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Safety Council spotlights workplace perils of cannabis consumption

Sources: National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill.; CP staff

The National Safety Council calls on employers to ban the use of cannabis, regardless of state laws on consumption of the substance, for workers in safety sensitive positions, where execution of duties impacts the well being of the employees themselves and co-workers. 

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Home Builders stats counter pervasive speculation on the economy

Sources: Allen-Villere Partners, New Orleans; CP staff

A National Association of Home Builders analysis of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Census Bureau data contrasts with widely subscribed pessimism on the economy and outlook for construction. In his latest dispatch for Concrete Products, construction materials management consultant Pierre Villere weighs NAHB estimates—tracking market activity through August and indicating single-family home sales up 18 percent year over year—against a prevailing, ‘sky is falling’ mood. 

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Speed Fab-Crete chief earns top Design-Build Institute honor

Sources: Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

David Bloxom, chairman of Fort Worth, Texas-based architectural, structural and utility precast producer Speed Fab-Crete Corp., has been named DBIA Fellow, the group’s highest level of certification. The Institute credits him as a champion for the design-build method who has helped deliver hundreds of such projects in his four-plus decades with Speed Fab-Crete. A past DBIA president and current Southwest Region director, Bloxom also plays a vital role in helping the certification process grow as a DBIA Certified Instructor for the Professional Certification Program and Design-Build Certification Board member.

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Prestress Services challenges OSHA silica, respiratory exposure claims

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

Prestress Services Industries LLC (PSI), Columbus, Ohio-based producer of architectural or structural precast for building and transportation markets, will contest Occupational Safety and Health Administration-proposed penalties of $158,500 before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. 

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Champion Precast chief Ohmes named NPCA chairman

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

Jonathan Ohmes, chief executive officer of Troy, Mo.-based Champion Precast, was elected chairman during the 54th annual National Precast Concrete Association convention, held earlier this month in Seattle. Reflecting on his family’s background in the industry and own time with NPCA, starting at the 1985 annual meeting, Ohmes told members, “The best part about NPCA is while no two histories are alike, we are all now a part of the future of NPCA and the precast industry together.”

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