November 2007 Table of Contents

2007 Excellence in Safety Awards

Results of the NRMCA's 2007 Excellence in Safety Awards. Read more

Training the Whole Driver Training the Whole Driver

Nina Williams is a woman with a mission: She believes training is more than just encouraging drivers to be safe on the road and jobsites. Read more

Great American a Great Show Fleet Factors Great American a Great Show

Each August, almost 50,000 people attend the nation's second largest trucking event, the Great American Trucking Show. Many of the newest products on display are designed to improve maintenance, operations, and safety. Here are a few that I found particularly worthwhile for concrete producers. Read more

Selling Fibers on Performance Selling Fibers on Performance

A little more than a year ago, ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates approved a new standard to help increase the use of fibers in concrete construction. The standard facilitates post-crack performance measurement for fiber-reinforced concrete for slabs-on-grade, pavement, pre-cast, and shotcrete. Read more

Value-Added Vaults

A new form of decorative concrete is now providing comfort to families of those who die. Searching for ways to meet their customers' needs, concrete burial vault producers have expanded their offerings to help offer a lasting memory at graveside. Read more

Hoover Dam Bypass Tour Returns Hoover Dam Bypass Tour Returns

Concrete industry professionals who join the 3rd Annual World of Concrete Editorial Tour this year will have a behind-the-scenes look at the highway project that is literally changing the face of one of our country's most well-known historical landmarks—Hoover Dam. Read more

Take a Breather

In 2001, the “Survey of Respirator Use and Practices” gathered information on respirator use from 40,000 randomly selected U.S. establishments. It collected data on the types of respiratory protection workers used, types of respirator fit tests performed, and presence of substances that prompted the decision to use respiratory protection. Read more

Safe Harbors Safe Harbors

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Safety Contest has for years been a safety performance and incentive/award program aimed to foster safe practices at ready-mixed concrete plants across the nation. THE CONCRETE PRODUCER co-sponsors the contest. Read more

Investing in Best Practices

For the last two years, Metro has ramped up driver development by investing heavily in the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's Concrete Delivery Professional Certification program. More than 25% of its drivers have passed the program. Read more

The Ultimate Test Drive

Driving simulation has just started to trickle into the industry, but programs like MPRI's Mark III simulator have already helped companies like Walker Concrete and Nashville's Metro Ready Mix Concrete lower fuel costs, reduce accidents and decrease maintenance expenses. Take an inside look at how this new technology could revolutionize the industry. Read more

Safety in Numbers

I've always been on the lookout for new and better ways to make our company safer and more dependable Read more

Rocky Times for Aggregate Concrete Returns Rocky Times for Aggregate

Last month, I reviewed Florida's aggregates shortage and how it affects that state's ability to supply the material required for the construction projects you see as you drive up and down I-95 or the Florida Turnpike. Now, lets look at California... Read more

Problem Clinic Reducing Formwork Pressure for SCC

We are urging an engineer to specify self-consolidating concrete (SCC) on a project that includes several tall, vertical forms. The engineer recognizes the benefits of SCC regarding consolidation and final surface appearance. The contractor also wants to use SCC because it can speed up the pouring process. Read more

Well-Equipped Well-Equipped

Everyone from private homeowners to construction materials suppliers is feeling the ripple effects of slower residential construction in 2007. Read more

Cover up for Efficiency

For precasters who require a steady production process, losing a few days to bad weather can turn a great job into merely a good one. Read more

Go-to Guys (and Gals)

Our industry has spent millions of dollars creating economical and effective training for every level of your team. Your managers need to have the right training tools with which to develop their employees. Read more