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ABC report: Safety best practices crater contractor recordable incident rates

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The ABC 2016 Safety Performance Report — Understanding the Impact of Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Participation documents proactive practices’ potential to reduce recordable incidents up to 86 percent, making the best-performing builders and contractors 700-plus percent safer than the industry average. Six leading indicators have the most dramatic impact: substance abuse program; new hire and site-specific safety orientations; toolbox talks; near-miss/near-hit analysis; and, site safety committee.

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Lehigh White, LafargeHolcim back Ultra-High Performance Concrete Symposium

Sources: Iowa State University Extension, Ames; CP staff

Conference 150Organizers of the First Interactive Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC), July 18-20 in Des Moines, Iowa, envision a platform to share material and structural design knowledge, application examples and opportunities, and means of growing UHPC practice.

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Investors note strong 2016 start for Martin Marietta, Vulcan Materials

Sources: CP staff; Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.

In the wake of solid first quarter earnings and bullish shipment and pricing outlook for the remainder of 2016, Martin Marietta and Vulcan Materials saw their New York Stock Exchange-traded shares close the first week of May approaching record highs.

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