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Prestress Services challenges OSHA silica, respiratory exposure claims

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

Prestress Services Industries LLC (PSI), Columbus, Ohio-based producer of architectural or structural precast for building and transportation markets, will contest Occupational Safety and Health Administration-proposed penalties of $158,500 before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. 

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Champion Precast chief Ohmes named NPCA chairman

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

Jonathan Ohmes, chief executive officer of Troy, Mo.-based Champion Precast, was elected chairman during the 54th annual National Precast Concrete Association convention, held earlier this month in Seattle. Reflecting on his family’s background in the industry and own time with NPCA, starting at the 1985 annual meeting, Ohmes told members, “The best part about NPCA is while no two histories are alike, we are all now a part of the future of NPCA and the precast industry together.”

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Research network ties industry, scientific institutions

Source: Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), London

GCCA has formed Innovandi, the Global Cement and Concrete Research Network, aiming to drive innovation with actionable findings and build on the industry’s sustainability advances since 1990—among them an 18.3 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per ton of cementitious material and eight-fold increase in the use of fossil fuel alternatives for portland cement production. The initiative was launched October 10 during the GCCA Annual Conference in Singapore. 

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Trucking data giant ranks riskiest road times, driver behavior patterns

Sources: Lytx, San Diego; CP staff

Data from the past 12 months culled by onboard Drive Cam technology developer Lytx finds truck drivers encountering the highest rate of collisions on Thursdays and, in year-over-year terms, reducing rates of drowsy driving but increasing instances of cell phone use and failure to wear seat belts. 

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Trucking group hawkish on driver testing in legalized-pot era

Sources: American Trucking Associations, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

American Trucking Associations directors have endorsed new policies and recommendations aimed at helping the industry continue to safely operate in an environment where more states—with combined population approaching 100 million—are liberalizing laws related to the recreational use of marijuana. Developed by the ATA Controlled Substances and Driver Health and Wellness Working Group, they bolster existing federation positions on impaired driving policies through calls for:

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