OSHA:'Recovery work should not put you in the recovery room'
As residents of New England recover from the impact of Tropical Storm Irene, OSHA urges workers and members of the public engaged in cleanup activities to be aware of the hazards they might encounter and the necessary steps they should take to protect themselves. "Recovery work should not put you in the recovery room," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator. "Storm recovery work involves a wide range of safety and health hazards, which can be minimized by knowledge, safe work practices and personal protective equipment. OSHA wants to make certain that no casualties result from cleanup operations." More
Register now for NDA's Fall Education Program set for Baltimore
The Education Committee of the National Demolition Association will be holding its Fall Education Program Sept. 23-24 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., north of Baltimore. Part of the Education Committee's 2011-2012 program to provide training opportunities for our members, the fall program will offer the NDA's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety & Health course; a course on Demolition Estimating taught by Demolition textbook co-author Richard J. Diven of R.J. Diven, Inc.; and one on Demolition Project Site Management by the other Demolition textbook author, Mark Shaurette, Ph.D., of Purdue University's School of Building Construction Management. The OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour training course provides a certification from the instructor.
These courses are designed to provide practical hands-on instruction in construction safety and health, estimating and project management. The safety and management training are part of the NDA's mission to provide our members and their employees with the tools necessary to be leaders in the demolition industry. Registration forms for the Fall Education Program have been mailed to every Regular member. Click here to register online. For more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
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In demolition, Canada school teaches 3 Rs
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Pieces of an old school in Campbellton, Canada, will help provide needy families with new homes. Habitat for Humanity volunteers, along with Coast Realty staff, have been salvaging what they can from the old, abandoned building. The recovered items will be sold, with the proceeds going towards construction materials for new homes. "We do these salvage operations for two reasons — it keeps materials from entering the landfill and we raise funds for our mission, to build homes for people who need them," said Ken Miller of Habitat for Humanity Campbell River. More
Get ready for ENR's 2011 Demolition Insert
McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine has announced the publication dates for their 2011 Demolition Insert. One of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year outside of its own extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. ENR's Demolition Insert will reach close to 250,000 construction professionals, including over 100,000 contractors, over 50,000 public and private owners, and over 50,000 design engineers. The Demolition Insert will also be posted on ENR's website for the next 12 months.
This year's ENR Demolition Insert will run in the Nov. 28 issue of the magazine. Materials and photos need to be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at by no later than Oct. 21. For more information about this excellent member benefit and marketing opportunity contact Mike Taylor at 1.800.541.2412 or ENR's Director of Special Project Al Dalessandro at 914.219.5070 or al_Dalessandro@mcgraw-hill.com.
6 ways small businesses should prepare for disasters
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A natural disaster can often catch small businesses off-guard. In fact, it's estimated that 25 percent of companies are unable to resume operations after a major disaster, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. "There is a tendency to think that a large-scale disaster is not going to happen 'where I live,'" Karen Mills said, an administrator for Small Business Administration. "The reality is that storms, floods, earthquakes, fires and man-made disasters can strike anytime and anywhere. Planning ahead for your own post-disaster recovery is a good step toward protecting your family, your business and your community." More
Register for the second C&D Recycling Forum in Baltimore
The NDA is co-sponsoring C&D Recycling magazine's second C&D Recycling Forum Sept. 25-27 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., just north of Baltimore. This event follows the NDA's 2011 Fall Education Program scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Turf Valley. The C&D Recycling Forum will offer a host of diverse programs covering recycling and reuse issues of importance to the demolition industry. Program specifics and registration information are available at http://forum.cdrecycler.com and from both the NDA and C&D Recycling magazine. Registration forms for both the Fall Education Program and the 2011 C&D Recycling Forum will also appear in the September/October issue of Demolition magazine.
