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Fatal workplace injury rate rises slightly in new BLS Census

A preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S. during 2014 marks a 2 percent increase over prior year figures, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Preliminary 2014 figures show a fatal work injury rate at 3.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, matching the 2013 level.

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Commercial Vehicle Certification Guide

An updated reference title from the Association of the Work Truck Industry (NTEA) details critical elements for compliance with federal laws and regulations on motor vehicle certification and labeling. Geared to upfitters, the NTEA Commercial Vehicle Certification Guide clarifies labeling as it relates to intermediate, final-stage and altered manufacturing. Procedures for Tire and Loading Information and Cargo Carrying Capacity Modification labels are also covered.

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Cemex Ready Mixed Plants Best Energy Star Program Targets

Replacement and use of more energy-efficient parts and equipment such as dust collectors, conveyor belt pulleys and lighting have enabled Cemex USA ready mixed plants in La Porte, Mission and Rosenburg, Texas, to cut their energy intensity by an average of 21 percent and meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Challenge for Industry. The reduced power consumption is more than double the Challenge benchmark, which calls for candidates to clip energy use by 10 percent over five years.

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NRMCA, mixer manufacturers caution feds on prospective truck underride guard rule

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and its Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB) affiliate question cost and weight factors attending a prospective National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requirement that heavy-duty trucks bear stronger rear underride guards than presently compliant models. Preliminary estimates indicate the newer guards would add $307–$453 and 169–210 lb. to vehicle cost and weight, and represent $925 to $1,505 in life cycle fuel consumption.

 

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EPA sheds paper in revised NPDES reporting rule

Citing a goal to modernize reporting for municipalities, industries and other facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue a final rule requiring Clean Water Act-regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program instead of filing written reports.

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