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OSHA advisors to consider Cranes and Derricks rules updates

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) May 7-8, in Washington, D.C. Work groups will meet May 7 and the full committee will meet May 8. The agenda includes remarks from Dr.

Minnesota announces $1.1 billion transportation construction program

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)  announced on April 1 that the state’s $1.1 billion 2014 construction program of 308 projects includes work on 74 projects in the Twin Cities and 194 projects in Greater Minnesota. An additional 40 projects statewide will improve safety at railroad crossings, and make improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports. The work includes projects funded by the Corridors of Commerce program, a bonding effort aimed at improving roadways for freight travel.    

Foundation seeks additional underwriters for auctions

The SC&R Foundation wishes to thank the companies that already have agreed to underwrite vacation packages for the Live and Silent Auctions to be held during the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 22-26, at the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Fla.:

SC&RA releases updates from state permitting officials

For the first time since regional groups of state transportation officials began meeting in conjunction with SC&RA’s Specialized Transportation Symposium in 1988, the groups each compiled state-by-state updates this year. These reports were based on presentations made at the regional group’s 1-1/2 day sessions immediately before the officially opening of the Symposium, March 19-21, in Houston, Texas. 

Popular “Daddy Was a Trucker” poem available online

Because so many attendees at the Specialized Transportation Symposium, March 19-21 in Houston, Texas, have told SC&RA staff how much they appreciated the presentation by Dan Baker on “Integrating Four Generations into Your Workforce,” the Association would like to share “Daddy Was a Trucker.” Baker recited his poem towards the end of his presentation. Click here to download the lyrics, a video or the audio version.

SC&RA supports FMCSA’s plans for split-rest study

Anne Ferro, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), recently confirmed her agency’s plans to award a contract by the end of the year for a study to examine whether expanding the use of split rest in sleeper berths can improve both safety and productivity.

SC&RA welcomes three new members and one returning member

Please join us in welcoming the following new members:

MIMS Riggers: William Myer
218 Guilds Hollow Rd
Bethlehem, CT 06751
Phone: (203) 266-6138
Email: billsr@mimsriggers.com
Web: www.mimsriggers.com
Services: Crane & Rigging, Millwrighting, Transportation

SC&RA supports FMCSA’s plans for split-rest study

Anne Ferro, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), recently confirmed her agency’s plans to award a contract by the end of the year for a study to examine whether expanding the use of split rest in sleeper berths can improve both safety and productivity.

OSHA letter outlines concerns to Arizona State Program

A letter sent on March 19 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) expressed the belief that Arizona’s residential fall protection standards fail to function at least as effectively as federal OSHA standards. ADOSH has until April 18 to show how it will correct the outlined deficiencies or otherwise “show cause” as to why their standard is at least as effective as federal OSHA’s.

Senate confirms Chris Lu as Deputy Secretary of Labor

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez recently commended the Senate on its confirmation of Chris Lu to be the new Deputy Secretary of Labor. “Chris is an enormously capable manager and a devoted public servant, whose commitment to President Obama's opportunity agenda is second to none,” said Perez. “He will continue to be a tenacious advocate for American workers, and I look forward to working with him on all of our priorities — from job training to wage protection to worker safety to benefits security.”