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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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Investors note strong 2016 start for Martin Marietta, Vulcan Materials

Sources: CP staff; Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.

In the wake of solid first quarter earnings and bullish shipment and pricing outlook for the remainder of 2016, Martin Marietta and Vulcan Materials saw their New York Stock Exchange-traded shares close the first week of May approaching record highs.

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Tall wood building proponents reach for federal R&D, market development subsidies

Sources: Office of Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID); American Wood Council, Leesburg, Va.; CP staff

Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have introduced the Timber Innovation Act (S.2982) to “help accelerate research and development—and ultimately construction—of wood buildings in the United States [and] focus on finding innovative ways to use wood in the construction of buildings above 85 feet in height or roughly seven or more stories.”

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Heidelberg Cement’s Italcementi plan secures Canadian, nears U.S. regulator nods

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Heidelberg, Germany; CP staff

Lehigh Hanson Inc. and Essroc Cement Corp. integration is one step closer as the merger of parent companies HeidelbergCement and Italcementi S.p.A. paces a scheduled mid-summer closing. During the HeidelbergCement 2016 General Meeting, May 4 in Heidelberg, management informed shareholders of Competition Bureau of Canada approval and impending U.S. Federal Trade Commission clearance of a combined Lehigh Hanson and Essroc Cement business.

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LafargeHolcim sustainability plan embraces EPD, EMS, life cycle data, recycling metrics

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Jona, Switzerland; CP staff

Looking beyond rationalized cement capacity and integrated concrete and aggregate production assets, LafargeHolcim aims to make its mark in the global construction supply chain as part of a new sustainability initiative, The 2030 Plan.

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