CalCIMA Spring Thaw Focuses on Safety Advances

The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) recently held the first of two 2022 Spring Thaw Safety Conferences. 

The conference began with a tribute to fallen miners. This was followed by featured talks from the Mine Safety & Health Administration and Cal/OSHA’s Mining and Tunneling Unit on the latest developments in accident, enforcement and training emphasis. 

Then, members presented first-hand accounts on new camera technology for haul trucks, dozers and scrapers; concrete pump safety; and delivery truck safety. 

Technical experts gave talks on tire handling and changing, heat illness warning signs, and pending rules on haulage equipment safety. Sessions also focused on systems to identify hazards, elevating safety through the voluntary protection program (VPP), fortifying bonds with the workforce, and upgrading safety knowledge through certifications. 

In between talks, there was sharing of safety tips and practices among the attendees. 

Seperately, CalCIMA’s 2022 Legislative Summit has added Assembly members Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Adam Gray (D-Merced), along with State Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park), to the lineup for the April 26 event. 

The legislators have been authors of or key players in legislation important to CalCIMA members including Surface Mining & Reclamation Act modernization, safety, low-carbon concrete, recycling of construction materials, and pre-qualification of materials and plants by Caltrans. 

The one-day event in Sacramento will include a Government Affairs Committee meeting, followed by talks from state legislators, and concluding with a reception for legislators and state officials.

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