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National Concrete Pipe Week a nod to vital infrastructure

Source: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas

Proclamations from 11 governors across the U.S. have positioned August 16-22 as the inaugural National Concrete Pipe Week, formally recognizing the importance of reinforced concrete pipe and precast concrete products to citizens’ health, safety and well-being. The contributions of thousands of workers, hundreds of manufacturing plants and other industries that support producers will likewise be acknowledged.

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NRMCA adds Pre-Trip Inspection lessons to online safety training library

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Pre-Trip Inspection lessons for rear discharge and front discharge mixer trucks are the latest additions to NRMCA’s Online Safety Series for drivers and fleet personnel. They contain the latest daily best practice, seven-step inspection procedures to help meet federal regulations, plus pointers for rear or front discharge models bearing liftable axles.

 

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New ready mixed specification series support outreach to engineers

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; CP staff

The NRMCA Research Engineering and Standards Committee has unveiled Specification in Practice (SIP), a series of two-page information sheets written in an easily understandable "What, Why and How?" format. The first five topics address commonly found, high priority prescriptive issues that impact the ability to produce concrete mixtures that are sustainable and attain target performance.

 

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OSHA revisits injury, illness recordkeeping requirements

Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration

A public comment period on an amended OSHA rule, where the agency clarifies an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness over a five-year period, runs through September 28. OSHA proposes no new compliance obligations and does not call for any injury or illness records beyond existing requirements.

 

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Historic weather impacts can’t stop Martin Marietta, Vulcan financial trajectories

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

With stakes in some of the strongest cement, concrete and aggregate markets, two of the industry’s top bellwether operators kicked off August with parallel messages to investors: Even with the negative effect of heavy spring rains on shipments, especially in Texas, first half sales and profits climbed when compared to the first six months of 2014. Upbeat second quarter 2015 earnings reports, plus solid sales, pricing and profit projections, sent Martin Marietta Materials stock toward an all-time high, $170/share, and Vulcan Materials stock to an eight-year high, hovering $96/share.

 

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