NDA's disaster response program explained at 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas
The National Demolition Association will be sending out a survey to every Regular Member explaining the Association's new Disaster Response Program and requesting information about equipment and personnel that members could commit in times of national disaster. Introduced on March 7 at the 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, the Association's new National Disaster Response Program 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.
Is FEMA ready for the next disaster?
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency "is in a constant state of flux" and needs to better coordinate disaster preparedness efforts with state and local governments, a government watchdog will reports. The agency, responsible for coordinating the government's emergency response plans, also needs more experienced personnel to deal with a growing workload as state and local governments trim emergency management budgets and should upgrade its computer systems, according to a report by Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Richard L. Skinner. More
How small businesses are aiding tsunami victims
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Nimble entrepreneurs are combining goodwill and marketing savvy to help with relief efforts in Japan, just as they have after past catastrophic events. "If they can be good citizens and promote their business at the same time, that's a win-win situation," says Eric Bradlow, a professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. More
NDA draws 1,000 to its 38th Annual Convention & 16th Annual Demolition Academy
Over 1,000 people attended the National Demolition Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas from March 5-8. The convention featured Clyde Fessler, Harley Davidson's marketing guru as its keynote speaker; a well-attended Industry Roundtable of NDA members discussing industry issues; three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party; our raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle; sessions on refrigerant recovery; personal protective equipment for demolition workers; insurance; and using the Association's website to market your company.
The National Demolition Association's 16th Demolition Academy was 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 offered 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.
AGC releases plan to boost demand for construction
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The Associated General Contractors of America has released a national plan that it says details measures that could stimulate demand for construction. According to a release, AGC officials said the plan was needed to reverse construction employment declines that have taken place in 317 out of 337 metro areas since January 2007. The plan, called Building a Stronger Future, A New Blueprint for Economic Growth, outlines measures to help boost private sector demand for construction, help tackle a growing infrastructure maintenance backlog and reduce red tape and regulations. More
Demolition could pave way for development in Indianapolis
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Two high-rise buildings in Indianapolis were recently secured in preparation for a $2 million implosion that officials hope to do by year's end. Indianapolis officials have applied for federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds and expect to hear the decision from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in April. The city hopes to receive suggestions for the site once the demolition is complete. More
Education Committee updates Demolition as a Career Choice Program
The NDA's Education Committee chaired by Mark Ryan of Carl Bolander & Sons in St. Paul, Minn., has updated the Association's Demolition as a Career Choice Program. Designed to attract young people to our industry, the program includes a PowerPoint presentation and informational materials on how to enter the demolition industry and the benefits of working in our exciting industry. The 2011 update was developed by our new Education Committee Chair Heidi Wellen from Gateway Environmental Services of Highland, Ill., and Past President Bill Moore Brandenburg Industrial Service Co. in Chicago. The program has been used to introduce the demolition industry and its Association at colleges, universities, junior colleges, high schools and civic groups. If you are interested in taking a look at the new program or presenting to a local audience, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
UK union: Agencies should provide PPE
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According to the U.K.'s Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, the rules state that employers should not expect employees to buy their own personal protective equipment and should supply it for them. However, the agencies respond that agency workers have made the choice to be self-employed, making them their own employer and so responsible for their own PPE. More
Construction spending declines 0.7 percent in January
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Construction spending was revised higher for November and December, fell 0.7 percent in January and will likely jump in February since the hours worked in construction rose an unusually large 3.4 percent from January. This will put the October-February monthly average more than 1 percent above the July-August average suggesting that the long construction recession ended last fall although a strong, sustained recovery from the bottom of the recession is not yet evident but likely will be by the end of winter. More
NDA to consider regional training programs
The Education Committee of the board of directors of the NDA will be discussing the development of regional training sessions to supplant the National Demolition Academy. Planned for the coming fiscal year, these programs are designed to provide our members with cost-effective ways to train their employees in a variety of demolition-specific areas. Based on survey data gleaned from members in different parts of the U.S. and Canada, the Education Committee will propose a menu of courses to be offered in one and two-day training sessions located in urban centers close to NDA members. The Education Committee will coordinate these programs with the Association's other committees to identify instructors, course offerings and locations. These regional training sessions are part of a broad educational outreach to the demolition industry and are being held in concert with the Association's Web-based NDA Learning System.
Entrepreneurs and the cult of failure
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Policy makers from the government of Singapore to the European Union have advocated "embracing failure" to encourage entrepreneurship. During this year's launch of the White House initiative Startup America, one attendee made an impassioned plea that the United States follow this advice. After all, wasn't it the fearlessness of America's great pioneers—their willingness to stumble during their quest—that led them to succeed against all odds? More
Reduce, reuse, recarpet
The practice of recycling is picking up momentum, with new materials constantly being added to the list of recyclables. Carpet is one product that is continuing to grow in recyclability. "Carpet recycling continues to grow throughout the United States," says Georgina Sikorski, executive director of Carpet America Recovery Effort. More