Agency chief justifies incident-reporting rule revision, Wire Mesh case in point

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels sees a final rule on employer reporting of severe injuries or fatalities significantly enhancing the agency’s ability to steer accident prevention.

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Feds check crane fleet’s selective I-9, E-Verify protocol

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice; CP staff

In a suit filed with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Justice Department alleges a Eunice, La.-based crane operator violated the Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision by creating hurdles for immigrants during the employment eligibility verification process because of their citizenship status.

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Proposed ASTM C09 standard tackles mix material incompatibility

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

A working document under ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates—ASTM WK40615, Practice for Mixing and Comparing Performance of Concrete Materials Using Mini-Mix Mortar Mixtures—enables technologists to detect and address incompatibility issues arising in mix design development.

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OSHA tightens timelines for reporting severe injuries, fatalities

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

A revised rule, effective January 2015, details new deadlines for employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, and updates the list of employers partially exempt from agency record-keeping requirements.

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Thermomass affords Meadow Burke sandwich wall technology platform


Sources: Meadow Burke LLC, Tampa, Fla.; CP staff

Major concrete accessories and hardware player Meadow Burke has acquired Boone, Iowa-based Thermomass, which offers patent-protected insulation systems for precast, tilt-up and cast-in-place walls. The deal extends a portfolio Meadow Burke expanded earlier this summer by acquiring Bowco Industries, a utility and underground-precast accessory specialist.

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