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17th Demolition Academy to feature OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour health and safety training
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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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Apply for the NDA's Environmental Excellence Award
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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.


Support the NDA by sponsoring a golf hole
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One of the best ways to support the National Demolition Association and its programs is by sponsoring a golf hole at the NDA's 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament being held at the organization's 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio on March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort. There is a three-tier sponsorship opportunities available. For $500 for a single hole, you will receive a golf sign; for $1,500 you get a golf sign and one golfer's fees; and for a $3,000 sponsorship, you receive a golf sign on the Hill Country course and fees for four golfers.

Sponsoring a golf hole at the NDA's annual golf tournament is a terrific way to show your commitment to the NDA and its programs. For more information about this opportunity, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412, or click here to view the registration form.


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American Society of Safety Engineers announce approval of 2 key safety standards for the construction and demolition industry
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The American Society of Safety Engineers announced that the American National Standards Institute has approved two new ASSE A10 construction and demolition standards aimed at enhancing safety. The two new standards approved are the ANSI/ASSE A10.1-2011 Pre-Project and Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning for Construction and Demolition Operations and the ANSI/ASSE A10.26-2011 Emergency Procedures for Construction and Demolition Sites. More

New Jersey senator marks 10 years of EPA Brownfields program
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U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., recognized the 10th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields program, which funds the rehabilitation of abandoned and polluted properties to increase safety and attract new businesses to communities. Lautenberg was the sponsor of the first legislation that proposed establishing a Brownfields program, and he is now working on a reauthorization bill to build on the success of the program and further improve its effectiveness. More



Connecticut biomass plant converts construction waste to energy
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What to do with the mounds of construction debris that clog up about 30 percent of our nation's landfills? The best option is to recycle them as many LEED-certified buildings do, but turning local, hard-to-recycle materials into energy is also a good option as this Connecticut project will. Plainfield Renewable Energy is building a $225 million plant on a brownfield that will generate 37.5 megawatts of energy, enough to power 37,000 homes. More

12 predictions for small business in 2012
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What kind of year will it be for small business? Here are predictions for small business in 2012 and what it means for every owner. More

Connecticut: DECD gives green for brownfields
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Connecticut's Department of Economic & Community Development awarded more than $17 million in brownfields-related funding to nine Connecticut municipalities. Awards included nearly $13 million in loans and $4.6 million in grants that is channeled directly to municipalities, businesses, developers and regional development agencies for activities such as environmental assessment, planning, design, remediation, demolition, construction and acquisition. More

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Demolition crews bring down Houston skyscraper
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In 17 seconds, the building that once stood as the first skyscraper built outside of downtown Houston turned into a pile of dust and rubble. The demolition process began nearly two years ago when the last MD Anderson employees moved out. More

International Equipment Solutions names Stephen Andrews CFO
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International Equipment Solutions LLC announced that it has named Stephen Andrews as its chief executive officer. Andrews was previously president and chief executive officer of Pettibone LLC, the parent company of 14 diversified global industrial businesses. IES, through its Paladin and Crenlo business units, is a global engineered equipment company serving the construction, agriculture, landscaping, infrastructure, recycling, demolition, mining and energy markets. IES is owned by KPS Capital Partners, LP, a private equity firm with over $2.7 billion of assets under management, which formed the company in September 2011. More



Mexico closes 1 of world's largest landfills for energy production
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A collaboration between two environmental groups is to help close one of the world's largest landfills — the 927-acre Bordo Poniente Landfill in Mexico City. According to the partners — C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Clinton Climate Initiative — the project will stem the city's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, generate energy, create jobs and represents a model than can be replicated around the world. More

Small business health care stuck on hold
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When it comes to health care, small business owners aren't making any fast moves. Faced with higher premiums again in the year ahead, many business owners have found themselves in a holding pattern. They're concerned about the rising costs and the possible impact of health reform, but unsure about making any changes until they have more clarity or options. More
 
 
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