News (164)


Bridge Inspection Revisions Released

On Tuesday (Nov. 12), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Department of Transportation released a 102-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding updates to the Nation...


Team Inspects Bridges on US South Korea Bases

Structural engineers from the Far East District segment of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently joined the Engineer Research and Development Center in order to assist with bridge inspec...


OSHA Weight System Could Increase Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently implemented a new OSHA Weighting System for the 2020 fiscal year.


Robot Tackles Additive Work for Projects

Originally launched in 2017, the 4D Hybrid Autonomous Robot project, intended for use on metal surfaces in land and offshore projects, is now making its debut.


Quality Control Issues Plague Silver Line

According to the Washington Metro inspector general, new quality control concerns have been identified with the second phase work on Washington D.C. Metro’s Silver Line project.


India Project Tunnel Borer Damaged

Since the tail-end of August, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation personnel have been working on the East-West Metro in Bowbazar, India, where a tunnel-boring machine reportedly struck an aquifer...


Robots and Drones Inspect Wind Blades

Reported this summer, the Department of Energy’s Blade Reliability Collaborative and Sandia National Laboratory have been researching how to noninvasively inspect wind blades for visible and...


NYC Schools See Paint Inspections, Remediation

Early last month over 1,800 children’s classrooms in New York City were reported to have been contaminated with hazardous, deteriorated lead paint.


Ship Corrosion Inspection Standards Developed

Believed to lower current maintenance costs, a team of engineers at the Corrosion and Coatings Engineering Branch at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division have developed ...


Owner of Brentwood Dam Sued to Make Repairs

The Attorney General’s office has recently requested that a Rockingham County Superior Court judge find that dam-owner Brentwood Dam Ventures LLC is in violation of various state laws in rel...


FAA Waiver Allows Drones Over Construction Sites

The Federal Aviation Administration has recently issued a Certificate of Waiver to Greenly, Colorado-based general contracting company Hensel Phelps for the certified-use of parachute-equipp...


Robots to Help Improve Bridge Inspections

Researchers from the University of Waterloo are working on developing a more reliable robotic technology that can reduce the cost of bridge inspections.


MI Nuclear Plant to Be Inspected

An area of degraded paint was recently found in a power plant in southeastern Michigan, prompting an investigation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant is reportedly operatin...


Offshore Platforms Corroded Prior to Oil Spill

Almost four years after a spill dumped roughly 140,000 gallons of crude oil onto Refugio State Beach, in Santa Barbara County, California, federal records indicate that offshore drilling pla...


OH Firm Cited for Using Inferior Coatings

Shelby, Ohio-based company, Lloyd Rebar Co., was recently discovered using an epoxy paint that wasn’t in compliance with Ohio state transportation standards, according to the state’s watchdo...


KTA-Tator Celebrates 70 Years

Coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) has announced the celebration of its 70th anniversary.


MO Bridge Inspection Derailed by Bird Nest

An inspection of the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge, located near Hannibal, Missouri, set to start April 8, has been delayed due to the discovery of an endangered peregrine falcon nest. A bird s...


OSHA Fines FL Roofer $133K

Florida Roofing Experts Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida) has recently been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to fall ha...


Acosta Talks OSHA Inspections, Budget Increases

The U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently told a House Appropriations subcommittee to expect a budget increase for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2020 and a...


VA Bridge Inspection Equipment Co. Suspended

Just last month, the Federal Highway Administration made the decision to suspend McClain and Co. Inc. (Culpeper, Virginia) from participating in any federal procurement and non-procurement t...


Report: Work Error Missed in CA Transbay Center

San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Mark Zabaneh revealed at a March 14 meeting that multiple inspections failed to miss a lapse in the building process in the...


Golden Gate Bridge Foundations to be Inspected

The foundations of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge are due to be inspected in the next few months, and officials expect a clean bill of health for the bridge component.


OSHA Authorizes Use of Drones for Inspections

Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration are now authorized to use drones for workplace inspections.


MS Timber Bridge Self-Heals Over Time

According to a more recent structure inspection, a bridge supported with timber pilings, located in Lincoln County, Mississippi, is reportedly stronger than previously: The bridge can now su...


