Already, 50 of 77 booths have been reserved for the Exhibit Center during SC&RA's 35th Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 19-21 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Ky. The Exhibit Center will be the Workshop’s only activity, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20. Be sure to check the website for the updated floor plan and exhibitor registration form to reserve your booth as soon as possible because booths traditionally go quickly for this event.
SC&RA urges members to approve or change by June 15 the listings for the print version of the annual SC&RA Membership Directory. The Association recently faxed the listings to official company representatives.
Membership in SC&RA includes a free directory listing. Members may enhance a listing by purchasing:
• blocks of additional premium text, beginning at $150
• listings of additional branches for $100 each
The national average price of diesel fuel fell 5.9 cents to $3.897, according to a Department of Energy Report released on May 29. It was the seventh consecutive weekly decline and was the lowest price since early February to climb towards $3 per gallon. The most recent regional average diesel prices were:
- East Coast: $3.940
- Midwest: $3.795
- Gulf Coast: $3.802
- Rocky Mountain: $3.948
- West Coast: $4.164
The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has more than doubled the fines for trucks carrying overly heavy loads in 2012 through April 30, compared to the same time period in 2011, according to an article in the May 7 issue of the Bismarck Tribune. Through April 30, NDHP assessed $1,096,730 in overload fees in 2012; through the same date in 2011, the patrol had assessed $431,645 in fines.
Regardless of the precautions SC&RA members take when transporting oversize/overweight loads, dangers lurk when the motorists around them drive badly—often without knowing safe procedures.
In anticipation of the busy Memorial Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) offered motorists the following tips on sharing the road with big rigs:
On May 22, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) announced its Board of Directors had called on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) monitoring program.
On May 25, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a 60-day extension of the time that motor carriers have to comment on proposed improvements to the agency's proposed Safety Measurement System (SMS). The comment period now runs through July 30. SMS is the workload prioritization tool that helps FMCSA identify motor carriers for safety intervention.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is seeking public input on a set of proposed regulatory amendments to increase clarity and relieve private sector burdens without sacrificing safety standards. A number of the proposed amendments were in response to petitions for rulemaking submitted by shippers, carriers, manufacturers, and industry representatives. These proposed revisions are intended to reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining or enhancing the existing level of safety.
On May 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its intent to establish a Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. The committee will advise OSHA on the development and implementation of improved customer service models, enhancements in the investigative and enforcement process, training, and regulations governing OSHA investigations. In addition, it will advise OSHA in cooperative activities with other federal agencies that are responsible for areas covered by the whistleblower protection statutes enforced by OSHA.
In a letter sent May 23, a coalition of 11 national business associations urged Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to reconsider a series of new hiring mandates her department wants to impose on contractors working on federal projects. The associations’ officials noted that the government has failed to produce any data justifying the very costly and prescriptive new hiring mandates.