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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Manhole adjustment system

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Company’s Manhole Shield removes installation guesswork from final adjustment while affording what product engineers contend are immediate cost-savings by simplifying the process for long-term durability, reliability and safety. The system incorporates concrete grade rings, underground mortar, masonry shim strips and an impermeable barrier, promoting proper installation and reducing routine maintenance. 

 
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Front Line Excellence

GARLAND SORRELLS, SOUTHERN CONCRETE MATERIALS

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 18th Annual Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year program recognizes three industry veterans from a pool of outstanding nominees across the country. The NRMCA Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee assembled a panel of judges to weigh nominees’ competence, driving skills, number of years without an on- or off-road accident, and colleague or customer testimonials. 

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