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New Faces on National Demolition Association Board of Directors

The National Demolition Association announces the addition of four new demolition professionals to its 2012-2013 Board of Directors.

Newly named to the Board are Alfred Gorick, Jr. of Gorick Construction Co., Inc., Binghamton, NY; Scott Homrich of Homrich Wrecking Inc., Carleton, MI; Richard Lorenz of Central Environmental Services, Apopka, FL; and Craig Sessler of Sessler Wrecking, Waterloo, NY.

Continuing as the Association’s officers are Don Rachel of Rachel Contracting, LLC, St. Michael, MN as President; Jeff Kroeker of Kroeker, Inc. Demolition & Recycling Contractors, Fresno, CA as Vice President; Peter Banks of CEI Boston LLC, Norfolk, MA  as Secretary; Scott Knightly of Envirovantage, Epping, NH as Treasurer; and Paymond Passeno of Bierlein Companies, Inc., Midland, MI as Past President.  Michael R. Taylor, CAE, serves as Executive Director.

For more information about joining the National Demolition Association or becoming a member of the Board of Directors, go to www.demolitionassociation.com.

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations.  The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services.

NDA Schedules Demolition Safety, Estimating Training At September Event

The National Demolition Association’s Fall Education Program provides essential training to industry professionals involved in the demolition process.  Courses cover OSHA 10-hour Demolition Specific, Demolition Project Management, and Demolition Estimating.  The program set for Sept. 23-24 immediately precedes the Annual C&D Recycling Forum. Both events will be held at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD, just a few miles outside Baltimore.

The National Demolition Association (NDA) is launching its first regional Fall Education Program with courses in demolition safety training, project management, and estimating to be held Sept. 23-24 at the Turf Valley resort in Ellicott City, MD, just outside Baltimore.

The Education Program immediately precedes the NDA-sponsored Annual C&D Recycling Forum at the same venue, scheduled for Sept. 25-27.  “With the demolition and general contractors, C&D processors, waste haulers, and solid waste and recycling experts coming to the Forum, it’s advantageous to everyone to offer the training at that location so there’s no extra travel involved,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, NDA Executive Director.  “Anyone involved in the demolition process can benefit from these courses.”

Over Sept. 23 and 24, the NDA Safety Committee is offering the OSHA 10-hour Demolition-Specific Program.  The course covers all elements of OSHA’s safety training requirements for the demolition process, including an introduction to OSHA; the “Focus Four” hazards of electrical, falls, caught between, and struck by; personal protective equipment; health hazards in construction; hand and power tools; scaffolding; and other issues common to a demolition work site.

On Friday Sept. 23 in the afternoon, Dr. Mark Shaurette of Purdue University and co-author of the book Demolition: Practices, Technology and Management, will teach how a demolition project progresses from project award to closeout.  Current and aspiring project managers will learn about demolition site management, planning considerations, and offsite interactions that must be dealt with to keep a project moving.

On Saturday afternoon on Sept. 24, Richard Diven, demolition industry consultant and co-author of Demolition: Practices, Technology and Management, will provide the in-depth guidance to producing a realistic estimate for a demolition project.

The fee schedule for the NDA Fall Education Program is OSHA 10-hour Demolition Specific course: $200 for NDA members, $250 for non-members; Demolition Project Management course: $150 for members, $200 for non-members; and Demolition Estimating course: $150 for members, $200 for non-members.

Room reservations are available at the Turf Valley until August 29. After that date, reservations can be made but are subject to availability.  Contact Turf Valley at 410-465-1500 and give the NDA registration code C/L #27R6TN.

Additional questions about the program can be sent to info@demolitionassociation.com or directed to 800-541-2412.

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations.  The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services.  The website is www.demolitionassociation.com.

National Demolition Association Publishes ‘High Reach Demolition Machine Guidance Document’

The National Demolition Association has issued a guidance document for high reach demolition machine operators.  The long boom arm on the machine provides for super-high efficiency and safety at sites with structures above three-stories high. The document was prepared by an NDA Work Group studying equipment safety.

