October 12 is Stand Down for Safety Day. Slow-down in work zones, the life you save may be your own. OSHA Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction   The OSHA Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction was first announced on March 24, 2016, but OSHA has determined that “additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard.”  Enforcement is now expected to begin September 23, 2017.  In response to the original announcement, ACPA/National prepared and distributed a technical bulletin called, “Understanding OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule.” Developed with input from ACPA contractors and equipment members, the publication provides information about the rule and its potential impact on the concrete pavement industry. More information can be found by reviewing the  OSHA’s Fact Sheet on this topic. Safety on Concrete Pavement Construction Sites   Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a free 90-minute on-demand webinar offers construction contractor employees, inspectors, and others the training they need at a time that’s right for them.  Developed by ACPA/National in partnership with FHWA, “Safety on Concrete Pavement Construction Sites” addresses safety concerns about working on a construction site around slip-form paving equipment. Also addressed are safety measures at the concrete plant and the general paving site.  To take the course, click here and enter coupon code “Pavement1.” Cameras in Construction Work Zones   Work zones are a dangerous place, for both the travelling public as well as the workers and inspectors who work to ultimately make our highways safer.  Because of this, ACPA/PA is among those that support automated speed enforcement in work zones using cameras.  The experience that Maryland has had after enacting a similar measure makes it very clear that automated enforcement works. Once Maryland drivers became aware that exceeding the work zone speed limit by at least 11 miles per hour could result in a ticket for the vehicle owner, violations dropped from seven cars per 100 to fewer than one per 100.  “There’s some disagreement among lawmakers as to whether the revenue from automated speeding fines should go toward highway use or be used to support the State Police,” said Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) Managing Director Jason Wagner. “Neither PHIA nor the construction industry has a position on where the money should go. For us, the safety of people in work zones is the most important consideration.”  An article about the Senate bill can be found at this link. We will provide updates on this measure as it advances.

Updated October 19, 2017