President/CEO Dennis Knautz   (left) presented the award to Neeves.
President/CEO Dennis Knautz (left) presented the award to Neeves.

Finding Answers to Safety and Health Problems

Contractors, bricklayers, masons, tile setters, and other masonry workers have a new tool to find practical ways for reducing injuries and illnesses on construction sites. Construction Solutions, a free online database, describes specific hazards in construction work, along with various solutions that can reduce or eliminate those problems. The Web site also houses a database that offers a place for users to share comments and tips for handling jobsite situations.

Construction Solutions was developed by The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), through a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). CPWR created the database using the expertise of numerous safety and health professionals, union representatives, and university researchers.

The database covers tasks such as laying brick/block/stone, troweling surface materials, and concrete work; and hazards and solutions for problems like noise, skin contact with chemicals, manual material handling (lifting and carrying), and silica dust.

The site will eventually cover all construction trades.

For more information, visit

New MSJC Code/Specification Released

The Masonry Society has announced the availability of its 2008 Masonry Standards Joint Committee's Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 402/ACI 530/ASCE 5 and TMS 602/ACI 530/ASCE 6) and their companion commentaries.

Developed by the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC), this newest edition of the national masonry design code and minimum specification includes numerous changes and enhancements, such as provisions on self-consolidating grout, reformatted and clearer seismic design requirements, revised anchor bolt capacity equations, and defined inspection frequencies of key aspects of masonry construction. It features “bleed tabs,” revision bars, deletion arrows, and movement boxes so that users of the 2005 MJSC will be able to quickly identify sections that have been substantively modified.

The publication costs $75 (plus shipping and handling) for TMS members, and $100 (plus shipping and handling) for nonmembers. Visit for more information or to order.