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MSHA Reports Ninth Fatality of 2020

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on June 13, at a Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community site in Maricopa, Ariz., a dragline was found submerged in 25 ft. of water where a miner had been using it to remove material from a pond. 

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House Approves $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill; Highways Would Get $319 Billion

The House of Representatives approved the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports and channels.

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NSSGA Urges Congress to Commit to Infrastructure Investment

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) sent a letter to leaders in both chambers of Congress stressing the urgent need for bipartisan action to support state and local governments in the next economic relief bill who are being forced to halt public works projects due to economic shortfalls as result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Construction Spending Up Through First Five Months of 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that construction spending during May 2020 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,356.4 billion, 2.1% (±1.0%) below the revised April estimate of $1,386.1 billion. The May figure is 0.3% (±1.5%) above the May 2019 estimate of $1,352.9 billion.

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Deaths from Falls Prompt MSHA Warning

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that 28 miners have died after falling from heights over the last 10 years. Deaths from falls have increased from 8% to 19% of mining fatalities in the last two years. This is due to:

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