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SC&RA members win by recruiting other members

Competition is reaching a fever pitch in for the 2015 SC&RA Member-Get-a Member Contest.

This year’s winning company will receive the 2015 SC&RA President’s Award trophy at the 2016 SC&RA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL along with a half-page feature article in American Cranes & Transport magazine in 2016.

Coalition warns Congress about devolution of highway program

SC&RA was among 38 organizations that wrote a letter to Congress on March 16 to warn about the dangers of devolving the federal highway program and urge passage of a robust, long-term highway bill that secures the federal role in transportation.

OSHA interpretation letter clarifies PPE payment rules

An interpretation letter from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) said that an employer could require employees to pay a deposit for personal protective equipment (PPE) issued at no cost to them. Upon termination of employment, employees may be required to return the PPE or pay for it; however, the employer may not charge the employee for normal wear and tear to the equipment that is related to the work performed or workplace conditions.

ATA urges Congress to back hair-testing legislation

On March 19, the  American Trucking Associations (ATA) asked lawmakers to support bipartisan legislation that would allow trucking companies to use a highly effective tool – hair testing – to meet federal requirements and prevent drug users from getting behind the wheel of trucks.

Construction jobs increase in 43 states and D.C. during past year

Construction firms added jobs in 43 states and the District of Columbia between January 2014 and January 2015 while construction employment increased in 31 between December and January, according to an analysis of Labor Department data released on March 17 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “Most of the country experienced a welcome rebound in construction employment last year,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson. “Yet it is unclear how public sector demand and new regulatory requirements will overshadow relatively robust private-sector demand.”

Save $80 by registering for Annual Conference by March 27

More than 550 people already have signed up for the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 14-18, at La Costa Resort & Conference Center, Carlsbad, Calif. Act soon to save $80 per registration. After March 27, rates increase from $765 to $845 for members and $1,045 to $1,125 for non-members. Rates also will increase after that date for spouses and children.

SC&RA welcomes eleven new members and five returning members

Please welcome the following new SC&RA members:

Alter Logistics Company, Thomas Streight
2117 State Street
Suite 300
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Phone: (563) 344-5100
Fax: (563) 344-5102
Email: tom.streight@alterlogistics.com
Website: www.alterbarge.com
Services: Broker/Frieght Forwarder, Consultant – Marine & Other

NYC Buildings to amend its crane and derricks standard

Peter Juhren, Morrow Equipment, will officially represent SC&RA at information sessions to be held by the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC Buildings) concerning RS 19-2, the local reference standard for cranes and derricks. Included in RS 19-2 are the technical details for the tests and inspections that must be satisfied to obtain a permit (certification) and the operation details concerning how to safely run a crane, derrick and related equipment.

FMCSA issues new railroad-crossing safety visor card

On March 12, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began offering new visor cards with railroad-crossing safety tips for trucking companies. The cards include seven steps for safety, advice of what to do if a vehicle stalls or hangs up on the tracks, and the emergency phone numbers for all major U.S. railroads.

OSHA proposes rule on eye and face protection

On March 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed revision to its Eye and Face Protection Standards that updates personal protective equipment requirements in the agency’s general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, marine terminals and construction standards. The proposed revisions will reflect current national consensus standards and ensure that employers use up-to-date eye and face protection during hazardous workplace operations.