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Industry News struction standard, which becomes motorist an average of $300 effective August 3, 2015. The annually with some state agency is postponing full enforce- motorists paying nearly ment of the new standard to October twice that per year. Nearly 2, 2015, in response to requests for half the country’s roads and more than 25% of its bridges are additional time to train and acquire the equipment necessary in “poor” condition. to comply with the new standard. The U.S. Department of Transportation says “The During this 60-day temporary enforcement period, OSHA Highway Trust Fund is set to expire on July 31. Without will not issue citations to employers who make good faith efforts to comply with the new standard. Employers must be in compliance with either the training requirements of the new standard or the previous standard. Employers who fail to train their employees consistent with either of these two standards will be cited. Factors that indicate employers are making good faith efforts to comply include: scheduling training for employees as required by the new standard; ordering the equipment necessary to comply with the new standard; and taking alternative measures to educate and protect employees from confined space hazards. OSHA issued the Confined Spaces in Construction final rule on May 4, 2015. The rule provides construction workers with protections similar to those manu- facturing and general industry workers have, with some differences tailored to the construction industry. These include requirements to ensure that multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards— a safety option made possible by tech- nological advances after the manufac- turing and general industry standards were created. OSHA estimates the confined spaces rule could protect nearly 800 construction workers a year from serious injuries and reduce life-threatening hazards. For more information, visit www.osha.gov. U.S. Department of Transportation—Road and Bridge Data by State The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a table about the road and bridge conditions for each state. Indiana takes top honors for the best road conditions, while Illinois and Connecticut are tied for the last place. The nation’s poor road and bridge conditions cost each Shotcrete • Summer 2015 57


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