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Construction Safety, Grand Parkway, and Grady Gaines: Tuesday’s Show (November 3, 2015)

Recently, huge scaffolding collapsed at an apartment complex under construction near Minute Maid Park. Several workers were injured in the incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. In light of the incident, we discuss how construction safety is regulated and monitored here, on this edition of Houston Matters. We welcome your questions and comments […]

Recently, huge scaffolding collapsed at an apartment complex under construction near Minute Maid Park. Several workers were injured in the incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. In light of the incident, we discuss how construction safety is regulated and monitored here, on this edition of Houston Matters. We welcome your questions and comments for Jerry Nevlud, President and CEO of the Houston chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, and James Shelton, a compliance assistance specialist for OSHA’s Houston North office.

Also this hour: The Grand Parkway Association says a few new segments in north Houston are on track to open soon near Cypress, Tomball, Spring and New Caney. We get an update on the project from David Gornet, Executive Director of the Grand Parkway Association. We also talk with Lamar Casparis, the former chairman of the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, about the Grand Parkway’s potential impact for the area.

Then: Pearland has experienced a surge in recent years in industrial growth. We talk with Matt Buchanan, president of the Pearland Economic Development Corporation, about why FloWorks, Dover Energy, Merit Medical, Tool-Flo, Profile Wire and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Compressors International have all developed facilities in Pearland in recent years, and whether that trend is likely to continue in the coming years, even as industries related to oil and gas may see some slowing from the impact of low oil prices on the industry.

Plus: Houstonians Grady Gaines and Rod Evans are the co-authors of a new book called I’ve Been Out There: On the Road with the Legends of Rock ‘N Roll. Gaines was the musical director and saxophonist for a popular backing band called The Upsetters back in the ’50s. Gaines and his band toured with Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Etta James, The Supremes, and many other popular artists of the ’50s and ’60s, and Gaines still performs here in Houston today. Evans is the former editor-in-chief of Health and Fitness Sports Magazine. We talk with both men about Gaines and the impact backing bands like The Upsetters had on rock ‘n roll.

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