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SC&RA Safety Awards Have Been Shipped to Winners

Crane & Rigging and Fleet Safety Awards, which were announced during the SC&RA Annual Conference, ApriI 2-6, in Scottsdale, Ariz. were shipped earlier this week and should be delivered no later than early next week. Additionally, Million Miler awards and Crane Operator vests were sent to companies for their respective recipients.

SC&RA Welcomes 12 New Members and 2 Returning Members

Recruited by: Pat Sharkey, American Cranes & Transport/KHL

Aldridge Electric Inc.: Christopher Morgan
844 E Rockland Rd
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: (847) 247-6422  Fax: (847) 557-2139
Services: Millwrighting, Transportation
Recruited by:  Paul Ross, Keen Transport, Inc.

Borsheim Crane Service: Tyler Goodman

SC&R Foundation Announces New Officers and Recognize Service

During the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz., the SC&R Foundation announced its officers for 2013-2014:

  • President: Robert Moore, NBIS, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Vice President: Stephanie Bragg, Bragg Companies, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Treasurer: Jim Sever, PSC Crane & Rigging, Piqua, Ohio

Foundation Committee Chairpersons for the 2013-2014 are as follows:

Small Business Economic Outlook Improves Slightly

While 79 percent of small business owners continue to indicate that the U.S. economy is off on the wrong track, they are slightly more optimistic about the direction the economy is headed in, with 16 percent saying it is headed in the right direction, up from 13 percent in January, according to a U.S. Chamber Small Business Outlook Study released on April 4. Other highlights include:

Construction Employment Improves in Majority of States in March

Construction employment increased in 30 states in March as the industry expanded but at a slower pace than in February, according to an analysis released on April 19 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of Labor Department data.  

Wind Energy Plans Move forward Worldwide

Each issue of Wind Energy SmartBriefs includes news of projects throughout the United States. However, there also are plenty of items about developments elsewhere. Recent issues included the following items of interest to SC&RA members throughout the world:

Canadian Magazine Posts Details about U.S. Canadian HOS Differences

Today’s Trucking, a Canadian magazine, is alerting its readers about details they need to know concerning the new Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations set to go into effect in the United States on July 1. “If you’re a veteran who’s been operating in the United States for some time now, you’re likely accustomed to tailoring your hours to meet U.S. regulations on a regular basis. Now’s the time to learn about the two big changes coming in July: the mandatory break requirement and the 34-hour restart changes,” noted the magazine in an article posted online on April 19.

Port of Houston Works to Reduce Delays Created by New Software Glitches

The Texas Motor Transport Association (TMTA) issued an alert on April 23 concerning significant delays experienced by the Port of Houston Authority (POHA) during the past week after it replaced 22-year-old software. Although POHA tested the software, delay-causing anomalies that could not have been fully anticipated suddenly appeared. In response, many carriers had begun sending their trucks to the port earlier, prior to the port opening, to begin the wait in anticipation of the delays.

FMCSA Advisory Group Recommends Keeping Some Safety Scores Private

A 19-member advisory subcommittee of the  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recommended withholding from public view at least three safety score categories that are part of its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program until underlying data problems are corrected. According to an article in the April 22 issue of Transport Topics, the subcommittee recommended that:

New Research Assesses Navigation System Use in Trucking

On April 17, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released findings from the first phase of a two-part research initiative aimed at assessing the use of navigation systems in large trucks. This first phase of the research, which analyzed survey data from over 800 drivers and carriers, identifies different systems and how they are used, as well as industry perceptions of navigation system effectiveness.