SEAA and AISC Work Together to Improve Erector Certification Requirements
The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) have worked together to draft a reciprocal indemnity agreement and revise the additional insured language as part of AISC's Certified Steel Erector program requirements. The reciprocal indemnity and revised additional insured language is mutually beneficial to both AISC and steel erectors participating in the Certified Steel Erector program. More
New Board Member Approved by SEAA
The SEAA Board of Directors announces that it has elected Nicholas Morgan, President of Adaptive Construction Solutions, Houston, Texas, to fill an open position on the board. Morgan replaces long-time board member Ed Valencia, who has left the industry to pursue a career with an industrial general contractor. Morgan's term is 2017-2019.
Morgan is a U.S. Army Veteran and owner and president of a property and casualty insurance agency. He has assembled a team of military professionals who are leveraging their experience to help transitioning military service members into civilian careers. ACS partners with employers to develop skilled ironworkers. More
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More than 75 golfers have already registered for SEAA's 18th Annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 20. It's not too late to sign up for the Captain's Choice tournament, to be held at Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, N.C., which promises to be both fun and educational.
Open to both members and non-members, the tournament is great way to find out more about the association, network with steel erectors and vendors, while raising money for Education Committee Training Grants. More
Keynote Speaker Selected for 46th Annual Convention
Brent Darnell, a leading authority on Emotional Intelligence in the construction industry will open the Steel Erectors Association of America's 2018 convention, to be held April 25-27, 2018 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.
In a recent blog post, Darnell said that back in 2000 when he first started talking about how emotional intelligence, collaboration and trust are the best way to approach projects, the more common reaction was to throw him out of the jobsite trailer.
A second generation builder, Darnell earned a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1981 and began his own construction career. More
Do you fit the profile?
Learn more about the typical profile of a worker in the construction industry in an interview Brent Darnell gave to Engineering News-Record.
Connector: The 6 Foot Drop, Protecting Ironworkers from Falls at Low Heights
"A common misconception regarding fall protection is that the closer you are to the ground, the safer that you are. This is simply not true," said Kevin Muldoon, Product Manager of Lifeline Systems for Mazzella Companies, Cleveland, Ohio.
Much attention has been given to preventing falls from greater height, especially in the steel erection industry, which is required to tie off above 15 feet. General construction requirements are for 6 feet and higher. But according to safety experts, many steel erectors, general contractors, and site owners are now employing 100 percent tie off policies, no matter the work height.only. Read the full article in Summer 2017 issue of Connector, page 26.
AISC Releases 15th Edition of Steel Construction Manual
The American Institute of Steel Construction's (AISC) 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual is now available. This new edition of the Manual includes the 2016 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, with improvements and revisions in the provisions for slender-element compression members, shear strength and double angle and WT flexural strength, as well as the 2016 Code of Standard Practice, which clarifies the use of models, and new and enhanced Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) standards.More
Update: OSHA Publishes Proposal to Delay Crane Operator Certification
On Aug. 30, 2017, OSHA published in the Federal Register a proposal to delay crane operator certification requirements until 2018. Read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking here. More
Genie Industries has found that weld debris in the boom tubes could lead to premature and excessive wear of the upper wear pads. This excessive wear can lead to potential damage to the boom tubes and could cause the platform to drop. More or Download PDF
Snorkel has issued a mandatory inspection of the lower lift cylinder pin for corrosion, cracks or abnormal wear on all ATB60 and AB60J articulated boom models manufactured from 1990 to current. More or Download PDF
Project of the Year Winners Gain Valuable Public Relations Exposure
SEAA erector members are invited to submit their best steel erection projects in the annual Project of the Year competition. Open only to members, awards are given in four erection contract value categories.
Last year, winners received PR coverage valued at $160,000 in the form of recognition in national trade publications and cover and feature article highlights in Connector magazine. Plus, winners of the 2017 contest will be given an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion about the project to attendees at the 2018 Convention in Greensboro, N.C. Deadline is March 1, 2018. Get more info and submission details.
Simpson Strong-Tie Expands Support for Habitat for Humanity
Simpson Strong-Tie, Pleasanton, Calif., has increased support of Habitat for Humanity's Habitat Strong program. The company nearly doubled its monetary commitment and is now the major sponsor of the program. Habitat for Humanity homes in areas susceptible to flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, winds and wildfires can benefit from Habitat Strong building standards, which include a suite of fortified codes and best practices for building more resilient homes.
JLG Introduces Simple Fleet Management Tool
JLG Industries, Inc., McConnellsburg, Pa., has released its ClearSky fleet management telematics solution. It combines multi-year service plans and several hardware options providing equipment owners and operators flexible options for access to critical engine and equipment operational data. Data points, including location, engine hours, usage, fuel and battery levels, and maintenance schedules, are conveniently available in real-time and accessible from desktop or mobile devices.ClearSky data can be integrated with customers' enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for seamless fleet management.
Cooper Steel Voted Tennessee's Top Places to Work
The Tennessean has released itsannual "Top Places to Work in Tennessee" list for 2017. Cooper Steel was honored, ranking #11 on the Mid-Sized business list. This marks the Nashville-Shelbyville-based company's third consecutive appearance. "It's an honor. ." stated Cooper CEO Gary Cooper, "It just goes to show the quality of people we have here at Cooper, but we definitely want to move our way up that list in the future !"
Kollman & Saucier Top Ranking Maryland Firm
The 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has once again ranked Kollman & Saucier, Timonium, Md., as a leader in the field of Labor and Employment law. The firm was praised for its "very unique combination of extraordinarily talented lawyers" and its "strong reputation for handling complex matters both in Maryland" and throughout the nation.
Garrison Steel Holds Beam Signing
Garrison Steel, Pell City, Ala., recently held a beam signing party for alumni, instructors, and current students of the UAB Collat School of Business. Garrison Steel provided a beam for the penthouse level and painted it the school's colors before hoisting into position.
Safety Flash: Reducing Worker Exposure to Lead
"One of the greatest dangers we deal with in the industry in regards to lead is welding steel which has been painted with a lead based paint," says David Schulz, President, Schulz Iron Works Inc., Raleigh, N.C.
Employers are responsible for implementing worker protection programs that assess the hazard and monitors the hazard, provide job-specific compliance programs, includes proper protective equipment, training, and documentation. More
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