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A publication of the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association Spring iSSue SEE INSIDE: 16 SPRING THAW 20 LEGISLATIVE FLY-IN 10 SAFETY 8 FEATURE STORY
Safety Issue Michael Herges reflects on his 40-year career in
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2024 SPRING ISSUE 4 16 18 The Conveyor is a publication of the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association. The views expressed herein are fixed expressions of the contributing writers and not of CalCIMA. All rights reserved. CalCIMA 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 210 Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 554-1000 Published By Construction Marketing Services, LLC P.O. Box 892977 Temecula, CA 92589 (909) 772-3121 Publisher Kerry Hoover Editor Brian Hoover Editorial Contributors Michael Herges, CSP, MPH, Safety & Health Services Manager, Graniterock Julia Maldonado, Communications Coordinator, CalCIMA Charley Rea, Vice President of Policy & Communications, CalCIMA Suzanne Seivright-Sutherland, Director of Regional Government Affairs & Grassroots Operations, CalCIMA Graphic Designer Aldo Myftari The Conveyor is published quarterly each year by Construction Marketing Services, LLC All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. 10 6 8 18 16 20 26 22 28 12 10 ON THE COVER: Photo of Michael Herges provided by Graniterock. CHAIRMAN'S LETTER As construction productivity increases, so should safety practices
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FEATURE STORY Michael Herges reflects on his 40-year career in mining and safety
Improving safety around mobile equipment at mines
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As construction productivity increases, so should safety practices

For the second year in a row, California has experienced significant rainfall which, unfortunately, has made for another slow start to construction. With the rain behind us (hopefully!), construction activity and production volumes will increase. As the 2024 construction season ramps up, we need to remain focused on our number one goal—employee safety.

As I noted this time last year, a strong safety culture is not driven by top-down communication. A strong safety culture is defined by peer-to-peer engagement. Having a fellow employee stop their peer before or during an unsafe action is what a strong safety program looks like. For this collaborative culture to develop and be sustainable, managers and supervisors must create a workplace where employees are empowered and encouraged to look out for each other. Safety should never become secondary to production goals!

This culture needs to extend beyond our employees. We all have third-party contractors who frequent our sites. It is important to remember that, although a contractor is not an employee, it is the responsibility of the producer to lead by example. Work with your team to provide world-class safety protocols for all workers on your site to ensure everyone’s safety at all times.

While we are focused on safety in this issue of the Conveyor, I also want to remind everyone of the importance of your participation in CalCIMA. CalCIMA strives to be a high-profile organization where key decision-makers call us for input before they make decisions that impact our industry. To achieve this, we must all be active and continue to recruit new members to amplify our voices. n

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2024: A year for deliberate action

California recently came through our Super Tuesday, and the political dynamics of 2024 is clear. There is no doubt it is going to be a turbulent ride.

On the national stage, another presidential election year is quickly coming into focus. It will include all of the trappings of the politics of tribalism and divisiveness which will no doubt bring with it some level of uncertainty and chaos for markets as well. In following the polls and speaking to insiders, and our national partners, one thing is clear: No one has a crystal ball for our presidential election. “Guesstimates” are all over the board. They’re also all over the board as to who controls the House and Senate after November.

In listening to Rich Thau of the Swing Voter Project at a recent conference, one thing is clear. The decisions of swing voters they tracked over the last three Presidential transitions are dominated by “perpetual dissatisfaction.” It is truly an interesting reality for me, who went into every election voting FOR someone or something, to hear that more often than not, our President is elected by those voting against someone rather than for something they believe in.

On a positive note, those swing voters, all by and large, support infrastructure investment, and understand infrastructure investment to mean hard infrastructure like roads, bridges, and fiber optic deployment.

Closer to home, our recent primary held very few surprises overall. We can anticipate continued democrat control of both the Assembly and Senate. As we head into the general campaign season, we have worked to identify a handful of “at risk” members who have been friends of our industry to support.

In California policy deliberations, there is one major overriding factor driving California’s legislature and administrationthe deficit, and the debate over the deficit. (The historic predictability and forecast of the Legislative Analyst Office has been challenged by the administration as they have chosen to use multi-year revenues and expenditure levels). Regardless, this means we will have to pivot our legislative strategies to focus on policy without cost; something our team currently has in motion.

