.

Each year Samsung basically takes the guts of its latest sleek flagship device and stuffs them inside a more rugged body design, resulting in a tank of a device that doesn’t compromise on power. The S7 Active has a sharp 5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 display that is shatterproof. Like LG’s V20, the S7 Active also sports military standard impact resistance but one-ups the V20 with IP68-rated waterproofing.

The ruggedization makes the S7 Active a bit thicker than its S7 and S7 Edge brethren, but it still packs a great camera and plenty of power thanks to the Snapdragon 820 processor and an ample 4GB of RAM. The phone runs the previous iteration of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow.

#3 Google Pixel and Pixel XL


Widely hailed as the best Android phones created to date, the Pixel and Pixel XL are the first phones made by Google and represent the software giant’s first direct in-house shot across the bow of Apple’s iPhone.

Both phones feature very sharp AMOLED displays measuring 5 inches on the Pixel and 5.5 inches on the XL model. Unfortunately there are no durability features to speak of. There’s no drop protection spec and no water resistance either, something even the latest iPhones now offer.

And where these phones lack ruggedization, they make up for in the most buttery smooth experience with Android possible. They pack plenty of power with the new Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM and Google says the 12.3 MP rear shooter is the best smartphone camera to date. That claim is backed by DxO camera ratings and increasingly more reviewers who have gotten their hands on the devices.

Plus the Pixel backs a few more advantages including unlimited free high quality photo storage through the excellent Google Photos service (while Google Photos is available for all devices, non-Pixel owners have to pay for the unlimited “high-quality” storage tier), VR capabilities with the new Google Daydream setup and the new Google Assistant—a feature very important to Google’s strategy for the future and right now only available as a system-wide feature on the Pixel.

#2 Cat S60

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Not only is the S60 the best smartphone to carry the Cat logo yet, it’s pretty darn close to being the best smartphone we can recommend period.

As we detailed in our in-depth review of this device from August, the S60 has a personality to it. The design is unorthodox, extremely rugged and has tons of character. It has unbelievable battery life and very snappy performance thanks to 3GB of RAM and the choice to use stock Android 6.0 over a slower skinned version like some other manufacturers.

But the marquee features for this phone are its extreme durability and its built-in FLIR thermal camera. The military-spec construction is strengthened by a die-cast steel frame making it impervious to drops at heights up to 6 feet and submersion in up to 16 feet of water for up to one hour.

The FLIR camera feature is not only very interesting in terms of what folks in the trades could use it for while in the field but it works seamlessly and without many hiccups.

The main downsides to this phone are the screen’s resolution, its thickness and weight and the poor quality of the non-FLIR cameras. That being said, this is a very cool device and one that was designed specifically with construction and other trades in mind.

#1 Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus


Though the iPhone’s lead over the competition has grown slimmer and slimmer over the years as Android devices get better and better in areas such as build, camera and software quality, Apple has retained a three important advantages that keep the iPhone at the top of our list of recommendations.

First off is iMessage. Apple’s proprietary messaging platform seamlessly combines text messaging (the green bubbles you see in iMessage) and data-based chat (blue bubbles) and it’s not until you walk away from iMessage that you realize how great of a service it is and just how many of the people you talk to on a regular basis use it. This isn’t as much an opinion that people should use iMessage, as many other messaging platforms and apps offer similar features and ease of use. It’s simply recognizing that a lot of people do use iMessage and it offers an experience that is head and shoulders above regular text messaging.

Second is app reliability and choice. While Android has done a great job in closing the app gap between it and the iPhone in terms of what apps are available on both platforms, iPhone users can expect a higher level of reliability when it comes to apps than some Android users. While users of Google’s Pixel phones and Samsung’s Galaxy lineup can reasonably expect smooth experiences, users of the myriad of other Android devices mostly can’t. Some of that is due to the next advantage we’ll discuss, and some of that is due to the fact that some developers prioritize development for the iPhone version of their apps over Android development. Another advantage on the iPhone is that many apps are released on the iPhone long before an Android version.

Third is speed. The iPhone is largely seen in the tech world as the most powerful smartphone available and the iPhones 7 are no exception. While the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus both only have 2GB of RAM, the ridiculously powerful A10 system on a chip that powers these devices more than makes up for the comparative lack of memory. It’s a testament to the value of developing both hardware and operating system in-house and a major reason why Google finally decided to do the same with the Pixel. And even then the iPhone 7 absolutely blows the Pixel out of the water when it comes to real-world speed tests.

