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OSHA official clarifies safety incentive, post-incident testing policy

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

OSHA Acting Director of Safety Programs Kim Stille has informed regional administrators and state designees that safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing—contrary to indications in a final rule the agency adopted during the Obama administration’s waning months—do not violate Standard 1904.35, Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness, Employee Involvement.

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Lindsay Precast’s Hoffman named 2018-19 NPCA chairman

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

Convening earlier this month in Rhode Island, NPCA elected Mike Hoffman, vice president of Corporate Development at Lindsay Precast Inc. as chairman for the next 12 months. A 32-year veteran of the Canal Fulton, Ohio, producer, Hoffman has a long history of NPCA committee and task group leadership and has served on the board since 2012. 

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Indiana Limestone takes on new dimension under Polycor

Sources: Polycor Inc., Quebec City, Quebec; CP staff

North America’s top natural stone producer, Polycor Inc., has effected a merger with a brand best known for The Pentagon and Empire State Building exteriors: Bloomington, Ind.-based dimensional stone, building product and hardscape unit fabricator Indiana Limestone Co. (ILCO).

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Industry alliance bullish on Water Infrastructure Act

Sources: North American Concrete Alliance (NACA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

On behalf of members in cement, ready mixed and precast production, the North American Concrete Alliance is praising passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act—reauthorizing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)—and urging President Donald Trump to sign the bill. Passage of vital water infrastructure and resource programs every two years means Congress is ensuring America can build and maintain 21st Century infrastructure, NACA contends, while supporting the 600,000 jobs across the cement and concrete industries.

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Developer of rebar-tying robot takes top AGC-Autodesk award

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

Saxonburg, Pa.-based Brayman Construction and its affiliate, Advanced Construction Robotics, took first place and a $10,000 prize in the inaugural AGC-Autodesk Innovation Awards program for an autonomous rebar-tying robot geared to bridge construction. The Tybot device ties continuously day or night, and takes over after construction crews carry, place and frame-in 10 percent of deck rebar.

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