Silica dust exposure protection carries the day at World of Concrete 2017

World of Concrete 2017 evidenced a mid-year enforcement timetable for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new respirable crystalline silica exposure threshold covering construction sites and general workplaces. Leading the charge for compliance at the January 17-20, Las Vegas gathering were exhibitors of sawing and drilling equipment—loaded with dust collection devices—along with peers promoting cementitious material conveying, handling or dispensing devices with which silica dust can reach agency-reduced levels.

Ohio-based Minnich Mfg. was among drilling equipment exhibitors stepping up dust control measures as contractors approach compliance with an OSHA rule, effective in June, lowering crystalline silica exposure levels. PHOTOS: Concrete Products

Concrete Products observed moderate to strong attendance and traffic throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center North (Producer, Masonry), Central (Equipment) and South (Materials) Halls. Show manager Informa Exhibitions reported attendance just shy of 51,000 and 1,455 exhibitors across 680,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.

“As construction continues its upward momentum over the past few years, World of Concrete has successfully kept pace, providing the industry with the latest products, technologies, and educational offerings,” says Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate Senior Vice President Tom Cindric. “This once again positions World of Concrete as the event for concrete and masonry professionals.”

“Exhibitors and attendees seemed very pleased with WOC 2017 from the show floor to the educational opportunities,” adds World of Concrete Show Director Jackie James. “Although the show was earlier than in past years, the industry showed up in force to see new products, network with their peers, and prepare for business in 2017.”

World of Concrete 2018 will run January 23-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.