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40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego a great success
NDA
The National Demolition Association's 40th Anniversary Celebration held March 23-26 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and the San Diego Convention Center was a roaring success. This year's Annual Convention featuring an opening night reception sponsored by Caterpillar, Inc. abroad the U.S.S. Midway with an evening-ending fireworks display, a Monday Night "Shore Leave in San Diego" theme party sponsored by Stanley LaBounty who was also celebrating their own 40th anniversary and our 40th Annual Banquet sponsored by Komatsu America. This year's exhibition area in the San Diego Convention Center had over 90 Associate Members showing their products, services and equipment to the demolition industry.
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Enterprising Europa vintage Wrecking Ball a big hit at 40th Anniversary Convention
NDA
Roland and Soya Jarl of Mahwah, N.J.-based Enterprising Europa had a vintage wrecking ball in front of their building since Roland won it at the NADC's 1985 convention. In honor of the NDA's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego, the Jarls thought it would be nice to donate this piece of demolition memorabilia, still very useful, to the Association as a raffle prize at this year's Annual Banquet. After spirited bidding, the vintage wrecking ball went to Roger Homrich of Homrich Wrecking in Carleton, Mich., a former NADC president. The NDA is most grateful to the Jarls for donating this piece of NADC history to the Association and to Mr. Homrich for supporting the Association's programs by purchasing it.
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NDA starts Disaster Response Committee
NDA
Coming on the heels of the informative session on the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake and clean-up in San Diego, new NDA President Jeff Kroeker — of Kroeker, Inc. in Fresno, Calif. — has established a new Ad Hoc Disaster Response Committee to develop recommendations to the emergency response community on the federal, state, provincial and local level about the role the demolition industry can play as second responders in times of natural and man-made disaster. Chaired by Tom Stahr of ERM, who along with NADC Past President Tom Robinette and former Safety Committee Chairman Jerry Myrick, also of ERM, developed the NDA's Disaster Site Worker Training & Certification Program, the committee includes past president and Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Weber who lead the Christchurch presentation in San Diego; Peter Ward of Ward Demolition who is currently working in Christchurch; Richard Diven of R.J. Diven Consulting author of the NDA's Demolition textbook; and Lifetime Award winner Chuck Clark of Three D Services in Pomona, Calif.

The Disaster Response Committee is actively looking for additional volunteers to help the NDA develop programs to aid the demolition industry and the emergency response community to utilize the services of a modern demolition company in times of disaster. If you are interested in helping, please email Mike Taylor or call him at NDA Headquarters, 1-800-541-2412.

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NDA to exhibit at 2013 Brownfields Convention
NDA
A team headed by Chris Godek — new NDA treasurer and past ernvironment committee chairman — of New England Yankee Construction in Milford, Conn., will be manning the NDA's booth at the 2014 Brownfields Convention being held in the Georgia World Convention Center, May 15-17. Additionally, NDA Environmental Attorney Jim Price of Spencer Fane in Kansas City, Nathan Benjamin of Planet Reuse and NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor will be speaking on "If you Tear It Down Correctly, They Will Come: Green Demolition and Sustainable Site Preparation" at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, May 17 in Room B 131 in the Georgia World Center.
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California updates workers' comp information
NDA
In response to changes in California's workers' compensation program that took effect Jan. 1, the state Department of Industrial Relations has updated its website with new information, the agency announced March 27. Among the program's changes, brought about by the passage in 2012 of Senate Bill 863, are increased maximum weekly payments to $290, revisions on determining disability ratings, and the use of "independent medical reviews" in some cases. The updated information is available here and in Spanish here.
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Against the grain
Construction & Demolition Recycling
When it comes to demolishing and processing 900,000 square feet of mammoth concrete structures, a small, family-run company might not seem like the top contender to win the bid. But after years of watching the project develop, Britz Wrecking decided to demonstrate just how competitive a small business could be when it landed the bid to demolish the century-old Archer Daniels Midland Flour Mill in North Kansas City, Mo.
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Are older construction workers at greater risk of injury?
Engineering News-Record
An aging workforce is the construction industry's demographic phenomenon, with many workers now approaching or over age 60 and pressing on through aches and pains that would have sidelined their elders a decade ago. As their physical abilities erode, many older workers are staying on, perhaps to rebuild their own recession-depleted retirement savings and keep employer-provided health insurance or to leverage a bounty of skills and experience in many construction sectors that are facing a shortage of workers.
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Obama calls on lawmakers to approve $21 billion infrastructure bill
The Hill
President Barack Obama recently called for Congress to approve a $21 billion package aimed at building public-private partnerships to improve the nation's crumbling infrastructure. "Let's get this done. Let's rebuild this country we love. Let's make sure we're staying on the cutting edge," Obama told a boisterous crowd on a platform overlooking the Port of Miami.
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How can construction help raise the grade?
Constructech
Following the recent news that America's infrastructure is receiving an overall grade of a D-plus, some construction industry experts are making the argument construction technology can help build infrastructure in a more effective manner. The question becomes: Can information technology help America boost its infrastructure GPA?
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Ferrous scrap makes a comeback
Edler Demolition
Here's a shocking statistic: The EPA estimates that 40 percent of solid waste in U.S. is construction debris — totaling to 136 million tons of waste in 2008 alone. Much of this is steel, a heavily used material in commercial and industrial demolition. Colorado to Connecticut, industrial demolition contractors are recycling ferrous scrap more than ever before. Construction steel is some of the most commonly recycled metal in the world, since recycled steel is just as structurally strong as virgin steel.
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Metal theft inspires new tracking method
EcoBuilding Pulse
Brands or tags are known ways to prevent the theft of livestock — but what about parts of buildings? Metal theft has been on the rise recently, due to the global rising cost of scrap metal. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, metal theft-related insurance claims rose 81 percent between 2009 and 2011. Commonly stolen metals include copper, aluminum, brass, bronze, and lead. The problem has reached a point of significance to prompt the FBI to claim in 2010 that "copper thieves are threatening U.S. critical infrastructure ... and present a risk to both public safety and national security."
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Construction spending rebounds in February with private, public gains
AGC of America
Construction spending rebounded in February with gains from depressed January levels in residential, private nonresidential and public investment, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that the rise in public investment was likely to be short-lived and urged policy makers in Washington to make infrastructure investment a priority.
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The nation's infrastructure is crumbling a little bit less. America's roads, bridges, water systems and energy networks have long been in poor repair.

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Obama calls on lawmakers to approve $21 billion infrastructure bill
The Hill
President Barack Obama recently called for Congress to approve a $21 billion package aimed at building public-private partnerships to improve the nation's crumbling infrastructure.

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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.

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Web-based analytic tool provides access to critical data on US bridges
ARTBA via Rebuilding America's Infrastructure
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association launched a new analytic tool — BridgeDataPro — to help bridge owners, designers, builders and suppliers quickly identify critical information on nearly 610,000 U.S. bridges. BridgeDataPro is a high-speed, Web-based software solution that allows users to quickly and easily sort and organize all of that data for management, market research and policy applications.
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