As summer temperatures rise, the need to ward against work-related heat illness becomes more critical for construction and demolition professionals. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a video on how to identify—and prevent—heat illness while working in the field.
A Columbus, Kansas-based construction company has been accused of illegally dumping debris four times in a federally protected wetland in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, a report by Tulsa World says.
Wagoner County Sheriff Deputy Michelle Casady began investigating the dumping in February. The report says she saw a Crossland Construction Co. truck dumping debris near a body of water adjacent to the Verdigris River. Representatives from Crossland confirmed that four loads were dumped in January and February at the wetlands.
Dan Leon Conley Sr. was charged with four counts of discharging a pollutant into state waters without a permit. Conley owns plans adjacent to the wetlands and gave permission to the company to dump on the protected land, the report says.
Crossland Construction Co. was charged with the same four counts and ordered to appear in Wagoner County District Court July 24. Conely, who was charged in June, is scheduled for an arraignment July 25. The report says he is out of custody on a $5,000 bond.
The construction company faces fines of up to $50,000 for each violation, the report says.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which protects the wetlands, will make the final determination on who will clean the dump site.
A new construction and demolition (C&D) debris recycling facility has opened in Kihei, Hawaii, a report by The Maui News says. Hawaii Materials Recycling LLC opened in April and takes in concrete, rock, dirt, asphalt and most other earthen materials.
Pete Sullivan, one of the owners, says in the report the facility crushes and screens the debris and creates road base, pipe bedding, wall rock, topsoil, landscape rock, manmade sand, recycled concrete base, recycled asphalt products and different grades and sizes of fill material and aggregates used in housing projects, road building and commercial and industrial site work. The facility does not take in hazardous waste or substances, lead paint, garbage, metal debris or yard debris.
The facility uses water from the nearby Kihei Wastewater Treatment Plant to suppress dust, and its scale house is powered by a photovoltaic system. Any company certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system from the U.S. Green Building Council can get LEED credit by using the facility’s materials.
The only place to legally dispose of nonhazardous C&D debris until the facility opened was at Maui County’s Central Maui Landfill. Another processing facility, Maui Demolition and Construction Landfill in Maalea, closed in 2016 after it reached capacity.
Michael Ratte, the county’s Department of Environmental Management solid waste division chief, says in the report the county received 18,000 tons of C&D debris at the Central Maui Landfill in the partial fiscal year of 2017. For fiscal year 2018, Ratte says in the report he expects the intake to increase to 25,000 tons.
The county has limited hours when it can receive C&D debris and requires paperwork to be done beforehand. Some paperwork processing from the county could take up to seven business days. At the new facility, Sullivan says in the report customers still need to call ahead before making a drop off, but processing paperwork will take about an hour. Sullivan also says in the report that the facility’s intake prices are lower than the county’s.
Hawaii Materials Recycling’s intake prices are $50 per ton for concrete without any reinforcement and $65 per ton for concrete with reinforcement, but rebar must not protrude more than 2 inches.
Wastequip, Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of Mike Marchetti as the chief information officer (CIO). In this role, Marchetti will lead Wastequip’s information technology (IT) strategy to focus on enhancing security measures, integrating a number of disparate systems across the company to increase efficiency, and identifying areas to leverage data and technology to grow the business.
Marchetti brings more than 20 years of IT experience to his role. He most recently held the position of vice president of Truck Hero, Inc, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Previously, he spent six years as chief information officer and vice president at Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P., Indianapolis, where he managed and planned IT integration for 11 mergers worth more than $3 billion in revenue.
“We are very pleased to have Mike on board,” Wastequip CEO Marty Bryant says. “As CIO, he will be instrumental in advancing Wastequip’s business strategy by helping us better leverage technology to achieve measurable results, ensuring that our company will be at the forefront of digital solutions.”
Marchetti earned a Bachelor of Science in computer technology from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Morbark LLC, a manufacturer of forestry, biomass, tree care, sawmill and wood recycling equipment headquartered in Winn, Michigan, is now offering the iQ-View Smart Controller on its 3-liter gas engines for the Beever M12R, M12D and M12RX models.
The iQ-View, produced by Industrial Electronic Controls (IEC), Rockford, Illinois, is a smart display and controller designed to present engine and machine parameters to the operator and control the chipper’s autofeed function. As a display unit, the user can select four parameters to display simultaneously. A second screen can be set to display four additional parameters.
The chipper operator can push a button to select one of three preset speed settings for brush, wood or factory setting, plus a custom setting. No computer is required for field configuration.
"We saw the need for operators to have an easier way to adjust the feed for the different types of material they’re chipping," Casey Gross, Morbark director of tree care product sales, says. "The settings are designed to optimize chipper efficiency, improve output and reduce downtime."
On-screen diagnostics can be used to troubleshoot system issues. The unit also features J1939 controller area network (CAN) bus messaging to alert the user of potential system issues like engine overheating, high oil pressure, low battery voltage and other critical operating issues that can affect uptime, performance and equipment life.
"We are very excited to launch this new product enhancement with Morbark. They are really in touch with the user experience, and they understand their customers’ needs and challenges," IEC CEO Joe Benjamin says. "Engineering in our iQ-View Smart Controller gives them a significant market advantage."
Additional input/output is made to provide the ability to add future functionality to the chipper without adding additional devices.
While the iQ-View Smart Controller is initially being offered on the 3-liter gas engines for the Beever M12R, M12D and M12RX, Morbark expects to expand the use of these units to other gas-powered chippers and then to its diesel-powered chippers.