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Oldcastle veteran Black named ARTBA Chairman

Shortly after his election last month as 2013-14 American Road and Transportation Builders Association chairman, Doug Black cited transportation funding, policy, worker safety and innovation as priority objectives for the year ahead.

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Transportation chief moves to reduce truck paperwork inspection burden

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has proposed elimination of a burdensome daily paperwork requirement for professional truck drivers that will reduce costs to the industry by an estimated $1.7 billion annually while still maintaining Department safety standards.

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Labor chief assesses drop in workplace fatality rate

Preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics/National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries results show a reduction in the number of 2012 fatal work injuries compared with 2011. Last year, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from 4,693 the prior year. The rate of fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers was 3.2 in 2012 versus 3.5 in 2011.

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FMCSA to codifyshort-haul exemption for 30-minute break in HOS rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will not apply the provision under its revised hours of service (HOS) rule requiring drivers to take a 30-minute break for every eight hours of consecutive driving on short-haul routes, and will initiate a rulemaking to include text that effect in the rule.

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Feds fund project to integrate carbon metrics in building material databases

Researchers at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, have been awarded a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop measurement and assessment tools to be integrated with building material databases and architectural design software to provide real-time, “on-the-fly” carbon footprint metrics.

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