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NDA Education Initiative includes Regional Training Sessions
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The Education Committee of the NDA will be holding the first of three Regional Training Sessions at the Sheraton Needham in Needham, Mass., Oct. 26-27. Registration forms for this first education session have been forwarded to every Regular Member firm and appear in the Sept./Oct. issue of Demolition magazine. You can also register online at the NDA's website.

The Northeast Regional Training Session is part of a comprehensive effort by the association to upgrade its educational offerings and improve the skill sets of industry members. Programs offered in Needham, Mass., include the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour construction safety and health training course; a demolition-specific Lift Safety training course; a presentation on Basic Industrial Hygiene for the Demolition Industry; and one of the whole issue of PCBs in caulk. Certifications will be awarded for successful completion of both the OSHA 10-hour and Lift Safety training programs.

Similar programs are planned for the Midwest (Chicago) in February, and the West Coast (Los Angeles) in late May/early June.

NDA Convention Committee lists 2013 sponsorship opportunities
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The 40th Anniversary Convention Committee Chair and NDA Treasurer Scott Knightly has announced an initial list of sponsorship opportunities available for the association's 2013 Annual Convention in San Diego. Next year's convention, which will feature a decidedly Navy theme to take advantage of one of San Diego's major attractions, will celebrate 40 years of service by the NDA to the demolition industry. One of the major events at next year's show will be an Opening Night Reception aboard the USS Midway based in San Diego.

Sponsorship opportunities at next year's celebration include:

26th Annual Golf Tournament at Riverwalk Golf Club
Individual golf hole sponsorships
$500 — Silver $1,000 — Gold $3,000 — Platinum

Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Coffee break
Opening Night Cocktail Reception

General Session Breakfast
Keynote speaker
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Theme Party

General Session Breakfast
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Cocktail Reception
Annual Banquet

Other Sponsorships
Baseball caps
Custom room keys
Tote bags
40th Anniversary Commemorative Tile

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C&D Recycling Forum to 'Take on the Issues'
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Have you registered yet and booked your flight? Don't forget to make your travel arrangements and register for the event before travel prices take off.

Speakers will address hot topics that C&D recyclers and demolition contractors face.

The C&D Recycling Forum, Sept. 23-25 at the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif., will tackle hot topics during a session titled, "Taking on the Issues," 3:30 p.m. PDT Sept. 24.

C&D recyclers and demolition contractors face many challenges in order to remain competitive in their businesses. From legislative issues to LEED to materials theft, the issues abound.

Longtime waste industry consultant Bob Brickner of GBB Inc., Fairfax Va., will moderate this session with subjects that are diverse and having an effect on the industry.

Jason Haus of Dem-Con Companies, LLC, Shakopee, Wis., will provide an update on regulatory conditions, including the EPA's Non Hazardous Secondary Materials Rule. Haus also will discuss progress the Construction Materials Recycling Association is making to certify the recycling rates of C&D recycling facilities through the Institute for Certification of Sustainable Recyclers independent, third-party certification.

Richard Lorenz, Central Environmental Services Inc., Orlando, Fla., will provide advice on how to prevent metals thefts from construction and demolition sites an issue that can cost demolition contractors thousands of dollars in lost revenues.

This is just one of several sessions geared at helping improve the businesses of those who handle C&D debris. Click here to learn more about the entire schedule of events.

For more information or to register, visit or contact a conference representative at 800/456-0707 or

We hope to see you in Long Beach!

2013 Environmental Excellence Awards applications available
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Applications for the NDA's 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards will be mailed out to every association member early in July. This program, designed to promote the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship as outlined in the organization's mission, has been very successful with both members and their clients. These awards are presented to NDA members that perform projects that have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community where they did the work or developed a product or service that does the same.

This year's awards will be presented by Environment Committee Chairman Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction of Milford, Conn., March 25, immediately following President Don Rachel's welcoming address at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Award winners receive two awards, one for their own firm and one to present to the client they did the work for. The NDA's Environment Committee established this program to enlighten our customers, the construction community and the general public to the major role the industry plays in enhancing the quality of life in the towns and cities where we work. Look for the 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online on NDA's website.

  Industry News

World 1st: DNA dog sniffs out stolen metal
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The first detection dog in the world to be trained to sniff out forensic markings on stolen metal is set to help police officers crack down on metal theft in the U.K. Instead of locating drugs or human remains, a 2-year-old black Labrador called Jazz has been trained by former police officer and Home Office Police Dog Instructor Mick Swindells to locate SelectaDNA forensic markings on a range of metals, including copper, lead and aluminium. Metal theft costs the U.K. economy billions of dollars a year. More

OSHA's measures to reduce residential construction falls extended through Dec. 15
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OSHA has again extended its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction. These measures, which were to expire Sept. 15, will be extended another three months through Dec. 15. For more information, visit OSHA's pages for residential construction and the Fall Prevention Campaign. More

Arkansas contractor says he demolished the wrong house
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An Arkansas contractor hired by the city of Little Rock to demolish a condemned residence acknowledges he mistakenly tore down the wrong house. City officials say Youngblood Demolition and Excavating was contracted to demolish the residence, but mistakenly tore down the neighboring house. More

Ill-fated U.S. 20 bridge in Oregon goes down with a boom
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For contractors on a sunny September morning, it was two down, three to go as they worked to take out six bents — one bent is two columns and a cap — on the tallest bridge of the ill-fated U.S. 20 realignment project in Oregon. The project was demolishing the Crystal Creek Bridge, which — had the project been successful — would have carried motorists 70 feet over the rugged drainage in the coast range. Instead, all that will be left of that ambitious roadway will be a pile of rubble and some very hard-earned lessons about building bridges in landslide country. More

Wind creates fine line between failure and success of demolition    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A crowd in France had gathered to watch the demolition of a 14-story building in southeast Paris, an event which quickly turned ugly as a change in wind direction blew the demolition dust on to the spectators. More

How to prevent your business from ruining your personal life
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For entrepreneurs and small-business owners, long hours can take a toll on personal relationships, leaving your partner feeling taken for granted while you focus on growing your business. These three simple techniques can help your relationship survive tough times without adding stress to your already busy life. Here's how. More

Florida pier closer to demolition
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The Pier in St. Petersburg, Fla., is one step closer to becoming a memory. The city has applied for a joint permit with the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to demolish the iconic inverted pyramid built in 1973. More

Construction jobless rate falls in August
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Construction's unemployment rate continued to head downward in August, dipping to 11.3 percent from July's 12.3 percent, but the industry posted a gain of just 1,000 jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest monthly employment status report, released Sept. 7, also showed that construction's jobless rate for August was better than the 13.5 percent level for August 2011. More

10 online marketing terms you need to know now
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Online marketing is just like any other industry in that it is full of jargon and acronyms that are unique to that industry alone. In order to stay on top of the game, you need to know what they mean and how to use them in order to be successful. Here are 10 online marketing terms that you need to know now. More


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