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.
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.
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.
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.
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
5th Shingle Recycling Forum biggest ever
More than 320 people attended the 5th Shingle Recycling Forum in Dallas Oct. 27-28. Participants were from all parts of North America as they came to exchange ideas on how to better manage in the fast growing and economically feasible shingle recycling market sector. The event, organized by the Construction Materials Recycling Association and co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, Owens Corning, Dem-Con and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, covered all aspects of shingle recycling, from accepting the material to end use in a variety of markets. More
The BMRA is co-sponsoring the 2nd Annual Southeast Construction & Demolition Recycling Conference
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The Carolina Recycling Association, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach, and the EPA Region 4 are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Southeast Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Conference. This year's conference will be held Dec. 6-8 in "famously hot" Columbia, S.C., at the Downtown Marriott. The conference is co-sponsored by the Building Materials Reuse Association.
Presenting partners are building this conference on last year's resounding success, which drew over 220 attendees from across the Southeast. The conference will bring together the building industry (builders/contractors, architects/designers, engineers), government (local, state and federal), and the recycling industry (haulers, processors, manufacturers), giving them a chance to network, share information and learn from each other.
The conference agenda draws from the expertise of government staff, as well as volunteers from government, private business and nonprofits. The program meets NAHB continuing education requirements for the following designations: CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR, CAPS. Approval from the USGBC and SWANA for CEU credits is under way.
We invite you to visit www.cra-recycle.org to find out more about the C&D conference including registration information, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities.
Newly revised construction safety standard now available — ANSI/ASSE A10.8-2011 Scaffolding Safety Requirements
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The new standard, Scaffolding Safety Requirements (ANSI/ASSE A10.8-2011), received final ANSI approval Aug. 31, 2011, and will become effective Feb. 13. The A10.8 standard establishes safety requirements for the construction, operation, maintenance and use of scaffolds used in the construction, alteration, demolition and maintenance of buildings and structures. It does not cover permanently installed suspended scaffold systems or aerial platforms. More
Construction spending in US rose for 3rd consecutive month in October
Construction spending in the U.S. rose in October for a third consecutive month on gains in housing and commercial projects like office buildings and power plants. "Construction will contribute positively to growth," Aneta Markowska, a senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale in New York, said before the report. More
Demolition tools and equipment industry forecasted to pick up
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Revenue in the demolition equipment manufacturing industry is forecast to pick up in 2012 and 2013 as nonresidential construction activity increases, according to a new report. The demolition tools and equipment industry was flattened by the recession. The industry's performance is closely tied to the construction market, since property developments often involve demolishing existing buildings and structures and cleaning up sites to make way for new construction. More
Friendliest states for entrepreneurship
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The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, a nonpartisan business advocacy group, ranked states in terms of how "friendly" their policies are to business interests. Factors included in the index are taxes, regulatory costs, government spending, property rights, health care policies and energy costs. Overall, the group applauds low taxes and limited government spending. More
From suburban to urban
America is in the adolescence of a shift in where and how we want to live, and it's not only being driven by 20- and 30-something millennials, but also retired or near-retired empty-nesters who have tired of gas-guzzling commutes, elaborate home maintenance, nonexistent city centers and wide swaths of concrete. Urban development is where investment dollars are going as developers answer the call for places where walking, riding bikes and catching a train can be done in a town populated by diverse people and housing. More
Green construction workers may face additional safety risks
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It's not easy being green — and it might not necessarily be safer for construction crews building environmentally friendly projects, either. According to new research, these workers suffer more falls than workers on traditional projects; are exposed to new, high-risk tasks; incur more lacerations, strains and sprains; and more. More
Iowa county begins recycling shingles
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The Solid Waste Agency in Cedar Rapids/Linn County, Iowa, has opened a shingle recycling operation. The agency is working with Eastern Iowa Construction, Marion, Iowa, on the project. Further, Eastern Iowa Construction’s spinoff company, RAS Suppliers LLC, will recycle the asphalt shingles for asphalt paving. Several reports note that the groups hope to divert between 6,000 and 10,000 tons of shingles over the next year. More
Nation's smallest firms created 55,000 jobs in November
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All things considered, American small businesses gave the economy a fairly respectable boost in October and November. The nation's smallest employers created 55,000 jobs in November, lifting small business employment 0.3 percent to an annual growth rate of 3.2 percent, according to the latest Intuit Small Business Employment Index. The survey is based on data from 71,000 small businesses with fewer than 20 employees that use Intuit Online Payroll. More
Unbroken ground: Construction projects in limbo
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Fewer ribbons are being cut across America these days. Parks, museums and commercial building projects the world over are having trouble getting off the ground as funding becomes harder to secure and a troubled industry struggles to add jobs. Some believe that the coming infrastructure crisis will provide a much-needed stimulus to construction companies as hundreds of bids for aging bridges, schools and other public sites come online. More