Then there’s all the other new stuff that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus bring to the table. For the first time the iPhone is water resistant. Apple doesn’t recommend you submerge the iPhone for long periods of time, but both new devices can survive a quick plunge, spill and being rained on. The cameras on these devices are better than ever and the Plus has a truly impressive dual camera setup that not only allows for better zooming but a very cool Portrait Mode effect.

In sum, while Apple retains the crown as our top pick, we’re excited to see what next year holds with exciting competition coming from both Cat and Google’s Pixel lineup.


The 5 Best Smartphones for Construction [2017 Edition]
Wayne Grayson | December 1, 2016

OHSA issues Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction

oshacaptureDecember 1, 2016

OSHA issues recommended practices to promote workplace safety and health
programs in construction

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction to help industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe. The recommendations may be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized contractors who lack safety and health specialists on staff.

Safety and health programs encourage finding and fixing workplace hazards before they cause injuries, illnesses and deaths. Implementing these programs also helps reduce the financial difficulties these events can cause for workers, their families and their employers.

Contractors can create a safety and health program using a number of simple steps that include: training workers on how to identify and control hazards; inspecting the jobsite with workers to identify problems with equipment and materials; and developing responses to possible emergency scenarios in advance.

“The recommendations outlined in this document will help contractors prevent injuries and illnesses on their construction sites and make their companies more profitable,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

The recommended practices for a safety and health program are flexible and can be adjusted to fit small and large construction companies handling short-term or multi-year projects. Working with employees to implement a program can offer other benefits including improvements in production and quality; greater employee morale; improved employee recruiting and retention; and a more favorable image and reputation among customers, suppliers and the community.

These recommendations are advisory only and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit


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Check out Apple’s $5 billion construction of it’s new ‘spaceship” campus


Apple updated the construction schedule for its new Cupertino, California, headquarters last week.The end date for building and construction is now in the first quarter of 2017, and landscaping and site work is expected to drag on into the second quarter.

Looking at new drone videos filmed by aerial photographers Duncan Sinfield and Matthew Roberts, you can see Apple Campus 2 might not be move-in ready yet, but it’s getting close.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will move into its new digs in early 2017. Landscaping has already begun, as Apple is starting to plant trees — a big step in turning its $5 billion “Spaceship” office into an integrated campus.

In Sinfield’s video, filmed with a drone and published to YouTube on Monday, you can see just how far the campus has come since last year. Before showing what the site looks like now, he includes images from November 2015, which gives a solid sense of scale.

Take a look:

You Tube Matthew Roberts 

Here’s what the campus looked like last year:

Here's what the campus looked like last year:

YouTube/Duncan Sinfield

Here’s what it looks like today:

Here's what it looks like today:

YouTube/Duncan Sinfield

The crane portion of construction is winding down.

The crane portion of construction is winding down.

YouTube/Duncan Sinfield

The solar panels on the parking garage are basically complete.

The solar panels on the parking garage are basically complete.

YouTube/Duncan Sinfield

Significant progress on the main building too.

Significant progress on the main building too.

YouTube/Matthew Roberts

A closer look.

A closer look.

YouTube/Duncan Sinfield

In the center of the campus, inside the ring, Apple will build a fountain. Construction is starting.

In the center of the campus, inside the ring, Apple will build a fountain. Construction is starting.

YouTube/Duncan Sinfield

Another look.

Another look.

YouTube/Matthew Roberts

Apple has started to plant trees.

Apple has started to plant trees.

YouTube/Matthew Roberts

And started to cover the new auditorium with dirt.

And started to cover the new auditorium with dirt.

YouTube/Matthew Roberts

Watch the videos below:

Here’s a finished piece from earlier this year.

Here's a finished piece from earlier this year.


And an artist’s rendering of what it will look like when it’s done.

And an artist's rendering of what it will look like when it's done.

OSHA Issues New Walking-Working Surfaces Standards, Effective January, 2017


construction-worker-shutterstock-e1382708425901-555x370WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.

“The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and injuries,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibility will reduce worker deaths and injuries from falls.” The final rule also increases consistency between general and construction industries, which will help employers and workers that work in both industries.

OSHA estimates the final standard will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries annually. The rule becomes effective on Jan. 17, 2017, and will affect approximately 112 million workers at seven million worksites.

