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Hivot Weekly round-up 03/04/2022

Bringing you this week's must-reads for construction and industrial trades workers. 

Construction workers may unknowingly bring home toxic metals

Beyond the well-known danger of lead, construction workers may unintentionally pick up other harmful, toxic metals at work and inadvertently bring them home.

The Harvard Take Home Study evaluated samples collected in 30 homes of workers living with a child in the greater Boston area to identify potential home exposure.  Construction workers' homes had higher levels of arsenic, chromium, copper, lead, manganese, nickel and tin when compared to janitorial and auto workers in the study.

Lead poisoning in children that results from dust unknowingly brought home by a worker is commonly called "take home exposure." But workers can bring other metals home, and there are no clear guidelines to gauge the safety levels of those metals even though they can cause health problems...

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Racing to Zero, Part 3: Reimagining Construction for Circularity

Last time out, we connected the dots between radical climate action and the opportunity presented by a circular economy, focused on the re-use of vehicle parts — and how an emphasis on reuse and refurbishment, rather than downcycling, can enable up to 50 percent savings in embodied carbon emissions, while also preserving 98 percent of commercial value.

While the climate math certainly stacks up for reuse in the automotive value chain, how transferable is this insight for other sectors? In this third and final part of our series, we’ll investigate how the construction sector — with its massive climate impacts — can take a radical leap towards embracing circular principles...

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Trimble Solutions’ Paul Wallett on the role of construction technology in building the Museum of the Future

In an exclusive interview with Gulf Business, Wallett, the regional director of Trimble Solutions – Middle East and India, tell us how his company’s tech solutions have contributed to building complex structures in the region.

As an economic hub, the Middle East has increased its infrastructure projects, rapidly transforming the construction industry. Construction companies are increasingly embracing smart solutions such as robotics, 3D modelling and connected construction. However, technology adoption is often restricted in mid-sized architecture, engineering and construction due to limited upfront capital investments...

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These Tech Companies Are Helping To Solve The Construction Worker Labor Shortage

The labor shortage has for months been among the most excruciating pain points for U.S. companies. No sector has felt the sting more than American small business. In September, the National Federation of Independent Business reported 51% of small business owners acknowledged being unable to fill job openings. That’s more than double the 22% historical average.

 

Real estate has been among industries plagued by dearth of job candidates. The field, which makes up 18% of the U.S. economy, suffers a labor supply-demand mismatch in posts from frontline hotel service to construction workers. By some estimates, the nation needs 1 million more construction workers, including skilled tradespeople...

 

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Construction companies need to do their homework when choosing digital solutions

“Digital tools should enhance the facilitation of construction projects no differently than a hand tool or a piece of machinery,” said Brown. “It is a tool that is supposed to function to change something to get to a particular outcome.”

ICO provides the construction industry with services to systemize the evaluation of software, guiding contractors, project managers, commercial and residential construction stakeholders through the journey of buying the technology that aligns with business goals and budget, Brown said.

“It’s not a Google search,” she said. “A Google search starts to inform them about what’s in the water, what’s out there. But it’s all in the details...

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