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Commission report offers businesses guidance on limits of big data use

14 Big 150The Federal Trade Commission has outlined a number of questions for businesses to consider in their use of big data analytics. “Big data’s role is growing in nearly every area of business, affecting millions of consumers in concrete ways,” says Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “The potential benefits to consumers are significant, but businesses must ensure that their big data use does not lead to harmful exclusion or discrimination.”

 

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Building Sciences authority links construction codes to resiliency

12 NBISi 150A leader in building design and construction policies, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NBIS), recognized codes as a component of resiliency at its annual conference in Washington, D.C. The event saw the release of a white paper, Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization, stemming from a years-long effort by the NBIS Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council Committee.

 

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OSHA, crane interests sustain hazard prevention-focused partnership

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Partners have renewed their alliance to improve the safety and health of workers who manufacture and use cranes, hoists and monorails. During the five-year agreement, they will develop best practice fact sheets and training resources aimed at preventing worker exposures to electrical shock, electrocution, falls from elevation and being struck-by moving equipment.

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Users adopt Crane Operator’s Manual

11 Manual 150Industry professionals running overhead cranes for material handling are continuing to use the Crane Operator’s Manual to support lifting operations. The manual is Specification No. 79 from the leading authority on overhead lifting equipment, Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA).

 

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Crowd source-modeled competition spotlights infrastructure needs

9 AEM 150The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ three-phase Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge will award a total of $150,000 in prizes for innovative ideas to overhaul the crumbling infrastructure that Americans rely upon to move people, materials, products, services and information. Open to everyone everywhere, the competition leverages the HeroX crowd sourcing model designed to spur radical business, technological and social innovation benefiting local and global communities; inspire new industries; and, catalyze markets.

 

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