NDA draws 1,000 to its 38th Annual Convention & 16th Annual Demolition Academy
Over 1,000 people attended the NDA's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas held March 5-8. This year's convention featured Clyde Fessler, Harley Davidson's marketing guru as its keynote speaker; a well-attended industry roundtable of NDA members discussing industry issues; three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party; a raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle; sessions on refrigerant recovery; personal protective equipment for demolition workers; insurance; and using the association's website to market your company.
The NDA's 16th Demolition Academy was 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 offered 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.
NDA's Disaster Response Program implementation begins
The National Demolition Association has forwarded a survey to every regular member explaining the association's new Disaster Response Program and requesting information about equipment and personnel that members could commit in times of national disaster. Introduced on March 7 at the 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, the association's new National Disaster Response Program 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.
FEMA to restart program for demolishing Katrina-damaged buildings in New Orleans
The Times-Picayune Share
Two years after FEMA quit paying to demolish New Orleans homes and businesses damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the agency has agreed to restart the program, with more than 900 properties already on the tear-down list. Aides to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that they've convinced FEMA that the additional dilapidated properties should be razed at the agency's expense because they are located near the more than 1,600 buildings that FEMA paid to tear down between December 2007 and March 2009. More
Denham stresses importance of coordination of government in emergency preparedness
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Share
U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, stressed the importance of proper planning and coordination in order to prepare for disasters, including catastrophic disasters, in order to save lives, minimize costs and eliminate red tape in the recovery process. Denham chaired a Congressional hearing entitled, "Improving the Nation's Response to Catastrophic Disasters: How to Minimize Costs and Streamline our Emergency Management Program." More
How 'smart' is your facility?
Constructech Magazine Share
Many of today's building systems are still managed independently with various departments having silos of information that are difficult to share across the organization. However, technology companies recognize the smart buildings market is expected to grow significantly and are offering owners and operators new ways to manage building systems. More
Jobsite emergencies: Are you prepared to protect employees?
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Share
Despite all efforts to provide a safe and healthy work environment, accidents can and do happen on a job site. Whether it's personal injury, fire, severe weather, a chemical spill or another type of emergency, preparing in advance to handle unplanned events is critical to overall safety. For many companies, an effective safety and health program includes an emergency action plan, which establishes procedures employees must take during and after an emergency evacuation. More
NDA Industry Council works with association's board of directors
Many NDA members may be unfamiliar with the association's Industry Council. Founded several years ago to assist the board of directors, the NDA's Industry Council is made up of 15 associate members. The Industry Council's purpose is to provide additional feedback to the NDA's board, support our associate members and the association as a whole.
The NDA has always been available and accessible to meet the needs of its members. However, not long ago the NDA's board of directors thought it was necessary to give our associate members more access and involvement within the organization as well as on specific board committees, hence the development of the Industry Council. This year under President Don Rachel's leadership, the Industry Council will be stepping up its campaign to get its group of associate members more involved. The Industry Council will be sending out periodic correspondence announcing certain initiatives and requesting feedback from all of our members, regular, associate and international. The feedback received by the Industry Council will aid the association's board as it plans for the organization's future. The purpose of this Industry Council effort, as with all of the organization's programs, is to strengthen the NDA and to add value to membership.
Economic growth pace now positive in all regions
Reed Construction Data Share
The national economic activity index jumped sharply in January at an annual pace of over 20 percent driven by the 2 percent cut in payroll taxes, a huge jump in consumer confidence and nearly 200,000 new jobs. The annual growth pace was about 11 percent in the last three months. Every region is now recovering over the last three months although Alabama, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico experienced a slight dip in their index in January. The significant changes in March are the quickening of economic growth in the Midwest, Gulf and the Pacific regions and a decline in the growth pace in New England and the South Atlantic regions. More
NDA to exhibit at Brownfields 2011
The NDA, which recently exhibited at the 2011 ConExpo/ConAg show in Las Vegas, will have a booth at the Brownfields 2011 on April 3-5 at the recently enlarged Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The NDA has long believed that Brownfields remediation and facilities decontamination is a major market for the demolition industry. The goal of exhibiting at the Brownfield Conference, run jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the International City/County Management Association, is to educate potential clients to the environmental services that the modern demolition contractor can bring to a Brownfields sites.
UK C&D waste sent to landfill down
Demolition & Recycling International Share
A recent report from the U.K.'s Waste & Resources Action programme says that signatories to the reconstruction Commitments: Halving Waste to Landfill program have all significantly reduced the volume of construction waste that they are sending to landfill. Combined figures from the 32 signatory companies shows a total decrease of 28 percent of CD&E waste sent to landfill between 2008 and 2009, representing a fall from 3.1 million tons in 2008 to 2.2 million tons by the end of 2009. More
NDA Summer Board Meeting in Tucson, Ariz., to feature trip to CAT Proving Ground
NDA President Don Rachel of Rachel Contracting in St. Michael, Minn., has selected Tucson, Ariz., as the site for the association's Summer Board of Directors Meeting. The dates for this event are June 24-25 and it will be held at the Marriott Star Pass Resort. In addition to planning for the next fiscal year and voting on the NDA's annual budget, the Summer Board Meeting will feature a trip to Caterpillar's Proving Ground in Tucson, Ariz., on June 24. Part of President Rachel's program to bring regular and associate members together, the trip to CAT's Proving Ground will provide attendees with an opportunity to look at Caterpillar's newest equipment and technology.
President Rachel encourages all NDA members to attend the board of directors quarterly meetings and participate in planning for the industry and the association's future. For more information about the Summer Board of Directors Meeting, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
NDA to consider regional training programs
The Education Committee of the board of directors for the NDA will be discussing the development of regional training sessions to supplant the national Demolition Academy. Planned for the coming fiscal year, these programs are designed to provide our members with cost-effective ways to train their employees in a variety of demolition-specific areas. Based on survey data gleaned from members in different parts of the U.S. and Canada, the Education Committee will propose a menu of courses to be offered in one and two-day training sessions located in urban centers close to NDA members. The Education Committee will coordinate these programs with the association's other committees to identify instructors, course offerings and locations. These regional training sessions are part of a broad educational outreach to the demolition industry and are being held in concert with the association's Web-based NDA Learning System.