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A state lawmaker says that New Jersey Transit riders should be reimbursed if their trains are delayed.
The train agency has been plagued by delays and cancellations lately, sometimes due to mechanical issues. Many riders say that they are frustrated and fed up with riding the rails.
NJSME would like to welcome its newest members:
The New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers wants to thank the following sponsors of the NJSME Annual Luncheon:
Williams Gas Pipeline
International Code Council
New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association
Remington & Vernick Engineers
Utility and Transportation Contractors Association
B & W Construction Co. of NJ, Inc.
Bulk Storage, Inc.
Garden State Precast
Keller & Kirkpatrick, Inc.
Maser Consulting, PA
New Jersey Transit train service in and out of New York Penn Station has resumed Tuesday afternoon after a tugboat struck the Portal Bridge, the 108-year-old span that all trains headed between Newark and New York must traverse.
The bridge re-opened around 2 p.m. after the bridge was inspected, according to Amtrak. NJ Transit said trains resumed running at about 2:20 p.m with 45-minute delays
A new taxation building, a new health building and ongoing State House renovations. State treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio said these are some of the projects in the works for downtown Trenton.
Voters nationwide last week approved at least $24.4 billion in bond initiatives that will back construction projects ranging from schools to infrastructure, Bloomberg reported. There was more than $76 billion worth of such measures — the highest dollar amount since 2006 — seeking voter approval, so the amount could rise as more results are announced.
Some bond initiatives included $500 million for school and infrastructure projects in New Jersey, $548 million for school construction in North Carolina, $653 million in Oregon for affordable housing, and $600 million for non-tolled highway construction in Collin County, Texas.
Nonfatal construction industry injuries and illnesses on the job declined in 2017 and the injury rate also was down, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.
Despite those positive results, industry officials say more needs to be done on the safety front and the building trades' safety and health director points out that some construction sectors' rates are worse than the industry's overall national rate.
Some things never change, and that can be said for almost all of the entries on OSHA's 2018 top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations list. In fact, eight of the most violated standards by all industries were on last year's list, and the top four — fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolds and respiratory protection — have been on the list since the agency started compiling it in 2015.
A new report in British Columbia shows that a disproportionate amount of people who died from illicit drug overdoses worked, or had previously worked, in one industry — construction.
Between 2011 and 2016, 2,362 people died from overdose in British Columbia. Among those who were employed (1,559 people), about one-fifth (327) worked in construction. An additional 13 percent worked in building maintenance, waste management and other support industries.
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