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White paper analyzes top HR compliance issues

A white paper recently published by TriNet covers the top five human-resources compliance issues faced by small and medium sized companies:

Wind power investment surges worldwide

Recent editions of Wind Energy SmartBrief included the following items of interest to SC&RA members involved with the hauling, erection and maintenance of wind farms throughout the world:

37 states added construction jobs from a year ago

Construction firms added jobs in 37 states over the past 12 months and in 30 states between January and February according to an analysis released on March 28 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of Labor Department data. “Considering the mix of states adding and losing construction jobs for the month and year, it seems winter conditions had less of an impact than many had expected,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

OSHA issues rule on power generation, transmission, distribution

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on April 1 that it would be issuing a final rule to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work. “This long-overdue update will save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries annually,” said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

Symposium draws 443 specialized transport pros to Houston

SC&RA’s 2014 Specialized Transportation Symposium, March 19-21, at the Omni Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas, brought together 443 participants, including company owners and top executives, safety directors, state and federal transportation officials, and related trade associations. Among those participating were 74 first-time attendees.

SC&RA Vice President Doug Ball retires

SC&RA recognized Doug Ball for over 13 years of dedicated service as the association’s Vice President, Transportation, at a special presentation and reception during the first day of the Specialized Transportation Symposium, March 19-21, in Houston, Texas. He officially retires March 28.

Record number of Job of the Year Entries requires changes to SC&RA Annual Conference schedule

Due to a record number of entries in the Job of the Year competitions, SC&RA has made some adjustments to the Annual Conference schedule.

Always a highlight of the Annual Conference, these competitions recognize jobs that epitomize how SC&RA members successfully meet professional challenges encountered in hauling and in rigging. The Hauling and Rigging Job of the Year Competitions will switch dates and both will begin earlier than previously scheduled. Additionally, the International Members Reception will begin a half-hour later. The new schedule:

First female F-14 Tomcat pilot to speak at Annual Conference

Carey Lohrenz will translate to the business world many of the lessons she learned as the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy during a captivating breakfast presentation at the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 22-26, at the Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Fla. The breakfast is being sponsored by Trail King Industries. She will explain how—just as inconsistent execution by pilots in the fast moving, dynamic environments can generate catastrophic results—changing markets and evolving customer needs can put any company at risk if it does not adapt quickly. 

SC&RA welcomes five new members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members:

Bennett Steel Incorporated: Jared Brant
2210 North Industrial Rd.
Sapulpa, OK 774066
Phone: (918) 227-2564
Fax: (918) 227-3948
Email: drb@bennettsteel.com
Web: www.bennettsteel.com
Services: Crane & Rigging Service, Millwrighting, Transportation

FMCSA deactivates companies with outdated URS data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has begun to deactivate the Department of Transportation registration numbers of trucking companies overdue for updating their Unified Registration System (URS) data, which is due every other year. In November, FMCSA sent warning letters and email to motor carriers concerning the need to file the registration updates.