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During the more than 40 years since Arvid Veidmark Jr. founded Specialized Services Company (SSC) a leading trenchless installation contractor based in Phoenix — members of the Veidmark family have celebrated many accomplishments. They now have another success story to attach to the list of firsts on the company’s well-documented resume.

On Aug. 30, the National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the fatal pipeline explosion in San Bruno, CA, that occurred on Sept. 9, 2010. The report named Pacific Gas & Electric's "lax approach to pipeline safety" and the failure of overseeing bodies to check that approach as the main factors in a preventable accident.

United Rentals Inc. announced its new partnership as an official sponsor of the National Hispanic Construction Association (NHCA). United Rentals will support the NHCA in its mission to provide educational, professional and technical resources to members of state and regional Hispanic contractor associations.

Keeping up to date with the latest technology and construction techniques to boost productivity is more important than ever in today’s marketplace.

Proposed 4G satellite service raises GPS Interference questions
A critical report from a Federal Communications Commission advisory committee on June 30 was the latest hitch in the plans of a company called LightSquared to offer new 4G wireless service to broadband users.

Case Construction Equipment has announced its plans to transition D3 Equipment’s operations in Southern California over to Case Power & Equipment stores.

John Mele, area manager-North Atlantic Region for HOBAS Pipe USA, has been awarded the 2011 Harry P. Croft Award. This award is presented annually to a member of the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) for distinguished and outstanding service to the Association or the field of water pollution control.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced recently that seven communities and one county have been approved to receive low-interest loans for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently unveiled a new interactive web tool to help users determine whether injuries and illnesses are work-related and recordable under the OSHA Recordkeeping rules.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Efforts to block the designation of styrene as a possible cancer-causing agent are proceeding on several fronts while organizations who use styrene in the manufacture of their products consider short- and long-term effects should they ultimately be forced to find a substitute for styrene.

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