In total, as we look at the year, we know that the dynamics of the federal campaign will create chaos, across-the-board, all the way to our local elections. In the words of my colleague, Michele Stanley, Executive Vice President & Chief Advocacy Officer at the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, we will have to be strategic and focused to ensure that our efforts rise above the noise.

2024 will be a year of deliberate action for CalCIMA. Several of the initiatives we have been developing over the last couple of years are coming into full swing. From the execution of our strategic messaging and communications efforts, to telling our story, CalCIMA has begun to re-shape opinions of our industry. From our strategic messaging workshops (if you haven’t attended one give us a call) to the second season of our community engagement initiative to help the membership engage better with our stakeholders, we are on full throttle to help California understand the critical role we play in the human environment, sustainability, the state’s economy and everyone’s quality of life. n


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Michael Herges reflects on his 40-year career in mining and safety

Most of my career has been centered in or around the mining industry. My first day at Peabody Coal Company, January 2, 1976, was a Memorial Day for a miner who was fatally injured in a blasting incident at that mine on New Year’s Eve. This was a sobering way to start my career. Peabody had a good safety program and I experienced it firsthand as a supervisor. Always eager to learn, I was trained to use an oxy/acetylene torch, weld, and operate mobile equipment, such as dozers, haul trucks, loaders and cranes. This firsthand experience would help me gain a greater understanding of the work and how to do it safely. After working my way up to plant supervisor, I expressed an interest in joining the Safety Department, and was transferred there in 1981. During the next seven years, I grew my

technical safety knowledge in several areas, as well as my experience with MSHA.

I was moved into the Corporate Training Department in Kentucky in 1988. With my experience in quality, safety and operations, I was given the job as the lead trainer and facilitator for the Total Quality Management (TQM) program. During this time, I got my first taste of the world of computers and developed a couple of mainframe databases. One was to monitor quality in real time, and the other was to capture noise monitoring data.

After a company reorganization in 1990, I was transferred to a large surface mine in southern Indiana, as a safety supervisor. During my tenure at this mine, my experience with the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) grew and I conferenced my first MSHA citations – one vacated, one

Top Left: Michael Herges, CSP, MPH, Safety & Health Services Manager, Graniterock. Top Right: Benjamin Licari, (left), Mike Herges, Graniterock, Jamie Polomsky, Vulcan Materials Company and Robert Dugan, CalCIMA at the 2023 CalCIMA Education Conference banquet where Mike received the Benjamin J. Licari Award. Above: Meghan Neal, P.W. Gillibrand (left) presented Mike Herges, Graniterock the CalCIMA Safety Professional Award.
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upheld as written. I continued to increase my safety knowledge by becoming a certified blaster. We engaged the miners and made numerous safety improvements. When I left the company in 1993, this specific mine had one of the lowest incident rates, lowest number of citations per inspection day and best housekeeping within Peabody Coal Company as a whole.

Looking for an opportunity to expand my safety knowledge, I joined Sherwood Medical, a medical device manufacturer in 1993. As the Manager of Occupational Safety and Health, I supported plants and other facilities in the U.S., and nine other countries. In the beginning, I spent time at several plants with an ergonomic consultant learning to conduct ergonomic assessments, implementing corrective actions and providing training to address some serious ergonomic issues. During my time at Sherwood, I was able to increase my knowledge of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, including Cal/OSHA, and learned about safety and health regulations in other countries. After more than five years helping to make measurable safety improvements, I found myself unemployed when the Division was sold.

In 1999, I joined Graniterock as their Manager of Safety & Health Services. Over the next 20+ years, we developed and implemented an excellent safety management system. The system included a comprehensive safety training process, safety committees at all the locations to assist the management with safety meetings, identifying and implementing safety improvements, inspections and incident reviews, and a quarterly safety audit process to ensure we were doing what we said we were going to do. All these

efforts culminated in Graniterock achieving the lowest incident rate, fewest citations and improving housekeeping in 2023.

I would be remiss if I did not credit Bruce W. Woolpert for supporting my safety initiatives while he was President and CEO of Graniterock. Bruce believed in life-long learning. At his direction, I got my Class A commercial driver’s license in 2001, which led to increasing my knowledge of U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Additionally, I received a master’s degree in occupational safety in 2009.

