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OSHA Schedules Informal Hearing on Crane Operator Certification Deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration scheduled an informal public hearing to discuss OSHA’s proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement and the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment. The hearing will be held May 19 in Washington, D.C.

On Feb. 10, OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to extend the deadline for operator certification by three years to Nov. 10, 2017, and to extend the existing employer duties for the same period. The public had 30 days to submit comments on this issue. The comment period closed on March 12. The agency received 60 comments from the public in response to the NPRM, one of which requested a hearing.

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Knutson Construction Opens Office in Altoona

ALTOONA, Wis. -- Knutson Construction opened a new office five miles east of Eau Claire in Altoona, Wi.

After 15 years of managing Wisconsin construction projects through its Minneapolis, Minn. office, Knutson has expanded its commitment to the region with its new Altoona office. Knutson has led the construction of many projects in the surrounding community including Osceola Medical Center; Wild River Fitness Center in Osceola; Douglas-Hanson Company offices in Hammond; Marshfield Clinic and 3M manufacturing facility in Prairie du Chien.

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ASCC Releases Concrete Employee Safety DVD

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, Mo., has released a new Employee Safety Orientation DVD for concrete contractors. The training tool was developed by members of the ASCC’s Safety & Risk Management Council and released at the World of Concrete 2014.

“This 40-minute presentation on the basics of concrete construction safety topics can be used by concrete contractors to educate new employees, and as a refresher for seasoned workers,” says Janet Greco, SRMC chair.

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AGC Reports on February Construction Employment Increase, Topping Out

Construction employment expanded in 175 metro areas, declined in 106 and was stagnant in 58 between February 2013 and February 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted, however, that despite the gains construction employment remained below peak levels in all but 19 metro areas.

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EPA Releases Top 25 List of Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star-certified buildings. The cities on this list demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.

The Top 10 cities on the list are: Los Angeles, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; New York, N.Y.; San Francisco, Calif.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Philadelphia, Pa. and Houston, Texas.

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McCarthy Building Companies Opens San Jose Office

SAN FRANCISCO and SAN JOSE, Calif. -- McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is opening a Silicon Valley office, effective May 15. Located in San Jose, the office will offer greater accessibility to McCarthy's Peninsula and South Bay clients, such as Stanford University and the Irvine Company, and strategically position the company in one of the country's fastest growing and most economically vibrant regions. Paul Erb, who has directed many of McCarthy's marquee projects throughout the Bay Area, was recently promoted to vice president of San Jose operations and will lead the office.

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OSHA Schedules Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health May 7-8 in Washington, D.C. Work groups will meet May 7 and the full committee will meet May 8.

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