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Doing It With Diesel

DTFlogoOct. 4, 2019 – In 2018, more than 1 million heavy-duty diesel engines were manufactured in facilities across the United States – a growth of 13% over the previous year, or nearly 120,000 engines, according to new data from the Diesel Technology Forum. Thirteen states are home to heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturing, with North Carolina producing more than one-in-three U.S.-made heavy-duty diesel engines. Other key states include Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and New York.

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Zatezalo to Speak at NSSGA Forum

RR100219 NSSGAlogoOct. 2, 2019 – U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary of Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo will be the featured speaker at the Lunch with a Lawmaker session of NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. Zatezalo, who has led MSHA since 2017, will discuss the importance of keeping our workers safe on the job and the agency’s efforts to prevent death, illness and injury on the work site. Also part of this session, NSSGA will highlight the exemplary aggregates operations and companies with the association’s annual safety awards. The Safety Excellence Awards, originated in 1987, are presented in recognition of individual operations for maintaining a safe workplace, evidenced by its safety performance over a consecutive period of time. Register today for the Legislative & Policy Forum by clicking hereand hear from Assistant Secretary Zatezalo and other important speakers that will named in the coming weeks.

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Learn Loaders with Jon Pardi

RR100119 PardiOct. 1, 2019 – CASE Construction Equipment has partnered with ACM/CMA award-winning country artist Jon Pardi to launch a contest designed to recruit new operators to the construction industry. Contest winners will have the opportunity to learn how to operate equipment alongside the country music singer, who in addition to working construction in the past, has a passion for the industry and CASE equipment. As part of the first-of-its-kind contest, five winners across the United States will win an all-expenses paid trip to the CASE Tomahawk Customer Center in Tomahawk, Wis., with the multi-Platinum entertainer to go through a three-day training program that will teach them the basics of equipment operation and safety. Winners will also have the option to bring one guest with them to go through the training (travel expenses not included for guest). Interested participants can enter by filling out a short entry form at, or receive entry details by texting “CASE” to 31996. 

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Examinations of Working Places Rule

RR090519 MSHASept. 27, 2019 – This just in. On Sept. 30, 2019, the Mine Safety and Health Administration will publish a notice in the Federal Register regarding the reinstatement of the regulatory provisions for examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines originally published on Jan. 23, 2017. The rule is being reinstated as the result of an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The rule is effective on Sept. 30, 2019. View the Federal Register notice on the Office of the Federal Register's Public Inspection Desk.

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We Are Lagging Behind

RR082619 roadSept. 26, 2019 – A panel of experts speaking at a House Budget Committee hearing echoed concerns about the nation's failure to keep pace with its infrastructure challenges. Since 2010, China has spent roughly 8% of its GDP on infrastructure. European countries, on average, dedicate roughly 5% of their GDP to infrastructure. In the U.S., the figure is roughly 2.4% "The United States faces severe challenges in the funding, financing and permitting of its heavy civil and social infrastructure," said R. Richard Geddes, a Cornell University professor and director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy. "The main challenge the United States faces today is inadequate funding of infrastructure, which refers to the underlying dollars needing to pay for it. Declining revenue from the federal gas and diesel tax is devolving responsibility for funding to state and local governments by default."

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