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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals, a new certificate program that provides public sector employees training on occupational safety and health to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in state and local governments.

Hobas Pipe USA, which continues to serve its customers with extensive field support, announces the addition of two new representatives.

Derrick Pursley, a horizontal directional drill (HDD) operator and Texas native, was crowned the Ultimate Operator on the opening day of the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, KY, held in October.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), in response to a request from Governor Rick Perry’s office, has established a water project liaison within the TCEQ to assist and coordinate with the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) in implementing House Bill 4.

Jerry Shaw, president of SAK Construction, has been named the 2014 Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by award sponsors Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and Underground Construction magazine. The MVP Award is bestowed annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to the underground infrastructure industry.

Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-run organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the people who dig near them, has announced findings from its comprehensive 2012 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.

Richard Neil Horton of League City, TX, passed away on Aug. 18, at the age of 85. Horton served as vice president of both Ingersoll Rand and Sullair Corp. prior to founding 247 Equipment Co. Inc. in the early 1980s.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved financial assistance to the town of Woodlock, TX, for a loan of $427,613 for wastewater system improvements.

The North Texas Chapter of the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) awarded a total of $9,000 in college scholarships at their August general meeting held in Euless, TX.

United States’ construction machinery exports dropped 21 percent during the first half of 2013, with $10.8 billion shipped to global markets compared to $13.7 billion at midyear 2012, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM off-road equipment manufacturing trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Dept. data with other sources into global trend reports for members.

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