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Road Builders pitch tax, rebate plan to fund six-year, $400 billion highway bill

As members and their customers approach the current federal surface transportation program’s May 31 funding sunset, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association has outlined a plan it believes could end the political impasse over how to cover Washington, D.C.’s share of state highway, bridge and transit capital projects—while seeding a $401 billion, six-year highway and mass transit capital investment bill.

 

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Federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ framework winds through White House, agencies

The Department of Labor has submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a proposed rule enacting President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (E.O.), provisions in which can bar participation in federal projects if contractors or their subcontractors have violated labor laws in the past three years.

 

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OSHA convenes stakeholders for crane operator certification review

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) was set to meet this month at the Department of Labor’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to weigh in on proposed revision of operator qualification requirements in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard.

 

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OSHA, NIOSH flag silica in manufactured stone

A joint Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Alert defines dust control measures to protect workers from significant crystalline silica exposure during manufacturing, finishing, and installing natural and manufactured stone countertops, leading types of which bear 60–95 percent silica content.

 

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Kentucky, Florida Representatives return masonry check-off bill to Capitol Hill

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2) and lead co-sponsor Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) have introduced the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2015 (H.R. 985) into the 114th Congress, its title and language nearly identical to 2013 legislation. The bill would authorize concrete masonry interests to conduct an industry-wide referendum establishing a commodity check-off program; approval would lead to a U.S. Department of Commerce-sanctioned stakeholder board empowered to collect a target amount per concrete masonry unit sold. It contains provisions for the industry to eliminate the program at any time and requires at least half of funds to be reinvested in regions from which they were collected, thereby supporting products most beneficial to a specific geographical area.

 

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