U.K. bureaucrats look to loosen Cemex, Hanson, Lafarge cement market concentration

Sources: Competition Commission of the United Kingdom, London; CP staff

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s British counterpart agency is considering steps to increase competition among three major, integrated producers following an investigation of the U.K. portland cement, GGBF slag cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete supply chain.

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OSHA rule delay buys time for model-specific crane operator certification

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

A November 2014 deadline for crane operator certification will be moved back three years under a new OSHA proposal, allowing agency officials and industry stakeholders to address concerns over the suitability of a single standard for construction site and truck-mounted equipment.

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