The National Demolition Association, in collaboration with the National Federation of Demolition Contractors in the United Kingdom, has produced a guide entitled “High Reach Demolition Machine Guidance Document”  to outline recommended safe work practices for such machines designed to safely dismantle structures greater than three stories high.

The full-color, 14-page booklet was written to promote important discourse regarding the specification of work practices, the manufacture, supply, and use of the machines, and their transportation, loading, and unloading.  The document was designed to be used as an aid in developing a work plan and engineering survey.

Audiences for the document include manufacturers, distributors, transporters, erection crews, and operators. The guide was prepared by an NDA Work Group studying equipment safety, working under the direction of NDA President Raymond Passeno, CIH, CHMM.

The long reach excavator is typically used to reach the upper stories of buildings that are being demolished or structures such as tall smoke stacks.  It allows operators to work further away from falling debris and increases the accuracy of demolition with the use of grapple and crusher attachments.  Excavators with various sized and purposed attachments have replaced the wrecking ball as the primary tool for demolition.

Copies are available at $3.00 each and can be obtained by contacting the National Demolition Association at info@demolitionassociation.com or by calling 800-541-2412.

Chicago Demolition Veteran And First President Of National Demolition Association Saluted For Lifetime Achievement

Sheldon J. “Red” Mandell, Chicago demolition industry veteran and first president of the National Demolition Association, received the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the influential role he played in the growth of the Association.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of National Wrecking Company, a family-owned business he has managed since 1952.

“Red helped launch the National Demolition Association (then called the National Association of Demolition Contractors) 37 years ago when it was then a small group of member companies looking to raise the professionalism and image of our industry,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, executive director of the Association.  “Today, the Association has grown to 1,000 member companies in North America and around the world involved in a highly sophisticated industry requiring knowledge in engineering, mechanical and electrical systems, and environmental regulations.” The NDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented recently at the Association’s 37th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Mandell held the position of NDA president from 1973 through 1975 and also served on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for five years.  At the same time, he was shepherding the National Wrecking Company into the national spotlight as a premier demolition services organization.  Over the years, his firm has demolished in excess of 100,000 structures for more than 1,500 clients.  Its experience includes the demolition of heavy industrial buildings, skyscrapers, large commercial structures, bridges, refineries, smokestacks, towers, and residential properties.  In addition to the full range of demolition activities, the company also handles environmental remediation services.

A Skokie, IL, resident, Mandell is also involved in his community and served as past president of Congregation Kol Emeth in Skokie, IL.

National Demolition Association Names Five 2010 Scholarship Winners

Four Pennsylvania students and one New York student were awarded college scholarships from the National Demolition Association, the trade organization representing the global demolition industry.  Awards were given to students with high academic achievement and a commitment to the community.

National Demolition Association presented five college scholarships to deserving students at the 37th Annual National Demolition Association Convention in Las Vegas.

We’re pleased to present these scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to serve the local community while maintaining a high level of academic achievement,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, Executive Director of the Association.

The Bill and Wanda Baker Scholarship was presented to Zoe Foy of Newfoundland, PA. Foy, a 2010 graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School, who was nominated for this award by Haines & Kibblehouse, Inc., Skippack, PA.

The Patrick H. O’Rourke Scholarship was given to Samantha Hartmann of East Stroudsburg, PA, a student at East Stroudsburg University.  The scholarship’s sponsor is Haines & Kibblehouse, Inc.

Jaclyn Nicole Miller of Quakertown, PA, received the National Demolition Association Scholarship.  Haines & Kibblehouse, Inc sponsored the 2010 graduate of Quakertown Community Senior High School.

Pamela Rose Kirkpatrick of Hatfield, PA, a student at Messiah College, received the National Demolition Association Southern California Chapter Scholarship.  Haines & Kibblehouse, Inc nominated her.

Seton Hall University student Laurel Shirk of Conklin, NY, received the Sims Adams Scholarship.  Gorick Construction Co., Inc., Binghamton, NY, sponsored her.