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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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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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NSSGA Scorches Workplace Examination Proposal

At a time in which the aggregates industry has seen the lowest injury rate in history, just two injuries per 200,000 hours worked in 2015, MSHA has proposed a rule that does little to improve workplace safety.

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MINExpo A Hit in Las Vegas

More than 40,000 attendees converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 26-28 for MINExpo International 2016, according to unofficial estimates received before the end of the show. The event is sponsored by the National Mining Association (NMA).

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MSHA Issues Seat Belt Alert

Neal H. Merrifield, administrator for metal and nonmetal mine safety and health for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), issued the following alert regarding seat belt safety:

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