Model Mania explores the world of construction scale model collecting

JCB actively engages with scale model collectors, and last fall had a press event to unveil its 1977 JCB 3C Mark III backhoe model.

Model Mania | Exploring the World of Construction Scale Models

Model Mania explores the world of construction scale model collecting and delves into why so many people have a passionate interest in these big iron replicas.

A big percentage of collectors are either employed directly in or are in some way connected to the heavy equipment industry,” says Daris Stratton, president of Stratton Systems. “Almost all machine operators want a model of the machines they spend their days operating. There’s also a fair amount of cross over from model railroaders, and those who collect trucking and agriculture models. And although some will begin collecting in their teens, the most serious collectors are in their 30s or older with more discretionary income.”


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NYC Construction Crew Unearths a Military Railroad Relic

Construction crews on NYC’s Governor’s Island have unearthed a military railroad relic.

Construction crews in New York City find a railroad artifact from the early 1900s. An archbar, a kind of freight car wheel, was discovered on Governor’s Island. It dates back to when the 172-acre island was an important military installation with its own railroad.


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OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool

OSHA has unveiled an online game intended to help workers and employers identify hazards in the manufacturing and construction industries.

After installing the free Unity3D plugin, employers and workers can virtually explore how to identify common workplace hazards in the manufacturing and construction industries. Players learn not only hazard identification skills but also learn about hazard abatement and control.


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Historic McKeesport, PA Water Roundhouse set for Demolition

Cindy Shegan Keeley,  Daily News | Equinox27

Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County plans to begin demolition of this 106-year-old facility near McKeesport’s Fifteenth Avenue Bridge on Tuesday.

McKeeesport is a post-industrial city near Pittsburgh, at the confluence of the Youghiogheny and Monongahela Rivers.  It has been economically depressed since the decline of the steel industry.


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High school girls visit GCC construction trades class

Girls visit GCC for Women in Construction event sponsored by the GOISD’s Career Tech Education program.

Twenty-four sophomore and junior girls visited Gogebic Community College (GCC) and Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District’s (GOISD) building trades class project home in Bessemer as the final field trip of the Women in Construction events sponsored by the GOISD’s Career Tech Education program this school year.

The girls learned about safety at the worksite, including use of safety glasses and hard hats and then it was off to work. They had the opportunity to learn how to apply masonry stone on the front of the home, how to trim out an interior door, how to put up cement board siding on the exterior, and took a tour of the project home.

The Women in Construction events are designed to introduce female students to non- traditional career areas, such as the construction field,” noted Career Tech Education (CTE) Program Coordinator, Paulette Niemi. Earlier in the year, female students in Ontonagon County schools participated in a shed building project as part of their building trades program. The goal of the Women in Construction event is to give female students the opportunity to try out the CTE Construction classes and hopefully, interest some of them in taking the course during their high school years.

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Underground Railroad Room & Speakeasy Discovered

Demolition crew discovers two possible time periods in Middletown, PA: Underground Railroad Tunnel / Speakeasy During Prohibition Era.

Workers demolishing a home on the corner of Fisher and Ann Streets in Middletown discovered an underground room. No one can confirm what it might have been used for, or how old it is. There’s speculation it could have been a speakeasy or a stop along the Underground Railroad.


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Industry-Recognized Safety Pictorial Graphics

Acquaint Yourself with Common Industry-Recognized Safety Pictorial Graphics

It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words, but safety graphics on construction equipment are worth more than that – they could save your life. Crucial to preventing injury or even death, these often overlooked cautionary reminders take little time and effort to notice and heed.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) free service of over 145 pictorial graphics promotes effective safety messaging through the use of consistent industry-recognized pictorial images that are not dependent on language. These graphics warn operators and others of potential hazards. The AEM Pictorial Database is a convenient resource for engineers, designers, technical illustrators and other industry professionals who develop equipment safety signs, manuals, labels and related training materials.


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National Women Build Week

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National Women Build Week: An All-Female Construction Crew

Every year during the week leading up to Mother’s Day, Habitat for Humanity hosts National Women Build Week with events all around the country where women can get involved and make things happen! This week, women all across the country and locally will strap on their tool belts and put on their hard hats. It is National Women Build Week, and Habitat for Humanity will continue its tradition of providing affordable housing for low-income families but with a focus on women builders. Lisa Marie Nickerson, the director of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Program, said the organization has been able to break the myth about women on the construction site.


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MGM AEG Arena Construction Begins

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Construction Begins on the 20,000-seat MGM/AEG arena in Las Vegas.

MGM AEG Arena Construction Begins | On a pleasant, sunny spring morning, MGM Resorts International and AEG officially launched the $375 million construction project with shovels hitting earth in a parking lot behind the Monte Carlo at 11:50 a.m. and confetti flying a few seconds later.

Demolition of existing buildings set for mid-month. Construction is expected to take 22 months, with a projected spring 2016 opening. The MGM/AEG Arena will be the centerpiece of an 8-acre, tree-lined entertainment and dining district dubbed “The Park,” located near the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos, between Las Vegas Boulevard and Interstate 15.

The 20,000-seat MGM/AEG arena plans to open without a National Basketball Association or National Hockey League tenant. That’s fine with MGM and AEG officials, who have crafted a business plan to tap a steady stream of mixed martial arts and boxing, concerts, award shows, college basketball and hockey tournaments and other sports. They anticipate about 100-150 events per year. The Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship, the MMA fight event, promotion and media company, plans five or six annual fight shows at the new arena.

About MGM
MGM Resorts International develops, builds and operates unique destination resorts designed to provide a total resort experience, including first-class accommodations and dining, world-class entertainment, state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities, and high-quality retail and gaming experiences.

About AEG
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns, controls or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), Citizen’s Business Bank Arena (Ontario, CA), Coliseum (Oakland, CA), Oracle Arena (Oakland, CA), Valley View Casino Center

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