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RMC Foundation releases LEED v4 Material Ingredient Reporting Guidance

RMCGuide 150Sources: Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

In collaboration with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and architectural/engineering giant Arup North America Ltd., RMC Foundation has funded development of NRMCA Ingredient Reporting Guidance, detailing how concrete producers can contribute toward the LEED v4 Materials and Resources: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients credit.

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OSHA applies behavioral economics via injury reporting rule’s public disclosure provisions

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

OSHA aims to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers and the public about workplace hazards through a final injury- and illness-reporting rule. Effective August 10 with phased implementation carrying into 2017, it requires a) all establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation to electronically submit OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301 injury and illness information; and, b) establishments with 20-249 employees in certain industries to electronically submit Form 300A information.

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Siemens commercializes site-cast wind turbine tower design

Sources: Siemens Corp., Orlando, Fla.; CP staff

Siemens has announced commercial launch of a wind turbine tower, built of match-cast, annular concrete segments and designed to capture stronger winds at higher altitudes. The site-cast segment design eliminates the need to grout joints or apply special surface treatments between sections.

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Lehigh White, LafargeHolcim back Ultra-High Performance Concrete Symposium

Sources: Iowa State University Extension, Ames; CP staff

Conference 150Organizers of the First Interactive Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC), July 18-20 in Des Moines, Iowa, envision a platform to share material and structural design knowledge, application examples and opportunities, and means of growing UHPC practice.

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ABC report: Safety best practices crater contractor recordable incident rates

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The ABC 2016 Safety Performance Report — Understanding the Impact of Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Participation documents proactive practices’ potential to reduce recordable incidents up to 86 percent, making the best-performing builders and contractors 700-plus percent safer than the industry average. Six leading indicators have the most dramatic impact: substance abuse program; new hire and site-specific safety orientations; toolbox talks; near-miss/near-hit analysis; and, site safety committee.

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