Category Archives: Legislative News

ARTBA applauds new Trump administration wetlands proposal

The Trump administration’s Dec. 11 proposed overhaul to portions of the Clean Water Act (CWA) would restore clarity to federal wetlands regulations and help reduce delays to important transportation projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says. At issue is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) […]

Appeals Court upholds decision limiting the right of OSHA to expand inspections

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips: An accident at your workplace occurs and OSHA comes to investigate. Once at your facility, however, OSHA tells you they want to expand their inspection to cover your entire facility — top to bottom. What authority does OSHA have to expand the inspection and under what circumstances? In […]

How America voted on infrastructure

Source: NSSGA  On Nov. 6, voters across the country decided on hundreds of ballot measures to invest in infrastructure. A majority of California residents voted against repealing the Road Repair and Accountability Act, which is known as Senate Bill 1. The bill was passed in 2017 and raised the user fee on gasoline by 12 […]

What a Democratic house means for the aggregates industry

Source: NSSGA  The results of the midterm elections are in, and significant changes are coming to Congress, especially to the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee.  After a record number of voters turned out for the 2018 midterm election, and with 20 races still undecided as of the morning of Nov. 7, Democratic candidates won […]

Equipment manufacturers want Republicans and Democrats to work together

Editor’s note: The opinions and comments expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement on what the 2018 midterm elections mean for the equipment manufacturing industry.

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule on crane operator certification requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule Nov. 7, that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. The final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing […]

Trump to nominate Andrew Wheeler as next EPA administrator

Present Trump said he will nominate Andrew Wheeler as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler, who has been serving as acting administrator since July, spoke to NSSGA members at the 2018 Legislative & Policy Forum about regulatory reform and the agency’s policy priorities. Trump made the announcement Friday during a White […]

FHWA poised to act on century-old barrier to transportation project innovation in response to ARTBA petition

On Nov. 14, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) said it would amend or repeal a century-old regulation related to the development and deployment of new products on U.S. transportation projects. The agency’s move comes in response to a March 27 filing from the Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), which noted the […]

Voters re-elect state lawmakers who supported gas tax increases, new ARTBA analysis finds

WASHINGTON, DC — Voters in 12 states re-elected 93 percent of 530 state lawmakers who supported a gas tax increase between 2015 and 2018 and ran for re-election in 2018. Winning state lawmakers in Nov. 6 races included 92 percent of Republicans, and 94 percent of Democrats, according to a new analysis from the American Road […]

Final Rule on OSHA Crane Operator Certification Published

Following the publication Nov. 9, 2018, in the Federal Register of the Final Rule for the qualification of crane operators, OSHA has provided further guidance and clarification on the effective dates of its new qualification requirements for crane operators. The two most important dates to be aware of are: November 10, 2018 – Crane operators must […]

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule on crane operator certification requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule Nov. 7, that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. The final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing […]

Deleting a single word in OSHA standard could upend lockout/tagout

Source: Safety Law Matters By Henry Chajet on November 8, 2018 POSTED IN OSHA, RULEMAKING NEWS OSHA may be considering a major change to its lockout/tagout (“LOTO”) rule, which dictates how companies across industries design and service equipment. By deleting a single word, OSHA may force significant changes and increase enforcement and company liability.

Bob Wetta delivers Ghana fact-finding trip report during Washington, D.C. PAC-DBIA meeting held on September 26, 2018

RESERVE, LA — As a member of the President’s Advisory Council – Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA), DSC Dredge’s Bob Wetta attended the September 26, 2018 fact-finding trip report meeting in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and 13 other U.S. Government officials. Their purpose was to deliberate and adopt the final […]

MSHA issues updates to workplace examination standard

Source: EHS Today / David Sparkman / Oct. 16, 2018 The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued enforcement guidance updates to its final rule on examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. Finalized earlier this year, the rule officially went into effect on June 2 but enforcement was delayed until Oct. […]

U.S. Department of Labor provides compliance assistance resources to keep workers safe from trenching-related hazards

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a series of compliance assistance resources to help keep workers safe from trenching and excavation hazards. OSHA’s goal is to increase awareness of trenching hazards in construction, educate job creators and workers on safe cave-in prevention solutions, and decrease the […]

U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration Awards $250,000 in 2018 Brookwood-Sago Grants

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today the award of $250,000 to four organizations to develop and conduct training programs that support the recognition and prevention of safety and health hazards in underground mines. A provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 […]

Acting EPA Head Welcomes NSSGA to DC

Source: NSSGA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler welcomed the aggregates industry to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 25 during NSSGA’s Legislative and Policy Forum. Wheeler provided updates on regulatory reform and other EPA priorities, including improving the permitting process, cost-benefit analysis and transparency in regulatory science.“Sound science must be the foundation of everything we […]

Webinar: What is ISO 45001? And What Impact Will It Have on Your Business?

Date: This webinar is available on-demand. Originally Broadcast: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4, New York) Duration: 62 Minutes Event Type: On-Demand Webinar Cost: Free Register Today!   Description In March 2018, a new international occupational health and safety (OH&S) standard, ISO 45001, was published.  The standard, a result of a […]

OSHA adds new silica compliance materials – slides, videos, and FAQ

Need training materials and background information for your construction workforce on OSHA’s new silica rule? The agency recently added to its web site a number of materials that may come in handy, particularly for those in the construction industry.

IAAP Bill to extend mining equipment sales tax Exemption passes

An IAAP legislative initiative to extend the sales tax exemption on mining equipment, HB 4415 overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate and will now be sent to Governor Rauner to be signed into law. The exemption is currently scheduled to sunset in August of this year. The legislation will extend the exemption for five years.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Rule to Update Payment Of Medical Benefits Under Black Lung Benefits Act

Changes Will Make Payment Methodology Consistent With Industry Standards WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has published a final rule under the Black Lung Benefits Act conforming the Department’s payment of medical benefits for disabled coal miners to industry standards and streamlining bill-processing procedures.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration Announces $10.5 Million in State Grant Funding

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the availability of $10,537,000 in state grant funding to provide federally mandated training and retraining of miners and mine operators working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines.

ADM Promotes Manufacturing Industry to Congressman During ‘I Make America’ Event

Asphalt Drum Mixers, Inc. talked with its U.S. House representative about issues important to the manufacturing industry during an “I Make America” event. Rep. Jim Banks toured ADM’s Huntertown, Indiana facility May 2, answering questions from workers and sitting down for a one-on-one conversation with company president Mike Devine.

Pavement Coatings Technology Council Launches “Be Informed. Seal Success.” Education Campaign

Pavement Coatings Technology Council (PCTC), an organization which provides opportunities for dialogue, education, advancement and improvement of all aspects of the pavement coating industry, has launched its new “Be Informed. Seal Success.” educational campaign.