St. Louis Bridge Flagged for Deterioration Before Crash

Vehicular impact caused a 2,700-pound chunk of concrete to fall from the Lindell-Union Bridge in Saint Louis last week, killing one and injuring the driver who hit the bridge. According to r...


Inspection Crew Trapped in Fatal DC Bridge Crash

On June 20, an inspection crew working from a boom bucket on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, in metropolitan Washington, D.C., were trapped underneath the bridge when a tractor-trailer lost contr...


Golden Gate Bridge Tower Inspections Underway

The towers of San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge are undergoing their first detailed inspection since the span opened in 1937, according to reports, with engineers rappelling over the...


PA Man Charged in False Snooper Certification

A Pennsylvania man has been charged after allegedly falsely certifying bridge inspection vehicles, along with one count of making a false statement.


Ride Corrosion Inspections Called for After Ohio Incident

A metal inspector in Knoxville, Tennessee, is looking to change that state’s practices in relation to amusement park ride inspections, as ride manufacturers urge corrosion inspections in the...


Condition of Winnipeg Bridges Questioned

A recent review of Winnipeg’s bridges revealed that four vehicular spans are in “poor” condition—among them the 106-year-old Arlington Bridge, which reportedly shakes as drivers pass over it...


CA Enacts New Dam Inspection Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new bill this week boosting requirements for the inspection of dams in that state in the wake of last year’s crisis at the Oroville Dam.


Corrosion Causes Indonesia Stock Exchange Fall

Reports indicate that loose or corroded joints may be to blame for the recent collapse of the mezzanine floor of the Indonesia Stock Exchange, located in Jakarta. The incident left several p...


Report: Corroded Tank Blamed in Deckhand's Death

Corrosion in a cylinder has been blamed for a February explosion on a cruise ship that killed a crew member in New Zealand, investigators said Thursday (May 11) .


Intel Touts Drones for Inspection

Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich told attendees of a robotic and unmanned systems conference in Dallas that his firm is fine-tuning its drone technology in an effort to help make infrastructur...


DeFelsko Reveals New Detector

A new instrument designed to detect holidays and pinholes in coatings on metal and concrete is available from DeFelsko.


Inspector Loses Life on MA Water Tank Dive

A water tank inspector was killed during a tank dive in Braintree, MA, Thursday (Dec. 15), when his equipment reportedly failed.


Unpermitted Work Eyed in Oakland Blaze

Authorities in Oakland, CA, are investigating possible building code violations related to the fire that claimed at least 36 lives Friday night (Dec. 2).


Former Building Inspector Faces Prison

Prosecutors have accused a former New York City Department of Buildings inspector and the owner of a local construction business of conspiracy to commit extortion.


Crack Closes Historic Harbor Bridge

Work is underway to address a large fatigue crack found in the girder of a historic bridge that serves as the main entryway to the town of Stone Harbor in Cape May County, NJ.


Inspector Faces Bribery Charges

A New York Fire Department inspector has been accused of bribery after allegedly offering cash to a Department of Buildings inspector in exchange for ignoring a violation for construction wo...


Assessing Highway Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given America’s civil infrastructure an overall grade of a D+ based on ASCE’s 2013 Report Card, while “Bridges” received only a slightly be...


Utility Faces $3M Fine for Pipeline Blast

Washington state pipeline safety regulators have recommended a fine of more than $3 million for numerous violations, including failure to perform corrosion tests, related to a March 9 natura...


Radar Looks Inside Tunnel Wall

An alternate method of inspecting the integrity of concrete tunnel walls was demonstrated in Pittsburgh last week as part of a program that finds strategic solutions to national transportati...


Repairs, Fines, OSHA Follow Bridge Fire

Steep fines and a federal safety investigation await the contractor held responsible for the fire that closed down the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh last week. Meanwhile, crews remain hard at...


Snooper Truck Tip Leaves Workers Stranded

Two workers reportedly escaped without serious injury after the crane from which they were performing a bridge inspection tipped over Monday (Aug. 29).


Feds Fine Galvanizer Over Waste Storage

A Baltimore steel galvanizer is facing $60,000 in federal fines over alleged violations of hazardous-waste storage laws.


NY Bridge Inspector Charges Wreak Havoc

The safety of many bridges in Connecticut is now in question after the arrest earlier this year in New York of a bridge inspector accused of faking inspection reports.


