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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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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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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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Labor Department survey underscores perpetual slide of trades’ unionization rate

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show the percentage of U.S. construction workers belonging to unions dropped from 13.9 in 2014 to 13.2 last year. The figures are based on rank-and-file totals of 968,000 and 940,000 against 2014 and 2015 workforces, respectively, of 6.97 million and 7.1 million. The total percentage of construction workers represented by unions—local or association members plus workers whose jobs are covered by a union contract—was 14.7 and 14.0 for 2014 and 2015.

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