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17th Annual Demolition Academy to be held in San Antonio
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The NDA's 17th Demolition Academy, our safety and management training education program, has been scheduled for March 9-10 at the Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. The academy takes place right before the NDA's 39th Annual Convention. The goal is to provide exceptional educational opportunities at the association's largest member service, its annual convention.

Course offerings include the NDA's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour health and safety training course that attendees will receive an OSHA course completion card; Industrial Hygiene 101 that provides basic industrial hygiene information for the nonindustrial hygienist; Universal Waste Management that discusses the identification, handling, removal, packaging and safe disposal of universal wastes on demolition project sites; and Demolition Project Site Management, which emphasizes demolition project site management. Registration forms for the NDA's 17th Demolition Academy are in the November/December issue of Demolition magazine, the NDA's website and have been mailed to every regular member of the association.

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Serve on the NDA's board of directors
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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 or 989-496-0066. You can also contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or

Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
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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. 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.

39th Annual Delegate Registration in next issue of Demolition
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The Delegate Registration form for the NDA's 39th Annual Convention, March 10-13 at the grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, is in the November/December issue of Demolition magazine. It is important to remember that the association has established an early bird registration fee for next year's annual convention. If you register before Jan. 13 you will save $50 for each registrant. After Jan. 13, the registration fee for all delegates goes up to $700. Don't miss this opportunity to save some money will attending the largest exposition of demolition equipment, products and services in the world.

Apply for the NDA's Environmental Excellence Award
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Applications for the NDA's second Environmental Excellence Award program were mailed recently to every member of the association. This program, designed to highlight the demolition industry's skill and experience in dealing with challenging environmental issues of their project sites or products developed that protect the environment, had 11 winners in 2011. The program was developed by the association's Environment Committee to promote the NDA's commitment to environmental stewardship as part of its mission. Awards will be presented to this year's winners at the NDA's Annual Meeting on March 13 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention center in San Antonio.

For an application form or more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or click here.

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Support the NDA by sponsoring a golf hole or contest
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One of the best ways to support the National Demolition Association and its programs is by sponsoring a golf hole or contest at the NDA's 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament being held at the organization's 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio on March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort. There is a three-tier sponsorship opportunities available. For $500 for a single hole or contest, you will receive a golf sign; for $1,500 you get a golf sign and one golfer's fees; and for a $3,000 sponsorship, you receive a golf sign on the Hill Country course and fees for four golfers.

Sponsoring a golf hole or contest at the NDA's annual golf tournament is a terrific way to show your commitment to the NDA and its programs. For more information about this opportunity, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.

NDA Links & Logos Program
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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.

NDA changes exhibitor contract for San Antonio
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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

NDA new website 'What's New Tour'
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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."

  Industry News

The BMRA is co-sponsoring the 2nd Annual Southeast Construction & Demolition Recycling Conference
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The Carolina Recycling Association, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach, and the EPA Region 4 are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Southeast Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Conference. This year's conference will be held Dec. 6-8 in "famously hot" Columbia, S.C., at the Downtown Marriott. The conference is co-sponsored by the Building Materials Reuse Association.

Presenting partners are building this conference on last year's resounding success, which drew over 220 attendees from across the Southeast. The conference will bring together the building industry (builders/contractors, architects/designers, engineers), government (local, state and federal), and the recycling industry (haulers, processors, manufacturers), giving them a chance to network, share information and learn from each other.

The conference agenda draws from the expertise of government staff, as well as volunteers from government, private business and nonprofits. The program meets NAHB continuing education requirements for the following designations: CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR, CAPS. Approval from the USGBC and SWANA for CEU credits is under way.

We invite you to visit to find out more about the C&D conference including registration information, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities.

Historical hazard identification process for D&D-11036
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This article is courtesy of Nuclear Engineering International Magazine,

Facility hazard identification is the critical first step in the decontamination and decommissioning process. The hazard identification process presented herein is the result of eight years of refinements at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The process is not presented as a one-size-fits-all solution.

Scaffolding safety update
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The new standard, Scaffolding Safety Requirements (ANSI/ASSE A10.8-2011), received final approval from the American National Standards Institute on Aug. 31, 2011, and will become effective Feb. 13. The A10.8 standard establishes safety requirements for the construction, operation, maintenance and use of scaffolds used in the construction, alteration, demolition and maintenance of buildings and structures. It does not cover permanently installed suspended scaffold systems or aerial platforms. Click here to view the extensive tech brief addressing the standard.

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Highway overhaul gaining bipartisan momentum
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Democratic and Republican lawmakers have found a major public policy issue where they can agree on at least as many key points as they disagree: overhauling federal highway programs. Despite the recent Senate defeat of President Barack Obama's $50 billion infrastructure jobs bill, momentum is building for congressional passage of a long-term transportation plan to repair crumbling roads and bridges, move people and freight more efficiently, and boost employment. More

EPA and DOE to convert brownfields to clean energy sites
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As part of the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which manages the Superfund reclamation initiative, and the U.S. Department of Energy, are considering using brownfields and closed landfills to develop renewable energy projects. The Superfund is a program established to reclaim hazardous waste sites — for example, the area left behind when a chemical manufacturing company has created a site laden with toxic chemicals. More

Facebook vote helps decide about $1 million in preservation funds for Twin Cities
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Thirteen historical sites in the Minnesota cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, also known as the Twin Cities, are recipients of preservation grants totaling nearly $1 million that for the first time are being distributed with the help of Facebook voting. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, with funding from American Express, oversaw three weeks of online voting for their favorite historic place. More

The dirty little secret of jobsite Spanish    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to teaching English-speaking construction managers Spanish, there are two camps. There are the individuals who see Spanish as a valuable skill to have on the job to improve communication. And the other group who thinks, "Why should I learn Spanish? They should learn English." There is no one right answer. More

Study pegs construction workers' career risks
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A study recently presented at the American Public Health Association's 139th Annual Meeting calculates the risk over a working lifetime for a construction worker and concludes those risks are high. Nearly all construction workers will experience one or more work-related injuries or illnesses over a lifetime, as well as a greater risk of premature death, according to the data. More

Grant proposals for small business: How to get started
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When's the last time you applied for a grant? For many small businesses, cash flow is a bigger problem than ever. During a recession, it's very difficult to get credit from banks, and getting paid within 30 days is no longer guaranteed — but you still have to pay expenses and salaries. One way you can reduce this financial pressure is to apply for government grants. More

Ontario Tire Stewardship promotes recycled rubber in construction
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Tired of stories on recycling in the construction industry? Andrew Horsman isn't. Horsman is executive director of Ontario Tire Stewardship, which is trying to raise awareness in the construction industry of the products available from recycled tires. More

BHS installs solid waste processing system in northern Michigan
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A highly automated municipal solid waste processing system, designed, manufactured and installed by Bulk Handling Systems, Eugene, Ore., has begun processing materials at the new American Waste material recovery facility in Traverse City, Mich. The custom-designed facility recovers recyclables from mixed waste streams, much of which previously ended up in landfill. More

Historic meatpacking plant will be demolished in Fort Worth, Texas
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A dilapidated former economic cornerstone of Fort Worth, Texas, has a date with demolition. The sprawling Armour meatpacking plant, which opened in 1903 alongside the Swift and Co. plant, will be razed by Chesapeake Energy, which bought the property in 2007 as a possible drilling site. More
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