Conference Speakers Stress Importance of Workforce Development
Attracting and retaining the next generation of workers was a common theme of the 2019 Steel Erectors Association of America Conference, held April 24-26, 2019 in Concord, N.C. Keynote speaker Kayleen McCabe and closing speaker Peggy Smedley both offered keen insights and valuable action plans to address skilled labor shortages.
Kayleen McCabe may not be in the steel erection industry, but as a celebrity general contractor whose show, Rescue Renovation, touched millions, she knows the value of construction expertise and skilled labor.
Peggy Smedley closed out the conference. As the Editorial Director of ConstructechMagazine, and the recipient of the Excellence in Journalism Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Smedley is a leading proponent using technology in the construction industry. Her goal is to help people working in construction to understand and use new technologies.More
Steel Erectors Announce 2018 Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award
Jack Vernon Nix, Jr., Vice President of Operations for Shelby Erectors, Inc., was named the 2018 Person of the Year by the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA).
Alan Sears, who has been a SEAA board member for at least 15 years and actively involved with the association for nearly 20, recently retired from Nucor-Vulcraft, where he was the National Accounts Representative. He was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award. As a previous recipient of the Person of the Year and William Davis Service awards, these honors speak to the quality of the man. More
Three steel erection companies were presented with Project of the Year awards by SEAA. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the companies received their honors at SEAA’s 2019 Annual Convention, held in April in Concord, NC. Submission were accepted for projects that were topped out in 2017 or 2018.
Three steel erection companies were presented with Project of the Year awards by the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA). Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the companies received their honors at SEAA’s 2019 Annual Convention, held in April in Concord, NC. Submission were accepted for projects that were topped out in 2017 or 2018. More
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W orkers in Construction at Higher Risk for Suicide
According to the American Society of Safety Professionals based on research by the CDC, suicide rates are highest among males in the construction and extraction occupational groups. “The construction
industry is kind of a perfect storm of all the risk factors that we know contribute to suicide risk,” says Sally Spencer-Thomas, lead of the Workplace Task Force within the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. More
O’Leary of the Iron Workers Union Recognized for Improving Safety and Diversity
Vicki O’Leary, General Organizer for Safety and Diversity for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers, has received an Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record magazine.
“Workplace harassment is a dangerous distraction in our line of work. When ironworkers are distracted from their tasks full of potential hazards, it could lead to life-threatening consequences,” says O’Leary. More
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Make Plans for Safe + Sound Week
Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event to celebrate the successes of businesses that have implemented safety and health programs in the workplace. The week-long recognition is August 12-18.
Every year, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job (a rate of 14 per day), and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness. More
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Lincoln Electric Raises Training Standards, Invests in Welding Simulators
Lincoln Electric has partnered with NC3, a nonprofit network that bridges the gap between education and the industry workforce. This partnership will allow NC3 to administer Lincoln Electric’s Education Partnership Schools (LEEPS) program to raise education standards community colleges, technical schools and post-secondary trade schools to provide national welding certifications.
Lincoln Electric has also released the next generation VRTEX welding system which will feature a realistic GTAW welding experience. The VRTEX will allow schools and training centers to train multiple welders at once, using different processes, joints and Welding Procedure Specifications.
Banker Steel Launches Steel Fab Training Programs
Banker Steel, Lynchburg, Va., has launched new vocational training programs related to steel fabrication for high school and post-secondary. Banker High is an unpaid internship for school credit, providing welding, fitting and hands-on training. Banker University is a wage-compensated six-week course. Curriculum includes welding, fitting, and basic blueprint reading, followed by two to four weeks of mentored training. More
Deem Structural Services Presents Steel Sequence Solution for HospitalJob
ENR Texas & Louisiana recently reported on the progress of Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas, which is undergoing a 32-month renovation. The project faced significant challenges, including coordinating construction activity near an active helipad and allowing
hospital operations to continue unimpeded.
Mentioned in the article is SEAA member Deem Structural Services, Longview, Texas, which proposed a plan to erect the building in a specific sequence using a conventional crawler crane to limit obstructions to the helipad. More
AGC, ABC Honor Peterson Beckner Industries with Safety Awards
Peterson Beckner Industries (PBI), Houston, Texas, has received recognition from both the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The company received second place in the Specialty Division for the AGC’s Willis Watson 2019
Construction Excellence Safety Award for firms working under 350,000 hours. In April, Bob Beckner, Senior VP, attended the 100th AGC National Convention in Denver, Colo., to accept the award (right).
In addition, in March PBI was named the winner of a National Safety Merit Award fromABC. PBI was named in the Specialty Contractor category for its company wide safety program on industrial and commercial projects.
AISC Promotes Collins to Senior Structural Steel Specialist
AISC announced the promotion of Jacinda Collins to Senior Structural Steel Specialist. Collins has 12 years of involvement, contribution and demonstrated leadership at AISC, this new role recognizes Jacinda's work in developing and mentoring our growing presence of Steel Specialists. More
Trimble Tekla Improves Structural BIM Software
Trimble introduces Tekla 2019 Structural BIM Software Solutions. New features enable a smoother workflow, more precise control and improved productivity. Tekla Structures 2019 includes new tools such as Revit Export that will allow more flexibility, economical precast solutions and faster value engineering when working with different programs. More.