Sept. 22

Vol. 3
No. 6

Apprenticeship Programs
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Ironworker Craft Training and Apprenticeship Updates

Since establishing its Ironworker Craft Training program in March 2014, several member companies have registered as training and assessment sites. The curriculum is based on the NCCER Ironworker material plus additional modules for welding, rigging, and signalperson.


In addition, the association has submitted "Standards of Apprenticeship" to the U.S. Department of Labor.  Registration was expected to be finalized by the end of August 2014. This is a federally recognized standard that can be used in any state by member companies to establish a registered apprenticeship program. More

Project of the Year Nominations for 2014 Now Open
SEAA seeks nominations for steel erection projects that demonstrate complexity or unusual conditions, or conquered issues and barriers requiring special management team action or performance. The competition is open Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014. Nominations must be postmarked by Feb. 6, 2015.

New this year are discounts for new members or current members who make a nomination. New members can receive the discount by putting POY 2014 on your application. Current members may apply their discount to attend the 2015 convention by emailing

Additional information, form, and brochure are found here. More

Register Now for SEAA Educational Fundraiser Golf Tournament
SEAA returns Oct. 3, 2014 to the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University located in Raleigh, N.C. Designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Company, the course is rated one of the Best Campus Courses by Golfweek Magazine.

This event is open to all steel erectors, fabricators, detailers, engineers, general contractors, architects, suppliers/manufacturers and services that support the steel erection industry and training and education of their workforce. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


A Board of Directors meeting will take place prior to the tournament on Oct. 2.  More

SEAA-MAC Holds 3rd Annual George R. Pocock Memorial Golf Tournament


Contractors and construction firms in the SEAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter gathered in Gainesville, Va., on Sept. 5, to play golf and raise money for construction related training and educational materials andt he American Cancer Society. The golf tournament honors George R. Pockock, friend of the association.


The third annual golf tournament featured a Shotgun Start with Scramble format, and featured a SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Seminar. Prizes were awarded to the four best teams as well as closest to the pin and longest drive. More

Web App Makes it Easier to Find Right Joist Hanger
Simpson Strong Tie, Pleasanton, Calif., has released the Joist Hanger Selector web app. Now, customers can quickly and easily select the most appropriate and cost-effective hanger for their projects based on the type of installation, type and size of lumber and loads.

The new web app offers intuitive input fields and several other features, including:

  • All capacity reductions associated with modifications for allowable load are automatically calculated
  • Users can select several criteria to narrow down the selection, such as member details and fastener type
  • Automatic filtering to remove connectors that don't meet the user's load requirements
  • Accurate product nomenclature is included in results to make the ordering process easier
  • Help icons to guide users through the app
To use the Joist Hanger Selector App, visit

Save the Date for 2015 Convention

April 23-25, 2015 is the SEAA Convention, Embassy Suites Resort, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC. Watch the website for more info.

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SEAA wants to help its members brag on themselves. If you have company news that you would like to share, please let us know, so we can include it in the Connector E-Newsletter. News might include awards you've received, interesting jobs, and new programs or employees. Submit your company news to Tracy Bennett,


OSHA Agrees to Rescind 2003 Letter of Interpretation on Pour Stop Angles

In June 2014, OSHA agreed to rescind a 2003 letter of interpretation regarding installation of continuous bent plate along the length of the top flange of a beam because it incorrectly applies a provision of Subpart R - Steel Erection. 


The provision in question is 1926.754(c)(1), headed Walking/working surfaces - shear connectors and other similar devices - (1)Tripping hazards.


Read OSHA's June 2014 letter here.

Read SEAA's Sept. 2013 article on the issue here.

Bridging the Gap: Report addresses safety climate in construction 

A report released in April 2014 by NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training addresses the differences between a safety climate and safety culture. The report follows a 2013 workshop that looked at:

  • Leading indicators contributing to a safety climate.
  • How to measure the safety climate.
  • Identifying interventions to improve the safety climate.
  • Bridging the gaps in leadership, employee empowerment, communication, training, and other areas. Download the report here.
In the News
Equipment, July 29, 2014, reports on further increase in construction deaths likely, triggered by uptick in activity and less-experienced workers, according to OSHA official. More
Construction Business Owner, March 2014 writes about expanded scope of responsibility to any contractor using cranes to ensure safe ground conditions.

ENR Blog Post by Tudor Van Hampton shares why engineering students do and don't like construction. More
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