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Register early for the 40th Anniversary Convention and receive a discounted admission
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If you register for the NDA 40th Anniversary Convention before Jan. 11 you can get the early bird registration price. After that date the price will increase from $650 to $700, so sign up early and save. Click here to register. More



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Honor the NDA in its 40th Anniversary Yearbook
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As the NDA will be celebrating 40 years of service to the demolition industry at its 2013 Annual Convention in March in San Diego, the association has decided to develop a commemorative yearbook to present each convention attendee. This yearbook will feature a history of the association going back to its founding in 1973, an expanded Convention Program and a list of the services offered by the NDA to its members. What better way to honor your association than to purchase a congratulatory ad in this one-time gift to our members. For more information about participating in the 40th Anniversary Yearbook, see that attached flier, or contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412. More

Apply for 2012 Environmental Excellence Award NOW!
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The deadline for applications for the 2012 NDA Environmental Excellence Awards which will be presented on Monday morning, March 25 at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego is fast approaching. Applications need to be in by Dec. 31. The Association’s Environmental Excellence Awards is a great way to showcase your company's skills to the NDA's Mission of Environmental Stewardship. Listen to what a recent Environmental Excellence Award winner, John Lloyd of Lloyd's Construction Services of Savage, MN says about this valuable program:

"The Environmental Excellence award is not only a great opportunity for demolition contractors to spotlight one of their deserving projects, but additionally serves as a great promotional opportunity with clients. When we hand-delivered the accompanying award to the project owner and City of St. Paul Port Authority, they were ecstatic to be included, and just as we did, took full advantage of the public relation opportunities the award provides. It truly was a win-win for all parties involved."

Send your application for the 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards in NOW!


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California can learn lessons from cleanup of deadly New Zealand earthquake
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Demolition experts who responded to the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, will share how contractors and the government partnered to deal with the disaster in that nation's second largest city. The U.S. Geological Survey predicts with a 99 percent certainty that an earthquake of similar magnitude can be expected in California in the next 30 years. The presentation will take place at the 40th Anniversary Convention of the National Demolition Association on March 25 in San Diego. More

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Demolition project evolves into innovative recycling initiative
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It would be difficult for people who travel past the old Lyn Electric site in Bluefield, W.Va., not to notice the enormous pile of gravel that appears to be growing daily. But passersby shouldn't take this gravel for granite. It's actually recycled concrete salvaged from the demolition of the Scott Street Parking Garage. More

Razing skyscrapers from the inside
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Strolling around central Tokyo, many marvel at the skyscrapers going up and wonder what the new buildings will look like and who their tenants will be. On the other hand, very few really pay attention to the buildings that are coming down. More



Asbestos danger continues in 2013
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The construction industry needs to be more aware of the continuing danger of asbestos exposure, says Terry Barker, chief executive of UK Asbestos Training Association. Drawing attention to the ever present dangers of asbestos for the construction industry, Barker was also keen to dispel a few myths around this highly dangerous substance. More

Construction confined space final rule on OSHA's 2013 agenda
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The biggest rulemaking action the Occupational Health & Safety Administration plans to accomplish this year is issuing a final rule on construction confined space safety. The general industry standard, 29 CFR 1910.146, has never been extended to construction because construction sites are unique and their hazards change, but the agency has been working on a construction rule for about a decade and intends to issue the final rule in July 2013, according to the semiannual regulatory agenda published Jan. 8. More

Dallas demolishing apartments where Kennedy assassin Oswald lived
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This week, Dallas city officials began razing an apartment complex once home to President Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. The site does not have any official historic designation, according to the owner and city documents. But the decision has still caused a stir in a city where sites related to the assassination have proved a major draw, including Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was shot, and the Texas School Book Depository, where Oswald lay in wait. More

Tests at NY, NJ Sandy cleanup sites show contaminant levels below federal exposure limits
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The levels of harmful contaminants at Superstorm Sandy cleanup sites in New York and New Jersey have so far not exceeded federal workplace exposure limits, officials said recently. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration tested dozens of cleanup sites, measuring worker exposure to toxic substances. The agency fanned out to workplaces and debris sites ranging from beaches to landfills, testing for airborne contaminants and taking samples from debris and storm water. More

Moving along
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A late November and early December lull in ferrous scrap buying activity prompted a price drop that was quickly met by the return of export orders in mid-December. In North America, the buying lull was likely the result of seasonal factors in part but also may have tied into reduced expectations and reduced output at domestic steel mills. More

10 steps to achieving magnetic leadership
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Individuals who run successful businesses take similar actions to create inviting workplaces filled with enthusiastic employees. Top-flight leaders set an example by showing how to get along well with others, and inspire people by demonstrating that every action they take is relevant to them. More


 

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