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OSHA updates trenching and excavation safety program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities.

AECOM-ARTBA partnership enhances transportation site safety

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced a formal partnership with AECOM aimed at strengthening the leading global infrastructure firm’s position in the design, construction and management of safer transportation infrastructure projects.

ARTBA Foundation’s safety certification program earns ANSI accreditation

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s certification program to test and recognize an individual’s knowledge of the core competencies needed to recognize and mitigate safety hazards on transportation project sites has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 international standard.

1615.1.3 Design spectral response acceleration parameters

Within the International Code Council's 2003 IBC, the five-percent damped design spectral response accelerations at short periods, SDS, and at 1-second period, SD1, are used to determine the seismic design base shear.

Blast-resistant design for buildings

The 1995 attack on the Oklahoma City Murrah Building served as a major impetus to raise government interest in blast protection for facilities in the United States. In response, the federal Interagency Security Committee (ISC) addressed the issue promptly by developing a blast-resistance standard outlining new criteria for design. Subsequently, the horrific structural collapses of Sept. 11, 2001, refocused attention and emphasis on design for extraordinary loads.

Communicating the damage: Post-disaster building placards and marks

In many communities, officials placard and mark structures after inspections. But, what are those colored placards and spray painted X's that adorn buildings after a disaster? Our authors describe the use of these markings.

Section 1602.1 Definitions (Diaphragm, flexible) and Section 1617.5.3 Horizontal Distribution

Section 1602.1 Definitions (Diaphragm, flexible) and Section 1617.5.3 Horizontal Distribution

Structural changes in the 2012 International Building Code

Part I of this two-part article provides a brief overview of the more significant changes to Chapter 16 of the IBC, which covers design loads for structures.

Section 1613.5.1: Seismic Design Category A requirements

Section 1613.5.1: Seismic Design Category A requirements

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