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Concrete plant exemptions aside, industry cool on Clean Water Rule

In their early reading of the final Clean Water Rule, dubbed “Waters of the U.S.” in its infancy, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Government Affairs staff cite exclusion of certain operations at ready mixed concrete plants, but are reviewing the document for more specifics on industry impact and producer compliance.

 

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Trucking federation supports diesel tax increase, questions tolling

To cap Infrastructure Week, during which business and labor groups staged rallies and public awareness events in Washington, D.C. and around the country, American Trucking Associations CEO and former two-term Kansas Governor Bill Graves weighed in on his members’ position regarding user fee collections, noting “The trucking industry contributes more than $16.5 billion to the Highway Trust Fund … but we’re willing to do more, to pay more at the pump [and] believe the fuel tax is the most efficient way of funding our critical needs, putting 98 percent of all revenue collected into actual construction.

 

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Report assesses how BIM adoption sharpens crews, improves jobsite safety

Thanks to increased use of Building Information Modeling technology, contractors are able to reduce overall schedules and onsite injuries, according to “Safety Management in the Construction Industry.” When incorporated in a project, the new McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report finds, BIM helps increase crew members’ safety awareness by:

 

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Economist measures minor drop in bridges deemed structurally deficient

10 Bridge 150An analysis of the recently-released 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation National Bridge Inventory database finds good news and bad news when it comes to the most heavily traveled U.S. bridges. While there are 2,000-plus fewer structurally deficient crossings than there were in 2013, a seemingly endless backlog of bridges needing significant repair remains.

 

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OSHA harmonizes confined space rule for general industry, construction sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule, effective August 2015, to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces, where life-threatening hazards include toxic substance exposure, electrocution, explosions, and asphyxiation. Manholes, crawl spaces, tanks, and other confined spaces are not intended for continuous occupancy, agency officials contend, adding that such structures are also difficult to exit in an emergency.

 

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