Bruce encouraged all his managers to get involved in the trade associations. I joined the Construction Materials Association of California’s (CMAC)’s safety committee in 2000 and became the chair of the committee in 2002. When CMAC merged into CalCIMA in 2007, I continued to serve as the chair or co-chair of the Safety & Health Committee until I stepped down at the end of 2023. I have always appreciated all the safety professionals who have participated on the committee. From the first meeting I attended, I particularly welcomed the members’ openness and willingness to share ideas and safety information. As a committee, we worked to address new regulations such as the certification of crane operators, and enforcement issues like return roller guarding. We also built good working relationships with MSHA and Cal/OSHA’s Mining and Tunneling Unit.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to my education in safety, and supported me during my challenging, and rewarding career. What will I miss the most when I retire? The people whom I had the privilege to work with over the past 40+ years! n

1. Joe Main, Assistant Labor Secretary for MSHA (left) with Mike in 2015. 2. Bigge Crane supervisor and Mike, after safely lowering the Krupp mobile crusher down to the quarry floor. 3. Annual Refresher Training at A .R. Wilson Quarry in 2001.
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4. Mike operating locomotive at quarry in 2000.
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Improving safety around mobile equipment at mines

At the recent Spring Thaw Safety Conferences, CalCIMA members heard the tragic stories of mine employees who died from accidents involving mobile surface equipment—the ubiquitous haul trucks, loaders, and excavators at mines. A lot of good people were lost. They are missed by their loved ones, friends, and colleagues.

Kenneth Colindres was married for 21 years, with four children. He was an ex-Marine. Darrell Huff loved making biscuits and gravy for his family every Sunday. He had seven grandchildren. Martin Olvera is remembered as loving and hardworking. He had a wife and a daughter.

They had all heard and been trained in the warnings: “Wear seatbelts,” “Stay in the cab,” “Never overload trucks and trailers,” ‘Do not travel onto berms,” “Honk your horn,” “Dump from a safe location,” “Chock wheels,” “Maintain control of equipment,” “Stay clear of moving equipment.”

Loaders, haul trucks, dozers, excavators and other mobile equipment on mine sites have long been one of the most challenging hazards. Unfortunately, the situation has seemed to get worse the past several years as injuries and fatalities from equipment accidents have increased. Last year alone, ten mine workers died nationwide as a result of mishaps with trucks and mobile equipment.

To address this trend, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has put in place the Safety Program for Surface Mobile

Equipment. This new program requires mine operators to have a more formalized plan for addressing potential hazards from mobile equipment.

“As MSHA works with the entire mining community to implement the new rule, we strongly encourage everyone to prioritize training and to identify and eliminate machinery and powered haulage hazards that can put miners’ lives and livelihoods at risk,” said Chris Williamson, Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety & Health.

“This program does a good job bringing all of the mine stakeholders together including management, employees and contractors to focus on reducing hazards and fatalities posed by mobile equipment. I don’t think anyone would disagree that operators can focus more efforts in this area,” said Meghan Neal, Director of EHS for P.W. Gillibrand Co., Inc. and co-chair of the CalCIMA Safety & Health Committee.

The program applies to wheeled, ski-mounted, track-mounted, or rail-mounted equipment, including pickup trucks. It does not apply to portable crushers, dredges, or conveyors or small equipment, like wheelbarrows, welding carts, and hand trucks, unless that equipment is in transit.

The program centers around mine operators having a written safety program for surface haulage equipment by July 17. These are required elements:

• Actions to identify and analyze hazards and reduce risks

• Procedures and schedules for routine and non-routine maintenance and repairs

• Actions to identify and utilize emerging technologies.

• Training

• Have the plan evaluated and updated annually, or as mining conditions, safety, or equipment change

• One or more people at the mine site need to be designated as a “responsible person” to review and update the plan

• Consult with mine personnel and their representatives in developing the plan

MSHA has provided guidance on how to fulfill some of these requirements:

• The hazards to address include potential collisions between vehicles, blind spots, equipment malfunctions, unstable terrain, and traffic management.

