Iron Workers spur OSHA survey on accident reduction in rebar placement

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, D.C.

OSHA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks comments on how to prevent injuries and deaths from reinforcing concrete activities in construction, and from vehicles and mobile equipment backing into workers in construction. The administration will use the comments received to learn more about how workers get injured and what solutions exist to prevent injury and death, including possible regulatory action.

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Lafarge Canada consolidates management responsibilities under Cartmel, Thibault

Source: Lafarge Group, Paris

Lafarge Group has appointed as senior leaders for Canada and U.S.-bordering businesses Bob Cartmel, six Eastern Provinces, and René Thibault, four Western Provinces, three Territories, plus the Dakotas and the Pacific Northwest. Based in Toronto and Calgary, respectively, they are responsible for all operational, marketing and functional elements of aggregate, asphalt, cement, concrete (ready-mix, pipe and precast), and construction and paving operations.

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Vulcan challenges merger-minded Martin Marietta on profits, prospects, assets

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

In an updated investor presentation reinforcing its objections to Martin Marietta Materials’ hostile, stock exchange offer, Vulcan cites market, operating and product-pricing metrics where it excels against its would-be merger partner, coupled with differences between each company’s asset values.

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International Green Construction Code complements LEED

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

The recently released 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) increases the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing governments direction and oversight of green design and construction, according to the International Code Council (ICC), the code’s author and one of several USGBC partners in the effort. Makers of the LEED green building certification system and co-authors of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, USGBC applauds this new model code that serves as an important new policy option for state and local governments looking to codify green building practice.

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