Watch out for the early bird!
The Convention Committee of the National Demolition Association has instituted, for the first time, an early bird registration fee for the association's Annual Convention. By registering BEFORE Jan. 13, each registrant can save $50 on the Delegate Registration for the NDA's 39th Annual Convention at the Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio March 10-13. This is the first time the association has held its Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment, products and services in the world, in Texas and the first time the NDA's exhibition hall will be a municipal convention center.
Capitalizing on the event being held in Texas, the Convention Committee has decided on a decidedly Texas theme for next year's show. There will be Cowboy-themed event on Monday evening at San Antonio's Cowboy Dance Hall, which will feature a PBR Rodeo, country-western bands, a mechanical bull-ride, line dancing, a Texas barbeque and armadillo racing among other events. Tuesday evening's event will be casual and feature a Mexican theme with Hispanic dancers, a Mariachi band and Mexican cuisine with a San Antonio flair. The NDA's 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament will be held out at the Hyatt Regency's Hill Country Resort on March 10.
Make sure to register BEFORE Jan. 13 to take advantage of the NDA's early bird special.
Apply for the NDA's Environmental Excellence Award
Applications for the NDA's second Environmental Excellence Award program were mailed recently to every member of the association. This program, designed to highlight the demolition industry's skill and experience in dealing with challenging environmental issues of their project sites or products developed that protect the environment, had 11 winners in 2011. The program was developed by the association's Environment Committee to promote the NDA's commitment to environmental stewardship as part of its mission. Awards will be presented to this year's winners at the NDA's Annual Meeting on March 13 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention center in San Antonio.
For an application form or more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or click here.
17th Demolition Academy to feature OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour health and safety training
The NDA's 17th Demolition Academy, the organization's safety and management training program scheduled for March 10-11, will feature the association's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour health and safety training program. The course contains an introduction to OSHA; sections on electrical hazards, fall, caught between and struck by, personal protective equipment, health hazards on a demolition project site, hand and power tool safety, scaffolding, excavation and general demolition project safety awareness. This 10-hour program, presented over two days, provides an OSHA Completion Card.
Courses in Industrial Hygiene 101; Universal Waste Identification, Removal, Packaging and Disposal; and Demolition Project Site Management will also be offered as part of this program.
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When Glencairn Tower went down in November 2011, 64 charges — 100 kilograms of the latest explosives placed with scientific precision — brought all 17 stories down in just five seconds. The demolition job was unusual for two reasons. It was the first steel-structured building in Europe to be imploded and the crowd of several thousand that turned up to watch its demise may well have set a U.K. record for attendance at a demolition. "Demolition is 50 percent joining the dots and 50 percent creativity, because you're dealing with a structure that's full of unknowns," Marik Loiseaux of Phoenix-based Controlled Demolition Inc. said. More
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Demolition of old San Francisco jail building begins at last
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The city began demolition of San Francisco's old County Jail No. 3 in San Bruno, Calif., on Jan. 4. Sheriff Michael Hennessey, who is leaving office after 32 years, christened the wrecking ball with a bottle of sparkling apple cider. The jail, built in 1934, was shuttered in 2006 when a new lockup opened next door. More
International Asbestos Awareness Conference Slated for March
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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, has announced its honorees and keynote speaker for the 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, Asbestos: An International Public Health Crisis, to be held March 30-April 1 in Los Angeles. The conference will bring together renowned experts and asbestos victims in a forum geared to enhance asbestos awareness, education, treatment and collaboration. More
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LEED retrofits outpace new construction in 2011
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New Year's resolutions for every manager
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Most people that have made New Year's resolutions will attempt to exercise more often, eat less fatty food, lose weight and save more money. One other resolution could be to improve your own performance and that of those around you. Here are some suggestions guaranteed to improve performance in almost any workplace. More