The cause of yesterday's failure of a JLG boom lift on the site of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, under construction in downtown Kansas City, Mo., is not yet clear, says Dan Euston, president of local general contractor J.E. Dunn Construction Co. Photo: Ed Sturga/AP An investigator photographs lift involved in fatal accident. Related Links: K.C. Lift Tips Philly Lift Victim Was Experienced Blog: Dissecting the Philly Lift Video: JLG's New Featherweight Lift "We're just in the beginning throes of the investigation," Euston told ENR on Nov. 11. The accident has project officials "scratching our heads," he says.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.