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ARTBA Launches Safety Program for Transportation Professionals

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) launched a groundbreaking professional certification program developed by safety leaders from some of the nation’s top transportation-infrastructure firms, aggregates operations, the insurance industry, organized labor and government.

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Canadian Legislation Focuses on Aggregates Advances

According to the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA), Minister Kathleen McGarry stood in the House to introduce the long-awaited Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, a bill the government is putting forward to amend and modernize both the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) and Mining Act.

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Dodge Momentum Index Stumbles in September

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 4.3 percent in September to 129.0 from its revised August reading of 134.8 (2000=100). The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

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MSHA's Merrifield to Retire

Neal Merrifield, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) metal/nonmetal administrator, will retire from the administration Oct. 29, 2016, according to Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor, MSHA. Main made the announcement during an MSHA stakeholder meeting on Oct. 4 and said that Merrifield will be succeeded on an interim basis by Kevin Stricklin, MSHA’s coal administrator. He said that the change stands as an opportunity for “cross-pollination” within the agency.

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Fatality at Virginia Quarry

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Sept. 21, 2016, a 52-year-old contract drill operator with 27 years of experience, was killed at Holston River Quarry Inc. in Virginia. The victim was performing maintenance on a truck-mounted rotary drill.

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