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The American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) issued the following statement on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s markup of the Pipeline Efficiency and Safety (PIPES) Act of 2023 (H.R. 6494), which reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) pipeline safety programs for the next four years and provides a framework to advance the safety of energy infrastructure across the United States.
“Safety has been a core principle of APCA since our founding, and we commend the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for this bipartisan legislation to strengthen the safety of existing pipelines, help prevent damage to critical infrastructure, and improve excavation safety,” APCA President Roy Weaver, Weaver, LLC, Birmingham, Ala., said. “And we certainly agree with Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) that pipelines remain the safest and most economically efficient means of delivering energy resources.”
APCA and other construction & business associations sent a letter to Rep. Lloyd Smucker on October 27 supporting his resolution to repeal the U.S. Department of Labor final rule, Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations. The new rule and ongoing use of this flawed policy will increase the burden to contractors and taxpayers with anti-competitive red tape and inflated construction costs.
The 3rd Quarter 2023 edition of the Pipeline Contractors Journal and Membership Directory is in the mail but you can avoid the wait by reading it online.
We take a look at contract provisions, heat illness prevention, the Mountain Valley Pipeline and more. Take it with you. The APCA Journal is optimized for reading on your phone or tablet.
APCA strongly opposes OSHA's revisions to the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule. Under OSHA’s new rule, companies in construction and certain other designated industries will be required to electronically submit OSHA form 300 and 301 information annually if they have more than 100 employees and form 300A information if they have 20 or more employees.
It’s time to sign up to participate in Safe + Sound Week! Safe + Sound Week will be held from August 7-13, 2023. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event for workplaces to recognize and improve their safety and health programs.
Safe + Sound Week 2023 will provide resources for businesses on mental health and well-being because we recognize that workplace safety and health extends beyond physical hazards. More resources on mental health will be added to the Safe + Sound Week webpage as the week approaches. Stay tuned!
May 30, 2023 -- Reps. María Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) and Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.) introduced sweeping legislation last week, the Dignity Act (H.R. 3599), that addresses our nation’s broken immigration system. The American Pipeline Contractors Association supports this bill as a workable compromise that tackles the critical worker shortage significantly impeding the pipeline construction industry and the entire American economy.