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2016: Full Speed Ahead
From the Executive Director
SEAA kicks off the New Year with a board meeting this month in Tampa, Fla., where we will discuss the final plans for the 2016 Convention and Tradeshow, as well as ongoing efforts to add value to your membership and expand SEAA's reach through new member recruitment. As you shift gears to establishing 2016 goals, don't miss these important dates and announcements. Look for more news in the coming weeks.
  • Jan. 1 Convention Registration Opens. Discounts on registration until March 7. Get Info
  • Apr. 1 Sign up to Ride Along with a Pro Driver in a 600 hp NASCAR race car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience during the 2016 Convention. (Minimum 20 people required.) Learn More
  • Jan. 30 Training Grant Applications Due. $4500 grant offsets startup costs of becoming NCCER accredited Training Unit or Assessment Site. Apply
  • Feb. 1 Steel Erection Project of the Year Submissions Due. Four class categories available. More
  • Coming Soon: New Bylaws, requiring review and two-thirds affirmative vote to pass and 2016-2018 Board of Directors ballots. 

Deadline to Apply for New Training Grant is Jan. 30
The SEAA Education Committee will award one $4500 SEAA Craft Training Grant to a member company at the 2016 Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The deadline to apply is Jan. 30, 2016.

The grant will be distributed throughout the process of becoming an NCCER accredited Training Unit or Assessment Site, and is enough to cover startup costs, including initial setup, training for administrators, instructors, and coordinators, plus a set of textbooks.

"With this grant we can have a greater impact on the number of Ironworkers trained than by awarding a single education scholarship to an individual," said Dave Schultz, a member of the Scholarship Committee. The benefits of becoming a SEAA/NCCER Training Unit and Assessment Site are many:
  • Provide your employees with  industry-recognized training and credentials. 
  • Verify knowledge and skill level of workers in order to improve safety and productivity. 
  • Recruit new employees.
  • Gain access to NCCER's curriculum for more than 67 crafts.
Benefits of becoming a SEAA/NCCER Training Unit and Assessment Site. More
Grant applications due Jan. 30, 2016. Get Application
2016 Convention & Tradeshow Notes
Registration is now open for the 2016 Convention, to be held April 27-29 in Charlotte-Concord, N.C. The agenda includes learning opportunities for Management and Ironworkers. PLUS dynamic speakers and thrilling excursions, including NASCAR Race Shop, museum and Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Early Bird Discounts Until March 7

Keynote: The Challenges in Command
Ride Along in a NASCAR race car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience
Terry McKnight, author of Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia and retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral will open the 2016 SEAA Convention.

In 2009, Rear Admiral McKnight was assigned as the first commander of the international task force (Task Force 151) to fight maritime piracy in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia. Facing not only the challenges of capturing the buccaneers, but the dynamics of working with a coalition of maritime forces that had never operated together before and the pressures of government bureaucracy, McKnight was able to provide the leadership to a successful operation.

Don't miss this dynamic, insightful speaker whose story helped inspire the movie, Captain Phillips. 

Experience the thrill of riding shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR race car driven by a professional driving instructor at the Richard Petty Driving Experience . The  three-lap qualifying run reaches speeds up to 165 MPH in a 600 hp NASCAR race car. A minimum of 20 people are required to allow SEAA to offer this unique excursion. Sign up by April 1.

Gala to be held at Speedway
Dinner, dancing and racing! Featuring the best steaks and the best view in Charlotte, the 2016 Gala Event will be held Thurs., April 28 at Charlotte Motor Speedway's Speedway Club. Jump start the evening doing a pace car lap around the track.
Safety Flash: Preventing Falls in Steel Erection Activities
Example of Proper Tie Off
Fall protection violations were ranked No. 1 on all three Top 10 OSHA violations lists for the last fiscal year, including most cited (7,516 violations), serious (6,173), and willful (161). But it's the inclusion of fall protection violations specific to steel erection (1926.760), which ranked No. 9 on the Willful Violations list that is most concerning for steel erection companies.

According to a 2015 presentation by Paul Mangiafico, an OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist with the Hartford, Conn., area office, 9% of fatal falls were from structural steel. He reports that most of these occur during commencement of steel erection, citing Subpart R 1926.760(a)(1).

SEAA offers several resources to assist members in providing Fall Prevention training.  More

Help educate others and prevent injuries
Safety Flash is produced by SEAA's Safety Committee to keep members informed about ongoing safety issues. Use the Near Miss/Incident Investigation Report form to submit a Safety Flash topic. All company or personal references will be removed. Each one will be published with recommended Best Practices. Download the form
Industry Reports
OSHA to reissue Crane Operator Qualification Regs in 2016
Industrial Training International (ITI) Infographic
Study suggests many are not prepared for certification requirements
According to the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) in a press release issued Nov. 30, 2015, OSHA continues to work on a Proposed Rulemaking for crane operator qualifications. 

