Research network ties industry, scientific institutions

Source: Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), London

GCCA has formed Innovandi, the Global Cement and Concrete Research Network, aiming to drive innovation with actionable findings and build on the industry’s sustainability advances since 1990—among them an 18.3 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per ton of cementitious material and eight-fold increase in the use of fossil fuel alternatives for portland cement production. The initiative was launched October 10 during the GCCA Annual Conference in Singapore. 

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Trucking data giant ranks riskiest road times, driver behavior patterns

Sources: Lytx, San Diego; CP staff

Data from the past 12 months culled by onboard Drive Cam technology developer Lytx finds truck drivers encountering the highest rate of collisions on Thursdays and, in year-over-year terms, reducing rates of drowsy driving but increasing instances of cell phone use and failure to wear seat belts. 

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Trucking group hawkish on driver testing in legalized-pot era

Sources: American Trucking Associations, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

American Trucking Associations directors have endorsed new policies and recommendations aimed at helping the industry continue to safely operate in an environment where more states—with combined population approaching 100 million—are liberalizing laws related to the recreational use of marijuana. Developed by the ATA Controlled Substances and Driver Health and Wellness Working Group, they bolster existing federation positions on impaired driving policies through calls for:

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NRMCA ‘ThinkFirst’ affirms safety as industry-wide, priority number one

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

A program unveiled at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s ConcreteWorks conference earlier this month is dedicated to reinforcing a culture of safety across all facets of the industry and ensure workers end their day at the plant the same way they started it—alive and healthy. ThinkFirst emphasizes thoughtful and strategic actions throughout the order production and delivery cycle, program developers note, and will lead to a decrease in injuries, illnesses and fatalities while increasing worker retention and positive workplace morale.

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CRH names Bank of Ireland veteran as Chairman Hartery successor

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

Nicky Hartery, chairman of the CRH Americas and Oldcastle parent company, will retire at the end of December after eight years in the post and with recognition from Chief Executive Albert Manifold for “significant contributions, including stewardship following the financial crisis and overseeing the reshaping of [our] portfolio and ongoing business improvement initiatives.”

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