• Potential emerging technologies to consider include collision warning systems, seat belt interlocks, global positioning systems to guide equipment operators, and mirrors and cameras to guide equipment operators. MSHA says it will not penalize operators experimenting with technology that goes beyond

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meeting basic compliance with current standards. Also, attending Spring Thaws and related conferences with technology talks and exhibits will satisfy the effort to identify and evaluate emerging technology.

• Mine operators can meet the maintenance and training requirements through current

programs, if they already exist.

• MSHA approval of the safety plan is not required, but they will review during inspections.

The good news is that mine operators will not need to go it alone in developing their plans and procedures. MSHA, in conjunction with several of the national mining

associations, has developed template plans that are on their website at https://www.msha. gov/compliance-assistancetemplates-and-other-resources. In addition, MSHA will be available for compliance assistance.

CalCIMA, too, has resources to assist members, particularly those aimed at customer truck safety. These include standardized signage, brochures and pamphlets to hand drivers, and a comprehensive presentation on truck and mobile equipment safety at mine sites. These can be found at

While California mine operators have been in the forefront of safe operations, let’s make sure there are no more tragedies. n

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New law aims to stem workplace violence

What happens when a customer dump truck driver blames the scalehouse for misloading a truck? What options are there for a security guard working alone at night at a mine when thieves come in to steal tools and equipment? What is the company’s procedure for when a mixer driver encounters road rage on the way to a delivery? What is the procedure when a laid off ex-employee comes back to the asphalt plant to threaten former colleagues?

Unfortunately, workplace violence resulting in physical and mental harm is all too common. And, it is difficult to know where the potential dangers may come from–among employees, former employees, managers, contractors, customers, vendors, or thieves.

The statistics are sobering. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified workplace violence as the second leading cause of fatal occupational injury at the workplace and estimates that nearly two million workers are affected by workplace violence each year. On average, 1.3 million nonfatal violent crimes occur in the workplace annually. And, the violence is often aimed at workers who are female, Black, American Indian, Alaska Natives, Asian, or Pacific Islanders, and those who were born outside of the United States.

Although companies are already doing their utmost to protect employees and managers and address workplace violence in Injury & Illness Prevention Programs

(IIPP), California businesses will be required, beginning on July 1, to have a formal Workplace Violence Prevention Plan. This was put into effect by SB 553 (Cortese), passed and signed into law last fall.

“This groundbreaking law will help workers and employers establish a plan for the types of workplace violence that are on the rise,” said Sen. Cortese (D-San Jose) in an announcement.

The workplace Violence Prevention Plan has to address the following:

• Identifying who is responsible for implementing the plan

• Involving employees and their representatives

• Accepting and responding to reports of workplace violence and prohibit employee retaliation

• Communicating with employees regarding workplace violence matters

• Responding to actual and potential emergencies

• Developing and providing effective training

• Identifying, evaluating, and correcting workplace violence hazards

• Performing post incident response and investigations

The new law classifies workplace violence into four categories; based on whether it is from criminals, outside business contacts, employees, or outside persons with a personal relationship with someone at the workplace. Businesses will have to address each of the types that could potentially affect them.

Then, the plan must address all the potential work hazards and risks present at different situations in the workplace–when customers are present, night work, working alone, location of money or valuables, or during product delivery.

The plan will need detail on company officials and how to contact them, ways to minimize or correct potential violence hazards, how the company will respond to an incident, how medical treatment will be provided, how employees will be trained, and a process for periodic review and update of plans.

Further refinements of the requirements in SB 553 are expected as Cal/OSHA completes a rule-making on implementation. In the meantime, Cal/OSHA has facts sheets, plan templates, and reports available to assist in identifying indicators of workplace violence. These can be found at dosh/Workplace-Violence.html n

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SAFETY Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) workshop

CalCIMA’s Fleet & Equipment Committee (formerly the Transportation Committee) addresses shop safety by implementing workshops that target prevention of dangers that mobile on- and off-highway managers and equipment operators face in the shop and on the job. This fall, the Committee will lead a workshop sharing best practices resources, and training peers focused on Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs). This training comes in response to a survey done by the Committee where DVIR best practices for safety is ranked one of three equally weighted safety topics of interest.

