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Spending on Iraqi reconstruction "wasted"
Too much money has been wasted in Iraq on US-led reconstruction efforts, according to the latest report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq.
Ex-PCI executives found guilty of bribery
Three former executives of Japan's Pacific Consultants International have been found guilty of bribing a Vietnamese government official in connection with a Japanese government development assistance project.
Associated concern over CPR
A group of Europe's construction industry associations has voiced concern at the content of the European Commission's Construction Products Regulation (CPR), proposed to replace the existing Construction Products Directive (CPD).
US stimulus package clears first hurdle
The US House of Representatives has approved President Obama's proposed US$ 825 billion stimulus package, which includes US$ 130 billion of construction investment.
Halliburton to pay US$ 559 million fine for KBR bribes
Halliburton has agreed to pay fines totalling US$ 559 million in relation to bribes paid by its former subsidiary KBR.
OSHA announces vertical tandem lift rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a final rule to improve the safety of longshoring employees working with vertical tandem lifts (VTL)
ARA says stimulus package 'critical' for rental industry
The American Rental Association has repeated its call for an economic stimulus package for the equipment rental industry.
Ethiopia to sign up to CoST
Ethiopia is finalizing preparations to sign up to the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) ahead of a two-year pilot phase.
Knuckle booms save lives in Iraq
Fassi dealer Fascan in Maryland, US has adapted three models of Fassi knuckle boom cranes to make "Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Interrogation Arms" for the US Army to detect roadside munitions in Iraq, writes Patrick Hill
OSHA advisory committee introduced to mastclimber safety
IPAF's International Mast Climbing Work Platform Committee chairman has opened communication with OSHA's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health with a safety presentation.
Komatsu participates in UN's Global Compact
Komatsu has announced its participation in the United Nations' Global Compact, a voluntary corporate citizenship initiative comprising 10 Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
OSHA extends comment for cranes and derricks proposed rule
The public comment period for the crane and derricks proposed rule has been extended 45 days
12 UK sites closed over safety violations
The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stopped work at 12 sites in the Waltham Forest area of greater London because of dangerous working practices, including unsafe work at height. It also issued ‘improvement notices' at five others following spot checks at 16 property development and refurbishment sites.
US's FHWA to support innovative state transportation projects
The US's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced the creation of the Office of Innovative Program Delivery, which will provide US states with stronger and more effective federal support to deliver transportation projects.
CECE calls on Commission to help save manufacturing jobs
Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) president Dr Tim Leverton has called on the European Commission to help save manufacturing jobs in Europe.
Cargotec receives $385 million order
Kalmar RT Center, LLC, part of parent company Cargotec, has received a contract from the US Department of Defense to supply its RT container telehandler for 5 years to the government.
Oman highway to displace 11000
Construction of a new, 240 km-long coastal highway in the Batinah region of Oman will displace about 11000 people, according to local newspaper The Khaleej Times.
Indian government approves purchase of another 25 cranes
The Indian government has approved a sum of US$1.2 million for the purchase of 25 units of 10 tonne capacity mobile cranes for highway accident relief service
US$ 80 billion dam proposal for DRC
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is looking to develop a US$ 80 billion dam across the Congo River, according to local press reports.
Ecuadorean HEP dispute resolved
Brazil's Odebrecht announced this week that it will accept terms set by Ecuador's government to resolve a dispute over construction of the 230 MW San Francisco hydroelectric plant (HEP).
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