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NDA 40th Anniversary Convention as part of the association's Education Initiative
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As part of the association's new Education Initiative, the technical sessions offered at next year's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego on March 23–26 are divided into four major areas, all of great importance to all companies involved in the demolition process. On March 25, retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Abrashoff, author of "The Best Damn Ship in the Navy" will speak on the management issues of running a complex organization such as a navy ship or a demolition company. Abrashoff's presentation will discuss management style and personnel management as a part of any kind of complex organization. This is our Management offering.

The next session on March 25 will feature NDA Past President and Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Weber of ICONCO, one of the world's foremost implosion contractors; Mark Loizeaux of CDI; and Peter Ward of Ward Demolition who is currently working in Christchurch, New Zealand. This session will deal with the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake and the work that demolition industry is doing to bring Christchurch back. This is our Disaster Response offering.

Beginning March 26, our occupational safety and health attorney, Mark Lies of Seyfarth, Shaw in Chicago will discuss legal issues confronting the demolition industry such as current OSHA programs, changes to workers' comp rules and other important safety issues. This is our Safety offering.

The last education session on March 26 will involve a comprehensive look at three important environmental issues for the demolition industry. First, Andrew DeBaise of Rocky Mountain Recycling will discuss the importance of metals recycling, ferrous and nonferrous. He will be followed by Gavin Broatch of the city of San Diego who will discuss the city's new C&D recycling ordinance and its implications across the state of California and beyond. Finally, Chris Godek, our Environment Committee chair and either David Hockey or Molly Finn from the U.S. EPA will discuss the whole issue of PCBs in caulk. This is our Environmental offering. Next year’s convention will reflect the NDA’s commitment to its Mission to provide our members with the skills necessary to be leaders in Environmental Stewardship, Safety, Education, Professional Competency and Government Advocacy.




2013 Environmental Excellence Awards applications available
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Applications for the NDA's 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards will be mailed out to every association member early in July. This program, designed to promote the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship as outlined in the organization's mission, has been very successful with both members and their clients. These awards are presented to NDA members that perform projects that have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community where they did the work or developed a product or service that does the same.

This year's awards will be presented by Environment Committee Chairman Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction of Milford, Conn., March 25, immediately following President Don Rachel's welcoming address at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Award winners receive two awards, one for their own firm and one to present to the client they did the work for. The NDA's Environment Committee established this program to enlighten our customers, the construction community and the general public to the major role the industry plays in enhancing the quality of life in the towns and cities where we work. Look for the 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online on NDA's website.


Time to be a part of the 2012 ENR Demolition Insert
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The deadline for submission of project stories, product information and photographs for this year's Demolition Insert that appears in McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record is fast approaching. Advertising material needs to be submitted to ENR by Nov. 9, and editorial content needs to be send to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at mtaylor@demolitionassociation.com by Oct. 31. The annual Demolition Insert in ENR is one of the largest association public relations efforts undertaken each year and provides our members with the opportunity to showcase their skills to ENR's over 250,000 subscribers. For more information, contact Adam Palant at ENR at 212-904-2669 or Mike Taylor at the NDA at 1-800-541-2412. More

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Fall protection tops OSHA's list of most cited violations for 2012
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Fall protection, hazard communication and scaffolding violations once again fought for the top spots in OSHA's annual top 10 most frequently cited violations list. During an Oct. 23 presentation on the expo floor at NSC 2012 in Orlando, Fla., Deputy Director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust outlined the agency's 10 most frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2012. More

Waste sector reforms follow asbestos scare
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The waste recycling industry is set to come under closer scrutiny and tighter controls as the Department of Environment and Conservation works to eradicate asbestos contamination. Potentially within a matter of weeks, recyclers of construction and demolition waste will have to comply with new protocols and undergo regular inspections to ensure the rules are being followed. The introduction of industrywide guidelines for dealing with material at risk of asbestos contamination comes after months of debate over the use of recycled construction and demolition waste for sub-base on state roads. More

Wilshire Grand Hotel deconstruction begins in downtown LA
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The historic Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is now under deconstruction. In five years, the Wilshire Grand will be gone, say project managers. A new 70-story tower that includes the new Wilshire Grand will stand in its place. "This is such a dramatic location at the top of this building that we want everybody to go," said Chris Martin, CEO of AC Martin Architects. But first the old hotel must be deconstructed, Martin said. More

UK recycling facilities to follow code of conduct, but no quality standard set
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U.K. Material Recycling Facilities will be obligated to adhere to the imminent and highly anticipated MRF Code of Practice, but the code will not lay down specific quality targets that must be met. Discussing the issue of quality at the meeting of the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group on Oct. 23 in the House of Commons, Dr. Colin Church, director of climate, waste and atmosphere at Defra, said that contamination levels at material coming from some MRFs is as high as 50 percent. More

Utah woman encourages recycling of bulldozed homes
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One resident in Murray, Utah, hopes to preserve remnants from the past as the neighborhood in which she grew up prepares for demolition. For 33 years, Pam Williams lived with her mother in a red-brick house on Hillside Drive, one of 22 homes that will be cleared in February to make way for construction of the new Hillcrest Junior High School. Before bulldozers arrive, Williams hopes to salvage rose bushes and other landscaping that she and her mother tended together. She also urges the Murray School District to responsibly recycle bricks and other usable materials from the massive demolition site. More

Carpets recycled as engineered construction products in UK
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Over 20,000 square meters of carpets used at the major recycling and waste industry exhibition at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre in the U.K. have been recycled into new engineered construction products. The recycling project was undertaken by Carpet Recycling UK, the industry body for recycling and reusing carpet. More

Bridge crews float steel arch to new bridge in Minnesota
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With a glasslike river surface, patience and precision maneuvering, bridge workers floated and hoisted a 545-foot-long freestanding tied arch to its place on the new Hastings, Minn., bridge. Shooting to open the bridge to two lanes of traffic by early summer, 2013, it will have the longest, freestanding tied arch span in North America, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation officials. More

A brighter future created atop brownfields in Canada
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There's something to be said for cleaning up tar ponds, sprucing up a neglected underpass or growing vegetables on Vancouver's downtrodden Downtown Eastside in Canada. The 2012 Brownie Awards, sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., acknowledge projects that are reinvigorating brownfield sites, where soil and water have been contaminated by industrial and commercial waste, thereby shining a light "where trolls [used to] live." More


 

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