Report: National injury stats may underestimate construction injuries
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A report from The Center for Construction Research and Training suggests that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational injury and illness data may underestimate the actual number of construction injuries that occur, particularly among smaller construction establishments. The report, Injury Underreporting Among Small Establishments in the Construction Industry, published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, points out that BLS data does not include the self-employed or federal workers, who constitute approximately one-fourth of the nation's construction workforce. More
A budget target, disaster money is secure for now
The FEMA disaster relief fund is once again flush with cash after coming precariously close to a zero balance. The fund got a quick hit of $2.65 billion as part of the temporary measure Congress to keep the government open for business, but that money may not last very long. Additional funding for disaster aid became a point of contention when House Republicans insisted that the money be offset by cuts to environmental programs. In the end, the issue was resolved without settling the dispute over offsets. More
NDA new website 'What's New Tour'
We have been hard at work at making improvements to the NDA website. To view the latest improvements, click here for the "What's New Tour."
Canada retail outlet aiming for LEED certification
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As the new $6 million Mountain Equipment Co-op retail outlet in North Vancouver, Canada, aims for LEED Gold certification, the project also demonstrates leadership in sustainable construction. "This is a showcase building because it was reverse engineered," Tyler Pasquill said, Ventana's vice president pre-construction. "MEC came to us and said we have 15 or 20 ideas that we want to incorporate into the building and they reflect what we believe in as a company. These were implemented in the design to achieve the anticipated LEED Gold certification." 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.
Being safe requires being aware
The old phrase "out of sight, out of mind" is not an option for being safe, according to winners of the 13th annual Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Awards. Sponsored by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's Transportation Development Foundation, the competition recognized outstanding programs aimed at helping reduce roadway work zone accidents, injuries and fatalities. 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
Construction hiring regains some vigor in September
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The recent mildly positive jobs report was bolstered by better-than-usual hiring in an industry hammered by job losses. Construction firms added 26,000 jobs in September, the most in seven months. The industry trailed only health care, professional and business services, and information in job creation. Overall, U.S. payrolls grew by 103,000 in September, and the unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent, the Labor Department said. More
NDA Links & Logos Program
More and more NDA member companies are participating in the NDA's Links & Logos Program, greatly increasing the Search Engine Optimization of both the NDA website and the sites of member companies as well. The NDA is asking each member to post the NDA logo on their websites. The logo will link back to the NDA website. In turn, the NDA will post each member's logo in the NDA online directory with a backlink to the company site. For easy instructions on how to quickly boost your company's SEO while proclaiming your membership in the NDA, click here.
Easier LEED submissions
The process of collecting information from building energy simulations and inputting data into LEED forms can be tedious and time consuming. Technology is advancing to enable construction teams to more easily submit information for LEED consideration. COMNET and the U.S. Green Building Council recently announced a new partnership, LEED Automation. The partnership will enable construction teams to easily sync data and information from energy-modeling simulation software with LEED Online — the platform that manages the LEED green building certification process. More
Serve on the NDA's board of directors
National Demolition Association Past President Raymond E. Passeno of Bierlein Companies, Inc. in Midland, Mich., chair of the Leadership Development Committee is searching for NDA Regular Members interested in serving on the organization’s board of directors. Serving as a director on the NDA’s board is a great opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. You will be helping the demolition industry’s trade association develop programs that will benefit its members while working with people who have the same experiences you do as a demolition contractor. Service involves three one-year terms and four quarterly board meetings per year.
For more information, contact Ray Passeno at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-496-0066. You can also contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or email@example.com.
NDA considering 1st 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.
Study: Green offices a win-win for tenants and managers
Green office buildings are a win-win for both tenants and owner-managers, an ongoing study reports. Buildings that have been constructed or renovated to meet LEED certification or earn Energy Star ratings from the EPA enjoy both higher value and demand in the marketplace, according to a multiyear study being conducted by the commercial real estate service firm CBRE Group, the University of San Diego's Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate and McGraw-Hill Construction. 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.
EPA abandons lead clearance requirement
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Remodelers and painting contractors got some good news this summer about the EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule, which defines the work practices contractors must follow when working on homes containing lead-based paint. On July 15, the agency announced it would not push ahead with a much-anticipated amendment that would have required builders to obtain end-of-the-job confirmation from an independent testing company that no lead was detected in the work area. More
Housing will be initial focus of redevelopment at Winona site in Indianapolis
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City officials in Indianapolis plan to begin requesting bids within the next few months to redevelop the abandoned Winona Hospital site where demolition began Oct. 10. The neighboring Children's Museum of Indianapolis will play a key role in the redevelopment, which is expected to include residential, commercial and public space. The City-County Council in May approved the use of $8 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds for several projects, including the demolition of both Winona and blighted Keystone Towers. More