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Awards Ceremony to be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway
A highlight of SEAA's National Convention is the awards ceremony to be held Thursday, April 28 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Person of the Year will be recognized for his or her volunteer efforts on behalf of the association. Plus, don't miss two new additions to the festivities. 

New Awards
For the first time, one member company will receive a $4500 Craft Training Grant, to be used for establishing a SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Unit, Authorized Assessment Site, or Ironworker Apprenticeship. To date, about a dozen companies are in process of establishing training units/assessment sites, which now includes 13 instructors/performance evaluators, 10 performance evaluators, and 8 coordinators.

This year four Projects of the Year awards will be given-the newest addition is for an erection contract exceeding $2.5 million. "We have quality entries in all four categories representing projects from The Rocky's to Virginia, New York to the Gulf States," said Alan Sears, Project of the Year Committee Chairman. More
Take Survey Assessing Rates of Successful Falls in Construction
In preparation for the OSHA Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction, May 2-6, 2016, the Steel Erectors Association of America is seeking participation in an industry-wide survey on successful falls from height in construction.

The purpose of the survey is to understand the impact training and fall protection activities have on falls resulting in no injuries, and to assess the level of rescue training contractors are performing.
Responses are anonymous. The data will be used to create an infographic. We are seeking industry-wide participation, with goal receiving 1,000 responses.  Please share link with your industry contacts or through social media. The 11 Question Survey is open to SEAA members and non-members. Survey will close on March 21.

2016 Convention & Tradeshow Notes
Upcoming Deadlines

Register by MARCH 26 to save as much as 14%. 

Book hotel by MARCH 26 to take advantage of the discounted room block. Group rate is $159. Use Code SEA.

Sign up for Richard Petty Driving Experience by APRIL 1 to assure your seat in a NASCAR race car. $89 gets you three laps at high speed with a NASCAR instructor. If you're a real thrill seeker and want to lap the track more than three times, contact the SEAA office for pricing and availability.
Convention Links

Safety Flash: Lessons Learned from Successful Falls
A contractor experienced two employee falls within a couple of weeks of each other. This case study represents lessons that can be learned from successful falls. A successful fall is defined as one where the fall protection used functioned adequately and the worker experienced no injuries and returned to work immediately. More

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Industry Reports
Join the National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls
OSHA has designated May 2-6, 2016 for the third annual stand down to prevent falls in construction. SEAA encourages members to make use of materials the association provides specific to working at heights in Steel Erection as you plan your company's stand down activities.

SEAA Fall Hazard Training Module ($200 for members; $295 for non-members), was developed with training guidelines established by ANSI Z490.1-2001, and was last updated in 2014. The program is accompanied by a bilingual instructor's guide, pre-planning checklist, discussion topics, and video. Among the topics covered:
  • Each of the fall protection systems used in steel erection and their appropriate use.
  • Common slip, trip and fall hazards associated with typical tools of the trade, including ladders, scaffolds, and aerial lifts.
  • Proper Installation of guard rails, safety nets, vertical and horizontal lifelines.
In addition, fall prevention is one of a dozen topics covered in the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Level 1 trainee and instructor guides, providing introduction to a variety of hazard prevention topics. ($75 each, available to members only). 

Both products can be ordered through the SEAA online store.

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. More
Member News
Vote on Proposed Bylaws Amendments by March 30
Members should have received a packet in the mail containing instructions for voting on proposed changes to the SEAA bylaws. Also included was election of board members. 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. Two-thirds affirmative vote is required to approve the changes.

Submit your response by fax or mail. Deadline 8:30 a.m Eastern, Wednesday, March 30. Questions? Call 336-294-8880.

Buckner Companies to host Lift & Move USA event for students and veterans
Lift & Move USA introduces veterans, and high school and college students and their parents to career opportunities in crane, rigging, and transportation fields. Buckner Companies will host the third of these events on May 17 at its headquarters in Graham, N.C.
"Steel erection companies work hand in hand with crane and transport companies on essentially every project," said Kevin Leonard, Buckner's Training Director. "This event is an industry-wide partnership, designed to promote careers in crane, rigging, transportation and related fields." More

Shelby Erectors to become Training Unit and Assessment Site
The latest company to join the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Program is Shelby Erectors Inc., Davie, Fla., which recently completed training to become authorized to provide training and assessments for Reinforcing Ironworkers. Ten other companies currently participating in the program.

"Shelby Erectors, Inc. is thrilled to be a new SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Center and Assessment Site," said Jennifer Nix, President. "It will encourage our employees to better themselves in our industry and elevate our profession as a whole." More

Welcome New Members
All Things MetalPhoenix, AZErector 0-3 Million
Altec CranesDaleville, VASupplier & Manufacturer
Apex Steel Corp.Raleigh, NCErector 0-3 Million
Bret Steel Corp.Dover, NHErector 3-5 Million
Georges Welding LLCSauquoit, NYErector 0-3 Million
Independent Construction Services Inc.Maysville, GAErector 0-3 Million
MPS Products Corp.Peabody, MAErector 0-3 Million

SEAA Board Member wins Gold with Senior National Basketball Team
Charlie Johnson, VP and General Manager of Steel Performance, competed in the Land of Waterfalls Senior Games with his 3-on-3 basketball team, advancing to the national finals last year.

Representing North Carolina, the Land of Waterfalls team won Gold in the 65- to 69-year-old age group, beating Bennett & Walsh from Connecticut 63-56 in the finals. More

Lincoln Electric Releases Training Schedule
The Welding School and Technical Training Department of Lincoln Electric has released its 2016 schedule of welding classes, covering everything from the basics to specific alloy considerations to advanced technologies. The first seminar will be April 26-29 on Blodgett's Design of Welded Connections: Steel Structures. More
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