Jim Maddux, now retired Director of OSHA's Directorate of Construction reported at an industry forum hosted by NCCCO, that there will be a "positive resolution" in 2016 and that the language will be different than what was submitted to the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) in early 2015. More
ASTM Task Force Members sought for Proposed Crane - Power Line Contact Standard
A proposed ASTM standard could help improve workplace safety by describing proximity alarm systems that can be used to prevent cranes, utility trucks and other equipment from encroaching inside OSHA minimum approach distances and coming in contact with high voltage power lines. 

ASTM is seeking individuals to join the task force developing the standard (WK49653). More
Event Introduces Crane, Rigging, Transportation Careers to Next Generation 
Lift & Move USA introduces high school and college students and their parents to career opportunities in crane, rigging, and transportation fields. The event is open to the public and takes place Feb. 10, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

In cooperation with SkillsUSA, Lift & Move USA is jointly organized by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, and American Cranes & Transport magazine, published by KHL Group. Backing the event are TNT Crane & Rigging, CICB, Tadano, Bengal, IUOE, LIfting Gear Hire, Mammoet, and Berard Transportation.

Registration is free to students, parents, teachers and veterans. More
NCCER testifies to Congress about Career and Technical Education
On Oct. 27, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), held a hearing about the ways to reform the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and improve career and technical education (CTE) to better serve students and meet the needs of a 21st century economy.

Tim Johnson, senior director of government affairs for NCCER, discussed the importance of aligning CTE programs with workforce demands. More

Member News
SEAA will exhibit at NASCC: The Steel Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 13-15 in Booth #428. The show is being held in conjunction with the World Steel Bridge Symposium. Together both conferences will deliver more than 3,500 attendees involved in design and construction of steel-framed buildings and bridges.

NASCC: The Steel Conference is the ideal place for structural engineers, steel fabricators, detailers and erectors to learn about structural steel design and construction, to interact with their peers, and to see the latest products for steel buildings and bridges. The Steel Conference features more than 100 technical sessions. Several SEAA members will make presentations. Here are just a few highlights. More

Advances in Welding Automation
How to Write an Erector Quality Manual
Chapter N and the Erector: What does it mean for quality?OSHA Crane Operator Certification Requirements
Corrosion Protection Solutions
Preview 2016 AISC Seismic Provisions 
Empowering Fabricators and Suppliers to Improve the Design of Steel StructuresSteel Erection Fall Protection and Rescue Techniques
How GC's Use a Fabricator's Model
Training the Trades Using  Distance Learning 
Look for Bylaws Revisions
SEAA's Board of Directors has been reviewing the association's bylaws, and are proposing several revisions. This is the first time changes have been considered since the bylaws were adopted on 8/23/2000. All proposed amendments must be submitted to the membership for approval. Two-thirds affirmative vote is required. 

Among the changes being proposed is to allow for Board of Directors elections to be conducted via electronic mail. In addition, it's time to vote on your 2016-2018 Board of Directors. Look for more information on both these items by March 1, 2016.

Ashley Sling Video Demonstrates Benefits of Sling Protection
With the introduction of its new TUFF-ASH® Sling Protection Products, Ashley Sling Inc., has release a video demonstrating the results of three break tests. TUFF-ASH is designed for use with web slings and round slings around corners and edges. The blocking material inside the Edge Lifter is designed to lift the sling up and around the edge of the load thus limiting the contact of the sling with the edge. The Edge Lifter offers excellent abrasion and cut resistance and has been proven through rigorous testing to out-perform similar products. More

Cives Steel Co. Awarded Mall Project
The Southern Division of Cives Steel Company was awarded The Mall at Miami World Center by Suffolk Construction in November 2015.  The 10,000 ton project will cover four city blocks in downtown Miami. 

The development consists of three levels of structural steel for retail spaces with a five level parking garage topped by an elevated greenspace with two elevated steel pedestrian bridges crossing over two streets.  Erection begins in May 2016 and is set to be completed in June 2017.

USI Chief Sales Officer Receives Women in Business Award
USI Insurance Services (USI) announces that Sandra Usleman, USI's chief sales officer, has been named a recipient of 914INC/Westchester magazine's 5th Annual Women in Business Award. This award honors the most enterprising, influential and successful female business leaders in Westchester County, New York. More
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