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More than half of all injured workers have a pre-existing condition, according to one expert. Who pays if the recent injury aggravates the previous injury? When you have an employee with a permanent impairment who suffers a second injury, in some states you may only be responsible for compensating the most recent injury — if the injury occurs in a state that has second injury fund.
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Vendor News
The votes are in and industry experts have chosen Wacker Neuson’s ACBe Battery-Powered Backpack Concrete Vibrator as a Most Innovative Product (MIP) for 2020. The annual award program honors innovative products designed for all segments of the concrete industry. The nominated products are showcased to World of Concrete attendees, readers of Concrete Construction magazine and visitors to The ACBe Battery-Powered Backpack Vibrator received the Experts Choice MIP award in the Concrete Construction Equipment category. The Experts Choice award is determined by an invited group of industry professionals who review all the nominees.
Loegering Power Attachments, an ASV Holdings Inc. brand, introduces the ST Series stabilizing and milling skid-steer and compact track loader attachments to the North American market. Made up of the ST1000 and ST600, the ST Series attachments are versatile and give contractors in the construction and roadwork industries the ability to complete milling and stabilizing applications with the same tool.
Hy-Brid Lifts, the industry leader in high-quality, low-level access equipment, delivered the first order of ZT-1630 lifts to Advantage Rental Inc., a division of Scott Electric. The ZT-1630 is part of Hy-Brid Lifts’ Zero-Turn Series, which was recently introduced as part of its next generation of low-level, all-purpose lifts. The rental center placed an order for the new models soon after their release and has since experienced positive customer feedback.
The Hilti Group increased sales by 4.3 percent in 2019 to CHF 5.9 billion amid a challenging economic and currency environment. In local currencies growth amounted to 6.3 percent. The operating result rose by 7.4 percent to CHF 783 million despite substantial ongoing investments. “Against the backdrop of noticeable economic slowdown and negative currency influences we achieved solid growth that was substantially greater than what was seen in the worldwide construction market. Our profitability continues at a high level even though we made significant investments in implementing our corporate strategy and in strengthening the future sustainability of the Group,” said Hilti CEO Christoph Loos in explaining the 2019 annual results.
Snorkel, a leading global manufacturer of aerial lifts, went BIG at the tri-annual CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 trade show last week, with a number of brand-new product launches, including the world’s largest self-propelled boom lift. Making its global debut at the show, the Snorkel 2100SJ “mega boom” is breaking records with a maximum working height of up to 216 ft. (65.8m), an industry-leading horizontal outreach up to 100 ft. (30.4m), and the best-in-class working envelope with an area volume of 5.48 Million ft3 (155,176m3). Shown as a preview, Snorkel accepted pre-orders at the show with deliveries scheduled to commence in early 2021.
Following the launch of three new C-class telehandler models at World of Concrete 2020, Xtreme expanded its product offering again at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2020. Launched at the show, the new Xtreme XR1734-C has a 17,000 lbs. (7,711kg) lift capacity, and up to a 34 ft. (10.3m) maximum lift height, and a forward reach of 17 ft. (5.1m). Weighing 33,360 lbs. (15,131kg), the XR1734-C is powered by a Cummins 3.8L 120hp Tier 4 Final diesel engine, and has 11° frame leveling (left-to-right). The XR1734-C joins other recently launched models, including the XR1347-C, XR1547-C and XR1555-C, expanding the Xtreme telehandler line to 22 models, one of the largest ranges in North America.
Business News
The following article is from Jon Coupal, the President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA). He is a recognized expert in California fiscal affairs and has argued numerous tax cases before the courts.

The good Proposition 13 — the one from 1978, not the $15 billion school bond currently on electoral life support — was the beginning of the modern tax revolt movement. That movement spread across the United States and even into Europe in addition to spawning several additional initiatives here in California. But it’s the bad Prop. 13 on last week’s ballot that is currently generating a statewide buzz because it appears to be headed for failure. Could this be the beginning of Tax Revolt 2.0? The 2020 version of Prop. 13 was a massive $15 billion school facility bond measure, the largest such bond in state history. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association led the opposition with a guerrilla-style campaign relying on a relatively modest $250,000 statewide radio buy, social media and nearly a hundred interviews with television, radio and print media. This was in comparison to the more than $20 million spent by Gov. Gavin Newsom and his allies.
California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) will be hosting a series of seminars discussing Assembly Bill 5 and the impacts it has throughout the year. During the seminar, they will go over the ABC Test, how to go about determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, as well as provide resources to aid in classifying workers. Click on "Learn more" to see a list of the upcoming seminars across the state. To see the full list of seminars and to register for a seminar, visit the EDD’s website. Follow Impact California on Twitter at @Impact_CA.
The California legislature reconvened this week, marking the beginning of what is expected to be another busy year at the capitol. Ready to help you stay informed and engage in the legislative process is Impact California, the new California Chamber of Commerce grassroots program.
Impact California provides users with:
• Legislative insight on key lasting/major issues;
• Resources explaining how to engage in the legislative process;
• Real-time legislative updates; and
• Direct links to take action on bills that would affect your community and businesses.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced settlements with two interstate trucking companies totaling $48,875 in penalties for violating the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Truck and Bus Regulation. The companies, subsidiaries of the multinational food and beverage corporation PepsiCo, Inc., failed to verify that trucks they hired for use in California complied with the state rule. Together, the companies failed to verify a total of 104 different fleets of trucks. As part of the settlement, the companies will spend at least $146,250 on air filtration systems at one or more schools in the South Coast Air Basin.
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Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who took time to participate in our surveys. CRA uses the information we gather to better serve you. If you have an idea for a survey for CRA members, please send your request to CRA at This month, we asked members for their feedback about how to celebrate CRA's upcoming 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee in 2021.
Pat Gatrell from Gatrell Equipment Rentals in Garnderville, NV, is the winner of the March Survey Raffle. Congratulations, Pat!