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A guide to staying safe while working with a small or short-handed crew

Amy Materson - Nov 07, 2014

A guide to staying safe while working with a small or short-handed crew

One of the lingering effects of the construction downturn is the difficulty contractors now face finding skilled workers. Whether construction workers have found other jobs, moved to a new city or left the industry altogether, skilled workers can be hard to ...

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DOL and the aggregates industry talk roads, jobs, and safety

Therese Dunphy - Nov 05, 2014

DOL and the aggregates industry talk roads, jobs, and safety

Collaboration with the aggregates industry regarding challenges facing it and the nation was the focus of an Oct. 20 roundtable convened by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, with input from Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Main. The roundtable included members ...

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Building a better highway construction jobsite

Better Roads Staff - Oct 09, 2014

Building a better highway construction jobsite

The brave men and women who don their steel-toed boots and neon green safety T-shirts to build the nation’s highways and byways put their lives on the line every day to create the road systems that motorists may take for ...

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Safety plan: How to protect temporary workers

Amy Materson - Oct 02, 2014

Safety plan: How to protect temporary workers

So, your safety plan is up to date, you conduct frequent, targeted training and your workers have bought into and contribute to your safety culture. What more is there to do? Think about your temporary workers. You may not hire them every ...

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New work zone training program to be offered in 2015

Amy Materson - Sep 30, 2014

New work zone training program to be offered in 2015

The Associated General Contractors of America will put $135,000 in grant money to good use in 2015, using the funds to implement safety training classes on highway work zones. According to both federal safety data and AGC survey results, work zone ...

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Deadliest and safest places to drive in the United States

Brian Ethridge - Sep 05, 2014

Deadliest and safest places to drive in the United States

Road safety is always a concern, regardless of where you live. The good news is road fatalities across the United States are down 23 percent since 2005. The bad news: road fatalities still happen far too often. Michael Sivak, research professor ...

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How to avoid highway work zone injuries and deaths

Brian Ethridge - Aug 22, 2014

How to avoid highway work zone injuries and deaths

Serious injury and death is becoming an all-too-common occurrence for highway construction workers. Although workers aren’t always at fault, there are several preventable measures that can be taken to help reduce the risk of such a horrible and tragic accident. Here ...

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5 easy ways to beat the heat at a construction site

Brian Ethridge - Aug 04, 2014

5 easy ways to beat the heat at a construction site

Outdoor construction sites rarely see ideal temperatures, especially during the dog days of summer. Workers may spend hours under the sun, which can be a huge health hazard if certain safety procedures aren’t taken. Surviving the hottest days of the year ...

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3 tips for staying safe inside road construction work zones

Amy Materson - Jul 25, 2014

3 tips for staying safe inside road construction work zones

Although many types of construction work can be considered hazardous, few tasks are more dangerous than those conducted in road construction work zones. A number of construction site hazards can be mitigated through effective control measures, but the unpredictability of other ...

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Drivers sue FMCSA over pre-employment report information

James Jaillet - Jul 22, 2014

Drivers sue FMCSA over pre-employment report information

Six drivers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration claiming the agency “disparaged” their safety records and diminished their value as truck drivers by oversharing information on their Pre-Employment Screening Program reports. The drivers are seeking ...

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Traffic deaths down nearly 23 percent since 2005

Brian Ethridge - Jul 17, 2014

Traffic deaths down nearly 23 percent since 2005

Traffic deaths in the United States fell nearly 23 percent between 2005 and 2012 according to a study done by the University of Michigan's Transportation Institute. The study mostly credits safer automobiles and advanced technologies such as anti-lock brakes, collision-avoidance ...

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INFOGRAPHICS: TRIP report reveals America’s rural roads need improvements

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 10, 2014

INFOGRAPHICS: TRIP report reveals America’s rural roads need improvements

America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to lower the number of deficient roads and bridges and crash rates and to improve connectivity and capacity, according to a report released today by transportation research group TRIP. The ...

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