NDA Newsletter
May. 10, 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

Plan to participate in this year's ENR Demolition Insert
The National Demolition Association will once again be sponsoring McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record "Demolition Insert" scheduled to run in the Dec. 2 issue of ENR. The annual "Demolition Insert" presents Association members with an exceptional opportunity to market their products and services to the over 250,000 readers of world's premier construction and engineering publication. For more information about participating in this program contact Mike Taylor at NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or click here. More

NDA Board to meet in Santa Monica, Calif.
The Board of Directors of the National Demolition Association will hold their summer Board meeting at the Santa Monica, Calif., Marriott on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. New NDA President Jeff Kroeker of Kroeker, Inc. in Fresno, Calif., encourages all NDA members to attend this important meeting. The Board will be discussing the 2013/14 fiscal year budget and the implementation of the Association's Education Initiative at this meeting. For more information about attending the Board meeting call 1-800-541-2412.More

Attend the Southern California Golf Outing in City of Industry, Calif.
Southern California Chapter of the National Demolition Association
The Southern California Chapter of the National Demolition Association invites you attend their 2103 Golf Outing at the Pacific Palms resort in City of Industry, Calif., on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6. Proceeds from this event go to fund the Southern California Chapter Scholarship presented annually at the NDA's Convention.

Click here to download the registration form and sponsorship information.More

Combination of demolition techniques remove parking garage attached to functioning hospital
When O'Rourke Wrecking Company won the bid to demolish a massive parking structure that was attached to Ohio's Christ Hospital, and strict vibration restrictions came to the forefront of the job, the Cincinnati-based firm was more than poised to put its tools and skills to work. Construction at Christ Hospital is a new 8-story 332,000-square-foot Orthopaedic and Spine Center, its first major expansion in more than a decade. More

El Paso City Hall gone from skyline in 10 seconds
El Paso Times
VideoBriefIt went as planned just like a scene straight out of a movie: A sequence of explosions — boom, boom, boom — and then the El Paso, Texas, City Hall came crumbling down. The north wall of the building went first, like an accordion being squeezed. Then the glass walls broke. It took less than 10 seconds for the building to become rubble, a heavy dust cloud enveloping the landscape to the cheers and jeers of onlookers who appeared to be tailgating on nearby streets and rooftops. With the help of a small breeze, the gray and white cloud headed east, leaving behind 1,000 truckloads of debris.More

TxDOT unveils 1st-in-Texas, high-tech warning system to increase work-zone safety
With more roadway construction underway than ever in the Lone Star State, the Texas Department of Transportation is introducing a first-in-Texas highway safety feature that incorporates an End-of-Queue Warning System and temporary rumble strips to reduce work-zone collisions. Last year, nearly 17,000 statewide work-zone crashes resulted in 132 fatalities and many more injuries. To date this year, there have been 4,713 work-zone crashes, resulting in 24 fatalities.More

OSHA schedules May meeting for Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health May 23-24 in Washington, D.C. ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the secretary of labor and assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on construction standards and policy matters.More

Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Effective contractor screening
By Dennis Truitt
Set the stage for overall site compliance. The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that you have a comprehensive safety and health management system tailored to your worksite's specific needs. To do this, give your suppliers the tools they need to be successful. Team up with industry experts to help raise awareness and performance. The goal should be to prequalify your supply chain, not to disqualify them.More

Fresno, Calif., resident Kroeker elcted president of National Demolition Association
The Business Journal
Jeff Kroeker, secretary-treasurer of Kroeker Inc. demolition and recycling contractors in Fresno, has been elected president of the Doylestown, Pa.-based National Demolition Association, a top trade organization for the global demolition industry. Kroeker was elected at the association's 40th annual convention held in San Diego in March. Peter Banks, managing member of CEI Boston LLC, Norfolk, Mass., was elected as vice president of the organization.More

El Paso City Hall gone from skyline in 10 seconds
El Paso Times
It went as planned just like a scene straight out of a movie: A sequence of explosions — boom, boom, boom — and then the El Paso, Texas, City Hall came crumbling down.More

Minicrane flies high to repair damaged jib over Manhattan, NY
Engineering News-Record
Bigger is not always better. Such is the case of a small lifting machine, called a minicrane, that has been advancing rigging and hoisting work needed to replace a large tower crane that partially collapsed in midtown Manhattan last October during Superstorm Sandy.More

Floating crane rips apart house swept into Barnegat Bay by Hurricane Sandy
The Star-Ledger
Workers with the contractor CrowderGulf remove the Mantoloking, N.J., house owned by former Hoboken, N.J., Mayor David Roberts that was swept into Barnegat Bay, where it became a much-photographed symbol of the storm's destruction.More

Senate bill would extend truck-size limits to all highways
The Journal of Commerce
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., recently reintroduced legislation designed to keep bigger, heavier trucks off all highways. The Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act of 2013 would apply existing federal truck size and weight limits — a maximum of length of 53 feet with a weight of 80,000 pounds — to the entire National Highway System. Currently, these restrictions only apply to interstate highways.More

10 reasons why humor is a key to success at work
Tasteful humor is a key to success at work, but there's a good chance your co-workers aren't cracking jokes or packaging information with wit on a regular basis — and your office could probably stand to have a little more fun.More