The final rule’s most significant update is allowing employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, choosing from a range of accepted options including personal fall protection systems. OSHA has permitted the use of personal fall protection systems in construction since 1994 and the final rule adopts similar requirements for general industry. Other changes include allowing employers to use rope descent systems up to 300 feet above a lower level; prohibiting the use of body belts as part of a personal fall arrest system; and requiring worker training on personal fall protection systems and fall equipment.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit

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Registered Apprenticeship : On-the-Job learning and education to help defeat construction labor force shortages


What is Registered Apprenticeship?

The Registered Apprenticeship system has been utilized to meet the needs of America’s skilled workforce for over 75 years. It is a unique, flexible training system that combines job related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences. Registered Apprenticeship is a leader in preparing American workers to compete in a global 21st Century economy because the system keeps pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development.

The Registered Apprenticeship system provides the opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high- paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. In this regard, the Registered Apprenticeship system effectively meets the needs of both employers and workers.

Registered Apprenticeship is highly active in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, but it is also instrumental in the training and development of emerging industries such as healthcare, energy, and homeland security.

apprentice-picIt’s an Immediate Job

Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient on the job. Apprenticeships range from one to six years, but the majority are four years in length. In 2011, more than 130,000 individuals nationwide became apprentices.

It’s On-the-Job Learning and Education

The “Earn and Learn” training model of Registered Apprenticeship provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor. Related instruction, technical training or other certified training is provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and/or institutions employing distance and computer-based learning approaches. The goal is to provide workers with advanced skillsets that meet the specific needs of employers.

It’s a Credential

Upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program, participants receive an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency, is portable, and can provide a pathway to the middle class. In many cases, these programs provide apprentices with the opportunity to simultaneously obtain secondary and post-secondary degrees. In 2011, over 55,000 participants nationwide graduated from a Registered Apprenticeship program.

What are the Advantages of Registered Apprenticeship?

The Registered Apprenticeship system provides a wide array of benefits.

For apprentices, benefits include:

  • Improved skills and competencies that meet the specific needs of the employer
  • Incremental wage increases as their skills improve
  • On-the-job training and occupation focused education
  • Career advancement
  • Industry issued, nationally recognized credentials
  • Articulation agreements between certain apprenticeship training programs and 2- and 4-year colleges that create opportunities for college credit and future degrees

For employers, benefits include:

  • Customized training that results in highly skilled employees trained to industry/employer specifications
  • Increased productivity and knowledge transfer due to on-the-job learning from an assigned mentor combined with related technical instruction
  • Enhanced retention 87 percent of program completers in 2011 were still employed nine months after completing their apprenticeship
  • Emphasis on safety training that may reduce workers’ compensation costs
  • A stable and predictable pipeline for the development of qualified workers
  • Recognition of the training program
  • A systematic approach to training that ensures that employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels required for that occupation
  • The ability to conduct a ready assessment of where the employer and employee are in terms of the continuous improvement process
  • A proven training model that allows employers to set the benchmark and the structure that can determine the Return on Investment in training dollars
What is the Role of the Government?

The Office of Apprenticeship (OA) works in conjunction with independent State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs) to administer the program nationally. These agencies are responsible for:

  • Registering apprenticeship programs that meet Federal and State standards
  • Protecting the safety and welfare of apprentices
  • Issuing nationally recognized and portable Certificates of Completion to apprentices
  • Promoting the development of new programs through marketing and technical assistance
  • Assuring that all programs provide high quality training
  • Assuring that all programs produce skilled competent workers
What are the Program’s Requirements?

Registered Apprenticeship programs are a written plan designed to move an apprentice from a low or no skill entry-level position to full occupational proficiency. These programs must meet parameters established under the National Apprenticeship Act that are designed to protect the welfare of the apprentice. The Act and its promulgating regulations are administered by the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship or a State Apprenticeship Agency approved by the Secretary of Labor for federal purposes.

A Registered Apprenticeship program is sponsored by an individual business or an employer association and may be partnered with a labor organization through a collective bargaining agreement. Upon finishing the training program, an apprentice earns a “Completion of Registered Apprenticeship” certificate, an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that validates proficiency in an apprenticeable occupation.

Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors identify the minimum qualifications to apply into their apprenticeship program. The eligible starting age can be no less than 16 years of age; however, individuals must usually be 18 to be an apprentice in hazardous occupations. Program sponsors may also identify additional minimum qualifications and credentials to apply, e.g., education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation, and proof of age. Based on the selection method utilized by the sponsor, additional qualification standards, such as fair aptitude tests and interviews, school grades, and previous work experience may be identified.

