Day: September 25, 2018

Minnesota Construction Industry Leads Job Growth

Minnesota Construction Industry Leads Job Growth William Morris | Finance & Commerce Overall employment fell a tiny bit in August in Minnesota, but nobody gave construction companies the memo. The construction industry gained 1,700 seasonally adjusted jobs during the month, the most of any industry tracked by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The gains came as the state …

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Trenching and Excavation Safety

Trenching and Excavation Safety Kevin Druley | Safety and Health Magazine George Kennedy can recall multiple incidents involving unprotected workers and trench cave-ins. Unfortunately, some of those stories have tragic endings. One worker was killed in a collapse after removing a trench shield to retrieve a shovel. Another worker died after returning to an unprotected trench to grab …

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National Guard Delivers 7,000 Hot Plates to Residents Affected by Gas Pipeline Explosion

National Guard Delivers 7,000 Hot Plates to Residents Affected by Gas Pipeline Explosion Manoella Macedo | my Palm Beach Post Merrimack Valley residents affected by last week’s gas explosions and fires still don’t have gas service as crews work to restore 48 miles of pipeline. Without gas service, most residents won’t be able to heat their homes or cook their food. With that in mind, officials have implemented temporary …

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Grand Rapids Hopes to Save $500,000 by Doing Own Trench Repairs

Grand Rapids Hopes to Save $500,000 by Doing Own Trench Repairs Justin P. Hicks | Michigan Live Grand Rapids hopes to reduce what it spends on trench work by more than $500,000 annually by doing the work in-house instead of contracting it out as it has for years. Even after the addition of six new positions to handle the added work, city officials expect the move …

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UGI Monitors Valley Natural Gas Lines for Anomalies 24 Hours a Day

UGI Monitors Valley Natural Gas Lines for Anomalies 24 Hours a Day Marcia Moore | The Daily Item UGI Utilities has an around-the-clock team ready to respond to any customer complaint about a potential leak. Company spokesman Joe Swope said UGI received a few calls of concern from customers following the Sept. 13 gas explosions …

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Yorkshire Water Fined for ‘Wholly Avoidable’ Death of Worker

Yorkshire Water Fined for ‘Wholly Avoidable’ Death of Worker Adam John | Utility Week Yorkshire Water has been fined £733,000 and ordered to pay costs of £18,818 after a worker suffered fatal burns during a job in Tadcaster. Leeds Crown Court heard how Michael Jennings’ clothes caught fire while removing valve bolts at the Tadcaster sewage works on …

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Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Appoints Director New Office of Cybersecurity Compliance and Oversight

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Appoints Director New Office of Cybersecurity Compliance and Oversight Kevin Randolph | Daily Energy Insider The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently created a new office, the Office of Cybersecurity Compliance and Oversight (OCCO), and appointed Michael C. Holko as its director. Holko will direct the commission’s cybersecurity and regulatory oversight program, which aims to protect Pennsylvania’s regulated utilities from cyber-attacks and ensure …

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TransCanada to Begin Keystone XL Pipeline Construction in 2019

TransCanada to Begin Keystone XL Pipeline Construction in 2019 Regina Leader-Post The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline plans to start construction next year, after a U.S. State Department review ordered by a federal judge concluded that major environmental damage from a leak is unlikely and could quickly be mitigated, a company spokesman said Monday. TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said the company …

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Pipeline Protesters’ Trespassing Arrests Are First Test of State’s New Felony Law

Pipeline Protesters’ Trespassing Arrests Are First Test of State’s New Felony Law John Haughey | Louisiana Watchdog During the 2018 legislative session, Louisiana amended its public assembly laws to avoid the high-profile confrontations between protesters, construction workers and law enforcement officials that unfolded along the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock, N.D., in 2016. To do so, state lawmakers adopted House Bill 727, sponsored by Rep. …

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Hundreds of People Spend Weekend without Water at Vancouver’s Langara Gardens Complex

Hundreds of People Spend Weekend without Water at Vancouver’s Langara Gardens Complex Alex Migdal | CBC News When Pooyan Kheirkakh turned on the tap in his South Vancouver apartment Friday, all that came out was a whoosh of air. A similar scene played out that day for hundreds of residents at Langara Gardens, where a broken water main beneath the aging complex left residents, including the elderly and families …

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