NY Firm Sentenced in Fatal Trench Case

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ordered a construction company to fund public service announcements on worker safety as punishment in a manslaughter case; however, attorneys for the comp...


Inspector Accused of Assault

City building codes allegedly got personal at a meeting in Portsmouth, NH, leading to the city’s chief building inspector’s arrest on simple assault.


Corrosion Control Delays Net $2.25M Fine

The state agency responsible for regulating privately owned electricity, gas and water providers has fined one California gas company $2.25 million for failing to fix its corrosion control s...


Pipeline Company Faces Criminal Charges

Nearly one year to the day from the pipeline breach that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast, the Houston-based pipeline operator has been indicted on 46 criminal co...


Bridge Deck Collapses in UK

Health and safety officials are looking into what caused the steel and concrete deck of a new bridge structure to collapse Monday (May 16) on a construction site along the M60 motorway in En...


Focus Turns to Coatings in PA Blast

Residents of the Westmoreland County, PA, town that suffered a natural gas pipeline explosion late last month attended a community meeting Wednesday night (May 11) hoping to find reassurance...


DOT Looks at US Rail Bridge Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently conducted an audit of its Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), citing safety concerns related to increasing traffic volume and loads travelin...


Corrosion Found in Failed PA Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation agency devoted to pipeline safety has reportedly identified evidence of corrosion and a possible flaw in the weld coating of a natural gas pipeline that...


OSHA: Builder Fails 21 Inspections

A New Jersey contractor with a “callous disregard for its employees” is now facing nearly $900,000 in proposed federal fines, authorities have announced.


Firm, Staff Charged in Kolkata Collapse

Three officials from the company building the overpass that collapsed Thursday (March 31) in Kolkata, India, have been arrested in relation to the incident, NPR reported Saturday (April 2).


Forth Road Bridge Failure Not ‘Foreseeable'

An inquiry into the December closure of Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge determined that the fault could not have been foreseen.


Manager Gets 1-3 Years for Safety Fraud

The manager of a construction site safety inspection consultancy in New York City will spend one to three years in state prison for fraudulent inspections.


Safety Fines to Surge in NYC

Construction workers and building professionals in New York City will see increased oversight and harsher penalties for skirting safety regulations in the coming months.


5 Charged in Fatal Building Explosion

A New York City building owner, general contractor and subcontractor are facing multiple charges in connection with a deadly building explosion in Manhattan.


Caltrans Probes Tunnel Corrosion Risk

Caltrans officials have a new corrosion investigation on their hands: the Bay Bridge’s Yerba Buena Island tunnel, which links the western span and the new eastern span of the San Francisco-O...


Cold Eyed in Canada Bridge ‘Split’

A “split” appearing in a new cable stay bridge in Ontario, Canada—a significant link connecting the east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway—is under investigation, while some focus blam...


UV Lantern Built for Inspections

TQC has introduced a UV inspection lantern that the company says is capable of detecting contaminations that react under UV illumination but cannot be seen by the naked eye.


Bridge Inspection Drones Fly High

As drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), begin to find their way into construction work sites, more and more contractors and state departments of transportation are turning to the syst...


NYC: Engineer Lied on Inspection Report

An engineer who declared a building’s façade was "safe" prior to part of that façade falling off and killing a toddler has been charged with allegedly filing a false report.


Sinking Structure Safe for Traffic

A portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct—an elevated highway in Seattle—has continued to sink since its last inspection just six months ago, according to Washington State Department of Transport...


Plains Told to Purge Idle Line

Fearing ongoing corrosion damage, federal regulators have ordered the owner of a 130-mile pipeline in California to purge the system, though idle, of the crude that remains in the lines.


OSHA to Increase Fines in 2016

Federal workplace regulators will soon impose stiffer penalties on contractors and others who run afoul of health and safety laws.


OSHA Fines Slated to Jump in 2016

In a move that caught many workplace safety experts by surprise, OSHA has been authorized to raise the price of its penalties for the first time since 1990—a change likely to reflect an 80 p...


Seepage May Sink Canal Timeline

Progress toward the finish line of the Panama Canal Expansion Project lost some steam after hitting a speedbump: water leakage in the new locks.


Falling Concrete Spurs Blame Game

Debris falling from the Ambassador Bridge led to the closure last week of three streets that run beneath it on the Canada side of the aging structure.


Pipeline Rule Held Up By Inspections

One amendment to the final rule on new pipeline safety regulations—in the works since 2011—has been delayed indefinitely, according to the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardo...


Unstable Snooper Truck Kills Inspector

A routine bridge inspection turned fatal for one inspector in Connecticut last week.


New App to Aid in Inspections

DeFelsko Corp. has introduced a tool that works with a free mobile app to turn cellphones and tablets into virtual PosiTector gages.


App Allows Inspections at Fingertips

An inspection equipment manufacturer has introduced an app for Android that will allow users to turn their devices into multi-functional inspection instrument, the company has said.


Drone's-Eye View for Bridge Inspection

A research team at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is working to develop unmanned surface vehicles aimed at making bridge inspections safer and more efficient.


Rocker Bearings Roll from Bridge

A bridge along I-65 in Lafayette, IN, has been cause for concern for Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials and area commuters twice in one week. Because of continued safety ...


Dizzying: Inspecting the Gateway Arch

ST. LOUIS--Some monumental missions call for dizzying videos.


Inspection Rule #1: Don't Look Down

ST. LOUIS--It is a rare breed that can work at great heights. And few of those stalwarts have the opportunity to share their dizzying view of daily life with us mortals who are outside that ...


4 PennDOT Inspectors Sentenced

BRIDGEPORT, PA--Four former Pennsylvania highway and bridge inspectors will avoid prison for their roles in a $1.2 million overbilling and kickback scandal that has engulfed the state Depart...


EPA Tightens Rules for Storage Tanks

WASHINGTON--Stepped-up containment, training and inspection will soon be required under newly revised federal regulations meant to prevent hazardous releases from the nation's 571,000 underg...


Photos Reveal Doomed Pipe's Corrosion

SANTA BARBARA--Newly released images of a pipeline rotted through by corrosion are raising new questions about the structure, which ruptured May 19 and spewed 101,000 gallons of heavy crude ...


Expert Offers Key to Commercial Work

PITTSBURGH—After 40 years in the industry, Ken Trimber knows how to protect your interests on a commercial coatings project.


Slumping WI Bridge Laid to Corrosion

GREEN BAY, WI—A "highly unusual environment" of fly ash, clay and bacteria bred the severe corrosion that sank part of the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in 2013, officials announced.


Feds Suspend 13 in PennDOT Scandal

WASHINGTON, DC—Eleven individuals and two companies have been suspended, pending debarment, in the widening corruption scandal engulfing Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation. for the...


13th Indictment in PennDOT Scandal

HARRISBURG, PA—A widening corruption scandal has now swept in the president of an engineering company accused of raking in more than $1 million in profits through illegal contracts with the ...


Study: Arch 'Serviceable' Despite Stains

ST. LOUIS—Defects on the 50-year-old skin of the nation's tallest monument are no more than age spots and birth marks and do not signify any structural damage, a new engineering inspection c...


Report: Monument Sound under Stains

ST. LOUIS—Discolorations and blemishes on the stainless-steel exterior of the U.S.'s tallest monument reflect no "significant corrosion or distress"—but a little careful cleaning of the 50-y...


Tank Corrosion, Collapse Spur Hearing

Corrosion that was eating "its way upward" in a water tank was allegedly ignored for years, leading to a catastrophic collapse that sent a flood of water through a nearby church, Kentucky in...


Gaming Bridge Integrity

A locomotive races toward a bridge of uncertain age, composition and condition. Despite the lack of that critical data, you have just seconds to assess whether the bridge can handle the tonn...


The Bot Will See Your Parking Deck Now

Inspecting acres of concrete for subtle signs of corrosion could soon get a whole lot easier, thanks to new technology being developed in Germany.


Robot Inspector Gets the Big Jobs Done

Bridge inspectors tasked with scrutinizing vast expanses of concrete for critical signs of corrosion could soon have the help of a high-tech assistant.


Radar Sees Inside Bridge Damage

Ground Penetrating Radar could well be the next tool deployed to uncover inner bridge defects before they become disasters.


Audit: Base Bridge Inspections on Risk

Michigan bridge inspectors should spend more time inspecting structurally deficient spans, instead of checking thousands of bridges more often than necessary, state auditors have concluded.


Picturing Future of HD Drone Inspection

What if major bridges, highways, dams, power plants and other critical structures could be safely, minutely inspected in the minutes following a natural disaster?


Inspections Ordered After Concrete Falls

Maryland officials are rushing to inspect the state's 27 structurally deficient bridges after a chunk of concrete fell off one, smashing the front of a car passing underneath.


NYC Building Corruption Probe Nets 50

One man accused of greasing some of the highest-ranking palms in New York City's building agencies remained at large Thursday (Feb. 12), after 49 co-defendants were rounded up in one of the ...


50 Held in NYC Building Corruption Probe

In one of the biggest corruption crackdowns in New York City history, authorities have announced the indictment of 50 city building inspectors, contractors, clerks and other defendants in a ...


Firm to Pay $1.3M in PennDOT Fraud

A Philadelphia-area engineering firm will pay more than $1.3 million to reimburse state and federal transportation agencies for losses due to fraud by the consultant's bridge inspectors.


High-Load Access Tailored to the Task

Spider has launched a modular suspended platform that can be configured for a variety of structures and projects.


Falling Pipe Stalls Work on NYC Tower

Construction on the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere faced a temporary delay last week after an eight-foot pipe fell 81 stories to the Manhattan street below.


Commercial Lineup on Deck for SSPC

Project design, coatings inspection for commercial structures, and building envelope issues will star in the commercial track planned for SSPC 2015.


'Widespread' PennDOT Scandal Nets 10

Ten more people have been charged in what authorities call an extensive corruption scandal surrounding the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


A Bot to Stop Water, Water Everywhere

Slithering through the skinniest of pipes and navigating the sharpest of turns, a new robot could help head off leaks and failures across Europe's aged water and heating networks.


Lithe Little Bot Shows Big Fat Potential

Leaky pipes cost Europe about one-third of its drinking water—a massive drain that a skinny little robot just might be able to plug, researchers say.


Robot Dives into Nuclear Inspection

For the first time, an underwater robot has inspected the storage tank floor of a nuclear reactor to meet Nuclear Energy Institute requirements—no draining or diving required.


Aging Code Officials Set for Mass Exit

More than 80 percent of building-code professionals across the U.S. expect to retire within next 15 years, and more than 30 percent plan to leave within five, according to a new report.


Lead Paint Hidden at Chicago School?

Chicago Public School officials may have known for five years about lead-paint contamination at a low-income elementary school without ordering any remediation, according to new documents.


Worker Reinstated after Secret Filming

A railroad machinist who was fired after secretly recording a test of faulty equipment will return to his position with back pay and damages, federal officials announced.


New Water Issues Bedevil Bay Bridge

After spending millions on extensive testing, California officials have revealed a new round of corrosion issues plaguing the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


Truckers Ignore Emergency Bridge Limits

Rushing to act after an engineering analysis showed a busy bridge failing, New York State officials imposed emergency load limits on the span—only to have truckers ignore them.


Webinar Offers TLC for Roof Coatings

Maintenance that protects the integrity and durability of coatings for today’s popular metal roofs is the focus of a free upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


New Charges in PennDOT Scandal

Two more contractors for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have been indicted in a continuing state investigation into "massive and widespread theft, fraud, corruption, and money...


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


CSB: Corroded Tanks Were Not Inspected

Severe corrosion damage unchecked by adequate inspections likely caused a January chemical spill that left nearly 300,000 West Virginians without drinking water for almost a week, according ...


Tackling the Hidden Sins of Aged Floors

Floor projects can be tricky, even when the slab is new and the design specs are mindful of best practices for coating.


Several Injured in Bridge Wall Collapse

A 25-foot section of decorative stone gave way from the Brooklyn Bridge's underpass Wednesday (July 2) night, injuring several people who were taking shelter from the heavy rains drenching N...


Storage Tank Bill Tabbed at $114M

A U.S. proposal to protect surface water from chemical storage facilities would cost about $114 million over four years, likely busting the federal threshold for unfunded mandates in the pri...


Easing Access to Building Systems Data

A new service offers building owners, inspectors, managers, emergency responders and other stakeholders instant access to the facility’s comprehensive compliance documentation.


ROV Unit Inspects Sub-Sea Pipelines

A new, remote-controlled deepwater inspection tool for non-piggable pipelines boasts the ability to take non-destructive measurements on thin- and thick-walled pipelines at almost 10,000-foo...


MIT Robot Pinpoints Pipe Leaks

A new self-propelled robotic device could detect exponentially smaller pipeline leaks of gas, water and oil than traditional systems can, its developers say.


Bridge Bot Honored for Innovation

U.S. engineers are toasting an innovative robotic bridge inspection tool for its impact on the future of assessing structural health.


Audit Finds Skipped Bridge Inspections

The agency that oversees several New York City bridges failed to perform 47 inspections on structures that were already identified as potentially hazardous, a state audit claims.


New Job-Site Scrutiny Follows CA Deaths

The deaths of four workers on four jobs in four days in California will be bringing more safety inspectors to construction work sites, regulators have announced.


4 Deaths Prompt Cal/OSHA Action

California safety regulators are ramping up inspections at construction work sites in the wake of a series of fatal accidents in the San Francisco Bay area.


U.S. Auditors Fault Pipeline Oversight

The federal agency tasked with pipeline safety is doing an inadequate job and lacks effective management and oversight, concludes a new audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Offic...


A Fight to Root Out Pipeline Corrosion

A California utility is locked in a showdown with private and public property owners over its plan to remove hundreds of trees that are damaging and corroding area pipelines.


Officials Probe SC Bridge Failure

Investigators in South Carolina were still puzzling Thursday (May 1) over the collapse of a 20-foot section of bridge that derailed railroad cars passing below it.


Officials Cry Fowl on Painting Holdup

If only industrial scaffolding didn’t look so cozy and inviting—a place to curl up and call home. But apparently, it does—at least, if you’re a raven—and now, the town of Fair Lawn, NJ, will...


Pipe Corrosion Blamed in UT Blast

Pipeline walls thinned by corrosion and uninspected for over 20 years caused a major explosion at a Utah refinery—a scenario that has become “all too familiar,” federal officials announced.


Audit Bashes Louisiana Bridge Checks

Louisiana’s nearly 2,000 structurally deficient bridges aren’t getting the attention they deserve because of neglected inspections and billions in backlogged maintenance, state auditors have...


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...


Webinar Shows the Why, Hows of Spot QA

Quality assurance inspections that can be performed on a spot basis during cleaning and painting projects will be the focus of an upcoming educational webinar hosted by Durability + Desig...


New Gauges Make Mobile Connection

Bluetooth connectivity now allows users of two Elcometer gauges to transfer data directly to mobile devices for instant inspection reports, the company says.


Troubled Viaduct Develops New Cracks

New cracks discovered on a seismically unstable double-deck highway in Seattle warrant a closer look, transportation officials say.


Deterioration Blamed in Fatal Collapse

Significant deterioration, weathering and corrosion caused a walkway collapse that killed a firefighter last month at the University of Missouri, engineers have found.


New Gauges Work with Mobile Devices

New inspection gauges from Elcometer transfer data directly to mobile devices to produce instant inspection reports, the company announced.


Galvanizers Unveil Inspection App

A new picture-based app offers inspectors, architects and engineers a clear visual guide to surface conditions and other critical information when evaluating hot-dip galvanized steel.


New Bridge Inspection Guide Released

The nation’s leading highway and transportation organization has published a new technical guide for agencies that perform element-level bridge inspections.


Pipeline Pig Maker Gets 19 Citations

Methylene chloride exposures, impalement and amputation dangers, and other alleged hazards have racked up $58,100 in fines against a Texas-based maker of pipeline cleaning pigs.


OSHA: Cable Ignored Before Collapse

A Nashville contractor declined to replace a damaged cable on a crane before it collapsed, despite daily inspections showing replacement was needed, federal authorities say.


Marine Coatings Get R&D Funding Boost

Several projects aimed at improving shipyard coatings and inspection processes will get a $430,000 boost in funding from the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Corrosion Blamed for Drooping Bridge

Corrosion caused a concrete pier on a Green Bay bridge to sink two feet, leaving a 400-foot section of the structure sagging across all lanes, Wisconsin officials have determined.


Shutdown Squeezes Loans, Safety

Public housing authorities, cities and states are waiting for federal loan and grant checks, and workplace safety inspections are on hold as a result of the U.S. government shutdown, federal...


Sudden Sagging Closes WI Bridge

Wisconsin officials have closed a four-lane state bridge indefinitely after a 400-foot section of the structure abruptly dropped about two feet overnight.


Bridge Inspector Electrocuted in NY

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a bridge inspector who was electrocuted while working on a steel railroad bridge Monday (Aug. 26) in New York.


NRC OKs Cracking Measures at Seabrook

A new inspection report on concrete degradation at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant shows that appropriate measures have adequately addressed the cracks' root causes and potential impact, fe...


OSHA Probes Tower Painter’s Death

Federal inspectors are investigating the death of a painter who suffered a fatal fall from a water tower in the closing days of the project.


2 Inspectors Fall to their Deaths

Two transmission line inspectors in Texas have perished after the cable that suspended them from their hovering helicopter apparently struck the power line and snapped.


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

After owning up to its mistakes, the Washington Department of Transportation will pay the price: about $81 million in change orders to the multibillion-dollar SR 520 bridge replacement proje...


New Records Released in Philly Collapse

Past violations and asbestos problems plagued the site of last month's deadly building collapse in Philadelphia, according to newly released city records.


ICM Designing Robot to Clean Navy Subs

A robot is being developed to tackle the challenging task of cleaning or removing coatings from the inside of bilge tanks on United States Navy submarines.


Inspection Lapses at Hanford Leaked

An inability to inspect without written warning, an understaffed team, and missing reports are among the safety problems that federal officials have found with the Hanford nuclear site, a le...


Bridge Projects in MO, AZ, PA Kill 3

Devastating bridge construction accidents in three states have claimed the lives of three workers in 10 days, authorities report.


Inspector Kills Self after Collapse

One week after the deadly building collapse in downtown Philadelphia, a city building inspector who examined the site has committed suicide, according to city officials.


Woman Saved, But Building Deaths Climb

A trapped woman has been found miraculously alive and safe amid the ruins of a Bangladesh garment factory building, but the number of victims topped 1,000 and kept rising.


Standoff Grips $120M Problem Project

Not so fast. That's the word from Montgomery County, MD, which has advised Washington, D.C.'s transit agency that it cannot simply bail out of a troubled $120 million project that it ...


Agency Wants Out of Botched $120M Hub

Already $80 million over budget and more than two years behind schedule, a $120 million Maryland transit center will not be used as planned because its structural flaws are too expensive to ...


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

Multimillion-dollar mistakes on a new, floating bridge near Seattle have cost the state’s lead engineer his job and fueled new legislation aimed at holding transportation officials responsib...


Shortcuts Revealed in Fatal FL Collapse

Five contractors are being blamed for a variety of shortcuts—from skipped inspections and welds to ignoring construction plans—in a Florida building collapse that killed four workers last fa...


Mall Principals Tied to ‘95 Collapse

Both the engineer and owner of the doomed Elliot Lake mall had similar connections to a Michigan mall that partially collapsed in 1995, the Elliot Lake Commission Inquiry learned last week.


Audit Rips Caltrans on Bridge Testing

California Department of Transportation employees falsified concrete testing data, were paid for work they did not perform, and stole steel beams and other materials from state project sites...


City Official Did Not Push Mall Repairs

Owners of the doomed Elliot Lake mall withheld two engineering reports from local officials detailing the structure's problems, but the city did not demand the reports or order repairs, the ...


 
 
   

**Commercial white papers, product videos, and other sponsored documents posted on this site are paid content from third-party companies; inclusion and posting on this site does not imply an endorsement nor recommendation of the content by Technology Publishing/PaintSquare. By signing in and viewing or downloading this paid content, you agree to make your name and full contact information available to the sponsor of the content.

Advertisements
 
Fischer Technology Inc.

 
KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office

 
DeFelsko Corporation

 
ABKaelin, LLC

 
Sidewinder/Persyst Enterprises, Inc.

 
HoldTight Solutions Inc.

 
Sauereisen, Inc.

 
NLB Corporation

 
Modern Safety Techniques

 
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America

 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us