National Demolition Association Promotes Professional Competency with Online Educational Videos

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Videos are now available on the National Demolition Association website of the featured speakers and presentations made at its annual convention. It marks the first time the association has made its convention seminars available for viewing by all professionals involved in the demolition process.

Carrying on its mission to develop a body of knowledge for the demolition industry, the National Demolition Association has posted videos online of the major educational presentations made at its 2013 convention. The videos, covering the educational topics of disaster response, occupational safety and health, environmental stewardship, and business management, are available at

“As a trade organization, we are committed through our Education Initiative to providing our members with the tools necessary to be leaders in professional competency,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, Executive Director. “We’ve decided to share our presentations not only with the NDA members who couldn’t attend the convention, but also with others who are involved in the demolition process, such as general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling operations.”

The presentations from the 40th Anniversary Convention-- found in the "Our Industry" section of the website under the topic "Disaster Response" -- include:

  • "Christchurch: The Disaster and its Clean-up" - Presentations by John Weber, past NDA president and former California demolition contractor; Peter Ward with Ward Demolition, Auckland, New Zealand; and Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition Inc.
  • "It's Your Ship: Achieving Breakthrough Performance" - Keynote speech by U.S. Navy Commander (Ret.) Mike Abrashoff
  • "What to Expect from OSHA in 2013 and Beyond...Civil and Criminal Liability" - Mark A. Lies, Esq., one of the nation's leading occupational safety and health attorneys.
  • "Maximizing Profits with Your Scrap Vendor" - Presentation on the scrap market, curbing downstream liability, and other issues by Andrew DeBaise of Rocky Mountain Recycling.
  • "PCBs in Caulk" - Disposing of caulk containing PCBs addressed by Molly Finn, environmental engineer with the U.S. EPA, and Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction and NDA Environmental Committee Chairperson.
  • "City of San Diego's Construction & Demolition Debris Ordinance: What's it all About?" - Ken Prue with the city of San Diego discusses the city and statewide waste diversion goals.
  • Presentation of grant to Fire Chief of Mantoloking, NJ - Presented by the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and Apollo General Insurance to the Fire Department of one of the hardest hit towns by Superstorm Sandy.

NDA’s Taylor noted that the development of the new video section is just one of a series of steps undertaken under the Education Initiative. Other highlights include the development of the nation’s first demolition specialization at Purdue University; the development and publication of the nation’s first demolition textbook now is use at Purdue; and full revisions of the NDA Demolition Safety Manual, the HazCom Manual, and the Demolition Safety Talks program.

For more information about the demolition industry and the NDA, visit

About the National Demolition Association
The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 800 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations. The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services. The website is

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