The workshop will address:

• How to link safety and maintenance

• Regulations on the federal vehicle inspection vehicle

• Effective policies, procedures and drive and maintenance training

• Questions and Answers

A driver’s vehicle inspection report (DVIR) is a document that a truck driver fills out at the end of the day to let his or her company know about any unsafe or missing equipment on the vehicle. The company must fix the defect(s) before anyone else drives the vehicle. DVIRs have historically been created using paper forms but more and more drivers are using electronic inspection reports, also known as eDVIRs. DVIRs are required under 49 CFR 396.11 and 396.13 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, as enforced by the U.S. DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

DVIRs also serve as preventative maintenance checklists to ensure vehicles are in good working order before use. By doing these daily DVIR checks, drivers can spot minor issues before they become a big problem. A minor issue can turn into a big issue, costing the organization thousands of dollars and lost work time cutting into their

bottom line. Companies must store each inspection report for at least three months. DVIR violations can be steep with penalties ranging from $1,270 per day to over $15,000.

At a minimum, each DVIR must include any defects found on the following parts and accessories:

• Service brakes

• Parking brake

• Steering system

• Lights and reflectors

• Tires, wheels, and rims

Left: Con-Tech Manufacturing ‘Mixer Maintenance Seminar’ at Cemex shop. Below: CalCIMA members participate in Caterpillar ‘Electronics’ training at Quinn’s facility.
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• Horn(s)

• Windshield wipers

• Rearview mirrors

• Coupling devices

• Emergency equipment (e.g. fire extinguisher, etc.)

Over the last few years, the Committee hosted workshops focused on other shop and driver safety topics that filled every seat. Committee members in attendance worked collaboratively to lead

the workshops by sharing best practices, resources, and their training peers. We invite you to join the Fleet & Equipment Committee by visiting n



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Left: Cemex equipment shops showcase their 5S process improvement strategy to enhance safety, help produce higher efficiency and quality, and reduce waste. Right: CalCIMA members participate in Bridgestone / Bandag Tire Program Training.
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Safety springs into action!

CalCIMA’s 2024 Spring Thaw safety conferences took place on February 7 in Ontario and February 21 in Sacramento. Francisco Rivera, West-Regional Vice President of CEMEX, delivered the keynote address in Ontario while Margaret Reed with Reed Family Companies delivered the keynote in Sacramento focusing on the total well-being of employees. Throughout the day, CalCIMA members learned various safety measures, such as types of machine guarding, the importance of hearing protection, effects of wildfire smoke, the effects of PTSD after a workplace accident, a lockout/ tagout panel, and much more. n

Robert Dugan, President & CEO, CalCIMA, paid tribute to those who were lost in workplace accidents in the past year. Francisco Rivera, West-Regional President of Cemex, delivered the keynote address at the Ontario Spring Thaw. Members had a candlelight vigil and moment of silence in memoriam during the Fallen Miners Tribute. Agency panel members from MSHA and Cal/OSHA. Tim Watkins (left) and Brad Breland, MSHA, Jim Wittry and Matt Switzer, Cal/OSHA. Margaret Reed, Vice President of Reed Family Companies, discusses the importance of mental health at the Sacramento Spring Thaw.
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Lockout/Tagout Panel members were; Augie Gonzalez, Altitude Health & Safety (left), Carlos Mascote, 3M, Daryl Charlson, Cemex and Meghan Neal, P.W. Gillibrand.


Kyle Peerless, CA Department of Public Health, spoke about the dangers and safety practices concerning wildfire smoke. Russell Morton, National Ready Mixed Concrete Company, presented on safety practices concerning acetylene tanks. Jorge Sanchez, Graniterock, shared his own experience of PTSD after a workplace accident. Willa Perlmutter, Stoel Rives, presented on POV/Impact Inspections. Iddings, CERTEX, spoke about the importance of keeping rigging equipment up to date to control defects or failures in the field. Herges, Graniterock, gave a presentation on the evolution of the hard hat into new safety helmets. Carlos Mascote (left), 3M, Meghan Neal, P.W. Gillibrand, Augie GonzalesAltitude Health & Safety, and Daryl Charlson, Cemex discuss lockout tagout tryout at the Ontario Spring Thaw. Carlos Mascote, 3M, discussed the importance of machine guarding for employee safety.
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Anderson, Mitsubishi Cement, shared his journey of developing a new micro-hearing protection device that provides the best fit and experience possible.


Members chat with the American Heart Association about ways to get involved and the importance of heart health in our industry.

