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Msha: Fatalities At All-Time Low In 2008

Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released today show that mine fatalities in 2008 fell to an all-time low recording a 31 percent drop from 2007. Metal/nonmetal mines recorded the lowest level of fatalities in that sector of mining since statistics were first recorded in 1910, and the fatality level in coal mines was the lowest recorded number since 2005.

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Builder Confidence Declines In January

Concerns about the faltering economy and reluctant home buyers pushed builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes down further in January, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. The HMI edged down a single point to a new record low of 8 in January.

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Nssga Sustainability Booklet Wins For Design

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association booklet, Guiding Principles for Sustainability, has won a Gold Award from Association TRENDS Magazine in the category of an association publication. Association TRENDS All-Media Contest is an annual competition held exclusively for associations. This year's competition included nearly 400 overall entries, with 27 different categories. The award was given for the design and production of a 22-page booklet highlighting the activities of NSSGA and the industry's contributions to sustainability.

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Trip Releases Biggest Traffic Headaches And Remedies

A new report released jointly today by AASHTO and TRIP entitled “America’s Top Five Transportation Headaches – and Their Remedies,” identifies crumbling roads and bridges, growing traffic jams, crowded transit systems and rail cars, an unacceptably high rate of traffic crashes and fatalities, and insufficient funding as the top five transportation headaches ailing the nation.

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Construction Companies Plan For Layoffs

An estimated two-thirds of the nation’s non-residential construction companies are planning to cut their payrolls, according to new employment and business forecast figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. All told, those layoffs are forecast to result in a 30 percent decline in the number of people working on construction projects

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