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Happy Thanksgiving from the NDA
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The board of directors and staff of the National Demolition Association would like to wish all of our members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving. At this bountiful time of the year it is nice to be among family and friends to celebrate this great tradition. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday.



If the kids are home for Thanksgiving, have them fill out a NDA College Scholarship application
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There is no better time than the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to have the child of any Regular Member firm to fill out an application for a NDA Scholarship. Each year the association awards a number of college scholarships to high school seniors and those continuing their education at the NDA's Annual Convention. The application process is easy. It can be done online. Hard copies of the application forms for the 2013 College Scholarships were forwarded to every Regular Member firm in September. If you need additional forms, please contact NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.

Support the NDA by sponsoring a golf hole or contest at NDA's Annual Tournament in San Diego
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There is no better way to show you support of the association than by sponsoring a golf hole or contest at NDA's 26th Annual Golf Tournament scheduled for March 23 at the Riverwalk Golf Club in San Diego. (Include Golf Hole Flier here). Click here to sponsor a golf hole.

2012 a big year for OSHA fall protection citations
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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that over a third of the total construction deaths in the United States come from falls. The agency has written more citations for violations of its Fall Protection Standard than any other workplace violation. OSHA reports that nearly half of all fatal falls happen at 20 feet or less, and nearly two-thirds are at 30 feet or less. The agency added that most falls occur on roofs, (33 percent), scaffolds (16 percent) and ladders (16 percent). Consequently, the agency has been tightening its fall protection enforcement rules and launched a special fall protection campaign, which is available here.

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Honor the NDA in its 40th Anniversary Yearbook
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As the NDA will be celebrating 40 years of service to the demolition industry at its 2013 Annual Convention in March in San Diego, the association has decided to develop a commemorative yearbook to present each convention attendee. This yearbook will feature a history of the association going back to its founding in 1973, an expanded Convention Program and a list of the services offered by the NDA to its members. What better way to honor your association than to purchase a congratulatory ad in this one-time gift to our members. For more information about participating in the 40th Anniversary Yearbook, see that attached flier, or contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.

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.


  Industry News


Scott Knightly receives NHBR's Business Excellence Award
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EnviroVantage President Scott Knightly has been presented with a huge honor — New Hampshire Business Review's Business Excellence Award in the category of Construction. According to NHBR's website, "Recognizing the state's small-business owners and operators is the purpose of NHBR's Business Excellence Awards — they are a celebration of those small-business people whose imagination, industriousness and innovation have not only helped their companies to grow and thrive, but to give back as well — to their communities and the entire state." More

ConExpo-Con/AGG 2014 announces new Demolition & Recycling Pavilion
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ConExpo-Con/AGG 2014 announced a new Demolition & Recycling Exhibits Pavilion that will showcase products specific to C&D recyclers and demolition contractors. The Construction Materials Recycling Association is the pavilion sponsor. More



Dutch recycling company purchases robotic recycling system
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Baetsen Recycling bv, Son, the Netherlands, has purchased what it says is the world's first robotic recycling system, ZenRobotics Recycler, in the Netherlands. The equipment is valued at $1.28 million. The ZenRobotics Recycler system reclaims valuable raw materials from C&D debris using industrial robots controlled with artificial intelligence. Baetsen Recycling says it aims to be a front-runner in innovative recycling technology. More

Lead dust leads to OSHA fines for Chicago company
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After workers were exposed to lead dust, a Chicago company has been fined $196,000 by OSHA. An investigation of Waclaw Cilulko, working as American Masonry Inc., showed that workers sandblasting a building site were exposed to the harmful lead dust. Seven willful violations were cited. More

Multigenerational involvement helps build contractor's business
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All cranes learn how to build from their instincts in the nest. Jason A. Souza learned how to build from his grandfather's crane — the heavy iron version, that is, not the long-legged bird. Souza, owner of American Excavating Contractors Inc. on Cape Cod, learned about the construction of handmade stone walls and the powerful machinery needed to move and pile large stones from his mentor and grandfather George Rapoza, while still a fledgling, just out of the nest, himself. More

A surprise inspection sweep in Washington uncovers unregistered contractors
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In the fourth surprise sweep in Washington state since August, construction compliance inspectors with the Department of Labor & Industries visited 63 work sites in Chelan and Douglas counties, citing 11 contractors for either lacking a state registration, or not being registered for the work they were doing. The infraction carries a $1,000 fine for a first-time offense. More

Wrong machine selection at heart of a potentially lethal demolition accident
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U.K.-based Excavation & Contracting Ltd. was up in court after part of a stand collapsed onto an excavator driver at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Greater Manchester, England. A 33-year-old worker suffered serious injuries when a two-ton concrete slab landed on his vehicle's cab. Trafford Magistrates' Court heard that the company had been hired to demolish a two-tier stand at the ground. However, the work had not been planned properly and the excavator had been positioned too close to the stand being demolished. More

Downtown Houston implosion a rarity
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A 10-story building across from Minute Maid Park is set to be imploded — a rare occurrence in downtown Houston. The last structure to be felled by dynamite was the Montagu Hotel. That was in 2008, and part of a 46-story skyscraper now sits in its place. More

How to brand yourself on a small budget
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It is often said you will be judged in the first 10 seconds of meeting someone. Businesses know how important this is, and rely on their brand strategy to convey meaning and impact in the shortest time possible, driven to do this by an Internet society short on time and shorter of attention. Information needs to be direct, clear and of value, and well-designed brands reveal their power when anyone can recognize and remember a product or company by their chosen font, logo or even a half-heard jingle. More


 

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