NOTE: This information has been cross-posted on Wikipedia. A DOL employee and representative of the Office of Apprenticeship was the original author of both the Wikipedia article and this


Source: The United States Department of Labor webpage

Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety

a worker climbs a piece of scaffolding wearing proper fall protection

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.

One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, our inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and approximately 3 million are injured, despite the fact that by law, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.

Consider this list a starting point for workplace safety:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements

It’s no coincidence that falls are among the leading causes of worker deaths, particularly in construction, and our top 10 list features lack of fall protection as well as ladder and scaffold safety issues. We know how to protect workers from falls, and have an ongoing campaign to inform employers and workers about these measures. Employers must take these issues seriously.

We also see far too many workers killed or gruesomely injured when machinery starts up suddenly while being repaired, or hands and fingers are exposed to moving parts. Lockout/tagout and machine guarding violations are often the culprit here. Proper lockout/tagout procedures ensure that machines are powered off and can’t be turned on while someone is working on them. And installing guards to keep hands, feet and other appendages away from moving machinery prevents amputations and worse.

Respiratory protection is essential for preventing long term and sometimes fatal health problems associated with breathing in asbestos, silica or a host of other toxic substances. But we can see from our list of violations that not nearly enough employers are providing this needed protection and training.

The high number of fatalities associated with forklifts, and high number of violations for powered industrial truck safety, tell us that many workers are not being properly trained to safely drive these kinds of potentially hazardous equipment.

Rounding out the top 10 list are violations related to electrical safety, an area where the dangers are well-known.

Our list of top violations is far from comprehensive. OSHA regulations cover a wide range of hazards, all of which imperil worker health and safety. And we urge employers to go beyond the minimal requirements to create a culture of safety at work, which has been shown to reduce costs, raise productivity and improve morale. To help them, we have released new recommendations for creating a safety and health program at their workplaces.

We have many additional resources, including a wealth of information on our website and our free and confidential On-site Consultation Program. But tackling the most common hazards is a good place to start saving workers’ lives and limbs.

Source: on October 18, 2016 US Dept of labor Blog 

Thomas Galassi is the director of enforcement programs for OSHA.



Komatsu America Corp. introduces the new PC138USLC-11 – Tight tail swing, stout lift capacity for its class and consumes up to four percent less fuel

Rolling Meadows, Ill., October 4, 2016 – Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today introduced the new PC138USLC-11 hydraulic excavator. With the same tight tail swing radius as its predecessor, and up to 4% less fuel consumption compared to the previous model, it is ideal for utility and highway applications working in confined spaces.

Komatsu  PC138LC-11

Komatsu PC138LC-11

This new EPA Tier 4 Final certified model uses an SAA4D95LE-7 engine with a Komatsu Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (KDOC) and a Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) system with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) injection. The engine requires no diesel particulate filter or regeneration.

The PC138USLC-11 is the perfect machine for contractors on highway, bridge and other roadwork jobs,” said Kurt Moncini, senior product manager, Komatsu America. “It’s easy to transport, versatile and the tight tail swing fits easily within one lane of traffic.”

The PC138USLC-11’s contoured cab profile and sliding door allow the cab to swing within the same radius as the counterweight. A larger counterweight mass remains standard, giving the PC138USLC-11 equal or better lift capacity than conventional models in the same size class.

Standard features of the new PC138USLC-11 include:

Tier 4 final Certified Engine Technology:

  • Powerful, efficient, SAA4D95LE-7, 4.4 L, 97.2 Net HP engine.
  • Komatsu Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (KDOC) after treatment system provides 100% passive regeneration.
  • Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) to reduce NOx emissions.
  • Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) system, with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) injection used to meet EPA Tier 4 Final NOx requirements.
  • SCR catalyst has no scheduled maintenance and a life expectancy similar to that of the engine.

