Here’s a quick glance around the web, bringing you a taste of the news you need to know this week.
Workers file complaints about racist incidents at SF construction site
Three elevator operators at a San Francisco construction site say workers have committed acts and made threatening comments to try to drive them away from working on the site, where general contractor Clark Construction of Maryland is building a 43-story high rise that Facebook is slated to occupy. The workers plan to sue once the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment gives them the go-ahead.
New home sales surge, providing demand for construction and freight movement
New home sales rose 6.7 percent in May over April, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. This exceeded most expectations, and is a promising sign both for further new home construction and movement of home furnishings and other freight. The southern states saw the biggest rise in new home purchases—17.9 percent over April. The surge may have partly to do with the price of new home sales declining in recent months.
Colorado preparing to hire 30,000 construction workers—and Denver’s trying to make them local
As Denver ramps up for $4 billion in planned construction, the Denver mayor and city council have passed a site-preparation contract for one general contractor requiring them to recruit heavily from the city’s six lowest-income zip codes. A Colorado State University study has shown that the state’s construction industry will create 14,000 new positions to be filled in the next five years—and when you factor in retirements and attrition, this will mean demand for 30,000 new construction workers.
Kentucky construction worker electrocuted on the job
A construction worker was moving debris in a dump truck on a Lexington, Kentucky, job site on Friday when the bed of his truck came in contact with high-voltage power lines. William Everson, 61, died of electrocution.