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Report links BIM adoption to increased jobsite safety, crew member focus

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; McGraw Hill Construction, New York

Thanks to increased use of Building Information Modeling technology, contractors are finding ways reduce overall schedules and onsite injuries, according to “Safety Management in the Construction Industry.” When incorporated in a project, the new McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report finds, BIM helps increase crew members’ safety awareness by:

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Lafarge, Solidia move to commercialize low carbon concrete binder, curing methods

Sources: Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CP staff

Paris-based Lafarge Group has reached a new milestone in its partnership with U.S. start-up Solidia Technologies, entering an agreement to commercialize technology allowing a significant reduction in the environmental footprint of precast concrete—through lower carbon dioxide emissions during cement production and CO2 gas utilization in product curing. The agreement affords Lafarge worldwide rights to the branded Solidia Cement and Concrete.

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VOC sealer-triggered blast nets injured bricklayer eight-figure verdict

Sources: Passen Law Group, Chicago; CP staff

A Cook County, Ill., jury has returned a $10,875,622 verdict against a concrete sealer manufacturer, and in favor of a plaintiff who was severely burned in a household explosion while using the company’s product on his basement floor.

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Industry hosts lawmakers as Governor declares Concrete Day in Colorado

Source: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas

“The State of Colorado recognizes the concrete industry as important to further development in our state and appreciates the hard work, dedication, and the efficiency of its employees,” proclaimed Governor John Hickenlooper April 24 as he designated that the date “forever after shall be known as Concrete Day in the state of Colorado.”

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