OSHA crane rule for construction effective now
OSHA's new rules for crane and derricks in construction went into effect Nov. 8. Are you in compliance yet? There is evidence that some owners and operators of cranes and derricks, especially smaller businesses, aren't sure what the new requirements are or what parts of the new law apply to them. More
Apply for 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards
Application information about the NDA's new Environmental Excellence Awards program designed to highlight the Demolition Industry's commitment to environmental stewardship were forwarded to every NDA member in September. The deadline for project or product submission is Dec. 31. The first ever NDA Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented at the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas during the first week of March in 2011.
For more information about this innovative program, contact NDA Headquarters at 1.800.541.2412. Application information is also available on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com.
CDR provides video coverage of the 2010 C&D Recycling Forum
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Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine has posted a video on its website, www.cdrecycler.com from the 2010 C&D Recycling Forum held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore in early October. The video includes footage of the event as well as interviews with attendees who offer their feedback on the forum's first year. The video is available by clicking here. More
Remodeling continues for Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas
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Demolition crews recently tore down a long-standing piece of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The resort is continuing its $180 million makeover. Having already renovated its rooms, expanded the pool area and rolled out a new website, the property's owners have begun tearing down the village-themed facade and guest rooms facing the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and the strip. More
Top Canadian construction projects
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Reed Construction Data has published a list of the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in October 2010. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the two major non-residential building categories in Canada − total industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) starts and engineering work. More
Carpet Recyclers open centers in California
The Carpet Recyclers has opened its first two carpet recycling facilities in Oakland and La Mirada, Calif., to serve markets in both Northern and Southern California. As reported in the November issue of American Recycler, the company will utilize state-of-the-art carpet recovery equipment to recycle both commercial and residential carpet with zero-waste going to landfills.
Estimates are that 1.3 billion tons of old carpet presently goes to California landfills, comprising 3.2 percent of all the waste disposed of in the state. As most modern carpet is made from petroleum, recycling carpet not only reduces landfill disposal but saves oil. The carpet Recyclers initial operation will have the capacity to recycle 400,000 pounds of carpet per day.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed a California carpet recycling bill which established the nation's first comprehensives, industry-financed and supported mandatory carpet recycling program.
Safety stand-down aims to heighten awareness of work-related hazards
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OSHA is partnering with construction contractors, the Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia and local government organizations to sponsor a safety stand-down hour at local construction sites around Georgia on Nov. 9. Specifically, employers are voluntarily stopping the work at construction sites from 7 to 8 a.m. EST to conduct work zone safety training focused on the prevention of injuries occurring when employees are struck by objects and vehicles. More
The magic is back
The National Demolition Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas from March 5-8, 2011, will feature three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party. Sponsored by Stanley LaBounty of Two Harbors, Minn., magicians Max King, Jason Byrne and Kevin James will provide non-stop evening entertainment in the Magic Exhibition Center Ballroom. The Convention Committee of the NDA figured it was time to bring some of Las Vegas' best entertainers to our Annual Convention. Room rates at The Mirage are $135.00 per night for those who register prior to Dec. 3, so register now for next year's convention.
Recycling carpet: An unexplored, healthy option for both people and the planet
Carpet is made up of three main components: fabric, glue and plastic. This makes recycling carpet a challenge. But 50,000 tons of carpet ends up in the King County landfill near Seattle, Wash., each year, so not recycling is a tremendous waste of valuable resources. There are companies, such as Recovery 1, who are open to receiving construction, demolition and land-clearing debris in the hopes of recycling most of it. In the past 17 years, Recovery 1 has recycled over 1.3 million tons of materials. More
16th Annual Demolition Academy agenda set
The National Demolition Academy's 16th Demolition Academy will be held this year in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The dates for this year's safety and management training program are March 5-6. In addition to the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training program, next year's Demolition Academy will feature sessions on basic industrial hygiene for the demolition industry: fall protection, developing and utilizing an Engineering Survey, Generational Communication, OSHA's new Crane Standard and what to do when a disaster strikes.
Complete program information will be mailed to every Regular member shortly and posted on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com. For information or to register for the 2011 Demolition Academy, contact NDA Headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
C&D Recycling Forum: Crusher makers willing to think small
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It has only taken a few years for A.J. Osborne to be convinced that recycling concrete and asphalt has been a good sector for his company to have entered. Osborne, of Villager Construction in Fairport, N.Y., has helped guide that company's concrete and asphalt recycling subsidiary as it has contributed to company revenue and profits even in the slower economy of the past three years. More
How to lead when there's still no good news
Government economists insist that America is in recovery. The Labor Department tells us that 151,000 jobs were created last month, after four months of steady losses. Wall Street compensation is inching up, we're told. Yet 15 million people remain unemployed, and many who have held onto their jobs are struggling with tough conditions, bigger workloads and pay cuts that look permanent. How are you supposed to inspire your workers when the economic outlook, at your company as well as in the country as a whole, remains so discouraging? More
The LINK: An innovative approach to historic preservation
The LINK is a mixed-use project in Phoenix that proves historic preservation can coexist with innovation. Originally built in the 1950s and located in the heart of the Phoenix Cultural district, the 7,000 square foot two-story mid-century commercial structure has earned itself a second life. The project recently received top honors at the 30th Annual Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Awards. More
Demolition's big night in Amsterdam - the World Demolition Awards
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The world demolition industry gathered Nov. 5, at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, where the winners of the 2010 World Demolition Awards were announced. Two demolition contractors in particular had a great deal to celebrate during and after the night, with both Despe and Erith Group scooping three awards a piece, with the former winning the top award for the Contract of the Year while the latter took away the award for Demolition Contractor of the Year. More