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Still time to register for 40th Anniversary Celebration
NDA
You still have time to register at NDA Headquarters for the Association's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego, March 23-26. The cutoff date is Tuesday, March 19 but you can also register online or in person at the San Diego Convention Center. Don't forget to tell the hotel registration people at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront that you are attending the NDA's Annual Convention to be included in our hotel room bloc. Don't miss the Association's Celebration of 40 years of service to the Demolition Industry. It's going to be fantastic!
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R. Baker & Son work on the Statue of Liberty
R. Baker & Son
Last year, R. Baker & Son participated in a major renovation of the Statue of Liberty's pedestal and was heavily featured in National Geographic Channel's documentary covering the project, "Access 360° Heritage: Statue of Liberty," which aired in December. Baker workers performed seamlessly under unusual conditions during filming as Nat Geo camera crews followed their progress and curious onlookers watched and snapped photographs while large pieces were rigged into place.

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USCIS releases new Form I-9
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
On March 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. All employers must complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. Employers should immediately begin using the revised Form I-9 for all new hires and reverifications.

For detailed information on the new form, click here to see information from Cozen O'Connor.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is planning a webinar to offer tips and best practices, click here to stay tuned for further details. For an analysis of the new I-9, co-authored by Seyfarth partner, Angelo Paparelli, click here.


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Class action settlement for owners of a 2003-2007 Ford Diesel Powerstroke 6.0 liter engine
Diesel Settlement
If you had a Ford with a 6.0-liter diesel engine, you could get benefits from a class action settlement. The notice comes from the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

If you:

1. purchased or leased a model year 20032007 non-ambulance Ford vehicle in the United States equipped with a 6.0-liter PowerStroke diesel engine; and
2. the vehicle received one or more repairs covered by Ford's New Vehicle Limited Warranty during its first five years in service or 100,000 miles, whichever came first, to a fuel injector; the EGR valve; the EGR cooler; the oil cooler; or the turbocharger; and
3. you had not, as of Nov. 1, 2012, filed (and not voluntarily dismissed without prejudice) an individual lawsuit based on that engine;

Then you may be a member of a proposed settlement class and entitled to reimbursement for certain engine-related repair costs and deductibles.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Archer Daniels Midland Flour Mill demolition
Construction & Demolition Recycling
VideoBrief Crews from Britz Wrecking demolish the Archer Daniels Midland Flour Mill in North Kansas City, Mo., with help from KPI-JCI/Astec Mobile Screens equipment from G.W. Van Keppel Co. For more information on the demolition seen here, read the cover story, "Against the Grain" in the March/April 2013 issue of Construction and Demolition Recycling magazine.
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EEOC guidance to avoid negligent hiring
Construction Executive
Last April, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its long-awaited Enforcement Guidance regarding employers' use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions. The guidance highlights the EEOC's approach to using criminal records in background checks. Because claims can be made against employers by people who are injured by negligently hired or retained employees, firms need to know the risks involved in hiring decisions. Construction companies must walk the tightrope between potential claims of race discrimination by their employees or the EEOC, and claims by victims of those employees' actions.
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American construction equipment exports grow slowly
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment increased by 13 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year for a total $26.7 billion, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, citing U.S. Commerce Dept. data it uses in global markets reports for members. While that may seem like good news for the U.S. and its trade deficit, AEM notes that the 13 percent gain for 2012 follows 43 percent growth in 2011 and 28 percent growth in 2010. The growth in those two years followed a financial crisis-related decline of 38 percent in 2009.
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Seattle's Highway 99 tunnel: Big buildup for a massive drill
The Seattle Times
So just how massive is the Highway 99 tunnel drill in Seattle? See that new red crane, sitting next to the stub of the old Alaskan Way Viaduct? It's there just to erect another crane, three times as strong. And that crane? It will help build another, a horizontal gantry that will straddle the tunnel-launching pit in Sodo to lower the drill's 41 pieces, including the 886-ton cutter head. This is the world's biggest single-bore drill, 57 1/2 feet across.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    At Florida sinkhole, demolition continues (NPR)
St. Albans, WVa, end of bridge blown down (The Charleston Gazette)
Company removing asbestos at Palm Beach Mall cited, fined by OSHA for worker's death (The Palm Beach Post )
Sequester's construction cuts exceed $4 billion (Engineering News-Record)
Class action settlement for owners of a 2003-2007 Ford Diesel Powerstroke 6.0 liter engine (Diesel Settlement)

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Construction employment level hits 3-year high
AGC of America
The construction industry added 48,000 jobs in February, the ninth consecutive month of job growth for the sector, as more people are working in construction than at any point in the last three-and-a-half years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that employment gains remain tenuous and could be undermined if Washington, D.C., officials fail to reach a deal on federal investment levels later in March.
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New Jersey Gov. Christie unveils billion-dollar Sandy recovery plan
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The first batch of congressionally approved federal assistance for Sandy victims will directly help 20,000 homeowners, 5,000 renters and 10,000 business owners, according to a plan recently released by the Christie administration. Half of the $1.83 billion is directed to low and moderate income households, as per federal guidelines. But, thanks to a waiver issued by the Obama administration, $25 million that would normally be earmarked for housing and businesses may be redirected to a tourism marketing campaign to let Americans know the Jersey Shore is still open.
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Demolition of old Bay Bridge to take years
KPIX-TV
While the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge will open to traffic in September, the work needed to take down the old roadway is expected to take years. "These bridges define us ... in some ways as much as the bay itself," said Brad McCrea, regulatory director of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the state agency that oversees protection of the bay. McCrea said that building the new bridge will only be half the challenge. "Taking the old Bay Bridge down is as practically as big a project as putting the new one up," he said.
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Federal government may abandon LEED endorsement
BuildingGreen.com via GreenSource
Want to have a say in whether the U.S. government continues to use LEED? The U.S. General Services Administration is seeking public comments on a long-awaited recommendation regarding green building rating systems. GSA may abandon its prior endorsement of a single rating system, the findings of a special ad hoc committee suggest, instead encouraging each federal agency to make its own decisions about whether to use LEED, Green Globes or the Living Building Challenge.
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Construction employment level hits 3-year high
AGC of America
The construction industry added 48,000 jobs in February, the ninth consecutive month of job growth for the sector, as more people are working in construction than at any point in the last three-and-a-half years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

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St. Albans, WVa, end of bridge blown down
The Charleston Gazette
Hundreds of people braved a cold, damp and snowy morning to watch a big chunk of the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge in St. Albans, W.V., get blasted into the Kanawha River. The St. Albans end of the span, which crosses the river between Nitro and St. Albans, came down in a controlled explosion at 10 a.m.

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At Florida sinkhole, demolition continues
NPR
The grim work continues at a home near Tampa, Fla., where a man apparently died when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom. Demolition efforts are resuming.

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The new guard: RFID and other tracking technology on jobsites
Engineering News-Record
Imagine a world in which construction workers' daily routine includes gaining access to their jobsites only after a machine scans the unique biological makeup of their irises or the geometry of their hands. In conjunction with the biometric scan, a security-pass lanyard is used. Each security pass carries a worker's information, including all the worker's credentials, OSHA certifications, ethnicity, gender — and even their home zip code. Multiply that scenario by 9,000 daily workers and you have a snapshot of the security technology deployed for the construction of London's 500-acre Olympic Park. For the 120,000 workers employed on the four-year project, this was a daily ritual, custom built by the Olympic Park's security consultants.
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