May 1, 2009
The new 10-minute Progress through Aggregates DVD was specially created for the centennial of the aggregates industry associations. It takes viewers through centuries of history and 100 years of aggregates production and use in the United States. National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association.
A new video on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in roadway and heavy construction sites is available in both English and Spanish. The video has two segments – the first segment helps company managers understand what to look for when purchasing PPE and provides tips on motivating workers to wear it; the second compares scenes from sporting events to roadway construction work, educating workers on the importance of properly wearing their PPE, even if they don’t see the hazards around them. A two-minute sample of the video is available at www.zinedigital.com/movies/artba/ppe_promo.wmv. American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
Ergonomics/risk factor training
A new training manual, Ergonomics and Risk Factor Awareness Training for Miners, gives employees knowledge of ergonomics and how it can be used to align their jobs to their abilities. It helps reduce injuries and illnesses by increasing awareness of risk factors and encouraging miners to take action to report and reduce their exposure to risk factors. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
How to be Successful with Zoning and Permitting: Strategies and Techniques for Successful Rezoning and Permitting under Community Land Use Regulations (written by Dr. Joseph McGuire of Cessford Construction, a division of Oldcastle Inc., Les Beck, and Dr. Norman Dietrich) provides practical ideas on effective communication to assist aggregate producers in navigating the local planning approval process. The manual outlines a streamlined process in working through zoning review and approvals with local government agencies, adjacent landowners, and residents. National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association.
Heavy equipment training
Caterpillar is now offering new e-learning opportunities, as well as instructor-led seminars and simulator-based programs for heavy equipment operators. The e-learning curriculum is full of tips and techniques on safety, machine inspection, and operation. It includes 11 new training CDs that address the fundamentals of machine operation, safety, maintenance, and operating procedures. The new instructor-led programs offer training for a wide variety of industries and machines and are designed to refine and enhance the experienced, heavy-machine operator’s shills. Instructors are experts in their fields. The Virtual Training System uses simulators to train operators of hydraulic excavators, motor graders, off-highway trucks, wheel loaders, and wheel tractor scrapers. Caterpillar.
Noise/vibration control handbook
The new 1,600-page Handbook of Noise and Vibration Control covers the gamut of acoustics, noise, shock, and vibration topics while focusing more on applications in industry, transportation, the environment, and buildings. Altogether, 150 authors from 20 countries were involved in writing the book. John Wiley & Sons.
Concrete technology guide
The newly updated Design and Control of Concrete Mixture reference guide addresses the fundamentals of freshly mixed and hardened concrete, including materials, air-entrainment, mix and curing procedures, hot- and cold-weather concreting, commonly used control tests for quality concrete, and much more. New chapters include information on supplementary cementing materials, fibers, and high-performance concrete. The manual is also available in searchable CD form. Portland Cement Association.