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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.




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.


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  Industry News


NYC crane rescue is complete
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Construction crews successfully tethered a dangling tower crane on West 57th Street in midtown Manhattan on Nov. 3, allowing nearby buildings to reopen. Using a wrench on the turntable's pinion gear, workers hand-cranked the jib closer to the One57 building and then used cables to tie down the boom. Residents were soon after allowed to re-enter nearby buildings, which were closed for days after Hurricane Sandy struck the region. More

High-strength material advancements may lead to new, life-saving steel
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There has been great advancements in the development of the high-strength steel, and the need for additional enhancements continue to grow. Various industries have a need for structural components that are lighter and stronger, improve energy efficiencies, reduce emissions and pollution, increase safety and cost less to produce, particularly in the automotive industry. More

Demolition company in England prosecuted for asbestos exposure
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Demolition company DA Environmental Services has been prosecuted after exposing its workers to dangerous asbestos fibers. It also illegally removed asbestos waste from a property in Gloucester, England. The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the company for three breaches of regulations relating to asbestos removal. More

Giant water cannon shows dust who is boss
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Dust control can be a costly and time consuming task, requiring large amounts of water, manpower and horsepower. However, a new megasized air-and-water cannon may soon make dust less of a drain on resources. Peoria, Ill.-based Dust Control Technology unveiled the company's biggest DustBoss machine yet during the MINExpo show in Las Vegas. More

US construction spending reaches highest point since 2009
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U.S. construction spending rose to $852 billion in September, up nearly 8 percent from a year prior, according to new analysis of federal data by the Associated General Contractors of America. The highest figure since October 2009 came as builders increased spending on single and multifamily homes, as well as commercial projects. More

Louisiana parish approves anti-blight law, new Mardi Gras requirement
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Louisiana's Jefferson Parish Council recently approved a new anti-blight law aimed at foreclosed homes and tightened up requirements that Mardi Gras float riders wear masks during a regular meeting in which council members voted on dozens of measures. The anti-blight ordinance will let parish administrators go after lending companies that have seized homes in the parish as part of foreclosure proceedings, but are neglecting to maintain the properties. More

San Francisco: Zero waste by 2020?
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East Coast residents have been surveying storm damage, calculating how long it might take for water-clogged coastal towns to drain and waiting half-days in gas lines before returning to cold and darkened homes. Meanwhile, more than 8,000 displaced by recent cyclones in Chennai, India, scrape together the basics of survival. The message is clear: Climate change is real, and it's serious. One way cities can significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and help prevent the escalation of global warming is by implementing zero-waste practices. More

New Jersey's aging infrastructure no match for superstorm
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Even before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the state, New Jersey faced mind-boggling upgrade costs to modernize its aging infrastructure: from drinking water facilities, to mass transit, to structurally deficient bridges — among other pressing projects. In the aftermath of the worst storm ever to hit New Jersey, those challenges have become even more daunting, especially given the dire fiscal straits Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature are expected to once again find themselves in next year. More


 

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