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OSHA inspection, compliance assistance levels climb

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Final fiscal year 2019 statistics show a significant increase in the number of OSHA inspections and a record amount of compliance assistance to further the mission of ensuring that employers provide workplaces free of hazards. Enforcement activities reflect the Department of Labor’s continued focus on worker safety, agency officials note: Federal OSHA conducted 33,401 inspections, more inspections than the previous three years, addressing violations related to trenching, falls, chemical exposure, silica and other hazards.

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Economist suggests “wait-and-see” approach to construction market

Source: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.

ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecasts continued momentum for construction next year, mindful that a “heightened level of uncertainty could induce many economic actors to adopt a wait-and-see attitude, further reducing economic activity in the context of an already rapidly softening global economic environment.”

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Texas CIM venue hosts ACPA Pipe School and Show

Source: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas

The American Concrete Pipe Association will spur a strong start to the new year for drainage engineering and construction professionals, producer and associate members, plus allied interests. The ACPA 2020 Pipe School and Show runs January 6-9 at Texas State University, San Marcos, home to the most recently chartered Concrete Industry Management four-year degree program. 

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Manufacturer scales mortar mixer for 3D printing

Source: Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai

Zoomlion subsidiary m-tec has announced the availability of the Duo-mix mortar mixer in North America, Europe and Asia. The adaptable machine is designed especially for mortar used in 3D construction printing. It can process all standard dry mortar products ranging from bagged or silo to bucket coat material up to a grain size of 4mm.

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Cemex, Eagle Materials announce $665M Kosmos Cement asset deal

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; Eagle Materials Inc., Dallas; CP staff

The latest measure narrowing the Cemex USA portfolio to concrete, aggregate and cement operations in coastal or southern border states will see an asset sale involving Kentucky’s Kosmos Cement Co., seven distribution terminals plus raw material reserves to Dallas-based Eagle Materials Inc. As a 75/25 partner with Buzzi Unicem S.p.A. in Kosmos Cement, whose Louisville flagship has a 1.7-million ton/year capacity, Cemex will realize an estimated $499 million from the transaction. 

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