NDA Newsletter
Apr. 26, 2013

New AchieveLinks program delivers rewards for NDA and its Members
NDA is proud to announce that the AchieveLinks® rewards program is now available to all our members. AchieveLinks is the unique rewards program created exclusively for associations. Just by making the same purchases you already make for your business and personal needs, you'll earn valuable LinksSM reward points that can be redeemed for exciting rewards, including family vacations, great merchandise, and once in a lifetime experiences. To learn more, or see a list of earning opportunities and reward options, click here. Better yet, enroll now and start earning Links today.More

Mantoloking Fire Department honored in San Diego

Mantoloking, N.J., Fire Chief Larry Gilman accepted a special $9,028 grant from Apollo General Insurance and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company to purchase equipment to support the town's rebuilding efforts. The grant was awarded at the National Demolition Convention in San Diego in March.


New Hazard Communication Standard requirements:
Workers must be trained by Dec. 1

Occupational Safety and Health Administrationhttp://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html
OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard has been revised to align it with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This update to the Hazard Communication Standard provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Chemical manufacturers and importers are now required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided. In addition, Safety Data Sheets will now have a specified 16-section format.

By Dec. 1, all employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must conduct new training for workers on the new label elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.

OSHA has prepared a number of materials to assist employers in complying with the new updates. The Hazard Communication website explains the changes and contains a number of materials including: a new fact sheet that reviews the new training requirements, new QuickCards that review the new pictogram label requirements and a brief on labels and pictograms.More

5 sustainable infrastructure projects other cities might want to copy
The Atlantic Cities
Recently, the United Nations issued a report on the need for developing sustainable infrastructure in cities. The results won't come as a surprise to most regular readers of this site, but in a broader sense they bear repeating: Smarter urban infrastructure brings economic benefits alongside environmental ones. What's most useful about the report, however, was its detailed description of 30 projects from around the world meant as models for others to emulate.More

Devices inundate construction
Smartphone or tablets: Does your construction business have a preference? More importantly, does your organization have a policy surrounding how data is managed and accessed on mobile devices? As mobile device usage becomes more prevalent in the construction industry, driven by factors such as convenience, increased productivity and time savings, construction companies are beginning to develop policies surrounding how data is managed and accessed on mobile devices.More

ISRI Convention: New plastic pathways
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Recyclers of mixed C&D materials may focus on wood, aggregates, metals and other common building materials, but most also find they end up accepting a wide variety and considerable amounts of plastic. A session held at the 2013 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. Convention & Exposition, held April 9-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., looked at the potential growth of this sector. In a session titled "Plastic from Construction and Demolition Debris," two C&D recyclers provided presentations on how their respective companies handle inbound plastic materials.More

Recycling cuts away at costs
Bloomington, Ill.-based Kirk C&D Recycling, owned by Tim and Tom Kirk, specializes in residential and commercial demolition services and also offers excavation and site clearing services. Klenck Company is focused on large commercial and industrial demolition projects, engineered structural demolition and interior elimination in southern and central Indiana. Both companies have been at the forefront of construction and demolition recycling, and have proven that recycling can benefit the bottom line.More

Quake studies a global draw in Nevada
Reno Gazette-Journal
With the push of a button, a group of researchers recently created an earthquake in Reno, Nev. These were no mad scientists, but engineers simulating an earthquake at the world-renowned earthquake laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.More

Corn, wheat and rice trash make concrete stronger
Design News
Design News has written a lot about alternative fuels, such as using plastics and garbage to power a cement kiln in Texas. Now, in what's at least a three-way win, civil engineers at Kansas State University have figured out how to use the waste products of biofuels to make a stronger concrete that's also got a smaller carbon footprint.More

Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Leveraging leading indicators
By Dennis Truitt
Leading indicators are essential to protecting your firm. While lagging indicators certainly have their place sharing our past performance with us, they don't reveal much about what is going on now, or what will happen in the future. For that reason, you should become quite comfortable with pre-use inspections. Checking vehicles, mobile equipment and tools prior to their use can go quite a long way to prevent injury and accidents.More

Recycling cuts away at costs
Bloomington, Ill.-based Kirk C&D Recycling, owned by Tim and Tom Kirk, specializes in residential and commercial demolition services and also offers excavation and site clearing services.More

El Paso says goodbye to landmark
The Wall Street Journal
Two concrete smokestacks in El Paso, Texas, regarded as community landmarks, were demolished over the weekend amid concerns about the site's environmental impact.More

Crane experts challenge OSHA rules
Engineering News-Record
A wide range of crane-market representatives asked U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials to make changes to the agency's controversial crane-and-derrick standard at a stakeholder meeting held in Washington, D.C., on April 2-3.More

Safety tips for general contractors
Hammers Construction
Working in construction can be a risky job, more so than many other functions out there. If you spend your time on a construction site, you risk more than if you were an office worker. As a general contractor, you may face many types of risk, even fatal injuries, on a daily basis. This could happen from falling in a hole, touching electrical connections, high rise locations, and so on. But thankfully there are ways to reduce the chance of injury, and tips you can use to help keep you safe, regardless what type of work you do as a general contractor. By keeping these tips in mind, you will ensure a brighter and longer future, allowing you to keep working.More