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Toolbox Talks "Concrete" September 10, 2015

Do you know how much concrete weighs? A cubic yard (3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet) weighs 4000 pounds! That's 2 tons, more than twice the weight of the average small car on the road today. Think about that when a concrete truck is placed next to an excavation. All that weight plus the load shift during mixing will cause a super imposed load on the sides of an excavation or trench and could result in a cave-in. Be on guard during any concrete placement.

Looking Back, a Career in Construction Turned Out Right

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up shunning construction ...

For a few weeks now, when tending to my Betton Hills garden, I’ve been serenaded by the song of the skill saw and the framing hammer. In close proximity, I’ve overheard builder Greg Hensley coordinating his forces and enjoying his carpenter’s constant chatter as they confirm their measurements while pontificating on all manner of life.

Construction Unemployment Falls to Lowest August Level Since 2001 But Job Growth Slows: Data Suggests Worker Shortages, Officials Warn


Discrepancy between Demand for Construction and Employment Gains Highlights Need for More Focus on Workforce Development, Association Officials Note as they Urge New Investments in Career & Technical Education

Weekly Bid Results - September 4, 2015

Weekly Bid Results - September 4, 2015


Weekly Bid Results - August 28, 2015Weekly Bid Results - August 28, 2015
Weekly Bid Results - August 28, 2015

To Recruit Workers, Go Where They Go

To recruit workers, go where they go

By: Mike Salsgiver August 31, 2015

Thousands of students are entering high schools and colleges at this time of year. At the same time, you cannot read headlines today without seeing something about the next generation of workers and the construction industry’s skilled labor shortage. The biggest post-recession challenge faced by contractors continues to be finding and retaining the best talent – and talent is sorely needed.

Toolbox Talks: "Portable Saw Safety" September 3, 2015

Remember these safety tips when using a portable power saw:

*Inspect ALL tools before use.

*Wear overalls or long pants to protect your legs. Do not wear shorts.

*Always wear gloves when handling a saw. Heavy-duty, nonslip gloves improve your grip and help to protect your hands.

*Good footing is most important in cut-off machine work. Wear sturdy boots with nonslip soles.

*Proper eye protection is a must. Always wear ANSI rated safety glasses or goggles and a face shield.

*Wear a hard hat to protect your head.

IBR Top Projects Event Coming Up

On September 24, the Idaho Business Review will honor the top construction projects completed in Idaho during 2014.

The awards event will take place from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott in Meridian.

For more information, visit

15th Anniversary

August 29th marks the 15th anniversary when John William Jackson (USA) and his climbing partner Shou Te Wang (Taiwan) lost their lives in a climbing accident in Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia). 

John and Shou Te, two gifted young men, had much in common:  born the same year (1976), completed their undergraduate university education and were passionate about climbing. 


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