NDA Newsletter
Dec. 23, 2011

Watch out for the early bird!
The Convention Committee of the National Demolition Association has instituted, for the first time, an early bird registration fee for the association's Annual Convention. By registering BEFORE Jan. 13, each registrant can save $50 on the Delegate Registration for the NDA's 39th Annual Convention at the Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio March 10-13. This is the first time the association has held its Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment, products and services in the world, in Texas and the first time the NDA's exhibition hall will be a municipal convention center.

Capitalizing on the event being held in Texas, the Convention Committee has decided on a decidedly Texas theme for next year's show. There will be Cowboy-themed event on Monday evening at San Antonio's Cowboy Dance Hall, which will feature a PBR Rodeo, country-western bands, a mechanical bull-ride, line dancing, a Texas barbeque and armadillo racing among other events. Tuesday evening's event will be casual and feature a Mexican theme with Hispanic dancers, a Mariachi band and Mexican cuisine with a San Antonio flair. The NDA's 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament will be held out at the Hyatt Regency's Hill Country Resort on March 10.

Make sure to register BEFORE Jan. 13 to take advantage of the NDA's early bird special.More

Demolition magazine announces 2012 Rates and Editorial Calendar
Demolition magazine, the voice of the demolition industry, has announced its 2012 advertising rates and Editorial Calendar for the coming year. As one of the NDA's major member services, demolition promotes the demolition industry and its association to the industry around the world. In addition to hitting every demolition contractor and supplier in the United States and Canada, demolition reaches the 500 largest general contractors in the U.S., hundreds of demolition companies across the globe and all of major manufacturers of demolition equipment, products and services.

Designed to inform, educate, enlighten and entertain the management of all firms involved in the demolition process, Demolition magazine is an exceptional venue to advertise your product or service to the worldwide demolition marketplace. The magazine also provides demolition contractors with a great opportunity to showcase their skills. Demolition is always looking for project stories and new products. If you are interested in advertising in Demolition magazine or have an interesting project or product that you would like to see in the magazine, contact Mike Taylor about being a part of Demolition. Visit www.demolitionmagazine.com to see back issues of the magazine and to forward ads or material to NDA headquarters.

To view the 2012 Rate Card, click here. More

Apply for the NDA's Environmental Excellence Award
Applications for the NDA's second Environmental Excellence Award program were mailed recently to every member of the association. This program, designed to highlight the demolition industry's skill and experience in dealing with challenging environmental issues of their project sites or products developed that protect the environment, had 11 winners in 2011. The program was developed by the association's Environment Committee to promote the NDA's commitment to environmental stewardship as part of its mission. Awards will be presented to this year's winners at the NDA's Annual Meeting on March 13 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention center in San Antonio.

For an application form or more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or click here. More

17th Demolition Academy to feature OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour health and safety training
The NDA's 17th Demolition Academy, the organization's safety and management training program scheduled for March 10-11, will feature the association's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour health and safety training program. The course contains an introduction to OSHA; sections on electrical hazards, fall, caught between and struck by, personal protective equipment, health hazards on a demolition project site, hand and power tool safety, scaffolding, excavation and general demolition project safety awareness. This 10-hour program, presented over two days, provides an OSHA Completion Card.

Courses in Industrial Hygiene 101; Universal Waste Identification, Removal, Packaging and Disposal; and Demolition Project Site Management will also be offered as part of this program.More

NDA begins massive membership drive
The Member Services Committee of the National Demolition Association has begun one of the most comprehensive membership retention and recruitment drives in the organization's history. This initiative includes the upgrade of the NDA's Membership Information Kit along with two videos, which explains the benefits of belonging to the association and an introduction to the demolition industry narrated by television and movie star Ed Asner; an extensive membership solicitation using postcards and broadcast emails sent to thousands of potential members involved with the demolition process; and the implementation of a Member-Get-A-Member program to reward existing NDA members that attract potential new members of the organization.More

NDA launches demolition career connection
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The NDA has launched a new service that puts job seekers who are pursuing positions in the demolition industry and beyond, together with employers and recruiters looking for qualified candidates. The Demolition Career Connection is the latest addition to the NDA website to give association members and site visitors a way to make meaningful connections in the demolition industry, the association says. “While there are sites out there that list jobs of every description, there is none until now that specifically targets those professionals in the demolition industry,” Mike Taylor, NDA executive director, said.More

Support the NDA by sponsoring a golf hole
One of the best ways to support the National Demolition Association and its programs is by sponsoring a golf hole at the NDA's 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament being held at the organization's 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio on March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort. There is a three-tier sponsorship opportunities available. For $500 for a single hole, you will receive a golf sign; for $1,500 you get a golf sign and one golfer's fees; and for a $3,000 sponsorship, you receive a golf sign on the Hill Country course and fees for four golfers.

