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NDA membership grows in 2010
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Membership in the National Demolition Association grew in 2010 with the addition of 40 new member companies in the United States and Canada. "The fact that we were able to attract so many new members in this current challenging economy is testament to how the industry perceives the value of membership in our Association," says Michael Taylor, NDA's executive director. The NDA expanded its membership qualifications scope several years ago beyond demolition contractors to include companies involved in the many facets of the demolition process, including C&D recycling, landfilling, facilities' decontamination, disaster remediation, salvage, scrap, as well as general contractors and engineers. More



Built to be safe
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Recent natural disasters in New Zealand, Australia and of course Japan, spur questions of home and building safety — what are the best precautions builders and owners can take? Here in the U.S., the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, a nonprofit organization, conducts objective, scientific research to identify and promote actions that will prevent loss of homes, businesses and the larger community from all manners of natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and freezing damage. More

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Caterpillar worried about Japan supply chain
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Machine giant Caterpillar is to review its supply chain in Japan following disruption caused by the March 11 earthquake in Japan. Speaking at the CONEXPO event currently taking place in Las Vegas, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman told the media that the company's three plants in the country were largely unaffected by the disaster. However he added that the company has set-up a team in the country to study its effect on the supply of components such as hydraulic pumps and engines. More



Alberta, Canada, enabling more foreign workers to become permanent residents
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The Alberta, Canada, government has opened up permanent residency requirements to include skilled temporary foreign workers, with an optional trade certificate, and is allowing these applications to be made without the employer's involvement. The government recently announced that skilled temporary foreign workers certified in the optional trades can apply directly to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program for permanent residency. This means they would no longer be required to apply with their employers. More

Tough-as-nails demolition trailers from Clement
With rugged efficiency Clement's DemoStar handles a variety of demolition materials. DemoStar’s Clement Bathtub body of abrasion-resistant AR450 steel minimizes weight while handling really tough loads. A characteristic of Clement’s bathtub design is longitudinal braces that efficiently support the body. Choose DemoStar in either frameless or frametype models. Learn More. 


March RMDAS ferrous prices stay level
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Domestic mill buyers of ferrous scrap in the United States were able to make purchases in March at price levels remarkably consistent with those made in February. Per ton average pricing for all grades in all regions moved by $8 or less from February to March, according to pricing survey data from the Raw Material Data Aggregation Service that is compiled by Management Science Associates Inc. More

Knowing and adhering to fall protection saves lives
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A March 4 scaffold collapse that left two construction workers suspended 13 stories above street level in Yonkers, N.Y., illustrates that knowing and adhering to fall protection safeguards saves lives, notes OSHA. Each worker was wearing a personal fall arrest system and was attached to a lifeline. These safeguards prevented them from falling and allowed them to be rescued by the Yonkers Fire Department. "Too many times, we've seen workers fall and die, or sustain serious injuries, because they lacked fall protection," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "It's clear in this case that fall protection safeguards helped save these workers' lives." More

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Harnessing social media in the construction industry
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Social media is transforming business communications and the marketing of products and services to clients, but the key to online success is developing a good strategy. "Give your customers information they won't find anywhere else," said MS2 Productions Executive Producer Melissa Shenk. "No matter what you do in construction, if you humanize what you do, establish a presence online and nurture relationships, that is a real game changer. It can open up new markets." More



New scaffold plank design requirements in effect
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On Dec. 2, new requirements for scaffold plank design took effect. The requirements are found in Section 1637 of the Construction Safety Orders, with some definitions found in Section 1504. The revised standard now permits products made of solid sawn planks of wood other than Douglas Fir to be used as scaffold planking provided that appropriate lumber grading rules are met. More

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Understanding the steps in designing green interiors
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Like a snowball gaining momentum as it rolls down a mountainside, the many facets of sustainable design have developed steadily over the last 11 years. Much of the credit goes to the launch of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system in March 2000. As organizations, facility managers and designers became more familiar with the concepts, the demand for sustainable spaces increased dramatically and a mini-industry of products and services developed to meet the supply side of the equation. More
 
 
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