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      Cities with the most improvement in Construction in Recent Years

      Cities with the most improvement in Construction in Recent Years

      The Best Places to Find Construction Jobs After COVID-19

      Construction workers have long been – and continue to be – in high demand in the U.S. And while current employment is still below the peak level of February 2020, the industry continues to grow. Here are the top four best places to find construction jobs in 2022.

      New York: After the lockdown, New York City accounted for more than half of the country’s construction job losses, but it has rebounded since restrictions started lifting. New York City remains one of the number one cities to find construction jobs in the United States.

      California: Cali, especially San Francisco, is one of the best places to work in construction in 2022. It has one of the highest hourly rates for construction workers and the highest vacancies nationwide.

      Houston: Houston has a growing real estate market, making construction workers a highly indemand resource.

      Chicago: The Chicago Metro area also ranks highly as a city where construction work is indemand, and the cost of living compared to one’s salary makes for a comfortable life.

      As a durable workwear brand, Kolossus Workwear’s purpose is invested in the wellbeing of the salt-of-the-earth people who keep the country running: Construction workers. We achieve this by equipping construction workers with workwear that is protective, comfortable, and functional to boot. From coveralls to reflective vests, we’ve got everything you need.

      The Colorful Invention Of Paintball

      The Colorful Invention Of Paintball

      Did You Know That The First Paintball Match Was Inspired By A Bet?

      Paintball was invented in the good ol’ US of A by two men who wanted to settle an argument about whether a city man could outshoot an outdoorsman and hunter.

      A Match To Settle A Bet

      In 1981, a countryman and a city guy had an argument about whether the city man would survive in the woods against someone who had been hunting and fishing his entire life. They saw a paint gun in a catalogue and decided to settle their argument with a good old-fashioned duel – by shooting paint at each other! Ten other men joined in the first free-for-all paintball game.

      It Caught On As A Sport

      After the match (which was won by a forester) was reported in the media, it caught on as a sport that’s now played professionally and recreationally all around the world. Originally created to mark trees for logging, it makes sense that a forester would be most familiar with the paintball gun. It’s now gone on to become an internationally used piece of equipment!

      Paintball pellets can be painful, and the oil-based paint is tough to get out of clothes. That’s why most players use protective clothing, like Kolossus overalls, to play in.

      Change Of Season, Change of Pace

      Change Of Season, Change of Pace

      How the Winter Season Affects Many Jobs

      Many positions pick up significantly over the festive season and during winter, while others are able to scale back. Here are some examples of how this season is affecting American workers after a difficult two years.

      Truckers and Drivers: Highly in demand for shipping, but also for taxis and delivery purposes as people are gearing up for the holidays.

      Welding: Welding in cold weather is a lot more challenging, as the rapidly cooling metal doesn’t respond as well.

      Ship Workers: Cargo ships are busier than ever after the pandemic. This has put strain on supply chains which are now scrambling to recover.

      Landscapers: Landscapers and garden workers do scale down during the winter season, along with their gardens, to be ready for spring.

      Whether you’re in an industry that is speeding up to accommodate the festive season, or taking time to rest and recharge, now is a good time to restock up on fresh protective workwear from Kolossus. We want you to feel prepared for 2022 with workwear that has deep pockets, adjustable cuffs, and high visibility, with a long-lasting design to boot. Invest now for the entire year. Shop our products here!

      Why High Visibility Matters

      Why High Visibility Matters

      3 Facts Road Builders Need to Know About

      Did you know that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most fatal occupational injuries at road construction sites are caused by workers being struck by mobile equipment or vehicles? While there’s plenty that factors into this grim statistic, there are three simple ways to prevent tragedy before it strikes.

      #1: Stay Vigilant

      Always look before making any move – even if it’s taking a few steps to one side. Pay close attention to any potential hazards around you at all times, and monitor movement. Try to stand in a space with an unobstructed view of potential hazards, and remember – every road worker is responsible for collectively ensuring that all traffic channeling devices are placed appropriately.

      #2: Slam the Breaks

      Parking breaks must be applied to all equipment. While it might sound obvious, make sure you never stand below any suspended equipment like booms, arms, or buckets. In these areas, it’s crucial to be particularly vigilant.

      #3: High Visibility Clothing

      Road workers are a lot less likely to be struck if they can be seen from afar – and that’s where high-visibility clothing comes in. In fact, many Federal U.S. Government agencies mandate the use of high-visibility clothing on specific construction sites. 

      Ultimately, while you can’t control the careless actions of others, you can – to a large extent – take control of your own safety and well-being. Kolossus Workwear’s High Visibility Clothing Collection makes sure you’re seen from every angle, avoiding disaster before it has a chance to strike.

      Where Have All The Containers Gone?

      Where Have All The Containers Gone?

      The Shortage Is Dire – And the Struggle is Real

      There’s no denying it – the great pandemic of 2020 (which is still very much alive) has affected almost every industry on Earth. And freight shipping is no exception. The industry is experiencing an unprecedented predicament whereby there is a dire shortage of containers worldwide.

      Unfortunately, this shortage is impacting countless connected supply chains, straining trade globally – mainly in Asia and Europe. But the question remains – where have all these containers gone? The answer could be inland depots, but many are also piling up in cargo ports as well. Others are onboard vessels, particularly on transpacific lines.

      While many containers have headed to Europe and North America from Asia, they haven’t been returning quickly enough. Significant workforce disruptions are affecting not just ports, but nationwide cargo depots and inland transport lines too. Inadequate staffing means containers have been quickly piling up across North America, and tightening borders and customs regulations are only complicating the matter further.

      Looking Ahead

      While the situation is being continually assessed, the container shortage doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. However, by booking cargo as far in advance as possible, while ensuring that strong shipping insurance is in place, companies can enjoy more peace of mind until this global crisis blows over.

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