Category: Spotlight

The History And Innovation Of Masonry Saws and Blades

Masonry has been around for thousands of years. The last 80 years, however, have seen the greatest innovations in the trade. In this part of the article, we will now focus on the Masonry saws and blades. History of Wet Cutting In 1926, a blade was invented that could cut stone, brick, and concrete masonry materials. The cutting or grinding was possible by using diamond grit or chips embedded in a metal matrix creating the segment. These segments were brazed/welded to a steel core and completed the blade. Diamond blades, as they were called, were used in factories on very...

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Shaping The Future Of Masonry: The Center Of Applied Technology-North

Everyone who is familiar with the field of masonry knows that the industry has undergone a significant amount of change in recent years. The improved technology has been combined with proven techniques and has led to a drastic shift for the trade. These changes have permeated masonry from top to bottom, and have begun to influence workforce development efforts. Ultimately, the schools that will succeed in a competitive market are the schools that are able to effectively blend the innovative ideas with the experience provided by traditional techniques. One of the schools that has proven successful in this field...

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Implementing OSHA’s Final Rule On Crystalline Silica Exposure

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued its final rule on exposure to crystalline silica in the workplace. The final rule is one of the most significant health standards ever issued by the Agency and will have a profound impact on the construction industry generally, and mason contractors specifically. Construction employers must comply with all requirements of the standard by June 23, 2017, except requirements for laboratory evaluation of exposure samples, which are given until June 23, 2018. Because of the short amount of time to implement the rule, mason contractors should review the...

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