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OSHA May Change Standard Governing Forklifts, Derricks

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering a possible revision to the cranes and derricks in construction standard (29 C.F.R. § 1926 Subpart CC), which could clarify when forklifts are covered by the rule and how digger derricks are defined, according to an article in the March 21 issue of Construction Labor Report.

Americans Continue to Ignore Warnings about Distracted Driving Dangers

Survey results released on April 11 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirm what many truck drivers of SC&RA member companies have long suspected: Many Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite warnings that it causes their own driving to deteriorate and can lead to crashes, injuries and even death.

Maryland to Begin Nighttime OS/OW Permit Pilot Program

On April 1, Maryland began allowing permited loads not exceeding 75 feet long, 12 feet wide, 14 feet 6 inches high and 120,000 pounds with prior approval to travel between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise restricted. Nighttime movements for Bay Bridge are not authorized for this pilot program.  Requests for night time travel must be made as part of the original permit application.  Permit holders must adhere to all time restrictions set forth by the Code of Maryland Regulations and all toll facilities.

MAASTO Conference Set for October 28-30

The Mid America Association of Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Highway Transport has set its Fall meeting for October 28-30 in Louisville, Ky. This is an excellent opportunity for SC&RA members to meet and interact with state permit officials from Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and Kansas. Click here for more information. 

Registrations to Be Accepted Onsite at Annual Conference

There is still time to register for the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz. Registrations will be accepted onsite beginning 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2. Join more than 660  people who have signed up for the Association’s flagship event. 

SC&RA Will Not Publish Newsletter during Annual Conference Next Week

The SC&RA Newsletter will not be published next week because the Association’s staff will be conducting the Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Look for the next issue of this newsletter, which will include news from the Annual Conference, on April 11.

SC&RA Releases New Assembly/Disassembly Guides for Cranes

This week, SC&RA sent its Crane & Rigging members two 9-page assembly/disassembly guides for cranes. These free guides—one for tower cranes and the other for mobile cranes—provide a comprehensive list of tasks to be completed. They also delineate specific responsibilities for the controlling entity, crane owner, crane user, assembly/disassembly director, site supervisor, lift director and crane operator.

SC&RA Webinar to Focus on Hiring, Retaining Skilled Personnel

Duff Swain, President of Trincon Group LLC, Columbus, Ohio, will present a webinar on “Creative and Effective Ways to Hire and Retain Skilled Personnel” at noon Eastern on April 24. His presentation will focus on development and retention of skilled trades personnel, including truck drivers, equipment operators, maintenance personnel, and other trades where turnover is not only a productivity issue, but represents significant costs to businesses across the country.

Foundation Revives Live Auction and Strengthens Silent Auction

The SC&R Foundation is bringing back the Live Auction for this year’s Annual Conference for the first time since 2005. The new, improved Live Auction during the Foundation Gala on April 4 will feature a professional auctioneer and getaway packages purchased on consignment. The Foundation is also strengthening the Silent Auction program, which will be on April 4-5 near the registration tables.

U.S. and Canada Agree to Plan to Accelerate Border Crossings for Trucks

On March 14, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Canadian Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews signed a memorandum of understanding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) truck cargo pre-inspection pilot project. The project provides CBP officers a designated preclearance area in Canada to conduct primary inspection activities for eligible truck traffic and drivers seeking to enter the United States—fulfilling a commitment in the Beyond the Border Action Plan, and expediting legitimate cargo and travelers. The U.S.