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Report proves safety spike effect on best practices-driven contractors

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

The ABC 2018 Safety Performance Report, aimed at furthering the construction industry’s understanding of how to improve jobsites through the group’s Safety Performance Evaluation Process (STEP), documents the dramatic impact of using proactive practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 85 percent—making the best-performing companies 670 percent safer than the industry average.

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LafargeHolcim brands align with Army on workforce development

Sources: Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

Through its domestic Lafarge, Holcim and Aggregate Industries businesses, LafargeHolcim is supporting the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program to provide U.S. Army veterans workforce opportunities after their service. The partnership is part of a recruitment option allowing students to simultaneously serve and prepare for their future.

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Charah moves MultiSource network north with Michigan ash contract

Source: Charah LLC, Louisville, Ky.; CP staff

Fly ash processor and marketer Charah has secured an exclusive agreement covering coal combustion products from the Consumers Energy J.H. Campbell complex in West Olive, Mich. It will sell the facility’s Class C fly ash to Great Lakes concrete and cement customers, and also move material through its MultiSource terminal network serving Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, South, Mountain and West regions. Charah will also market the generating station’s bottom ash for such applications as Class 1A backfill, cement kiln raw feed, and lightweight aggregate or flowable fill mixtures.

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Federal transportation, water programs gain $10 billion in final 2018 budget

Sources: U.S. House Committee on Appropriations; American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The FY 2018 omnibus bill President Donald Trump signed on March 23 adds $8.7 billion to federal transportation programs, which Congress had kept thus far at FY 2017 funding levels through continuing resolutions. Most notably, the federal highway program sees $3.5 billion in additional in road and bridge funding, bringing the FY 2018 FAST Act Highway line item to $46.76 billion, 8 percent above the 2017 level.

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Underwriters harden view of hurricane-prone states’ building code fealty

Sources: Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), Tampa, Fla.; CP staff

IBHS’ 2018 edition of Rating the States follows a disastrous year of storms, authors note, and is well timed to inform discussion and action to improve building strength as communities repair or replace hurricane-damaged properties.

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