NDA Newsletter
Nov. 26, 2014

Speak Up! & Listen Up!: Two Simple Processes to Improve Safety Culture
December 10, 2014
1:00 PM EST - 2:00 PM EST

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

National Demolition Association Convention and Expo Expecting Record Attendance
With the demolition industry on the rebound and the city of Nashville as the setting for its annual Convention and Expo, the National Demolition Association (NDA) is predicting DEMOLITION 2015 to be one of the most well-attended events in the association’s history. DEMOLITION 2015 takes place March 21-24, 2015, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

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OSHA updates reporting requirements
Construction & Demolition Recycling
To focus more on limiting work-related fatalities, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released updated reporting requirements for employers. Beginning Jan. 1, OSHA says covered employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours of an incident, and all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.More

Landmark Commission to help create task force for historic preservation in Dallas
The Dallas Morning News
Making a business owner wait at least 10 days before taking a wrecking ball to an old downtown building could be one step toward preserving sites that have national historic designation but lack local protection, staff told the Dallas City Council Nov. 18. Council members indicated support during a briefing for moving forward on measures to protect historic buildings in the city, but decided on no definite specifics, saying they would vote on a task force at their next meeting. The Landmark Commission will take the lead on creating the task force, which will create a list of significant buildings and strategies for keeping them intact.More

University of Michigan proposes demolition of North Hall, Museums Annex to make way for new $261 million science building
University of Michigan officials want to tear down the 114-year-old North Hall in order to make way for a new $261 million Biological Science Building that has been in the works for years. The university's Board of Regents will vote on the $9 million demolition of North Hall and the Museums Annex at its scheduled Nov. 20 meeting. Recently, officials said the 48,500-square-foot North Hall would be too costly to repair.More

Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NDA Newsletter, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NDA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Time-lapse demolition: Watch a hungry excavator feast on an old garage
Demolition used to be an exciting process, but not so much anymore. Gone is the era of wildly swinging wrecking balls and unpredictable collapses. These days, excavators gently tickle buildings into submission. Speed up time, however, and the process looks much more primal. This video was taken recently on Charlotte Street in Detroit, where crews demolished two garages in the Arena District.More

Green building regulatory trends drive plastics use
By Don Rosato
The construction and operation of buildings has a significant impact on the environment. In the U.S., buildings account for 39 percent of total energy consumption and 38 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. Buildings also use a tremendous amount of natural resources to construct and operate. Constructing green buildings that consume resources more efficiently has become one of the primary goals in the industry. In turn, this will minimize pollution that can harm renewable natural resources that are crucial to a sustainable future.More

More biometrics on the horizon
The age of biometrics is steadily approaching and the implications aren’t yet clear for many industries. In construction, which relies heavily on a mobile workforce, many companies have already dabbled in biometrics technology by leveraging solutions that allow employees to keep track of their time via fingerprint or even facial-recognition software. The latest data on biometrics suggests it is poised for growth due to marked interest coming from several industries.More