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Construction Spending On The Rise

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that construction spending during January 2019 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,279.6 billion, 1.3 percent (±0.8 percent) above the revised December estimate of $1,263.1 billion.

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MSHA Reports Fourth Fatality of 2019

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on March 7, a 46-year-old contractor with three years of experience was fatally injured when he lost his balance and fell backwards through a narrow gap between two log washers and landed on a cable tray approximately 12 ft. below. The victim was changing drive belts on a log washer motor when his wrench slipped off of a bolt he was tightening, causing the loss of balance.

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Congressional Infrastructure Action Moves Forward

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently held infrastructure hearings in anticipation of President Trump’s 2020 budget release and a possible future comprehensive infrastructure package, according to The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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NSSGA Seeks Awards of Excellence Applicants

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) member companies can apply for Community Relations, Safety and Health and Environmental Excellence, from March 15 through May 17.

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NIOSH Releases Software Tool for Hazard Recognition Training

Aggregates plant workers can now challenge themselves to identify workplace hazards with a preview release of EXAMiner software from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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