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SC&RA Issues Seven Crane & Rigging Awards

SC&RA congratulates recipients of safety awards granted since April.

The Crane and Rigging Rental Service Safety Award, which requires 1,500 hours of maintenance work, are presented to the client to signify the commitment of the member and SC&RA to safety and efficiency:

SC&RA Welcomes 3 New Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members:

MIQ Logistics: Jack Justice
PO Box 7919
Shawnee Mission, KS 66207
Phone: (913) 696-7456
Fax: (913) 234-7918

OSHA Broadens Exemption for Digger Derricks in Cranes and Derricks Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that broadens the current exemption for digger derricks used in the electric-utility industry. The exemption has been expanded to include telecommunications work in addition to electric-utility work. This final rule provides a complete exemption from having to follow the requirements of Subpart CC of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

Architecture Billings Index Hits Lowest Mark since July 2012

After indicating increasing demand for design services for the better part of a year, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reversed course in April. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.

Maryland to Offer Tax Credit to Partially Cover Tractor Registration Fees

An income tax credit in Maryland of up to $400 per vehicle will be available for tax years beginning in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to cover part of the expense of registering a truck tractor in the state. The one-year credit may not be carried over to another year. It applies to tractors base-registered in Maryland under the International Registration Plan, but it does not apply to straight trucks.

IRS Extends Filing Deadline for Fuel Tax Credits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has granted an extension until July 1 for those filing for 2012 fuel tax credits for biodiesel, biodiesel mixtures, alternative fuels (including propane used to power forklifts), and alternative fuel mixtures. These credits were extended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 until the end of this calendar year, and retroactively for calendar year 2012. The extension is subject to certain requirements.

New HOS Rules Pose Additional Safety Concerns for SC&RA Members

SC&RA members face additional parking and driver behavior concerns as they prepare for new Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules expected to be put into effect July 1 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

FHWA Size & Weight Study Draws Active Participation

“We will consider everything from lives to livelihoods.” So said Jeffrey Paniati, executive director of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), as he kicked off the first public session of the agency’s comprehensive size and weight study. “We know there are diverse views. We will not form policy but will summarize the data for Congress.”  

Registration Opens for SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop

Registrations and online hotel reservations are now being accepted for the 2013 SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 18-20, at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla. Additionally, organizations that exhibited at the 2012 Crane & Rigging Workshop have received email on the availability of booths for the 2013 Workshop. Exhibit space will be made available to the public on June 12.

FMCSA Proposes to Eliminate Outdated Reporting Requirement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a new rule that would eliminate a quarterly financial data reporting requirement for some interstate motor carriers. The financial data reporting program originated in 1938 under the authority of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). With the disbandment of the ICC in 1996, the program was transferred to the U.S. Department of Transportation and later FMCSA.