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Arizona Disputes OSHA’s Threat to Take Over Its Fall Protection Enforcement

The Industrial Commission of Arizona recently rejected a demand from U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that the state change its fall protection rule for residential construction or face a federal enforcement takeover, according to an article in the February 21 issue of Construction Labor Report. In a February 1 letter to OSHA, Commission Director Laura McGrory said OSHA had a “fundamental misunderstanding” of the state’s new fall protection requirements and the state’s ability to enforce the rule.

CVSA Releases 2013 Out-of-Service Criteria

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently announced that the 2013 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial (OOSC), which goes into effect on April 1, is now available. The OOSC, the only official reference book of its kind for law enforcement and the motor carrier industry, is designed to improve commercial motor vehicle safety by promoting uniformity in compliance and enforcement throughout North America.

FMCSA Expands Cross-Border Trucking Program Despite Ongoing Lawsuit

On February 19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted Grupo Behr provisional authority to operate in the U.S. as part of the cross-border trucking pilot program. FMCSA said the Mexican carrier has made sufficient changes since its application was put on hold in 2011 because of concern about its safety history. Grupo Behr is the program’s tenth participating company.

Virginia Drops Plans for Tolls on I-95, Increases Sales Tax to Pay for Roads

A grand compromise in the Virginia House and Senate ended plans by the state’s Department of Transportation to turn I-95 South of Fredericksburg into a toll road but raised the state’s sales tax as part of efforts to fund nearly $1 billion for road repairs and construction. In a 25-15 vote, the Senate paved the way for Virginia’s first long-term transportation plan in 27 years.

Early-Bird Discounts End February 22 for SC&RA Annual Conference

Register by Friday, February 22 for the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz., and you will receive Early-Bird discounts of $75 per registration. Click here to download the registration form or register online. You’ll also find information about the schedule, hotel, travel, contests and more.

Supply of Annual Conference Products Fair Booths Dwindles

Only seven  booths remain available for the Products Fair Friday, April 5, 9 a.m.-noon, during the SC&RA Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Booth fees include one complimentary registration to the Annual Conference. Click here for an exhibitor registration form, exhibitor rules and the current Exhibit Center Floor Plan. 

Register Now for “Safety Program Essentials” Webinar

SC&RA is accepting registrations for the “Safety Program Essentials” webinar on March 20, noon-1 p.m. EST. Daniel Erwin, Corporate Safety Director, TNT Crane and Rigging, will discuss the latest changes in regulatory requirements and technologies a company should include in their safety programs. He will also cover how to report safety/accident data to ensure your organization consistently and accurately reflects your safety performance experience.

Specialized Transportation Symposium Kicks Off Next Week in Orlando

The SC&RA 2013 Specialized Transportation Symposium Program is being held Wednesday February 27- Friday March 1 at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista in Orlando Florida with more than 400 people expected to participate. This is the annual must attend event for executives, managers and suppliers of over-dimensional carriers. It features education sessions on industry regulations, safety, driver recruiting, ways for increasing efficiency and profitability, and the impact of decaying infrastructure.

Last Chance to Update Your SC&RA Membership Directory Listing

SC&RA urges members to approve or change by their company listings for the print version of the annual SC&RA Membership Directory by tomorrow, Friday, February 22, 5:00 pm, eastern time. The Association recently faxed the 2012 listings to official company representatives to prompt review and updates.

Membership in SC&RA includes a free directory listing. Members may enhance a listing by purchasing:

“Flashback to the 80’s” during SC&R Foundation Gala

Prepare to “Flashback to the 80’s” with the help of the SC&RA Ladies Group, which has been working hard to prepare another amazing SC&R Foundation Gala on Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., during this year’s SC&RA Annual Conference. Dig out your 80’s duds, including stonewash denim, leg warmers and the bright neon colors that helped burn this decade into our memories. You’ll be able to capture your look forever at the photo booth. As always, the Foundation Gala will feature a great meal, plenty of prizes, a risk-free casino, and the Diamond Necklace Raffle.