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Scott Darling nominated by President Obama to head FMCSA

On Aug. 5, President Barack Obama nominated T.F. “Scott” Darling III as the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at the Department of Transportation. He has served as Chief Counsel for FMCSA since 2012. He also served as the Acting Administrator of FMCSA from August 2014 to March 2015.

Edison Electric Institute carrier directory to be limited to qualified SC&RA members

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SC&RA has entered into a joint initiative with Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which will result in a handbook to help EEI member utilities identify companies capable of moving transformers and other oversize/overweight loads. EEI, whose membership includes 75 percent of electric utilities nationwide, is particularly interested in identifying carriers capable of responding to emergencies with appropriate equipment and personnel within 48 hours.

Early-bird discounts for Crane & Rigging Workshop ends after Aug. 7

Be sure to register soon for the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, Sept. 23-25, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, Colo. Early bird rates for members are $395, but rates increase to $455 after Friday, Aug. 7. Similar early registration discounts are available for nonmembers of SC&RA. To date, over 300 people have taken advantage of early-bird discounts for this event.

SC&RA urges members to attend WASHTO & MAASTO Permit Meetings

SC&RA encourages its specialized transport members to attend two fall conferences of regional transportation officials—the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials, Subcommittee on Highway Transport (MAASTO-SCOHT), Sept. 22-23, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, Ill., and the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Committee on Highway Transport (WASHTO-COHT), Oct. 14-16, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, Nev. Both conferences provide outstanding opportunities for industry to interact with state transportation officials.

SC&RA welcomes four new members and one returning member

Please join the Association in welcoming the following new members:

Crofton Industries, Kenneth J. Crofton, Owner
16 Harper Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Phone: (757) 397-1131
Fax: (757) 397-8693
Email: kcrofton@croftondiving.com
Website: www.croftondiving.com
Sevices: Crane & Rigging, Transportation

Obama signs short-term transportation funding bill

On July 31, President Obama signed an $8 billion extension of federal transportation funding until Oct. 29. “We can’t keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants,” said Obama. “That’s just now how the greatest country does business. I guarantee that’s not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.”

OSHA approves Maine as State Plan covering state, local government workers

Maine has recently been approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as the newest State Plan responsible for protecting the safety and health of state and local government employees. Click here to review the Maine State and Local Government Only State Plan, which will cover more than 81,000 employees of the state and its political subdivisions under an OSHA-approved plan. The plan became effective Aug. 5.

OSHA updates comprehensive guide to its training requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted a fully updated version of its guide to all agency training requirements to help employers, safety and health professionals, training directors and others comply with the law and keep workers safe. The guide organizes the training requirements into five categories: General Industry, Maritime, Construction, Agriculture and Federal Employee Programs.

Uncertainty about highway/transit funding curtails construction employment

Construction employment declined in 127 metro areas, was stagnant in 51 and increased in 180 between June 2014 and June 2015, according to an analysis of federal employment data released on July 29 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “It is hard for construction firms to invest in new employees if they don't know what business conditions will be like for the rest of the year,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.

GAO calls for improved research standards concerning hours-of-service rule

A new 127-page report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the January 2014 study issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to examine the efficacy of its hours of service (HOS) rule followed most generally accepted research standards. However, GAO said FMCSA failed to “completely meet certain research standards such as reporting limitations and linking the conclusions to the results.”