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Silica dust and new OSHA Construction, General Industry standards

A key supplier to trades frequently exposed to concrete and cement dust, Bosch Power Tools engaged former Concrete Construction editor and Bomanite pattern stamped flatwork contractor Joe Nasvik in a discussion on the federal government’s revised threshold for crystalline silica levels in Construction and General Industry workplaces. The agency has set a compliance target this month for contractors bound by the Construction workplace rule, with General Industry employers to follow in June 2018.

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Economist: GDP, equipment sales reflect favorable nonresidential market

Weighing new Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data, Associated Builders & Contractors reports that nonresidential fixed investment—a gross domestic product category embodying nonresidential construction activity—expanded at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.2 percent in the second quarter, following a 7.2 percent jump in Q1. The expansion contributed more than 0.6 percentage point to GDP growth, due in large measure to increased construction equipment investment. The other two nonresidential fixed investment components—structures and intellectual property—also expanded, but at a slower pace.

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Equipment manufacturers quantify Infrastructure Advantage

The Association of Equipment Manufactures outline investment and policy recommendations for federal lawmakers in “The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage.” The new report offers key steps for policymakers and infrastructure stakeholders: 1) Focus on networks and systems; 2) Maximize use of smart technology; 3) Ensure rural-urban connectivity; 4) Expedite project delivery; and, 5) Provide adequate and reliable resources.

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OSHA moves on 300A data submission, silica rule, crane operator certification

This month marks the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s launch of the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), a web-based form allowing employers to electronically submit injury and illness data from their 2016 Form 300A. The agency published a notice of proposed rulemaking in June to extend the data submission deadline to December, affording affected entities sufficient time to familiarize the electronic reporting system and the Trump Administration an opportunity to review employers’ new requirements.

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FHWA spotlights precast bridge deck panels, UHPC connections

The Federal Highway Administration’s most recent Innovator edition profiles one of the largest projects to date combining precast concrete deck panels and ultra-high performance concrete connections: the Franklin Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.

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