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MSHA Reports Seventh Fatality of the Year

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on July 31 a 62-year-old foreman with 40 years of experience was fatally injured while dismantling a portable crusher at Susag Sand & Gravel Inc. in Wells County, N.D. 

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FMI Reports on Managing Risk

Construction consultancy FMI issued a report on "Managing Risk in the Digital Age," based on a survey of participants in the Associated General Contractors of America's 2018 Surety Bonding and Risk Management Forum. 

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THUD Bill Provides $49.3 Billion for Critical Highway Infrastructure

The U.S. Senate voted to approve a more than $154 billion “minibus” funding bill – H.R. 6147 – on Aug. 1 by a vote of 92 to 6; a bill that wrapped together four separate spending bills into a single package, including the fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development or THUD bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee back on June 7 with only a few minor changes.

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Lakes Limestone Trade Strong Again in July

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,985,544 tons in July, an increase of 3.1 percent compared to a year ago. The trade also bettered the month’s five-year average by 5.5 percent, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association.

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Construction Spending Dips in June; Highways Up Year-to-Date

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that construction spending during June 2018 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,317.2 billion, 1.1 percent (±1.0 percent) below the revised May estimate of $1,332.2 billion. The June figure is 6.1 percent (±1.6 percent) above the June 2017estimate of $1,241.3 billion. 

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