[caption id="attachment_5557" align="alignright" width="300"] A view on Monday of 70 Christopher Columbus Drive, a 50-story apartment building under construction in Jersey City[/caption] While delivering sheet rock to a high-rise building under construction on Monday, Gary Anderson, 58, was hit i...
Like most things in Texas, the construction sector in this state is big. In fact, 1 in every 13 workers in the Lone Star State works in homebuilding and commercial construction, a  $54 billion-per-year industry for Texas. Yet while construction is a key economic engine for the state, it's also fil...
[caption id="attachment_3823" align="alignright" width="300"] Ironworkers removing cable wrapping machine from the south-side span at dusk (winter 2012)[/caption] In an interview aired yesterday on NPR’s “Here and Now,” construction- and iron-workers had to remind listeners of a simple fact...
The rate of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 15,000 earlier this month to a seasonally adjusted 320,000. While that figure is certainly nothing to boast about, it does mark the lowest point since October of 2007 – another indication that layoffs have stalled, and that the pa...
[caption id="attachment_3511" align="alignright" width="300"] Texas A&M accidentThis photo provided by KBTX-TV shows damage to the Texas A&M University equestrian center on Saturday, June 22, 2013 near College Station, Texas. A portion of the equestrian center under construction has collapse...
Construction site injuries and fatalities cost the state of Washington hundreds of millions of dollars, and exact an incalculable price on the lives of workers themselves.  These costs were recently compiled and published in a report by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group. The repo...
With the rates on fixed mortgages in the U.S. dropping to historic lows at certain points this year, a modest housing recovery has followed as well. Over the past month, the rate on 30-year mortgages have hovered around 3.6%; indeed, when that rate fell to 3.49% in July it marked the lowest since lo...