On May 10, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver’s medical certification status. The proposal would require certified medical examiners performing physical examinations on drivers of commercial motor vehicles to use a newly developed medical examination report form, and to use a new form for the medical examiner’s certificate (MEC).
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) ceremonially signed Virginia’s landmark $6 billion transportation funding legislation on May 13. The last time Virginia lawmakers put significant money into road needs was 1986.
SC&RA has enhanced its efforts to communicate with members and allies through social media.
SC&RA would like to remind members that when you enroll in the Association’s free Shipping Program, you can save up to 27 percent on select FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Home Delivery services. The discounts apply to shipments members send and receive. PartnerShip, the program administrator, will link the discounts automatically to members’ existing FedEx accounts.
SC&RA encourages members to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Highway Transport, July 8-11, in Wilmington, N.C. SC&RA Vice President Douglas Ball will be participating as part of a forum titled “Public Partners Priorities and Perspectives,” during which he and other industry representatives will discuss their priorities and opportunities for collaboration.
Greg Cohen, President of the American Highway Users Alliance, will present an SC&RA webinar titled “View from Capitol Hill: Current Federal Highway Funding & Policy Issues” on May 22 at noon Eastern Time. Among the important topics he will cover are the status of federal surface transportation programs, Congressional reaction to the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, options for new sources of revenue to fund the program, and the context of transportation’s funding woes in relation to the larger fiscal problems facing the nation.
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) recently made available a new CCO certification program for service truck crane operators. Among other purposes, service truck cranes are widely used for heavy equipment assembly, repair, and service. Although relatively small, these cranes are still engaged in lifting operations covered by OSHA 1926 Subpart CC, which requires operators to be certified or qualified if they are involved with material delivery at construction sites.
The unemployment rate for construction workers fell to the lowest April level in five years as contractors added more than 150,000 employees in the past year despite a dip in employment last month, according to an analysis released May 3 of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “It is heartening to see that both nonresidential and residential segments of the construction industry added significant numbers of workers in the last 12 months, even though gains from March to April were limited to the residential side,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.
The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI) increased in April to 111.68, up from 111.61 in March. The April figure is 3.8 percent higher than a year ago. “On average, employment has grown almost as fast as GDP over the past three years, and that is likely to continue into the third quarter of 2013,” said Gad Levanon, Director of Macroeconomic Research at The Conference Board. “As a result, the average labor productivity of American workers will struggle to improve until GDP growth accelerates.”
Recent issues of Wind Energy SmartBrief included the following items of interest to SC&RA members involved with the hauling, erection and maintenance of wind farms: