General Shale Acquires Arriscraft

General Shale Brick Inc. has purchased the U.S. and Canadian assets of Arriscraft International. General Shale manufactures and markets brick and stone products throughout the U.S., and Arriscraft International produces stone products that replicate the physical properties of real stone.

Commenting on the transaction, General Shale President/CEO Dick Green said, “Arriscraft is a leader in the stone industry and a natural fit for General Shale. The combination will allow us to provide a complete masonry package to all of our valued customers throughout North America.”

Safety Saves Lives

A new safety campaign to encourage all users of boom type platforms to wear a full body harness with a short lanyard attached to a suitable anchor point has been launched by Aerial Work Platform Training (AWPT). Called “Click It!,” the campaign has been approved by the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) and is similar to successful promotional campaigns encouraging people to wear their seatbelts when riding in a car.

The program's initiative came from companies frustrated with the fact that people were dying in boom type lifts because they were not wearing a harness that would keep them from being thrown or catapulted from the platform. To remind and encourage people to wear a harness, AWPT has printed the advice on stickers that can be placed on the boom lift where they can be seen by all occupants in the platform.

In addition, AWPT has made available a document titled “Technical Guidance Note AWPT H1” that provides information on their recommendation for the proper use of harnesses and lanyards on different types of aerial platforms.

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NSC Promotes “Green” Practices

The Natural Stone Council (NSC), a collaborative organization representing business and trade associations that promote stone under the Genuine Stone brand, has announced the partnership of its Committee on Sustainability with the University of Tennessee's Center for Clean Products. The alliance is charged with researching and promoting the ways that natural stone can contribute to the green building movement.

The multi-year sustainability plan will include background research, development of product-specific environmental fact sheets and data supporting life cycle assessment, benchmarking of industry environmental practices, and communication of this information to the stone industry and the design community.

“Because stone is such an important material in a number of key building product classes, it is crucial for the natural stone industry to be able to characterize the life-cycle impacts of its products in order to meet the evolving demands of the green building marketplace,” said NSC Committee on Sustainability Chairman John Mattke. “To accomplish this task, we are developing and pursuing a plan to promote the identification and adoption of sustainable practices throughout the industry.”

Rental Company Launches Web Site

ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. has launched its completely revamped Web site, The site details the company's geographic reach through its network of branch locations and its leadership position in operator training, jobsite analysis, and jobsite safety.

The new site is easy to navigate and contains many features, including both English and Spanish translations. Crane load charts have been incorporated into the new “parent” site for the ALL companies, as has the former, previously a separate page for selling equipment.

Xella Opens AAC Manufacturing Plant

Xella Aircrete North America Inc. hosted more than 350 guests at a grand opening celebration for its new autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) manufacturing facility in Adel, Ga. The plant will manufacture pre-engineered AAC panels and blocks under the Hebel brand. The products are used for load-bearing and non-load-bearing applications in commercial and industrial facilities.

Latest Info on Safety Subjects

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