OSHA cracking down on companies not reporting accidents
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Last year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an initiative to crack down on employers that fail to disclose many on-the-job injuries. Recently, the agency moved ahead on the initiative, proposing more than $1.2 million in fines in a case against Houston-based Goodman Manufacturing. Officials say Goodman did not properly report 72 percent of its employee injuries and illnesses over more than two years. More
It's time to be a part of the 2010 ENR Demolition Insert
The deadline to advertise and submit project stories for McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine's annual Demolition Insert is Nov. 5. This important NDA member service reaches over 250,000 ENR readers making it one of the Association's most important public relations efforts to promote the demolition process. This year's Demolition Insert will appear in the Nov. 22 issue of ENR. Marketing your firm's services to the largest audience possible in one of the most respected construction publications makes perfect business sense.
Consequently, project stories and photos are now due to Mike Taylor, executive director of the NDA in Doylestown, Pa. (email@example.com) on Nov. 5. For information about advertising rates contact Al D'Alessandro, ENR's director of special publications, at 914.219.5070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UK's Norfolk Court a successful implosion
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U.K. contractor Safedem completed a challenging contract when it imploded the 24-story Norfolk Court tower block in the heart of the Gorbals area, just a half mile away from the center of Scotland's second city, Glasgow. Located just 6 meters from a major road and at one corner of a busy crossroad, the tower was surrounded by public buildings on the other three corners. As a result, Safedem had to develop a collapse mechanism that ensured that the 22,000 ton structure landed precisely within the confined site limits. More
NDA's By Law changes
NDA Vice President Don Rachel, who is serving as chair of the Association's By Laws Committee, will be formally presenting his committee's recommendations concerning changes to the organization's By Laws at the Winter Board of Directors Meeting at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas on Dec. 4. A memorandum explaining the proposed changes was forwarded to every member of the Association earlier this week. Many of the proposed changes are minor but the Association's General Membership needs to have a clear understanding of what is being proposed. Formal documentation of the proposed By Law changes will be sent to every Regular member 40 days prior to the Annual Meeting March 8, 2011, at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
Win more work against low price competition
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Can customers really tell the difference between your company's bid proposal and your competitors? If all else is equal, the only differentiating factor between your company and the competition is price. What do you do to stand out from the crowd and set your company apart? More
September construction starts drop 39 percent from August
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The year-to-date value of construction starts through September, excluding residential contracts, totaled $193.4 billion, almost exactly the same as in the first three quarters of 2009. However, individual month of September starts were 39 percent below August starts and 28 percent below last September. More
Rhode Island to award historic preservation efforts
Providence Business News Share
Preserve Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission will recognize historic preservation projects and their champions at an awards ceremony. The Rhody Awards started last year after the private nonprofit and state commission decided to combine their awards. This year, they reviewed about 30 projects, picking the best ones for an array of categories from preservation is green to renovations undertaken by homeowners. More
Failure to promote recycling nationally slows the greening of Canada's construction industry
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The Canadian construction industry took a giant leap forward in environmentally responsible practices with the first application in 2003 of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system, which rates building projects on their sustainability. When Built Green Canada was created in 2006, home builders and renovators took the opportunity to go green as well. More
Let the NDA help you train your people
The National Demolition Association makes safety and management training available to all of its members in a variety of settings. The NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy, scheduled in conjunction with our 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, will be held March 5-6, 2011. Demolition Academy attendees will be able to visit the Convention Exhibit Hall at The Mirage at no additional charge on March 6, 2011.
A second great source of training material is the web-based NDA Learning System on the Associations website, www.demolitionassociation.com. Maintained by Portico Learning Systems of Baton Rouge, La., the Association's Learning System offers over 7,000 courses in a variety of languages covering a broad range of safety, management and technology training. Employees can take certification courses at home in their spare time and NDA member firms can use the NDA Learning System to manage their workers' training and certification. Visit the NDA Learning System and try the system out. You'll be amazed at just how versatile it is.
A third highly successful safety training system provided by the Association is our Demolition Safety Talks. Designed to be used as topic material for tool-box safety meetings held on the jobsite, the Demolition Safety Talks cover all of the major safety issues confronting the Demolition Industry. If you are dealing with a specific safety issue such as fall protection or scaffolding safety, there are Demolition Safety Talks available on those subjects and many, many more. The Demolition Safety Talks are designed as documentation tools for NDA members to show that they provided specific jobsite training to their work force on a regular basis, an OSHA requirement. For more information about any of these programs, call NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
September PPI: Steel up amid flat or declining material prices
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Steel prices increased 1.2 percent from August to September, according to the latest Producer Price Index issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Concrete prices remained unchanged, while asphalt was down 0.4 percent and lumber declined 1.1 percent. Over the last 12 months, steel is up 13.8 percent, asphalt rose 5.1 percent and lumber increased 7.2 percent. Concrete prices declined 0.8 percent over the same period. More
Don't forget about the EPA Region V Lead Rule webinar
Tammy Moore of EPA's Region V Lead Program in Chicago, will be hosting a free webinar at 2 p.m. CDT, Oct. 28, titled "Updates to the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule." Please note that she is specifically targeting an audience with special interests including deconstruction and historic preservation for this Oct. 28 webinar. EPA will be offering similar webinars targeting other effected audiences. You must register here in advance for the Lead RRP Rule webinar. For additional information contact Tammy Moore at 312.886.6181.
American Iron & Metal seeks to build shredder at New Brunswick, Canada, yard
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Montreal-based American Iron & Metal (AIM) has announced a plan to expand its West Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, scrap metal facility. The company says the expansion could cost $30 million. The cornerstone of the expansion project is the installation of a self-contained metal shredder that the company says would establish Saint John as its new regional hub for processing metals derived from throughout Atlantic Canada and northeastern United States. More