There's still time to register for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention
You can still register for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world. This year's convention features three leading magician/illusionists at the Monday Night Theme Party, a raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, sessions on refrigerant recovery, personal protective equipment for demolition workers, insurance and use the association's website to market your company. Register now.
NDA to introduce Disaster Response Program at 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas
The National Demolition Association will be introducing the association's new National Disaster Response Program March 7 at the 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This new association initiative is designed to provide the nation with access to demolition companies interested in responding to large natural or man-made disasters. The NDA intends to set-up a national database of member companies available to respond to large events similar to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and hurricane Katrina. The goal is to be able to identify interested member firms that can provide equipment and manpower in a timely manner.
The NDA intends to set-up an 800 number that disaster response coordinators on the federal and state level can access to alert demolition companies to their needs. The NDA hopes to provide qualified second response capabilities on a national basis for large disasters while assuring prompt payment and limited liability.
NDA past President Tom Robinette of Robinette Demolition, Inc. of Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., his general superintendent and former NDA Safety Committee Chair Jerry Myrick and RDI's emergency response team coordinator will present the new program following NDA President Ray Passeno's State of the Association address March 7 in the Mirage Exhibition Center at the association's 38th Annual Convention. Mr. Robinette, Mr. Myrick and Mr. Stahr designed the NDA's Disaster Site Worker Training & Certification Program developed as part of the association's OSHA alliance.
OSHA issues new enforcement directive for PPE
OSHA issued a new enforcement directive to provide general enforcement policy and guidance related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and to assist OSHA inspectors in conducting workplace inspections. The new directive, Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry became effective Feb. 10. It provides information and enforcement guidance to support OSHA's inspection efforts in general industry workplaces. It replaces previous inspection guidelines for the PPE standard for general industry workplaces. More
With demolition, Apple chief makes way for house 2.0
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There may not be an app for it, but Steve Jobs did have a permit. And with that, his epic battle to tear down his own house is finally over. For the better part of the last decade, Mr. Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple, has been trying to demolish a sprawling, Spanish-style mansion he owns in Woodside, Calif., a tony and techie enclave some 30 miles south of San Francisco. His efforts, however, had been delayed by legal challenges and cries for preservation of the so-called Jackling House, which was built in the 1920s for another successful industrialist: Daniel Jackling, whose money was in copper, not silicon. More
NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy registration
It is time to register for the NDA's 16th Demolition Academy being held March 5-6 in concert with the association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The NDA's annual safety and management training program will be offering the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training program as well as sessions on: basic industrial hygiene for the demolition industry; fall protection; developing and utilizing an engineering survey; generational communication; OSHA's new crane standard; and what to do when a disaster strikes.
The Demolition Academy agenda and registration form are posted on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com. For information or to register for the 2011 Demolition Academy, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Demolition robot debuts at Las Vegas trade show
Stanley LaBounty, a business unit of Stanley Hydraulic Tools, has introduced its latest remote controlled demolition robot. It claims that the F16 Remote Controlled Demolition Robot, its first for the midsized market, is the lightest "with the highest power-to-weight ratio, largest work range and more proprietary technology and standard features than any equipment" in its class. More
Construction materials costs climb 0.9 percent in January
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The prices contractors must pay for many essential construction materials continued to increase in January, even as the amount they charge for completed projects remains flat, according to an analysis of January producer price index figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA). Association officials noted that the price trends are cutting into already tight bottom lines for contractors, undermining chances for an industry-wide recovery in 2011. More
Comment at NDA's Convention Industry Roundtable
NDA President Ray Passeno from Bierlein, Inc. in Midland, Mich., will be hosting a Demolition Industry Roundtable at the Association's 38th Annual Convention to discuss industry and Association issues at 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. PST March 8. The goal of this important session is to identify those issues of concern for the Association's members. Information gathered at this session will assist the 2011-2012 board of directors to plan for the future.
If you are unable to attend but have any questions or concerns that you would like addressed at the convention roundtable, please forward them to either President Passeno at email@example.com or NDA headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When banks won't lend: Alternative sources of financing for construction firms
If it's true that the construction industry is a key part of the engine that powers the U.S. economy, then it only stands to reason that access to financing serves as the motor oil that keeps all the engine parts in good condition and running smoothly. There are numerous ways to secure financing; methods run from the traditional to the extremely creative. But the one universal challenge that any construction firm faces - at almost any stage of growth - is to find the method that fits its own unique set of goals and circumstances at a particular point in time. More
Building performance ramp-up possible despite uncertain Congress
There has been a whole lot of negative talk about the prospects for energy, climate or other significant legislation coming out of the newly divided Congress, and that is not the best news for the green building industry. However, this does not imply that green building advocates should pack up and go home — in fact, it means quite the contrary. It turns out that a renewed focus on utilizing the legal authority already granted to federal agencies by Congress could reap huge benefits for architects, engineers, builders, developers, manufacturers and others involved in the green building process. More
Planners back demolition, rebuilding of San Francisco apartments
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San Francisco's Planning Commission voted to demolish the 1940s design for the car-centric Parkmerced apartments in favor of transforming it to a dense, $1.2 billion transit-first community, which proponents call a model for future development in California. Over a 20-year period, those homes could be replaced with 7,200 units that would bring 14,000 new residents to the 152-acre development. The high-density community would have a school, easy access to transit, and corner stores within walking distance of homes designed to save water and power. More