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Amid Labor Shortage, Construction Firms Turn to Tech for Help
By R.A. Schuetz, Chron
As a labor shortage continues to squeeze construction companies -- four out of five report difficulties filling positions -- most have increased base pay rates, according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors.
But many have also been using technology to reduce the amount of time workers need to work on-site.
ASSP Foundation Releases Fatigue Report
The American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation has released a fatigue research report that demonstrates the value of wearable technology in the workplace, with the foundation also encouraging employers to make a New Year's resolution to monitor the fatigue levels of their workers in order to reduce injuries and increase productivity. The three-year study was led by Dr. Lora Cavuoto at the University at Buffalo and Dr. Fadel Megahed at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University of Ohio and involved researchers from Auburn University and the University of Dayton.
Majority of Contractors Using Offsite Construction
By Kim Slowey, Construction Dive
The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council announced the results of its latest survey about the use of offsite techniques in the construction industry this week. While most of those surveyed said they currently use offsite construction and will continue to do so, they also identified barriers to its wider use.