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Sources: Cement Sustainability Initiative, Geneva; CP staff

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), along with partners from the Americas, Europe and Asia, has launched a responsible sourcing certification system for concrete.

Sources: Concrete Industry Management (CIM) National Steering Committee; CP staff

The National Steering Committee reports a near-record $875,000 in gross proceeds from the 2017 CIM auction, staged January 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, amid the World of Concrete show. Liquid Stone Concrete, Burleson, Texas, was the winning bidder for the signature item: a Mack Granite Axle Forward-mounted McNeilus 11-yd. Bridgemaster.

Source: CP staff

CP01217 MinnichWorld of Concrete 2017 evidenced a mid-year enforcement timetable for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new crystalline silica dust exposure threshold covering construction sites and general workplaces. Leading the charge for compliance were sawing and drilling equipment exhibitors, along with peers promoting cementitious material conveying, handling or dispensing devices with which silica dust can reach agency-reduced levels.

Sources: CP staff; Bekaert, Marietta, Ga.; CP staff

BekaertSteel reinforcing fiber leader Bekaert premiered at World of Concrete 2017 a laser-enabled device measuring concrete mixes’ homogeneity and fiber distribution profile. Mounted at the end of a mixer truck chute, the Dramix eyeD generates graphs and limited dashboards that attest targeted reinforcement uniformity.

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

OSHA has proposed nearly $90,000 in penalties after finding East Orange, N.J.-based County Concrete Corp. exposed workers tasked with mixer cleaning to airborne silica. The agency issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations on the heels of a July 2016 inspection, conducted as a follow up to settlement of 2013 citations. The settlement spanned 18 safety and health violations and $153,900 in assessed penalties.