Members gather at the Ontario Spring Thaw to honor the 2023 fallen miners , and learn about safety from other safety professionals. Ron Kutzman, All Rigging, explains the importance of maintaining rigging equipment. Matt Smylie, Ford Construction Co., walks members through oxygen/ acetylene torch safety, such as proper PPE, operational checks, lens shades , and more. Elon Ullman, California Department of Public Health, discusses the dangers of wildfire smoke and how it affects our health. Meghan Neal, P.W. Gillibrand, discusses employee locks during a lockout tagout try out panel. Bruce Coggin, Red Door Safety, LLC, discusses hazard recognition.
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Dustan Crelly, Mine Safety and Health Administration, leads the MSHA panel. He discusses written safety programs, compliance assistance, and records and inspection.
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CalCIMA members fly-in for lobby day

Ca lCIMA hosted its annual Legislative Fly-In at the State Capitol on April 8-9. The event spanned two days and began with CalCIMA Key Message Training facilitated by Summit Strategy Group, followed by a workshop titled "Meeting with Lawmakers 101." The following day featured notable speakers including Assemblywoman Lori Wilson, Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee and Kiana Valentine from Transportation California. State geologist Jeremy Lancaster from the California Geological Survey also addressed attendees, discussing a recent adverse court decision regarding the overlapping of wildlife lands with mineral lands in Ventura County. In addition to informative sessions, participants engaged in Capitol office visits and enjoyed a legislative reception hosted at the historic Sutter Club. n

Kiana Valentine, Transportation California, talks to CalCIMA Members about transportation funding, including an outlook on the transportation funding future and options for replacing the gas tax. Kiana Valentine (left) and Gary Johnson (right) host a Q&A with CalCIMA members. Assemblymember Lori Wilson talks about her role as the transportation chair, California’s transportation system, and how her work with the community affected her view on how California’s transportation system can be improved. Assemblymember Lori Wilson (left) and Vulcan Materials Company’s Barbara Goodrich-Welk (right) host a Q&A with CalCIMA members to discuss bills and transportation in California.
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CalCIMA members and staff at the State Capitol for the annual Legislative Fly-In on April 8-9.

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CalCIMA members visit the legislative offices to meet with assemblymembers, senators and staff.


CalCIMA members gather for golf tournament

CalCIMA golf tournament players enjoyed the day at Journey at Pechenga, the par-72 award winning 18-hole golf course on March 4 in Temecula.

CalCIMA held a golf tournament on March 4 at the Journey at Pechanga in Temecula. 100 golfers enjoyed the par-72, links-style award-winning course with breathtaking views of the Temecula Wine Country and the surrounding rolling hills. The tournament helped raise funds for CalCIMA. For more information about future events please contact Abi Hague at n

Left: Tom Maher, Holliday Rock served as this year's Golf Tournament Chair. Above: They’re off – 100 golfers participated in the CalCIMA Golf Tournament.
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CalCIMA Golf Tournament Winners

2nd place – United Rock Foursome. Alma Cortez, Garret Cheeseman, Vince Bommarito and Bill Boyd. 3rd place – Teichert Foursome. Bob Gustafson, Jeff Seibel, Don Bates and Casey McDermott. Holliday Rock’s players included: Jarrod Nachreiner, Tom Maher, Adam Holliday, John Holliday and Martin Hansberger. Reed Family Companies’ foursome included Cory Turney, Josh Hinchey, Sean Harrigan and Stacy Case. CalPortland’s foursome Eddie Chapman (left), Pat Imhoff, Bill Snyder and Ben Fonseca. 1st place – Gary Bale Redi-Mix Foursome. Tony Penna, Austin Eminhizer, Rod Giacomini and Ethan Fleming.
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CalCIMA Golf Contest Winners


Vulcan Materials Company’s foursome Nick Turner (left), Chris Gerber, Tim Reed and Scott Bevan.
Granite Construction’s foursome included Trevor Wood, Steve Lode, Chris Heilmann and Ian Firth.
Hole #17 - Mike Toland, Spragues’ Ready Mix
Hole #3 - Chris Iaccio (not pictured)
Hole #1 - Camille Preece, SESPE / Trinity Consulting Hole #11 - Trevor Wood, (not present) Mike Toland, Spragues’ Ready Mix.
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Women of CalCIMA and Women of AsphaltCalCIMA Branch learn communication skills, key messaging training

Creating an elevator pitch, effective communication and overcoming your fear and anxiety about speaking were all part of the workshop.

