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Agencies move on border wall, crane operator certification

Eyeing large scale installations along the Mexico border, the federal government has awarded Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Ala., Fisher Industries of Tempe, Ariz., Texas Sterling Construction of Houston and W.G. Yates & Sons of Philadelphia, Miss., contracts to cast prototypes of 18- to 30-ft. high reinforced concrete walls. The structures will be built in San Diego and allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials to assess their potential to deter illegal crossings and complement wall and barrier designs used along the border in recent years.

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Labor Board upholds CMC Rebar case decision against Iron Workers

The National Labor Relations Board has affirmed a May 2017 decision and order determining that the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 229, San Diego, violated the National Labor Relations Act in activities tied to picketing a Temecula, Calif., construction site.

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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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Labor, Transportation Departments sustain regulation roll back

Associated Builders & Contractors Government Affairs staff has assessed the Trump Administration’s recently released 2017 regulatory agenda, noting the prospect for significant relief from rules or measures the Department of Labor and Environmental Protection Agency adopted under President Barack Obama.

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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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