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Safety incentives: Legal and logical

Up against this month’s deadline, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association logged a productive week in Washington, D.C., led by Chairman Rodney Grogan (MMC Materials), Vice Chairman Bill Sandbrook (U.S. Concrete) and Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee Chairman David Williams’ (Chaney Enterprises) participation in a Pledge to America’s Workers event at the White House.

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Big Labor scripts prevailing wage template for mixer truck drivers

Setting aside the vast differences in the value of product they deliver, do concrete mixer truck drivers dispatched to public works projects deserve state-mandated wage supports not accorded to counterparts hauling asphalt?

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Tall timber not ready for prime time

It has been a tough summer for advocates of combustible materials-rich construction methods that stretch the limits of relaxed building codes and are pitched as environmentally friendly alternatives to concrete or steel.

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Pervious pavement, permeable pavers traffic Smart Surfaces Coalition goals

If not from day one, the U.S. Green Building Council has come around on construction criteria where concrete excels: Life cycle assessment (LCA), starting with LEED v4 green building rating system provisions, and now as one of the principles guiding an advocacy effort friendly to pervious or permeable interlocking concrete pavements.

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Media skips concrete details fit to print

Recent news cycles remind us of the ignorance surrounding concrete durability, life cycle performance, and perceived connection to global warming tied to carbon dioxide emissions in portland cement production.

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