In response to a February blast that killed six workers at a Connecticut powerplant under construction, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board voted late last month to recommend a ban on use of natural gas to clean pipes. It also called for an end to venting or purging gas indoors, which triggered a fatal factory explosion in 2009 in North Carolina. Board experts probed both accidents on-site. The board also urged the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop rules to ban both practices and for the National Fire Protection Association to take similar action through code revisions. The recommendations
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.