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Infrastructure Challenges

America’s infrastructure investment continues to be stifled by pressure to cut federal spending and reduce the deficit. That means cities will have to be more creative and resourceful in securing partnerships to start or continue infrastructure projects, according to a new study, “Infrastructure 2011: A Strategic Priority.” The report, released this month by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, emphasizes the challenge faced by many urban areas trying to provide adequate transportation and infrastructure services for residents, workers and businesses.

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Becoming a Young Leader

By Josephine Smith

I had the opportunity to attend the recent NSSGA Young Leaders Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The YL meeting is a way for the younger generation (age 40 and below) to develop leadership and management skills, build a national network of industry professionals and to discuss and address industry topics.

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SLAM II

By Randy Logsdon

SLAM RISKS is a tool that MSHA provides as a field-level risk-assessment instrument.

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Eriez Accomplishes 1,000 Days without a Lost-Time Accident

Eriez announced  that May 19, 2011, marked 1,000 days that Eriez Headquarters employees have worked without a lost time accident. “This milestone achievement distinctly demonstrates the personal accountability our employees take when it comes to safety,” said Tim Shuttleworth, Eriez president and CEO.

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Time to Modernize Mine Safety By James Sharpe

The Mine Act was substantially amended for the first time ever in 2006, but Democrats want another makeover to give the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) more power to enforce safety in the nation's mines. On the other hand, Republicans and mine operators say the agency has enough weapons, it just needs to apply them more effectively.

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