New Performance Features:

  • A large, 7630 lb. (3460kg) counterweight mass provides excellent lift capacity.
  • Komatsu hydraulic technology matches engine speed and hydraulic pump output for optimal performance.
  • Up to four percent lower fuel consumption than the previous Dash 10 machine.
  • New LCD monitor tracks maintenance and issues alerts about upcoming service and machine needs.
  • KOMTRAX and new monitor panel provide vital machine data for easy monitoring and quick operator action.
  • New Operator ID system provides KOMTRAX data to track operators, applications, and machine operation for up to 100 individual ID codes.
  • Six working modes (P, E, L, B, Att-P, Att-E) with energy-saving guidance incorporated into the monitor panel.
  • New temperature controlled viscous fan clutch reduces parasitic load on the engine and helps reduce sound levels.

Comfortable Cab Design – Standard Features Include:

  • Upgraded high-resolution, LCD color monitor panel incorporates the standard rear view camera display with gauges.  “Ecology-Guidance” provides fuel-saving information to the operator.
  • ROPS certified cab design conforms to ISO 12117-2 and meets the ISO 10262 level one Operator Protective Guard (OPG) standard.
  • New, standard, high capacity, high back, heated, air-ride seat.
  • Auxiliary jack to connect mp3 players or other digital devices.
  • Two 12 volt power ports in the cab.
  • Standard secondary engine shutdown switch.
  • New, enhanced attachment control stores up to 10 attachments in the monitor panel, with adjustable flow control. Two-way attachments also run in Economy mode.
  • Pattern change valve.

Conveniently Located Maintenance Locations:

  • Same side, ground-level access to engine oil and filters for ease of maintenance as the previous model.
  • Ground level, fuel and engine oil filter service.
  • 60 amp alternator.
  • Ground level, easy access to air filter and swing-out coolers.
  • Service platform in front of DEF tank.

Komatsu Tier 4 final construction machines, including the PC138USLC-11 come with Komatsu CARE.  Komatsu CARE provides scheduled factory maintenance for the first 2000 hours or three years, including a 50 point inspection at each service.  Additional enhancements related to the SCR system have also been added.

Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves the forklift and forestry markets. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support its equipment. Komatsu has proudly provided high-quality reliable products for nearly a century. Visit the website for more information.

Komatsu®, KOMTRAX®, and Komatsu CARE® are registered trademarks of Komatsu, Ltd.  Komatsu America Corp. is an authorized licensee of Komatsu Ltd.  All other trademarks and service marks used herein are the property of Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu America Corp., or their respective owners or licensees.

Note: All comparisons and claims of improved performance made herein are made with respect to the prior Komatsu model unless otherwise specifically stated. Materials and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Construction Employment Hits Highest Number in Many Years

Construction employers added 23,000 jobs in September as employment in the sector hit the highest level since the end of 2008 amid strong demand for construction services, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.


Association officials noted that average hourly earnings for construction workers increased by 2.8 percent compared to 12 months ago as labor shortages continue to prove challenging for many firms.

“Demand for construction remains quite strong but contractors continue to struggle to find qualified workers,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The monthly declines the industry experienced during the summer were likely caused by worker shortages instead of shortages of work for many firms.”

Construction employment totaled 6,669,000 in September, an increase of 23,000 from August and 218,000 or 3.4 percent from a year ago. That is higher than at any point since December 2008 when there were 6,701,000 people working in construction. The annual rate of increase in construction employment was nearly twice as fast as the 1.7 percent increase for total nonfarm payroll employment. There were 474,000 unemployed job seekers in September who last worked in the construction industry, the lowest total for September in 16 years, Simonson added.

As the available supply of workers continues to shrink, average hourly earnings, a measure of wages and salaries for all workers, increased 2.8 percent in construction over the past year to $28.30 in September, nearly 10 percent more than for all nonfarm jobs, the economist noted. For the private nonfarm sector, earnings rose 2.4 percent over the past 12 months to $25.79.

Residential construction—comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors — added 15,700 jobs in September and 146,000, or 5.9 percent, compared to a year ago. Nonresidential construction—building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering construction firms—added 7,000 jobs for the month and gained 72,000 employees compared to September 2015, a 1.8 percent rise. There were year-over-year gains for all segments, but job losses from August to September among nonresidential building firms.

Association officials said they were encouraged by the new construction employment figures, but they cautioned that labor shortages remain significant and could impact future hiring levels. They urged members of the U.S. Senate to act on House-passed legislation to provide new flexibility and higher funding levels for career and technical education programs across the country.

“Just because contractors were able to find people to hire last month doesn’t mean the industry’s labor shortages are over,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Senators can make it easier for schools to teach the skills local employers need so we can put more people to work in high-paying construction careers.”

Source: Construction Equipment Guide

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