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Industry Expert Addresses New Silica Regulations

New OSHA standards on silica were enforced Sept. 23. Are you ready to deal with these new silica regulations? As mason contractors begin navigating the waters of new OSHA regulations on silica dust, many questions arise. Concrete industry expert Joe Nasvik lends some digestible answers to many of contractors’ most common questions. With more than [...]

Bricklaying Apprenticeship Program: Building a Future

Hoping to find a better job to support her family, Michigan resident Emily Williams has embarked on a three-year bricklaying apprenticeship program. Emily Williams likes a challenge. The petite 23-year-old Flint, Mich., resident, originally studied criminal justice at Wayne County Community College. She also worked as a laborer in the concrete-casting industry, but struggled financially [...]

Silicosis Training Resource Added to Natural Stone University

A three-part video will help you prepare for silica regulation. A new silicosis training resource has been added to the Natural Stone University. This resource, entitled “Silicosis: An Industry Guide to Awareness and Prevention,” is divided into three sections: What Is Silicosis?: An Industry Guide to Awareness and Prevention Air Quality Test Methods Safety Precautions [...]

Concrete Masonry and Hurricanes: Keeping You Safer

When it comes to concrete masonry and hurricanes, ask yourself what type of structure do you want surrounding you and your loved ones in the midst of a hurricane or tropical storm? In a report from the Masonry Association of Florida (, strong arguments were made against wood-frame construction and for the strong security of concrete masonry [...]

How to Build a Mossy Dry Stone Patio

Chronicling my geological walk through time By Brian Estill I recently embarked on a project that I thought would take a week, but, instead, took several: laying a mossy dry stone patio. Replacing the ugly mud in my own backyard became quite the project. Here’s how I approached it. Step 1 When I began this project [...]

Regional BRICKLAYER Qualifying Competition

The Regional BRICKLAYER Qualifying Competition will determine who’s heading to Vegas for the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship In July, the 2017 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Series of qualifying competitions began in Piney Flats, Tenn. The 24-stop North American Regional BRICKLAYER Qualifying Competition establishes the final roster of teams competing in the 2018 [...]

ESCSI Honors Contributors to Lightweight Aggregate Industry

ESCSI Honors Contributors to Lightweight Aggregate Industry at its midyear meeting in Park City, Utah. The Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI)  honored two individuals based on their significant contributions to the lightweight aggregate industry. Frank G. Erskine Award: Col. Fred Meyer The Frank G. Erskine Award is presented to individuals, companies, associations or partnerships [...]

2017 Brick Industry Association Award Winners Announced

The 2017 Brick Industry Association award winners were announced shining light on the country’s most beautiful brick structures The 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards competition honor 35 winners in 19 states for outstanding and resilient design that incorporates clay brick. Judged by independent design professionals, the Brick Industry Association’s (BIA) premier design competition generated 91 entries this year [...]

2017 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Series Rolls On

The 2017 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Series of qualifying competitions kicked off July 22 in Tennessee. The regional competitions establish the final roster of teams competing in the 2018 World Championship in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete tradeshow. The winners of each regional competition earn a spot to compete in the 2018 [...]

Construction Contract Agreement: I Agreed to Do What?

By Timothy R. Hughes Subcontractors often sign a construction contract agreement without having a full idea of what they are signing.  Incorporated documents, standards and codes can present increased risk. Seeing only a portion of the overall design documents and then bidding on a subcontract scope is risky and can open you up to liability. [...]
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