Sponsoring a golf hole at the NDA's annual golf tournament is a terrific way to show your commitment to the NDA and its programs. For more information about this opportunity, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412, or click here to view the registration form.More

Genesis Attachments announces ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Genesis Attachments is proud to announce its certification to ISO 9001:2008 standards. ISO 9001:2008 Certification, the culmination of an effort that began in 2010, was awarded by the National Standards Foundation. This achievement marks the latest milestone in Genesis' ongoing focus to improve operations by employing the latest manufacturing, management and standardized service techniques, according to Mats Ceder, Genesis general manager. More

PCBs in Caulk final report now available
Association of Bay Area Governments
The Association of Bay Area Governments is pleased to present the final report by San Francisco Estuary Institute on "PCBs in Caulk: Estimated Stock in Currently Standing Buildings in a San Francisco Bay Study Area and Releases to Stormwater during Demolition and Renovation." The report includes results of a sampling study and an estimate of loadings to San Francisco Bay. We believe this to be the first report that documents PCB levels in caulk in Bay Area buildings. The final version includes some helpful clarifications of the method used to derive estimates, describes the still-significant uncertainty in those figures and makes recommendations for future work to refine the estimates. The report is posted here. More

EPA questions its own approval of experimental method for asbestos demolition
The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire in Fort Worth, Texas, because it approved an experimental method of handling the demolition of a building filled with asbestos. The experiment may have exposed demolition workers and nearby members of the public to asbestos fibers, which can cause serious future health issues, including mesothelioma cancer. More

Demolition of historic Rhode Island school under way
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
Demolition work began Dec. 20 on a historic former school building in Providence, R.I., that has been at the center of a protracted legal battle with city officials, an owner of the property said. State Rep. Michael Tarro said crews started tearing down the former Grove Street School, work that is expected to take several days. Tarro, a Democrat who represents Providence, said he values the structure's historic character but that the building had become a hazard.More

Construction materials cost on the rise — Can contractors keep up?
Steel Market Update
Construction spending was up 0.8 percent in October 2011 following a previous 0.2 percent increase in September 2011. October makes the sixth monthly increase in the last seven months with spending of $798.5 billion. Still, year-on-year spending is 2.9 percent less than last year, mostly due to the lack of public funds for construction. More

5 new management metrics you need to know
James Slavet of venture firm Greylock Partners writes, "After years of leading teams and then, at Greylock, watching some of the best startup CEOs in the world, I've learned that the most important metrics are often ones you never read about on the income statement or in the financial press. 'If you can measure it, you can manage it' is a business saying that goes way back."More

Demolition begins again at Elwha River dams
American Rivers
Deconstruction kicked back into action Dec. 19, 2011, at the Elwha River dams in Washington, after a planned work stoppage since Nov. 1, 2011, (crews paused their sediment-releasing dam removal work to protect salmon runs in the river). At Glines Canyon Dam, crews will reassemble the barge and excavator-mounted hydraulic hammer and complete modifications to the onsite crane, with dam demolition work scheduled to begin Dec. 27, 2011.More

Personal protective equipment 101
Personal protective equipment is one part of your safety program you want to be particularly sure you're up to speed on, as you can now be fined on a per-employee basis per violation. It can be an awful lot to keep track of. OSHA recently released a new enforcement directive relating to PPE. The directive is meant to provide general enforcement guidance related to PPE, and to assist OSHA inspectors.More

Ferrous prices regain what was lost in November 2011
Recycling Today
After a November 2011 buying period when ferrous prices dropped from $30 to $45 per ton, prices rebounded by nearly the same amounts in December 2011. Spot market figures collected through the Raw Material Data Aggregation Service of Management Science Associates, Pittsburgh, show domestic steel mills paying from $10 to $40 more per ton for their scrap in the first 20 days of December 2011.More