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U.S. OSHA rejects Arizona’s fall-protection standards for residential const

Arizona repealed its requirements for residential fall protection requirements four days after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rejected the state’s standards. Arizona will now follow the federal standards.

Job seekers increasingly look for trucker positions

Two of the top three fastest-growing job searches are for truck-driving positions, according to job-search website, indeed.com. From Jan. 2014 to Jan. 2015, CDL truck driver search increased by 83 percent, followed by healthcare administration at 55 percent and class b driver at 40 percent. In a Feb.

CVSA releases results from Operation Safe Driver week

Law enforcement officers pulled over 59,080 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2014 Operation Safe Driver mobilization week. In addition, 24,184 North American Standard Roadside Inspections were conducted by CVSA-Certified Inspectors on commercial drivers and vehicles.

Construction adds 308,000 jobs over past year

Construction employers added 39,000 jobs in January and 308,000 over the past year, reaching the highest employment total since February 2009, as the sector’s unemployment rate fell to 9.8 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released on Feb. 6.  “Contractors have stayed busy this winter and expect to keep hiring through 2015—if they can find the workers they need,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

Virginia Tech wants drivers for 34-hour restart study

Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute announced on Feb. 3 that it is looking for about 250 commercial truck drivers to participate in a study commissioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) concerning the 34-hour restart provisions of the hours-of-service regulations implemented in 2013. A federal appropriations bill signed into law in mid-December put a stay of enforcement on the rules, pending the study.

Free app available for Specialized Transportation Symposium

SC&RA is now offering a free app for the Specialized Transportation Symposium, March 3-6, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga. Attendees who have registered were emailed instructions to download the app on Feb. 4. Features of this app include:

NCCCO acknowledges SC&RA while marking 20th Anniversary

On Jan. 26, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) announced the 20th anniversary of its professionally developed and nationally accredited personnel certification programs. “Over the past two decades, CCO certification has made an indelible contribution to crane safety by establishing a national benchmark of the knowledge and skills needed to operate cranes,” said NCCCO President Thom Sicklesteel.

Colorado switches to online OS/OW permitting

The new Colorado Oversize Overweight Permitting and Routing (COOPR) online system allows for around-the-clock access, fleet management and self-issue capabilities of permits for envelope loads and bridge analysis for heavier ones. on some permits. All applications need to be placed in COOPR for processing.

Click here to access the new COOPR system. If you have any questions, please contact the Colorado Department of Transportation Permit Office at 303-757-9539 during normal business hours.

Construction jobs increased in 40 states and D.C. in past year

Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia between December 2013 and December 2014 while construction employment increased in 38 states and D.C. between November and December, according to an analysis of Labor Department data released on Jan. 27 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “Part of the reason for the positive December construction employment figures was the exceptionally harsh weather in much of December 2013 and November 2014 and milder than normal weather in December 2014,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

Obama budget calls for funding roads, bridges with tax on overseas profits

President Obama’s proposed $4 trillion budget includes a one-time 14 percent tax on the $2 trillion in earnings that U.S. corporations have overseas to pay for an ambitious plan to fix roads and bridges across the nation. In the future, the government would impose a 19 percent tax on overseas earnings. U.S. companies currently only pay taxes on money they make overseas once they bring it back to the U.S., which causes many to simply park their money overseas.