There's still time to register for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention
Is there really a better time than right now to register for the NDA's Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world? This year's convention features three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party, our raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, sessions on refrigerant recovery, personal protective equipment for demolition workers, insurance and use the Association's website to market your company. The Mirage has also extended the $139 room rate until the convention opens. Vegas is sizzling and you need the warmth, so register now.
NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy registration
It is time to register for the NDA's 16th Demolition Academy being held March 5-6 in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The NDA's annual safety and management training program will be offering the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training program as well as sessions on: basic industrial hygiene for the demolition industry; fall protection; developing and utilizing an engineering survey; generational communication; OSHA's new crane standard; and what to do when a disaster strikes.
The Demolition Academy agenda and registration form are posted on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com. For information or to register for the 2011 Demolition Academy, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
NDA to introduce Disaster Response Program at 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas
The National Demolition Association will be introducing the Association's new National Disaster Response Program March 7 at the 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This new Association initiative is designed to provide the nation with access to demolition companies interested in responding to large natural or man-made disasters. The NDA intends to set-up a national database of member companies available to respond to large events similar to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and hurricane Katrina. The goal is to be able to identify interested member firms that can provide equipment and manpower in a timely manner.
The NDA intends to set-up an 800 number that disaster response coordinators on the federal and state level can access to alert demolition companies to their needs. The NDA hopes to provide qualified second response capabilities on a national basis for large disasters while assuring prompt payment and limited liability.
NDA past President Tom Robinette of Robinette Demolition, Inc. (RDI) of Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., his general superintendent and former NDA Safety Committee Chair Jerry Myrick and RDI's emergency response team coordinator will present the new program following NDA President Ray Passeno's State of the Association address March 7 in the Mirage Exhibition Center at the Association's 38th Annual Convention. Mr. Robinette, Mr. Myrick and Mr. Stahr designed the NDA's Disaster Site Worker Training & Certification Program developed as part of the Association's OSHA alliance.
Haiti rebuilds at faster pace outside capital
A year after a devastating earthquake that destroyed much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Haitian government and many aid groups say the recovery in the capital is proceeding at an extremely slow pace. But near the epicenter of the quake, just 20 miles southwest of the capital, in the city of Leogane, Haiti, things appear to be moving much faster. More
NYC bank tower damaged on 9/11 is finally down
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Nearly a decade after it was badly damaged by the falling south tower of the World Trade Center, a 41-story bank tower has finally been dismantled down to street level. John DeLibero, a spokesman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., said the above-ground portion of the structure has been removed. It will take a few days to remove the basement of the former Deutsche Bank building situated across the street from the trade center site, he said. More
Delay threat to projects as steel bar crisis looms in South Africa
Large building and construction projects in South Africa could grind to a halt within weeks because of a shortage of rebar — reinforcing steel. The South African Reinforced Concrete Engineers Association said the breakdown meant there would not be any rebar available in February, possibly halting building and construction projects in South Africa, and resulting in delays and additional costs. More
Obama launches 'Better Buildings Initiative'
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President Obama visited Penn State University to outline initiatives to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings by 20 percent in the next 10 years. The Better Building Initiative would incentivize retrofitting with an aim of reducing companies' energy bills by about $40 billion a year, the White House said. The initiative applies to offices, stores, schools, universities, hospitals and other commercial and municipal buildings. More
Pennsylvania highlights economic importance of recycling
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The 2011 Pennsylvania Recycling Industries Congress, Feb. 15, will feature private-sector recyclers and companies that consume recyclables to make new products. The event will be held in \Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association (PWIA) and the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC) are sponsors of the event, which will feature more than two dozen recyclers and recycled-products companies. More
St. Louis County officials propose changes in demolition bill
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St. Louis County officials recently proposed changes to a bill about regulating demolition of commercial or industrial structures. The county counselor's office prepared a revised measure to make the changes, but the county council did not consider it. The council took no action on the current bill, and members promised they would carefully study the revised one. More
New virtual research center aims to prevent work-related vehicle injuries, fatalities
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is taking steps to prevent work-related motor vehicle injuries and fatalities through the creation of a new, virtual research center that will better focus, coordinate and stimulate research by linking NIOSH's geographically dispersed facilities through communication technologies, while enabling the public to keep up-to-date with initiatives. More
Association to host industry roundtable at annual convention
NDA President Ray Passeno from Bierlein, Inc. in Midland, Mich., will be hosting a Demolition Industry Roundtable at the Association's 38th Annual Convention to discuss industry and Association issues at 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. PST March 8. The goal of this important session is to identify those issues of concern for the Association's members. Information gathered at this session will assist the 2011-2012 board of directors to plan for the future.
If you are unable to attend but have any questions or concerns that you would like addressed at the convention roundtable, please forward them to either President Passeno at email@example.com or NDA headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.