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NCMA/ICPI Safety Award entry deadline nears

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The 2015 National Concrete Masonry Association/Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Safety Awards Program call for entries runs through April 15. It is open to producer and associate member facilities with production or manufacturing personnel as reported on Occupational Safety and Health Administration 300A logs or Canadian agency equivalents.

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FHWA probes SCM, natural pozzolans within best pavement practices

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff

A new FHWA Tech Brief cites benefits and drawbacks of fly ash, slag cement, silica fume and natural or alternative pozzolans for highway-grade concrete. "Supplementary Cementitious Materials — Best Practices for Concrete Pavements" (FHWA-HIF-16-001) outlines how transportation agencies approach increasing service demands on concrete structures, along with expectations for reduced environmental impact plus lower initial and lifecycle costs.

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New ASTM standard gauges prestressing strand bond integrity

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM A1096, Test Method for Evaluating the Bond Quality of Steel Wire for Concrete stems from assessment of precast concrete members where indented prestressing wires exhibit potential bond-related cracking. Soon to be published by ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys, the standard is based on A1081, Test Method for Evaluating Bond of Seven-Wire Steel Prestressing Strand.

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Iron Workers official indicted in kickback scheme defrauding rebar crew

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

The Department of Justice Criminal Division has charged International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 201 Business Manager Juan Carlos Recinos with taking kickbacks from rebar crew members who had received backpay awards for work at the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority’s Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Eurobloq capacity expands Brampton Brick’s eastern reach

Sources: Brampton Brick Ltd., Brampton, Ontario; CP staff

Brampton Brick anticipates closing by mid-March on the concrete block line and other assets of Eurobloq Inc. in Boisbriand, Quebec. Valued up to $6 million, the transaction will add production and distribution capacity to meet the growing demand for the suitor’s masonry and landscape products in Quebec and eastern Ontario markets.

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