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Stormwater Institute prioritizes asset tracking, governance, watershed issues

8 WEF 150A new Water Environment Federation report, “Rainfall to Results: The Future of Stormwater,” details challenges, opportunities and pathways to improving the nation’s drainage infrastructure and yielding a more resilient and effective stormwater sector. Its release during the WEFTEC 2015 conference in Chicago dovetailed the launch of the WEF Stormwater Institute, billed as a new center of excellence and innovation.

 

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Highway funding, training programs top priorities for ARTBA Chairman Zachry

14 David 150Upon his election as 2015-16 American Road & Transportation Builders Association chairman, David Zachry told members the group will remain laser-focused on ensuring a long-term Highway Trust Fund fix and Congressional approval of a multi-year bill boosting federal surface transportation investment; advocate for increased federal investment in airport construction; and, build “Transportation Makes America Work” lobbying and advocacy communications program participation.

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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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Weighted Inspection Enforcement Units

A new enforcement weighting system assigns greater value to complex inspections that require more Occupational Safety & Health Administration resources and, agency officials note, will allow strategic planning and measurement of inspections while ensuring all workers are equally protected, regardless of the industry they work in. Effective October, the system assigns “Enforcement Units” to each inspection. Routine inspections count as one unit; those requiring greater resources and involving such factors as musculoskeletal disorders, chemical exposures and process safety management violations, count as up to nine units. Values are based on historical data and will be monitored and adjusted as necessary.

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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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