Canada's economy contracts for first time since 2009
Canada's economy shrank in the second quarter for the first time since the recession two years ago, as a high dollar boosted imports and curbed exports while natural disasters interrupted energy and automobile production. Gross domestic product fell at a 0.4 percent annualized pace during the April to June period following a 3.6 percent gain in the first three months of the year, Statistics Canada said. More
Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
The Convention Committee of the NDA is completing work on the program for the association's 39th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, which is planned for March 11–14. This year's show will feature a real Texas rodeo at the Monday Night Theme Party, which will include a PBR bull riding, two country western bands, line dancing, armadillo racing and a mechanical bull to ride. A Texas barbeque will be served. Next year's NDA golf tournament will be held March 11 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort outside San Antonio. The Convention Committee is considering a demolition rodeo at next year's show, similar to those events held by the solid waste industry, to test the skills of the demolition industry's operators. A number of skill test events will be held in the Gonzalez Convention Center attached to the Hyatt Regency on March 12 in the NDA's exhibit hall. Look for more information about the NDA's 39th Annual Convention shortly.
Improved buildings could make a big dent in climate change
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The construction and operation of buildings accounts for approximately 40 percent of all U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases. The most-used building material in the world, concrete, is used to construct many of the nation's homes and office buildings — but a new MIT report says a variety of measures could drastically reduce, and ultimately even eliminate, the carbon footprint of most new concrete buildings, as well as some older ones. Typically, concrete is used in construction purely for its structural properties, but by harnessing concrete's thermal properties for passive solar storage, the material could greatly reduce a building’s energy needs. More
Seattle office building aims to set new 'green' standard
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Workers are digging a hole on Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood for a new office building unlike any commercial structure the planet's ever seen before. There's never been anything greener. The Bullitt Center, which celebrated its official groundbreaking recently, has been designed to produce as much energy as it consumes. It aims to move green building forward a quantum leap. Maybe two. More
NDA considering first Demolition Rodeo in San Antonio
The NDA wants to help its regular members with team building within their companies. Therefore, the association is working on our first Demolition Rodeo to be held at the 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio in March. Tentative plans called for a sponsored event involving operator skill tests involving a small grapple and one using a skid steer. Cash prizes and NDA jackets denoting the winner's success will be offered. The event would be held March 11 in the Gonzalez Convention Center during expanded exhibition time. More information about this exciting event will be available shortly.
NDA's fall board meeting scheduled for Asheville, NC
The board of directors of the NDA will be meeting Oct. 7-8 at the grove Park Inn in beautiful Asheville, N.C. Part of the planned activities of this year's Fall Board of Directors Meeting includes a visit to Volvo Construction Equipment's North American headquarters and its equipment proving grounds in Asheville Oct. 7. The tour will include a time for hands-on equipment operation. The NDA is also planning dinner and a tour of the historic Biltmore Estate, summer home of the Vanderbilt's on Oct. 8. NDA President Don Rachel invites all NDA members to attend this important event. He encourages association members to invite their clients and potential members of the organization to all of the association's board meeting so that they can see the benefits of membership in the association. For more information about the October board of directors meeting, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
New York's older brick buildings especially vulnerable to extreme events
To get a better idea of just how much damage even a moderate earthquake would cause to unreinforced masonry buildings, earthquake-engineering researchers in the University at Buffalo's Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research are reconstructing brick walls like those in New York City buildings that are approximately 100 years old. Using bricks retrieved from New York City buildings slated for demolition, as well as data from testing of existing buildings, the researchers have recreated the type of mortar representative of what is there today: a particularly weak type of mortar that uses less cement and more sand. More
NDA changes exhibitor contract for San Antonio
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for March 11–14 at the Gonzalez Convention Center on the Riverwalk in San Antonio will be the first time that NDA has held an annual convention in Texas and the first time the association has utilized a convention center. Changes to the NDA's exhibitor contract involve enlarging the size of exhibit booth size from 8 x 10 to the "industry standard" 10 x 10 size. This will mean an increase in exhibitor space for those companies in the NDA's equipment area as well as its standard booth area. Fees for exhibiting at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention have increased slightly, for the first time in a number of years, but the actual square footage price with the increase in booth-space size will go down from prior conventions. The exhibitor contract will be sent to every Associate member and previous exhibitors at an NDA convention shortly. More