Flat hose, wind, lightning guides extend concrete pumping safety

Sources: American Concrete Pumping Associatin, Lewis Center, Ohio; CP staff The American Concrete Pumping Association has released Safety Bulletin: Use of Lay Flat Hose, plus updated Safety Guidelines for Wind Velocity and Lightning. The bulletin illustrates handling guidelines for using lay-flat hoses, which allow for improved flow control and lower placement rates than standard concrete boom tip hoses and suit…

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Wells welcomes third Spancrete veteran, Safety chief Felsinger, to C-suite

Sources: Wells, Albany, Minn.; CP staff Minnesota-based Wells, one of the top North American operators in precast, prestressed, has promoted Phyllis Felsinger to senior vice president of Safety. She previously served as director of Safety for Spancrete, an old-line Wisconsin peer that Wells acquired in 2020, and will be responsible for company-wide leadership of employee safety programs, plus local, state…

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Pandemic measures drive doubling of safety training outlays

Members responding to the Associated Builders and Contractors 2021 Workforce Development Survey invested $1.3 billion last year to provide craft, leadership and safety education to 500,000 course attendees, advancing their careers in commercial and industrial construction. Safety education accounted for 71 percent of the total workforce investment as per-person spending doubled, revealing an elevated focus on total human health during…

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Engineer publicizes 2018 assessment of failed Florida condo tower

Sources: Morabito Consultants, Sparks, Md.; CP staff An October 2018 inspection report offered a cautious take on structural concrete conditions at the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association’s Surfside, Fla. property: A 12-level building whose collapse in the early a.m. hours of June 24 has triggered a massive search and rescue effort for more than 100 persons. 

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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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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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OSHA states case for prioritizing worker health, safety in sustainability agendas

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An Occupational Safety and Health Administration white paper, “Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Protecting Worker Safety and Health,” highlights the importance of human capital in the growing movement toward sustainability and corporate responsibility. Sustainability strives to balance social, environmental and economic considerations to achieve long-term success and viability, the agency notes, as responsible businesses embrace the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

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OSHA schedules meeting, opens nominations for Construction Advisory Committee

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The 15-member OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) will meet November 30–December 1 in Washington, D.C. The agenda calls for remarks from agency chief Dr. David Michaels; a presentation clarifying Crane Standard requirements; plus, updates from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, OSHA Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, and National Safety Stand-Down campaign staff.

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