Rebootonline.com Reports Construction had seen a -6.6% decrease in hiring since 2018

  • Gross hiring across all US industries has shown a -2.9% decrease compared to the beginning of 2018.
  • Interestingly, the industry with the largest increase in hiring was ‘Public Safety’at+6.4%.
  • Other prominent public service sectors, including ‘Education and ‘Health Care’ has seen a decrease in hiring with -5.9% and -3.2% retrospectively.
  • The industry that has had the largest decrease in hiring year-on-year was ‘Arts’ with -13.7%.
  • The‘Construction’ industry has had a decreaseof-6.6% in hiring year-on-year.


According to the most recent report by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, businesses posted nearly 7.6 million jobs at the beginning of 2019, indicating a shift within the labor market. Despite this, there are currently around 1 million more open jobs than there are unemployed workers.

Interestingly, however, the unemployment rate remains unchanged at 3.8 percent as of March 2019, with the number of unemployed people in the US equating to around 6.2 million.

To explore the subject further, digital marketing agency Reboot Digital Marketing analyzed the latest findings found within the report ‘The Workforce Report March 2019’by LinkedIn* to further understand the industries with the largest hiring shifts over the last year.

According to the report, over 155 million US workers have LinkedIn profiles, with over 3 million new jobs posted on the site every month. However, despite this, gross hiring across all US industries was down -2.9% compared to February 2018.


Despite the evolution of technology, it seems the demand for more traditional/public service positions will not be disappearing anytime soon. Remarkably, a surprising industry that has seen the highest increase in hiring is ‘Public Safety’ at +6.4% year-on-year.

Despite the substantial positive increase for this sector, both ‘Education and ‘Health Care’ has seen a decrease in hiring with -5.9% and -3.2% retrospectively.

Ranking just after ‘Public Safety’, Reboot Digital Marketing can also reveal the next five industries that had the highest notable increase in hiring between February 2018- 2019 were:

Software and I.T Services(+4.6%), Corporate Services(+4%), Public Administration(+2.1%), and bothWellness & Fitness, and Transportation & Logistics with +0.5%.

At the other end of the scale, Reboot Digital Marketing found that the following ten industrieshad thelargestmost notable decreasesin hiring from 2018-2019:

Arts
(-13.7%),Agriculture (-11.1%),Consumer Goods (-8.4%),Retail (-8.1%),Hardware & Networking (-7.7%),Entertainment (-7.7%),Construction and Manufacturing (-6.6%) andfinally Design as well as Real Estate with -6%.

Shai Aharony, Managing Director of Rebootonline.com commented:

“Our digital agency has grown over the last two years and recruiting skilled people is essential to our expansion. We have large numbers of candidates applying for roles; however, they often do not possess the correct skills or relevant work experience in the IT and marketing field. If you are looking for employment in a particular industry, make sure your CV reflects your talent in this area. Take a course or gain additional qualifications relevant to the job role which makes you enticing to prospective employers. Internships and work experience are also valuable tools to gain knowledge and bridge the skills gap.”

*Methodology: “Hiring rate” is the count of hires divided by the total number of LinkedIn members in the US. The count of hires is those that have added a new employer to their profile in the same month the new job began. The figures represent the year on year percentage change between February 2018 to February 2019.

Information and graphic, courtesy of  Rebootonline.com

https://www.rebootonline.com/

ARTBA Calls for New Approach to Roadway Safety

Wekiva Parkway under construction in Central Florida. Photo: Mary Brooks.

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA is calling for a shift in how the nation approaches roadway safety. The association April 9 submitted its views to U.S. House Highways and Transit subcommittee hearing.

Rather than the usual federal focus on reducing the number of crashes by improving motorists’ behavior, ARTBA believes the premise must be turned around to accept the fact that some drivers will inevitably make mistakes. On all major routes—and others to the extent practicable—the U.S. roadway system must anticipate user error and be designed, constructed, equipped and operated to forgive the errant user and protect the innocent worker, pedestrian, cyclist or other drivers, ARTBA’s written testimony says.

“We have the technology and ‘know how’ to build our roadway system to anticipate user error,” ARTBA’s testimony says. “It can be designed, constructed, equipped, and operated to forgive the errant user and protect the innocent victim.”

More than 37,000 people were killed in 2017 U.S. traffic crashes, including roadway workers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Work zone fatalities increased to 799 in 2017 from 586 in 2010. (2018 data is not available.)

ARTBA’s testimony emphasizes highway work zone safety. It reminds Congress that through federal rulemaking after the SAFETEA-LU surface transportation law and further provisions in both the MAP-21 and FAST Act laws, lawmakers and previous administrations have expressed the intent to use increased positive separation between workers and motorists on construction projects.

