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OSHA hears whistleblower suspended for videotaping equipment safety check

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA has ordered Union Pacific Railroad to pay $51,000 in punitive damages and back pay to an employee who, despite federal whistleblower protection, was suspended for refusing to delete from his cell phone video footage of an air compressor safety inspection.

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Developer patents precast pervious pavement technology

Sources: Percoa USA LLC, Minneapolis; CP staff

Armed with a recently issued patent, Percoa USA is eyeing a range of commercial and residential market applications for its precast pervious concrete system and stormwater filtration methods. “We have demonstrated the durability of [the product] as well as its effectiveness in capturing and filtering runoff,” and “are moving to license technology to companies ready to manufacture pervious slabs and pavers,” affirms President Brett Pomerleau.

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ASTM publishes C150, C595 and C1157 product category rules

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

With guidance from 10 PCA member companies, ASTM International has released product category rules (PCR) for six grades of binder under Committee C01 on Cement—portland, portland-limestone, blended hydraulic, masonry, mortar, and plastic (stucco)—providing producers and their customers a tool central to emerging green building practice: environmental product declarations (EPD).

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PCA’s Sullivan doubles down on positive cement consumption outlook

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Measuring year-to-date cement shipments through July, the most recent month for which data is available, PCA Chief Economist Ed Sullivan reiterates in his most recent economic forecast that the industry is on track to reach a previously projected 7.9 percent increase in 2014 powder consumption against 2013 figures.

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Solomon to bring Ultra Fiber into supply chain following Georgia Pacific deal

Sources: Solomon Colors Inc., Springfield, Ill.; CP staff

Solomon Colors has acquired technology and assets associated with the Ultra Fiber 500 product line of concrete secondary reinforcement fibers. Announcing a deal with Georgia Pacific LLC, company president Richard Solomon noted that Ultra Fiber 500 offers “superb finishing quality, unsurpassed crack control, better hydration and bonding, a true invisible fiber for decorative concrete, and fully automated dispensing system capability.”

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