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Fatality #5

ftl2012m05April 20, 2012 – A 49-year-old excavator operator with approximately 8½ years of experience was injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was removing bolts from a counterweight on the back of an excavator when the counterweight fell and struck him. He was hospitalized and died on April 12, 2012, as a result of his injuries. This is the 5th fatality reported in calendar year 2012 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries.

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Getting their House in Order

highwayconst200x135April 19, 2012 The House approved a transportation bill by a 293 to 127 vote that extends the government's authority to spend money from the federal Highway Trust Fund through Sept. 30, and ties the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to infrastructure spending.

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Cement Rises in January

usgsApril 12, 2012 – Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for January 2012 were 4.6 million metric tons (Mt), according to Robert Callaghan at USGS.

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CSI: Washington D.C.

MSHAredApril 8, 2012 – Maybe they are trying to audition for their own TV show: CSI: Washington D.C., or something. Approximately 75 special investigators from MSHA are participating in refresher training that includes course work conducted by the FBI.

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Nine Innings is Enough

NineInningsMarch 30, 2011 – I know baseball season is about to begin, but nine innings is enough. Congress has now passed the ninth extension of the Federal Surface Transportation Program. Transportation Construction Coalition Co-Chairs T. Peter Ruane, president and CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders Association and Stephen Sandherr, CEO, Associated General Contractors of America, said it all with their statement: “We commend the House of Representatives and Senate for passing legislation to ensure the continued operation of the federal highway and public transportation programs as the 2012 construction season begins cranking up. 

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