“The law has not been fully implemented and positive separation is still not used as regularly as Congress intended,” ARTBA’s testimony says. “New products and technologies are available that make the practice more practical and cost-effective.”

ARTBA has previously called for the repeal of a century-old federal procurement rule that has become a major regulatory roadblock to new technologies that promise to help advance safety and alleviate traffic congestion.

ARTBA’s testimony also notes that sound investment in safe transportation infrastructure is a bipartisan priority. The association is urging Congress and the administration to pass a permanent, sustainable revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund, either as part of broad infrastructure legislation or next year’s scheduled reauthorization of the FAST Act.

Hard Hat Turns 100 This Year, Inventors Family Celebrates All Year

 Women got the vote. Prohibition began. The Treaty of Versailles was signed. The National Football League was founded. And, the construction industry was forever changed by the invention of an often overlooked but significant worker safety advancement – the hard hat. And, while perhaps not considered a great technological invention now, at the time the invention of the hard hat revolutionized and galvanized the businesses and the people behind American industrial boom. The company that invented it has a year-long celebration planned.

bullard hard boiled cap

The hard hat comes from a Kentucky based, family-owned company called Bullard, which was founded in 1898 in San Francisco by Edward Dickinson Bullard. The company originally supplied carbide lamps and other mining equipment to gold and copper miners in California, Nevada, and Arizona. When Edward Dickinson Bullard’s son, E.W. Bullard returned from World War I, he combined his understanding of customer needs and his experience with his doughboy army helmet to design a protective headgear for miners.

The “Hard Boiled®” hat was introduced in 1919 and represented the first of many innovative designs over the past century that has led Bullard to its prominent position in head protection for industrial and emergency response applications.

“The original ‘Hard Boiled® hat’ was manufactured out of steamed canvas, glue, a leather brim, and black paint. My great-grandfather built a suspension device into what became the worlds’ first, commercially available, industrial head-protection device,” CEO Wells Bullard explained. “We may take it for granted today, but we are proud to be celebrating 100 years of an innovation that truly helped our country grow and keep the hard working women and men who built it more safe.”

“We are proud of the role Bullard has played in revolutionizing the safety industry,” Bullard added. “Our vision to advance human safety to enable long, healthy, productive lives through innovative solutions is our commitment to every customer who chooses a Bullard product. A huge thank you to our most valued customers, employees, distributors, and suppliers for supporting us throughout the years and in the future.”

The company continued to innovate the hard had through the decades. In 1938, Bullard designed and manufactured the first aluminum hard hat, which was considered very durable and reasonably lightweight for the time. “Even today, a few clients still have their 25-year-old aluminum hard hat,” Bullard smiled. “These hats have one serious drawback, aluminum is a great conductor of electricity.”

Bullard’s distinctive three-rib, heat resistant fiberglass hard hat was developed in the 1940s. In the 1950s and 1960s, thermoplastics replaced fiberglass. In 1982, the standard hard hat changed again with the

Original Hard Boiled Hat

incorporation of a non-slip ratchet suspension with a knob in the back for simple sizing.

The hard hat today is known in the industry as the “C30” and is produced from polyethylene plastic making it lightweight, durable, easy to mold and non-conductive to electricity. Enhanced with an upgraded suspension system, the C30 incorporates easy-lock snaps for simple installation, easy height adjustment, and an enhanced brow pad. The S62 model fosters more air flow inside the hard hat, keeping the user cool and comfortable while providing quality protection.

Bullard 1933 ribbed fire helmet

About Bullard

Founded in 1898, Bullard is a leading manufacturer of high-quality personal protective equipment and systems that are marketed worldwide. Product lines include thermal imagers, hard hats, firefighter and rescue helmets, supplied air respirators, powered air-purifying respirators, and air quality equipment. Bullard is a fifth-generation family-owned enterprise whose employees are committed to excellence in every product category. The company is headquartered in Cynthiana, Kentucky and led by CEO Wells Bullard. The Board of Directors has been led by Edward “Jed” Bullard since 1998. More information can be accessed at www.Bullard.com.

Hitachi Wheel Loaders Appoints Al Quinn As Managing Director

Masaaki Hirose, President of Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc., (HCMA) has announced his retirement from his current position, appointing Vice President of Operations Al Quinn to succeed him in the day-to-day management of the company.

Hirose has accepted a new position within Hitachi, now serving as Chairman and Director of HCMA, and Vice President of the Hitachi Americas Operations Group. Quinn becomes Managing Director, reporting to Hirose.

Thanking HCMA employees for their support during his tenure, Hirose noted his close collaboration with Quinn in establishing HCMA as a new top-tier player in the wheel loader industry. “Al joined us in 2017 and took the lead in several of our key customer-facing roles. His profound expertise and experience in our industry have been crucial to our success in Sales, Marketing, Parts & Service, and Purchasing. Now, as Managing Director, he will continue to provide leadership in those areas, with additional responsibilities for corporate and production operations.”

