NDA Newsletter
Jan. 9, 2015

Speak Up! & Listen Up!: Two Simple Processes to Improve Safety Culture
February 5, 2014
1:00 PM EST
$35 for members, $50 for non-members

Too many employees withhold their safety concerns because they’re afraid of the consequences of speaking up and many of us misconstrue concern as criticism. Speak Up! and Listen Up! prepare both parties, the messenger and the receiver, to handle safety-related feedback respectfully and work together to develop solutions. Don’t let another safety contact end badly; too much is at stake.More

Register now for the NDA Demolition Convention and Expo!
March 21-24, 2015
Nashville, Tennessee

Demolition is a competitive, high-stakes business. Success requires results: heightened asset performance; increased ROI; profitability and efficiency at every level. Achieving those results takes innovation, know-how and new information to stay ahead of the curve. Demolition professionals who are serious about their success attend the industry’s most important event of the year to give themselves the advantage. You can, too. Make every effort to be here.

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Slideshow: Monster Liebherr excavator is single-handedly digging a tunnel for Europe's biggest infrastructure project
Equipment World
While Americans fuss and fume over our crumbling infrastructure, the Germans are forging ahead with Stuttgart 21, the largest infrastructure project currently under construction in Europe, thanks in large part to NDA Associate Member Liebherr. And as is typical with German infrastructure builds, the project is ahead of schedule and under budget. Major construction began this year on the $11 billion project, of which the main hub is a new high-speed rail network that will connect Stuttgart to Ulm.More

Construction payment structure and risk simplified
By Nate Budde
Construction projects have an interesting and unique payment structure. The credit-heavy nature and the routine, but unfortunate, lack of visibility throughout a project make payment issues of paramount importance for parties at both the top and the bottom of the payment chain. Historically, participants in the construction industry have had a remarkably challenging time getting paid (for those at the bottom of the payment chain), or properly controlling payments (for those at the top). And, because the construction industry is a credit-heavy market, it is easy to see why.More

Crews begin demolition of Boston's Long Island Bridge
The Boston Globe
Boston city officials said Jan. 5 that the project to demolish the dilapidated Long Island Bridge has begun. The $20.6 million project is expected to be finished by the end of April. Walsh Construction Co. of Chicago is doing the work, the mayor’s office said. The bridge, which was opened in 1951, was closed last Oct. 8 because of concerns about its condition.More

Philadelphia mayor: Board enhancing building, demolition oversight
Philadelphia's mayor has formed an oversight board to shepherd changes to licensing and inspection practices recommended after a demolition accident and building collapse that killed six people at a Salvation Army store in June 2013. Mayor Michael Nutter said Jan. 6 the Building Safety Oversight Board will be in charge of implementing three dozen recommendations his advisory commission offered in October.More

Fleet of 13 Komatsu excavators help demolition crew finish 2 months ahead of schedule
Demolition Magazine via ForContructionPros.com
Late last year, NDA Member Yannuzzi Group, headquartered in Hillsborough, New Jersey, won the contract for the demolition and asbestos remediation of a 1 million-square-foot former naval storage facility located just outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with the bulk of the work to be done through the tough winter months into 2014. Yannuzzi’s project team worked directly with local municipal officials and the building owner’s engineer to expedite all utility disconnects running throughout the 70-acre site. Included with this part of the project was re-routing the fire suppression system running through the site to ensure the fire system would remain operational to the remaining buildings. This was all done within a five-day period. More

NASCO-OP declares 2014 dividend
Construction & Demolition Recycling
National Association Supply Cooperative, New Philadelphia, Ohio, has declared a 1.4 percent patronage dividend for 2014, reports Manager Bob Bedard. The dividend, calculated on the purchases members or associates made at the cooperative, further reduces the purchase price of supplies and equipment, according to NASCO-OP.More

7 easy ways to boost social engagement today
Small Business Trends
Social media doesn’t have to be the big, scary monster in the room that business owners are afraid to utilize. Just because you aren’t a big Yelp or Facebook fan in your personal life doesn’t mean that you should feel intimidated when it comes to taking advantage of these online platforms for your business. By utilizing the knowledge and messaging you already have, taking advantage of the available free and affordable options out there, and thinking of your social audience as a resource instead of a hungry crowd, you can definitely boost your social engagement.More