Work ethic takes center stage

We reflect this month on 2024 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association convention notables: Committee awards and Chairman Nathan McKean’s enthusiastic industry view. Here, we extend the Florida gathering’s salutes to NRMCA Executive Vice President, Operations and Compliance Gary Mullings, who has retired from day-to-day duty after 50-plus years with the organization. Luckily, he continues as a consultant, primarily assisting the…

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OSHA cites contractors in failure of precast soundwall-bearing crane

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators have cited Concrete Impressions of Florida Inc., Plant City precast sound barrier panel producer and  installer, and Adcock Cranes Inc., Tampa lifting services provider, with one other-than serious and two serious violations tied to a 2023 Orlando highway ramp site fatality. Investigators determined that a boom crane…

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Survey: White House rule discourages construction apprenticeship participation

An Associated Builders & Contractors survey finds the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial, 180,000-plus word proposed rule overhauling regulations related to government-registered apprenticeship programs (GRAPs) will discourage apprentices, contractors and ABC chapter apprenticeship program providers from participating in the Department-backed system. “Initial feedback on changes to apprenticeship regulations has been overwhelmingly negative and these survey results make it clear…

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OSHA seeks maximum penalty in heat related concrete finisher fatality

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff SJ&L General Contractor LLC faces $16,100 in proposed penalties—the amount set by federal statute—after Occupational Safety and Health Administrators investigators determined that the Huntsville, Ala. firm exposed a 19-member crew on a local concrete curbing job to extreme heat hazards. Amid a 107° heat index and 85 percent humidity, the July 2023…

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OSHA inspectors’ PPE evolution: Helmets on, hard hats shelved

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is replacing traditional hard hats with safety helmets, citing greater protection prospects for inspectors while noting, “OSHA wants employers to make safety and health a core value in their workplaces and is committed to doing the same by leading by example and embracing the evolution of…

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Labor Department rule broadens Form 300 data submission requirements

Under “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” a final rule effective January 2024, the Labor Department requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Establishments with 100 or more employees in cement, concrete, construction and other industries deemed high-hazard based on reportable incident rates must relay Form 300-Log of Work-Related…

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Workplace heat-safety measures: Training vs. temperature triggers

Ahead of a month or more of vacation for some Washington, D.C. regulars, the White House instructed the Department of Labor to issue a first ever Hazard Alert in response to an unusually hot July. The agency will ramp up enforcement of heat-safety violations, increasing inspections in high-risk industries like construction, while its Occupational Safety and Health Administration belabors a…

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Equipment manufacturers to muster fleet fit for Lincoln, Washington

Astec Industries, Cemen Tech and a host of earthmoving or material handling equipment peers will anchor a Washington, D.C. festival, staged along the National Mall between the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol. Throughout a May 14-16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule, “Celebration of Construction” will offer visitors insights on infrastructure, current site practices, equipment and tools, plus technology and data management. …

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OSHA releases 2022 Injury Tracking Application data

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published 2022 injury and illness data based on reports by more than 300,000 establishments. Injury Tracking Application (IJA) data, posted here, stems from OSHA 300A information provided by employer subject to electronic record-keeping requirements.

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False stormwater discharge reports bring lab three-year prison term

A judge in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Memphis, sentenced the chief executive officer of Environmental Compliance and Testing (ECT), Memphis, to 36 months in prison in connection with fabricating Clean Water Act-mandated storm water discharge monitoring reports for concrete and other industrial sites, and submission of those documents to the Tennessee Department of Environment and…

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