NDA Newsletter
Aug. 9, 2013

Participate in this year's ENR Demolition Insert
NDA
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 returns to Orlando, Fla., in 2016
NDA
The National Demolition Association's 43rd Annual Convention will be held at one of best convention hotels in North America, the Marriott World Center close by Disney World from March 14-17 in 2016. Long considered one of Marriott's premier property's their World Center features a 105,000 s.f. exhibition space, a new 500 room tower, a massively expanded outdoor recreation area with one of the largest water slides in the country and their magnificent on-site golf course. The hotel is close to Orlando's famous International Drive and Downtown Disney.More

Save on technology with AchieveLinks
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Improve the efficiency of your business with savings on computers and printers through your AchieveLinks membership. You'll earn Links® Reward Points in addition to enjoying these discounts (and stock up on paper and toner too for even more Links). Get closer to redeeming for other merchandise, travel, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, gift cards and more. More

OSHA withdraws proposed rule to amend On-site Consultation Program
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has withdrawn a proposed rule to amend its regulations for the federally funded On-site Consultation Program.More

The unexpectedly high cost of a bad hire
LinkedIn
In the course of running his own businesses for more than two decades, Ryan Holmes, CEO at HootSuite, has done his fair share of hiring. And, he can tell you with absolute certainty that one of the most costly, time-consuming blunders a business can make is picking the wrong person for the job. How costly?More

Concrete-eating robot 'literally erases buildings'
TreeHugger
One of the problems with concrete construction is that it is not designed for deconstruction. Taking it apart is slow, noisy, dusty and labor intensive.More

Construction unemployment hits lowest July mark since 2008
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The unemployment rate for construction workers fell to the lowest July level in five years last month, even though employment has stagnated in the past four months, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va. Association officials are urging Washington leaders to act on stalled infrastructure funding measures to help jump-start construction hiring. More

OSHA withdraws proposed rule to amend On-site Consultation Program
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has withdrawn a proposed rule to amend its regulations for the federally funded On-site Consultation Program. OSHA says it is withdrawing this rule based on stakeholder concerns that proposed changes, though relatively minor, would discourage employers from participating in the program.More

Don't get burned by these costly joint check agreement mistakes
By Scott Wolfe
Joint check agreements are common in the construction industry, but perhaps more common are mistakes that can lead to significant losses and legal headaches. Joint check agreements are so common that many believe there is a standard form or some type of legal standard these forms must meet. In fact, the opposite is true. Joint check agreements live in a legal Wild West. Here are the three most common mistakes companies make.More

State investigates botched demolition in Bakersfield
The Fresno Bee
Two California agencies have opened investigations into the recent power plant implosion that seriously injured one man and hurt several others. Representatives of Cal-OSHA and the California Public Utilities Commission said their inquiries were under way. Cal-OSHA enforces public and workplace safety laws, while the commission oversees the plant's owner, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. More

Federal website offers health reform information for businesses
Business USA via The Argus Leader
A new website from the federal government is aimed at providing employers with educational materials about the Affordable Care Act. It includes a tool that is tailored based on size and location, so businesses can learn how the law helps them provide coverage options to their employees.More

Slideshow: America's most dangerous bridges
Travel + Leisure
Traffic came to a screeching halt one Thursday in May when a truck carrying an oversize load hit Washington's Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge, causing a partial collapse of the 58-year-old steel truss bridge, sending three vehicles into the water below. While there were no casualties and repairs are underway, the incident has drawn attention to the condition of aging bridges across the nation. And now that road-trip season is in full swing, the editors at Travel + Leisure wanted to take a closer look.More

Pendulum device to reduce swaying of skyscrapers during quakes
The Asahi Shimbun
Two companies have developed a seismic-control device weighing several hundred tons that can be installed on top of skyscrapers to suppress slow and large vibrations on the upper floors during major earthquakes.More

America's governors are solving transportation challenges
U.S. Department of Transportation
Recently in Wisconsin, the National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting. There, governors met to discuss the critical issues facing states and to share their experiences and best practices for addressing those issues. More