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Rocks, and Rock and Roll

Quarries, rocks, stones and gravel – and rock and roll – just seem to go together. It was an early indication that something was up when John Lennon named his first band The Quarrymen. The Quarrymen took their name from a line in the school song of Quarry Bank High School, which Lennon and most of the other original group members attended.  Now what was the name of that other band he was in? I can’t quite recall.

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February Construction Slips 4 Percent; Highways and Bridges Down

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $404.9 billion, new construction starts in February fell 4 percent from the previous month, it was reported by McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Nonresidential building lost momentum for the second month in a row, and the public works sector retreated after its elevated pace in January. Highway and bridge construction dropped 27 percent. Meanwhile, residential building in February was able to register modest growth. For the first two months of 2011, total construction on an unadjusted basis was $55.9 billion, down 9 percent from a year ago.

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Booking New Business

Every few years, some author releases a novel with a connection to the aggregates industry. A few years ago, Sue Grafton gave us “Q is for Quarry,” a murder mystery that is part of her ongoing series featuring detective Kinsey Millhone.

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Nonverbal Communication and Your Safety Message

By Randy Logsdon

I'm fairly certain that I am not the first or even the last person who has succumbed to the phenomenon of drifting thoughts during a church service. On this particular Sunday, I was intrigued by the choir. In particular, I was caught up in the animated gestures of the choir director. Of course as a safety professional, my thoughts drifted toward application in safety rather than some other less constructive vein.

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Changes Coming to MSHA Should Have Operators Smiling

By James Sharpe

Prospects for a significant uptick in aggregate sales may be uncertain, but a development that should largely brighten the outlook of mine operators is the evolving role of MSHA at their workplaces.

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