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Contractor cited in job fatality

OSHA has proposed $14,000 in fines for Van Kirk Sand and Gravel, which operates as Van Kirk Brothers Contracting, for two serious safety violations related to a July 2014 incident in Holdrege, Neb., where two workers were injured, one fatally, while installing drainage structures. An inspection found that one of the employees sustained puncture wounds from a bucket after it disconnected from the excavator and rolled into the trench from a height of about 4 feet. He died from his injuries later that day. The other suffered contusions and abrasions in the incident and has since returned to work. Van Kirk was cited for failing to train workers in the recognition of unsafe conditions and to teach them how to access emergency medical services from a job site.

Johnson County Pipe affords federal lawmaker ‘hands on’ plant tour

GA-PipeIa-150When Representative Roger Williams (TX-25), a key House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee member, toured Johnson County Pipe in Alvarado, Texas, he shook hands, observed advanced cage and product machinery, and then took controls to complete a concrete pipe section. His visit was the latest in a series of American Concrete Pipe Association-organized plant tours aimed at underscoring the industry’s commitment to quality production and worker safety, while reinforcing concerns about the federal government’s insufficient infrastructure funding.  

 

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Federal buildings agency takes stock of LEED v4

The U.S. General Services Administration released a review of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Version 4 (LEED v4), the new version of the LEED green building certification system by the U.S. Green Building Council. The document examines how LEED v4 aligns with existing federal statutory, regulatory, and Executive Order green building requirements.

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California reforms infrastructure delivery with sweeping design-build authorization

The Design Build Institute of America salutes the passage of SB 785, culminating a longtime effort to standardize Golden State design-build laws, and representing the eighth bill expanding design-build authority that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed over the past year.

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ALL rally lifts GOP campaigns in Buckeye State

ALL-150Toward the 2014 fall election season peak, Cleveland-based ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. hosted a rally for Ohio Governor John Kasich, who is seeking a second term. Joining the call for reelection was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who took center stage with characteristic crowd command. Also on hand was Senator Rob Portman.

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