Following the Spring Thaw, the Women of CalCIMA and Women of Asphalt California-CalCIMA Branch held the Communicate with Confidence workshop. This event focused on mastering CalCIMA messaging and included activities like public speaking practice, networking with fellow members, and introducing them to the group. Thank you Summit Strategy Group and Kit Cole Consulting for facilitating this insightful session. n

The language we use to describe ourselves is the language others will use to describe us. Laurel Laird of Summit Strategy Group explains how to use the new CalCIMA messaging and how to ‘stay on’ a message map.

Kit Cole of Kit Cole Consulting leading a networking activity: Meet Your New Best Friend. Ryan Rauzon from Summit Strategy Group shows the attendees how to create their own message maps for personal and professional communications. During the workshop, participants were divided into small groups for brainstorming sessions, which facilitated networking, bonding, and personal growth among the attendees.
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National association news


Essential Minerals Association Industry Update

The Bureau of Land Management released draft plans for management of the greater sage grouse in six Western states, including California. The draft plan identifies six alternatives, with alternative 5 being their preferred. EMA provided initial comments in 2022 and will submit further comment by the June 13 deadline. If you would like to learn more, please contact Matt Dermody at matthewdermody@

EMA will host the 2024 Annual Conference in Santa Rosa, California, May 6-9. Featured speakers include former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, former BLM Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Casey Hammond, along with MSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Pat Silvey. The meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn the latest technology and trends and network with colleagues! The meeting is open to EMA members and any prospective members (we offer a one-time complimentary registration for prospects). Registration is online at Prospective members should reach out to Chris Greissing at chrisgreissing@


Through numerous memberfocused efforts, NAPA continues to support the asphalt pavement industry’s drive toward sustainability. For details, visit

On March 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named NAPA an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for continued dedication toward energy efficiency and leadership in helping members reduce energy consumption. Asphalt pavement plants are invited to enroll as ENERGY STAR partners, participate in peer exchanges, engage in ‘treasure hunts’ to find savings opportunities, and more. These resources are freely available thanks to the NAPA-ENERGY STAR partnership.

In a new report, The Carbon Footprint of Asphalt Pavements: A Reference Document for Decarbonization (SIP 109), NAPA provides a comprehensive roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with asphalt pavements. By publishing the report, NAPA is taking proactive steps to help the industry and agencies to leverage unprecedented levels of federal funding and federal programs to reduce GHG emissions. The report focuses on specific actions individual companies and agencies can take to reduce GHG emissions, making it relevant to pavement engineers, asphalt mix producers, paving contractors, policy makers, and other stakeholders with an interest in reducing embodied carbon emissions associated with asphalt pavements.

These actions, along with ongoing improvements to NAPA’s Emerald Eco-Label software for developing verified environmental product declarations (EPDs), support the industry-wide goal of producing and constructing net zero carbon asphalt pavements by 2050, established in The Road Forward. With 40 member-partners

of The Road Forward already, NAPA members, industry nonprofits, and agencies are invited to sign on this year through August 30.


June is National Safety Month National Safety Month is coming up! Throughout the month of June, NSSGA will be sharing resources and content on safety topics for the aggregates industry. This year, we’ve divided June into four weekly focus areas targeting the most common MSHA violations and injury types: Culture of Care (Housekeeping), Moving Machine Parts, Electrical & Stored Energy and Slips, Trips & Falls.

Each week, NSSGA will share relevant materials with our members, such as mental health resources, risk assessment templates and safety webinars. We’re particularly excited to provide a new video and training resource on guarding, building off MSHA’s valuable guarding PowerPoint and making it more user-friendly.

June also marks the three-year anniversary of NSSGA’s Safety Shorts podcast, which delivers bite-sized episodes featuring industry guests who come on to share stories and lessons learned. The podcast focuses on real-life experiences and stories, which makes safety personal and gets listeners thinking. June’s Safety Shorts episode will be on promoting a culture of safety at work and at home. You can listen to Safety Shorts on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify.

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