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Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament Returns to Lonnie Poole Golf Course
SEAA's 17th annual golf tournament, benefitting Ironworker Craft Training grants and other educational projects, will be held Oct. 7. Prior to the start of the Captain's Choice style tournament, golfers will attend a short information session about the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training and Apprenticeship program. 

The tournament is open to all steel erectors, fabricators, detailers, engineers, general contractors, architects, suppliers, and manufacturers that support the steel erection industry. You do not have to be a member to play. Member fee: $175, Non-Member fee: $200. More
SEAA Education Committee to Award Craft Training Grant at 2017 Convention
The SEAA Education Committee will award a grant, not to exceed $4500, to a new participant in the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training program. By becoming an NCCER accredited Training Unit (TU) and Assessment Site (AS), fabricators or steel erection contractors can provide their employees with valuable, industry-recognized training and credentials.

The Education Grant will pay for the initial TU/AS setup, and training for an administrator, instructor, and coordinator. It also covers the cost of instructor and trainee text books for Ironworker Levels 1-3 and electives.  Grant applications will be accepted from October 1, 2016 through March 15, 2017. More
Navy Seal to present Keynote Address at 2017 SEAA Convention
The Steel Erectors Association of American announces that Brent Gleeson, a U.S. Navy SEAL combat veteran, will open the 44th SEAA Convention. Gleeson, who served multiple tours in Iraq and Africa, is an an accomplished entrepreneur, writer, and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership to building high performance teams. 

He earned his undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics, has studied English and History at Oxford University in England, and has an MBA from the University of San Diego. Brent has also starred in several reality shows including NBC's 'Stars Earn Stripes' and Discovery Channel's 'One Man Army.' 

Registration opens October 20. More

Future Convention Dates

Greensboro, NC
April 25-27, 2018
Charlotte-Concord/Golf Resort & Spa
Concord, NC
April 24-26, 2019

Industry Reports
New Fall Protection Standards Take Effect January 2017
In order to keep up with rapidly changing fall protection products and methodologies, the American National Standards Institute has issued new standards related to fall protection. ANSI Z359 is for General Industry, not Construction, but many companies and government entities have adopted it. 

"Most larger general contractors and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are now requiring compliance with the standard," said Troy Clark, President of MSC Safety Solutions, Westminster, Colo. "In fact, effective September 1, 2016 the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers requires that when working at height, Competent Persons be 24 hour fall protection trained, to ensure compliance with ANSI Z359," he said. More

Illustration courtesy of MSC Safety Solutions and Steel Erectors Safety Association of Colorado.
McKenzie Named Director for OSHA Construction Directorate
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, has selected Dean McKenzie as the new director of the agency's Directorate of Construction. 

"On the behalf of the Steel Erectors Association of America, we would like to congratulate Dean McKenzie on his promotion as the new Directorate of Construction," said Ed Valencia, SEAA Safety Committee Chairman and Director of Safety & Training for Peterson Beckner Industries. "Mr. McKenzie's background in construction and understanding of the steel erection industry will be very positive for the future of the safety of our employees. Mr. McKenzie has been very open and has assisted us on several issues. We look forward to our continued friendship with Dean and OSHA."  More

Nonresidential Construction Index released for 3Q 
The FMI Nonresidential Construction Index dropped 4 points in the third quarter to 57.3. That score is well within growth range over a score of 50; however, over the past four quarters, there has been greater variability than in the last few years. 

While labor and material costs continue to rise, productivity continues to slip. The results are not only a lower contribution to GDP, but also a lower contribution to profits. A majority of respondents don't expect a recession for the next two years or at least not until late 2018. When it arrives, respondents predict more of a textbook-normal type rather than a return to the Great Recession.   More
Construction Owners Seek Contractors with Organizational Agility
Source: 2016 Owner Trends Study

Continuum Advisory Group has released the 2016 Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Owner Trends Study, which f ocuses on organizational agility in the capital construction industry. Organizational agility is measured by how proactive or reactive a company is to changing market conditions.  Contractors who serve construction owners must provide solutions to their customers that allow them to effectively manage change. This study highlights the forces driving this need and identifies the characteristics of agility.  More
Member News
MSC Safety Solutions to offer Training in Spanish
With the addition of Lydia Castillo, training consultant, MSC Safety Solutions, Westminster, Colo., is now able to offer crane, rigging, and Ironworker training in Spanish. Castillo has more than 13 years of experience in vocational and English as a Second Language instruction for companies like Colorado State Wide Iron Workers, Gerald H. Phipps Construction, and Denver International Airport. More

SEAA Remembers Robert Beauchamp
We regret to announce the sudden passing of Robert Beauchamp on August 2, 2016 from complications with liver cancer. Robert was past-president of National Institute of Steel Detailing (NISD). A long-time board member of NISD, over the years he also held roles as vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. He was also active in AISC, NESDA, and CISC.  More

SEAA's newest Training Unit, Adaptive Construction Solutions, rapidly expands in Texas market
Adaptive Construction Solutions Inc., Houston, Texas, recruits, trains and integrates Veterans into the Ironworking industry. Adaptive Construction Solutions, which opened its doors in June, completed its first four training classes providing more than 70 veterans with introductory ironworking training and careers with notable Houston steel erection companies like Empire Steel, Steelco and Postel International.   More

Lincoln Electric Promotes Three Execs in Welding Segment
The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio, has promoted Douglas Lance to President, Cleveland Operations, Edward Crouse to Vice President, Cleveland Operations, and Dalithia Smith to Vice President, Human Resources. "We value the extensive experience Doug, Ed and Dalithia bring to the organization, said George Blankenship, Executive Vice President and President, Americas Welding. "Each is a strong asset and a well-respected leader with a track record of solid results and innovation in their respective areas. I am looking forward to working with them in their new roles to achieve our '2020 Vision and Strategy.'" More
Networking and Learning
ConExpo returns to Las Vegas March 7-11, 2017, and registration is now open. This show features  2,500+ exhibitors, over 2,500,000 square feet and more than 140 education sessions including asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and more. Take advantage of early bird discounts. More

Join N CCER at the Construction Careers Pathway Conference Nov. 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, to connect with career and technical educators to discover meaningful ways to recruit workers to the construction field. Learn about best practices and how to implement recruitment and training for young people.  More

In a survey conducted by EHS Today, it was found that safety is valued over production. In previous years, safety and production were viewed as equally important. Editor Sandy Smith says what surprised her the most about answers from respondents, who specifically identify themselves as safety professionals, was the desire for more and better targeted training. Register to download the report.

NCCER has released  two new training programs:  Construction Workforce Development Professional  and  Mentoring for Craft Professionals The Construction Workforce Development Professional program establishes a standard for the skills and knowledge a construction workforce development professional should possess. Meanwhile, the Mentoring program recognizes the need to pass along knowledge to younger craft professionals as 75 million baby boomers reach retirement. More
Safety Flash Recap: 
Preventing Falls

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