Registration deadline for $135 room at The Mirage extended until Dec. 10
The Mirage's $135 a night room rate for the National Demolition Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas from March 5-8, has been extended until Dec. 10. Take advantage of this great offer, and register now for next year's convention. The NDA's Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world, will feature three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party, our raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, sessions on refrigerant recovery, personal protective equipment for demolition workers, insurance and use the Association's website to market your company. Don't miss it!
Demolition textbook gets rave review
John Woodward, currently a consultant to the Demolition Industry through his company, C & D Consultancy, which he established in May 2005 following a career spent in the industry in the United Kingdom, recently reviewed the NDA and Purdue University's Demolition textbook on the website of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, the NDA's sister demolition association based outside London. More
EPA investigates radiation release at New York nuclear lab
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether the release of radioactive material into the air and water at a Cold War-era atomic power laboratory in upstate New York violated federal laws. The investigation stems from the open-air demolition of an old research building at Knolls Atomic Power Labs near Albany, N.Y. On Sept. 29, radiation above safe levels was discovered on workers' boots, and demolition work there has since been suspended. More
Send in your 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards applications now
The deadline for project or product submission to NDA's new Environmental Excellence Awards program designed to highlight the Demolition Industry's commitment to environmental stewardship is Dec. 31. Application information about the new program was forwarded to every NDA member in September and again in November. 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.
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.
Canada Supreme Court rules on commercial general liability
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For years, Canada's construction industry has struggled with what exactly is covered by commercial general liability (CGL) policies on construction projects. Since a general liability policy is the primary policy that protects construction participants from legal liability, the question is not just of academic interest to contractors and developers. If you do work on a construction project, this issue could mean the difference between referring the matter to your insurer and holding the bag yourself for legal liability and legal fees. More
Deadline for student interns approaches
Applications are due at Purdue's School of Building Construction Management Dec. 31 for next year's class of interns. The Education Committee of the National Demolition Association is providing subsidies for Purdue University students participating in the organization's Demolition sub-major. The Board of the NDA has budgeted $12,000 to fund four student interns for summer positions in 2011. Application forms and information were forwarded to every NDA Regular Member recently. For more information about the NDA's Purdue Internship program, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Construction spending rises 0.7 percent in October
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Construction spending rose for the second straight month in October, pushed up by growth in residential building and government projects. Construction spending increased 0.7 percent in October, matching the September gain, the Commerce Department recently reported. It marked the first time that construction activity has risen for two straight months since March and April. More
Construction employment expands in 29 states
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Construction employment expanded in 29 states between September and October, while fewer people are working in construction compared to last year in 39 states, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released by the Labor Department. The new figures continue a nearly year-long trend of ups and downs in construction employment as the industry performs stimulus-funded work yet grapples with broad market uncertainty. More
16th Annual Demolition Academy registration forms available
Registration forms for the National Demolition Academy's 16th Demolition Academy being held in March of 2011 in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, have been forwarded to every Regular member. The NDA's annual safety and management training program will be held at The Mirage 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.
We have also posted the Demolition Academy agenda and registration form 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.
Green building thrives in shaky economy
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Like a runaway recycling truck, green building's momentum hasn't been stopped by the economic recession and will keep speeding through the recovery, according to a report released just prior to the construction industry's annual green-building conference. At the same time, experts say building owners are looking to go green more for economic reasons than environmental ones. More