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Attendees Rate Convention as Highly Relevant
Nearly 350 industry professionals attended SEAA's 45th Convention and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in April. Attendees came from across the country, representing companies that are based in at least 30 U.S. States.

Education sessions covered topics from AWP standards to Vets becoming ironworkers. According to a post-event survey 87.5 percent of attendees found the topics presented during convention to be highly relevant to their job. 

New during the tradeshow was an outdoor exhibit area for equipment. On display was an AC45-127S crane from Altec, a 660SJ telescopic boom lift from JLG and United Rentals, and two Magni telescopic handlers from Blue Hat Crane and ML Cranes & Equipment.  More

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Secret Government Jobs, High Rises and Retail are Steel Erection Winners
The Class III Winner, S.L. Shaw Company, Bakersfield, Calif., was recognized for the largest IKEA retail store in the United States.
The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) announces the winners of its annual Project of the Year for steel erection contracts topped out in 2016. Five companies in four contract level categories were honored at the 2017 Annual Convention and Awards Gala in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last month. Entries are judged by an independent panel of experts representing a broad knowledge of structural design.

The winning projects demonstrate the range and complexity of steel construction in the United States. Two of the projects were for government installations with extremely tight tolerances and high-level security clearances, while the others were more traditional high-rise and big-box construction with congested job sites and tight project schedules. More

Industry Reports
Increasing Awareness for Workplace Safety and Health
The Steel Erectors Association of America has partnered with OSHA, the National Safety Council, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for Safe + Sound Week June 12-18. 

The event is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs. These programs can help employers and workers identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving the bottom line. Throughout this week, organizations are encouraged to host events and activities that showcase the core elements of an effective safety and health program--management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards. Get resources, Get involved.   More
What's the Status of the Looming Crane Operator Certification Deadline ?
Cranes Today reports: "With the expiration date for OSHA's delayed implementation of its contentious rule on crane operator certification looming and no progress made on an amendment, NCCCO CEO Graham Brent has warned that the industry may face the imposition of a flawed regulation." Read the full article, published in the April 2017 issue on page 9, which provides an excellent explanation for employers of crane operators. More
Connector Spring Edition April 2017 Now Online
A digital version of the newly redesigned  Connector magazine is now available. Read some success stories for recruiting, training and employing ironworkers. Plus get the annual membership directory. 

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New Research Reveals How, When, Why Construction Fatalities Occur
The Associated General Contractors of America with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech University undertook a study of every construction fatality over a three-year period. The purpose: to understand why, when and how construction fatalities occur.
Findings have now been released in a report titled Preventing Fatalities in the Construction Industry. Some findings reinforce existing safety practices, while others are contrary to long-held assumptions.  Download the report.
Survey Says: Only 3% of young adults plan on construction as a career
The survey, conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, says of those who consider construction do so for the good pay and the idea that it allows them to obtain useful skills.  More
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Charlie Johnson Receives William Davis Service Award
In recognition for his service to the steel construction industry, the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) has named Charlie Johnson the recipient of the William Davis Service Award. The association's highest honor, it is given in memory of William Davis, who held board and committee positions with SEAA in the 1980s and 1990s. Johnson, retired Vice President and General Manager of Steel Performance Inc., Greensboro, N.C., has held officer and board member positions with the association, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Long Range Planning Committee Chairman. More

Steel Erection Bid Wizard Introduces Interface with Design Data SDS/2
Due to the growing presence of 3D digital models in all disciplines of the construction industry, Steel Erection Bid Wizard and Design Data's SDS/2 have teamed up to extract primary steel information from the 3D model.  This data can now be imported directly into Bid Wizard, eliminating the need to take off primary steel from 2D drawings.   More

NCCER's Hard Hat Heroes Expands Credentials for Navy Seabees
Hard Hat Heroes has released 36 Seabee alignments to its credentialing portal for military veterans. Through the portal, transitioning service members can apply for NCCER credentials tat mirror their military training. The U.S. Navy alignments include steelworker, utilitiesman, builder, equipment operator, construction mechanic, and others.   More

Simpson Strong-Tie Named Vendor of the Year
Simpson Strong-Tie, Pleasanton, Calif., received the 2016 Vendor of the Year Award from U.S. LBM, one of the largest specialty building materials distributors in the United States, during an annual meeting for U.S. LBM business leaders and contacts in Amelia, Island, Fla. "Credit for this award goes to our sales, shipping, and manufacturing teams who work tirelessly to provide exceptional customer service," said Roger Dankel, President of North American Sales for Simpson Strong-Tie. More

Steel Service Receives Top of the Community Award
Steel Service, Jackson, Miss., recently received the 2016 Long Term Achievement Award from the Flowood (Mississippi) Chamber of Commerce. Steel Service has been in business for almost 50 years providing structural steel to local Jackson area general contractors, home builders, manufacturers, and citizens. More
Safety Flash: Understanding How Fall Distance Impacts Fall Protection 
In the summer of 2016, nine SEAA member companies pooled their resources to drop test the most common methods for fall protection. The data they gathered will be invaluable for the future fall protection planning on their projects. At the end of the day, using a Self-Retracting Lanyard always resulted in a shorter fall distance for the worker.  More
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