NDA Newsletter
Mar. 22, 2013

Walk-in to the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego
NDA
For those you of you that haven't made up your mind about whether or not to attend the NDA's largest Member Service and the largest exposition of demolition products, equipment and services in the world, March 23–26 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, remember that you can always register at the show. Simply come over to the NDA's registration area in the San Diego Convention Center right in front of exhibits halls G&H. We take all major credit cards. There are also still rooms available at the Hilton. Remember to mention that you are part of the NDA 40th Anniversary Convention group.More

USCIS releases new Form I-9
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
On March 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. All employers must complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. Employers should immediately begin using the revised Form I-9 for all new hires and reverifications.

For detailed information on the new form, click here to see information from Cozen O'Connor.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is planning a webinar to offer tips and best practices, click here to stay tuned for further details. For an analysis of the new I-9, co-authored by Seyfarth partner, Angelo Paparelli, click here.

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Class action settlement for owners of a 2003-2007 Ford Diesel Powerstroke 6.0 liter engine
Diesel Settlement
If you had a Ford with a 6.0-liter diesel engine, you could get benefits from a class action settlement. The notice comes from the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

If you:

1. purchased or leased a model year 20032007 non-ambulance Ford vehicle in the United States equipped with a 6.0-liter PowerStroke diesel engine; and
2. the vehicle received one or more repairs covered by Ford's New Vehicle Limited Warranty during its first five years in service or 100,000 miles, whichever came first, to a fuel injector; the EGR valve; the EGR cooler; the oil cooler; or the turbocharger; and
3. you had not, as of Nov. 1, 2012, filed (and not voluntarily dismissed without prejudice) an individual lawsuit based on that engine;

Then you may be a member of a proposed settlement class and entitled to reimbursement for certain engine-related repair costs and deductibles.More

Industrial demolition contractors can go green
Waste & Recycling News
Construction and industrial demolition contractors produce a lot of waste. According to the U.S. EPA, about 40 percent of the solid waste produced in the country comes from construction and demolition projects, amounting to about 150 million metric tons of scrap material per year.More

Explosive bridge demolition caught on tape
CBS News
VideoBrief An old highway bridge in central Texas was demolished with explosives — a blast that blew out phone lines and took down cell service.

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Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Hand/finger safety programs
By Dennis Truitt
Regardless of the situation, it is always important to protect your hands and fingers. This is the part of the body that is most likely to be injured at work. Even with glove improvements and campaigns to increase hand and finger safety, it is still essential to have a hand and finger safety program readily accessible and widely distributed. Enhance your hand/finger safety by implementing a hazard recognition and assessment program. This program should clearly identify pinch points, hot spots, rotating equipment and automated machinery.More

Researchers building stronger, greener concrete with biofuel byproducts
Kansas State University via ScienceDaily
Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete's carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts. "The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement," said Feraidon Ataie, doctoral student in civil engineering, Kabul, Afghanistan. "By using these materials we can reduce the carbon footprint of concrete materials."More

Mobile devices can make all the difference in a project's success
CE News
If you were asked about the most frustrating aspects of working on civil engineering construction projects, what are the couple of pain points that you would do just about anything to eliminate? Likely, you would end up railing against some aspect of the constant changes and common disorganization of data that breeds project delays and cost overruns. Additionally, you struggle with the timely and accurate reporting of your project status to all project stakeholders. The status quo has been both inefficient and costly, but there's good news on the horizon. Emerging technologies promise increased resource efficiency and on-time completion. The solution you're seeking is mobility.More

OSHA guidance document helps prevent nail gun injuries
Today's Facility Manager
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have developed new guidance, Nail Gun Safety — A Guide for Construction Contractors, to help construction employers and workers prevent work-related nail gun injuries.More

Small infrastructure gains are observed in engineering report
The New York Times
The nation's infrastructure is crumbling a little bit less. America's roads, bridges, water systems and energy networks have long been in poor repair. The American Society of Civil Engineers, which releases a report every four years that evaluates the problem in a letter-grade format, awarded the nation a D in its last report, published in 2009. The latest Report Card for America's Infrastructure has an unexpected bit of qualified good news: The grade has inched up to a D-plus.More

Small infrastructure gains are observed in engineering report
The New York Times
The nation's infrastructure is crumbling a little bit less. America's roads, bridges, water systems and energy networks have long been in poor repair.More

Archer Daniels Midland Flour Mill demolition
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Crews from Britz Wrecking demolish the Archer Daniels Midland Flour Mill in North Kansas City, Mo., with help from KPI-JCI/Astec Mobile Screens equipment from G.W. Van Keppel Co.More

USCIS releases new Form I-9
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
On March 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. All employers must complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States.More

A fool with a tool is still a fool
Constructor Magazine
Any software you implement in your organization should enable or enhance a business process. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that the software or technology itself is the solution, when in reality, technology is at best 10 percent of the value equation — the other 90 percent is based on the human factor. Knowing this, it’s no wonder 70 percent of technology implementations fail. In other words, even out of 10 applications that companies spend millions of dollars to install aren’t being used one year later. That’s a lot of wasted resources, says Michael Menard.More

A higher calling
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The Building Materials Reuse Association, Chicago, has been providing information, research and educational support to the deconstruction and reuse industries for nearly 20 years. In that time there have been great strides within the field, and the opportunity now exists to transform the larger C&D marketplace from one based on waste and debris to a dynamic economy of material resources.More