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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Jan. 19 that it is withdrawing its proposed interpretation titled “Interpretation of OSHA’s Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise.”

Since its inception, a primary responsibility of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) has been to negotiate collective bargaining agreements with the four international unions with pipeline jurisdiction--the Teamsters, United Association, Operating Engineers and Laborers.

The city of Westlake, OH, got an interesting wake-up call in 2006 when a sanitary sewer interceptor line in the nearby city of Lorain failed dramatically.

“It forced the evacuation of several dozen homes for months,” says Westlake Director of Engineering Robert P. Kelly, P.E.

Case Construction Equipment introduced Jan. 18 three new F Series wheel loader models. The new machines provide faster acceleration, quicker cycle times and higher travel speeds while delivering as much as 17% greater fuel efficiency.

On Jan. 13, PipeLine Machinery International (PLM), the first Caterpillar dealership without geographic borders, held a grand opening of the company’s new equipment yard and a working demonstration of the DECKHAND Pipe Handling System, exclusively distributed by PLM.

Watch the PipeLine Machinery-distributed DECKHAND pipe handling system lift, tilt and twirl line pipe. Video from Jan.
Underground Construction's Traci Read interviews LaValley Industries president Jason LaValley, Jan. 13 2011.

The VER-T-POL, a product of Oklahoma Design Technologies, is used to support poles for trenching or excavation during utility work, such as replacing water lines and sewer lines.

Akkerman Inc. recently unveiled the 1548 Haul Unit featuring enhanced operator safety and comfort combined with improved productivity for spoil removal starting with Akkerman’s 600 TBM up to their BS 1440 excavator shield.

The AMRAK Adjustable Meter Riser Assembly Kit
The three-piece PVC adjustable meter riser assembly kit (AMRAK) includes a double kick 24-inch radius bend, riser and expansion cylinder with adapter, clamp and screws.