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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
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.

NCCCO offers Mobile Crane Operator written exams in Spanish

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is making its CCO Mobile Crane Operator written certification exams available in Spanish. The Spanish-language CCO exams are direct translations of the English-language exams, based on identical content outlines and with the same number of questions. First to be made available are the mobile crane operator Core exam along with the Telescopic Boom Crane (Fixed Cab), Telescopic Boom Crane (Swing Cab), and Lattice Boom Crawler Crane Specialty exams.

Report quantifies economic and social benefits of robust wind energy growth

Wind power could supply 35 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2050, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy. The report confirms that with technological advancements driving projected cost reductions, in combination with continued siting and transmission development, wind power can be economically deployed to provide renewable power in all 50 states.

Fuel tax jumps a dime a gallon in Iowa

On March 1, the tax rate on gasoline, diesel fuel, and compressed and liquefied natural gas increased by 10 cents per gallon in Iowa because of 2015 legislation (S.257). The new rates are 31 cents per gallon on gasoline and compressed natural gas, and 32.5 cents a gallon for diesel and liquefied natural gas. For purposes of the International Fuel Tax Agreement, Iowa consequently will have a split rate for the first quarter of 2015. Click here for more information.

450 gather in Atlanta for Specialized Transportation Symposium

SC&RA’s 2015 Specialized Transportation Symposium, March 3-6, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga., brought together 447 participants, including company owners and top executives, safety directors, state and federal transportation officials, and representatives from related trade associations. Among those participating were 72 first-timers and 37 international attendees from five nations.