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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) Construction was halted recently when contractors uncovered human bones six ft. underground while digging a trench at the future site of a streetcar maintenance yard in Southern California, officials said. Police were notified after crews discovered the bones while working on the light-rail project in Santa Ana, the Orange County Register reported.

When most of us picture vehicle breakdowns, we think of wintry temperatures and snowdrifts. But for those in the heavy industries, hot weather can cause just as much wear and tear on vehicles and equipment. Here are some tips for preparing your construction equipment for use in the summer heat, and some reminders about how to keep your assets and your people safe from sweltering temperatures.

Carhartt will launch its Carhartt Company Gear program on Jan. 16, 2019. With the new Carhartt Company Gear service model, the 130 year-old brand will provide a wide range of businesses with its familiar rugged, durable products. In addition to Carhartt's most recognized styles, businesses across various industries will also have access to the new Rugged Professional Series, which will give uniformed associates a sharp, professional appearance.

John Deere continues to provide best-in-class vegetation management with the addition of the MH60D mulching head to its Worksite Pro lineup. Designed to remove 8-in. (20-cm) trees and 12-in. (30.5-cm) stumps with ease, the MH60D model shreds underbrush and woody materials into beneficial mulch in minutes.

Any construction site employs heavy equipment to boost productivity and finish the project on time. But while heavy earthmoving equipment brings operational efficiency it also invites safety issues. In fact, every year operators are injured or even killed on site due to electrical hazards or from being struck by heavy mobile equipment - according to OSHA, approximately 75 percent of struck-by fatalities on construction sites involve heavy equipment likes cranes and trucks.

Construction brings many opportunities to many different people. Communities experiencing an intense building spree can usually look forward to more foot traffic or an influx of new businesses. Unfortunately, this progress can also attract thieves and vandals, as the busy construction site of the day turns into one of the quietest spots at night when work stops.

Ford recently recalled around 2 million F-150 pickup trucks across North America due to a seat belt issue, where the belts spark and ignite fires. The recall covers vehicles between 2015 and 2018, and follows an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that began in August 2018 about fires in the trucks, the Chicago Tribune reported.

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Cat Footwear's proprietary SuperDuty iTechnology, the global footwear manufacturer will release an update entitled SuperDutyXL iTechnology for the Autumn/Winter 2018 season. The initial iTechnology was known as the first work boot to merge welted durability with athletic comfort.

Choosing the right boot for your job can be tricky, especially with so many makes and models out there. However, having the right footwear so that you feel comfortable and protected while at work can certainly make your workday easier. Although there are many parts that go into making the perfect work boot for each profession that requires one, ultimately choosing what fits your needs best is not complicated at all.

Gilbane Building Company is raising the bar for the construction industry when it comes to safety with its latest implementation of wearable devices that detect slips, trips and falls on the job, triggering an automatic alert to designated site personnel including medics.

Stanley recently announced the introduction of its longest-lasting, most ergonomic FATMAX tape measure in its 175-year history. The 2018 Stanley FATMAX Tape Measure (www.fatmaxtape.com) is a new design with 13 ft. of straighter blade stand out*, a baseball-inspired grip, and the longest-lasting blade coating ever applied to a FATMAX tape measure.