On track for growth

Al Quinn

As Quinn accepted his appointment, he recognized key milestones that HCMA has achieved since it began operations in January 2018. “We have certainly gone through tremendous change in the past 2 years, but I want to say thank you to Masaaki for his dedication and commitments to improving our company. It is very rewarding to see the improvements that we are making in market share, profitability and in better serving our customers.”

Under Hirose’s leadership, HCMA has seen a 175% growth in revenue and has nearly doubled its market share. Last June, the company celebrated the grand opening of its new U.S. corporate headquarters and training facility, representing a $4 million investment in support for customers and dealers in the Americas. Speaking to more than 30 Hitachi wheel loader dealers HCMA’s first national conference, Quinn said, “It’s great for all wheel loader customers to have access to an alternative global brand. We expect to exceed customer expectations.”

“Expectations are high, and that also drives change. While we have accomplished much, we still have much more to do,” Quinn continues. “We will stay on course to implement the strategies and plans that have been working for us through the past two years. No radical new plans are expected. I am very optimistic that we are creating a very bright future for HCMA.”

About Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc.

The commitment of Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. (HCMA) to the North American market is significant. With manufacturing facilities in Banshu and Ryugasaki, Japan, and Newnan, Georgia, Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. offers outstanding parts availability, an unmatched factory component exchange program, customer and dealer training programs, and a wide range of services and programs, providing outstanding support for Hitachi wheel loaders. The HCMA team is focused on wheel loaders and only wheel loaders. Backed by the global strength of Hitachi, HCMA, it’s employees, dealers, and especially our customers, HCMAis poised to make a major impact on the wheel loader market in North America. For more information please visit www.hitachiwheelloaders.us

KINSHOFER Completes Product Range, Gains Breaker Line with Acquisition of Hammer

KINSHOFER, a leading global manufacturer of high-quality excavator and loader crane attachments, is expanding its product line to include hydraulic breaker excavator attachments following the acquisition of Hammer SRL, an Italy-based manufacturer of demolition, excavation, recycling, and material handling attachments. KINSHOFER chose the company because of its reputation for quality and more than 30 years of experience in the market. The new line includes 22 breakers for carriers from .5 ton to 200 tons and joins an already expansive line of KINSHOFER tools.

KINSHOFER announced the acquisition and debuted the new breaker line at World of Concrete 2019.

“These breakers allow us to offer our customers access to a full range of attachments all in one place,” said Francois Martin, KINSHOFER North America general manager. “Hammer will be a great addition to our group of companies, bringing with them high-quality attachments and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.”

The breakers are made up of the KSB Series for carriers from .5 ton to 12 tons and the KFX Series for weights from 8 to 200 tons. Each line includes features to improve operator comfort, reduce wear and improve longevity. The acquisition also includes a variety of grapples, buckets and more. These will serve as an alternative to KINSHOFER’s premium attachment line for the price-restricted customer.

The Hammer management team will stay in its entirety and will continue manufacturing in Italy. Hammer and KINSHOFER will add additional staff to ensure a smooth launch of Hammer’s products and services worldwide through KINSHOFER’s global network.

The acquisition of Hammer demonstrates KINSHOFER’s commitment to being a global leader in the attachments industry and bringing customers only the best tools. Hammer brings extensive experience designing and manufacturing attachments for a variety of carrier types. Like KINSHOFER, the manufacturer uses strict quality control during the entire process, from a careful examination of the steel to be used to the actual creation of the attachment. That attention to quality was a primary reason KINSHOFER chose Hammer.

“We send representatives to every manufacturing facility we acquire to ensure quality standards are consistent,” Martin said. “It’s important to us that our customers receive only the best. It’s why we offer a broad two-year warranty on all of our attachments, including the new breaker line.”

Hammer attachments will retain branding in Europe but will be marked KINSHOFER in North America.

All KINSHOFER attachments are backed by a two-year warranty.

About KINSHOFER

KINSHOFER is one of the world’s leading sources of high-quality attachments for excavators and loader cranes. Founded in Germany in 1971, the KINSHOFER Group includes the Demarec,RF Systems, Auger Torque, Doherty and Solesbee’s brands. KINSHOFER offers a wide product range with just about every type of attachment for equipment carriers with and without hydraulics in industries as diverse as scrap, demolition, railway, landscaping, construction, snow clearing, excavating, road building, forestry, tire recycling, and biomass. For more information: Kinshofer USA, 6420 Inducon Drive, Suite G, Sanborn, NY 14132; 800-268-9525; sales-usa@kinshofer.com; www.kinshofer.com