The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced on June 15 that about 470 new 70 mph speed limit signs were being posted to replace old 65 mph signs during the week on about 810 miles of the state’s interstates and highways. WisDOT said drivers can start accelerating on designated roads once the signs are posted. Additional freeway segments could be signed for 70 mph speeds in the future. Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed into law last month the measure that allows WisDOT to decide which highways can post increased speeds.
William Clay Fiske, Jr., President of Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers, Inc., El Paso, Texas, passed away Sunday, June 28. After attending New Mexico State University (NMSU), where he graduated from the College of Engineering, he worked at Southwestern his entire adult life. Southwestern is a founding member of SC&RA, and he regularly attended SC&RA’s major meetings. He contributed to the athletic department at NMSU and helped create The Fiske Construction Engineering Scholarship for NMSU engineering students.
On June 29, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice in the Federal Register proposing enhancements to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) of the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, which has been in effect since 2010.
Eric Chester has been selected as the keynote speaker for the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, Sept. 23-25, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colo. In his presentation, Strategies to Build Your Future Workforce, he will share proven strategies that renowned companies use to attract, develop and retain young workers at jobs they don’t typically consider sexy; learn how to remain relevant with this emerging workforce and how to implement the “7 Pillars of an On Fire Workplace Culture.”
The June 18 Federal Register included a notice that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted SC&RA’s request for a limited exemption from compliance with the agency’s Hours of Service (HOS) rule for commercial motor vehicle drivers. The exemption enables all specialized carriers and drivers responsible for the transportation of loads that exceed normal weight and dimensional limits—oversize/overweight (OS/OW) loads—and require a permit issued by a government authority, to be exempt from the 30-minute rest break provision in 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii).
SC&RA staff participated at SkillsUSA, June 22-26, in Louisville, Ky., which attracted more than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders and representatives from more than 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions. The event is a showcase of career and technical education students.
Every year, SC&RA develops its annual budget much in the same way that your company develops its annual budget. Part of this process includes determining SC&RA’s annual membership dues revenue. To facilitate this process, SC&RA requires members to submit their 2014 Gross Revenue to SC&RA so that the Association can identify each company’s 2016 annual dues.
With the commissioning of the K2 Wind Power Project in southwestern Ontario in June, Canada has now become the 7th country in the world to surpass 10,000 megawatts (MW) of installed wind energy capacity, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators’ (NCCCO) ANSI-accredited CCO Crane Inspector certification is proving to be a valuable tool for those responsible for maintaining the nation’s fleets of cranes.
“We are seeing that our CCO Crane Inspector certification program is increasingly popular with owners and employers who understand the safety and cost benefits of a professionally developed assessment process and who recognize its place within a comprehensive risk management process,” said Matthew Eckstine, NCCCO Manager of Business Development.