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OSHA Posts Letter of Interpretation about Crane Operator Recertification

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has posted on its website a letter of interpretation, clarifying whether or not a practical test is required for recertification of crane operators. The letter from James G. Maddux, OSHA’s Director of the Directorate of Construction, was in response to a question posed by James Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

NCCCO Launches ‘Committed to Crane Safety’ Program

On September 19, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) launched its new Committed to Crane Safety program, which recognizes employers that have demonstrated a commitment to safety by hiring CCO-certified personnel. All companies that successfully qualify for entry into the program receive a special Recognition Package that includes the rights to use the exclusive CCO “Proudly Employing” logo, coverage of their efforts in national and local media, and other benefits.

California Officials Agree to Change Off-Road Diesel Emissions Rule

A series of changes California officials made to their off-road diesel emissions rule, after the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) discovered significant errors in the measure, will save construction employers as much as $9 billion. AGC officials outlined the changes and their potential impacts during a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on September 20 concerning whether California can start enforcing the revised measure in 2014.

Number of Fatal Injuries Drops in 2011 from 2010 Figures

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released on September 20 show that the number of fatal work injuries in 2011 was slightly lower than final results from 2010. Last year, 4,609 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of 4,690 in 2010.

A Number of New OSHA Grants to Further Interests of SC&RA Members

On September 11, the U.S.Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) awarded $10.7 million through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to 72 nonprofit organizations, including community/faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges and universities. Among the grants of particular interest to SC&RA are:

Interstate 25 to close for 2012 Presidential Debate at University of Denver

Oversize/Overweight and LVC Vehicles Prohibited Throughout the Area. On the evening of Wednesday, October 3, Interstate 25 will be completely closed in both directions from the Santa Fe Drive (US 85) interchange to the Hampden Avenue (US 285) interchange for the 2012 presidential debate at the University of Denver. Although all closures, dates and times are subject to change, it is anticipated that the six-mile portion of I-25 will be closed from approximately 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Technician Shortage Begins to Emerge in the Trucking Industry

Trucking and fleet maintenance need to work closely with educators to attract new talent as thousands of technicianleave the industry, mostly through retirement, according to an article in the September 24 issue of Transport Topics. The article cited Labor Department projections that employment among truck and bus mechanics and diesel specialists will grow 14.5 percent from 242,200 in 2020 in 2010 to 277,400 in 2020 and that there will be 87,800 job openings in the sector during the decade, with 35,200 from growth and 52,600 leaving the industry.

Unified Carrier Registration to Become Available on October 1

The 2013 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) application will be available to motor carriers on October 1, 2012. The UCR Agreement Board has recommended that states begin roadside enforcement of the payment of the 2013 fees, which remain the same as those charged in 2011 and 2012, on the first day of the year.The fees for 2013 have not increased over those charged in 2011 and 2012.Click here for more information.

IRP to Offer Free Audit & Record-Keeping Webinar for Industry

On October 2, at 2 p.m. EDT, IRP, Inc., the repository of the International Registration Plan, will present a free webinar for IRP registrants and their representatives on the audit and record-keeping changes that are coming to the Plan by the middle of next year. The webinar will include an explanation of how GPS data can be used as IRP records and what carrier records will be considered adequate under the new rules.

Beta Group Tests New SC&RA Permit Manual Website

SC&RA has been working with a beta group in anticipation of the release of the new Permit Manual online. All current subscribers will receive information and a login/password in the next two weeks to access the new site. The new online website features downloadable PDF’s of all 50 states and the Canadian Provinces. The Permit Manual details the information that your company needs so you aren’t hit with hefty fines.