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New Labor Department rules spike OSHA civil penalty amounts

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

Abiding the 2015 Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act, through which Congress aims to advance violation fines’ effectiveness, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and sister agencies are directed to adjust penalty scales annually using what Labor Department officials describe as a much more straightforward method than previously available.

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Underwriter, Institute bring FORTIFIED Home building practice to mobile devices

Sources: Munich Reinsurance America Inc., New Jersey; Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), Tampa, Fla.; CP staff

IBHS and property underwriting giant Munich Re America have launched FORTIFIED Home On the Go, an interactive app free from the iTunes Store. Using videos, animation, and technical specifications, it walks owners, contractors and architects through the home-strengthening process. Content is based on IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home program, which is recognized as the national standard in resilient construction.

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Fiber cement, roof tile, prestressed lead concrete products in 2015 market gains

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

PCA’s new “Survey of Portland Cement Consumption by User Group” underscores mixed year-over-year results among 16 U.S. market or product segments: Nine recorded growth, seven saw reduced volume in 2015 versus the prior year. Those gaining at least 20 percent were, in descending order, waste stabilization & solidification; fiber cement siding; concrete roof tile; soil cement, roller compacted concrete or full-depth reclamation/pavements; precast/prestressed concrete; and, soil cement or roller compacted concrete/water resources structures.

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U.S. Concrete adds Nycon Supply to New York City network

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

U.S. Concrete has upped an already strong stake in New York City ready mixed production, acquiring the assets of Nycon Supply Corp., based in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. Through two batch plants and a 38-mixer fleet, it serves primarily commercial building projects in western Queens and midtown Manhattan. The business will maintain the Nycon Supply trade name and join sister operations Ferrara Bros. and Eastern Concrete Materials, which cover the metro New York and New Jersey markets, respectively.

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Concrete Research Council funds tall building, pervious pavement, hollow core projects

Sources: ACI Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council has announced grants up to $50,000 for projects focused on seismic design of tall buildings, mechanistic pervious concrete pavement design; chloride ion, freeze-thaw and sulfate durability; and, steel fiber hollow core plank.

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