Fatal Work Injuries Decreased in 2012

Preliminary results from the Washington, D.C.-based Bureau of Labor Statistics‘ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011. Last year, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011. Based on preliminary counts, the rate of fatal workplace injuries in 2012 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, down from a rate of 3.5 per 100,000 in 2011.

In response, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez states: “I am greatly encouraged by the reduction in workplace fatalities, even in a growing economy. It is a testament to the hard work of employers, unions, health and safety professionals, and the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration. Through collaborative education and outreach efforts and effective law enforcement, these numbers indicate that we are absolutely moving in the right direction. But to me these aren’t just numbers and data; they are fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, who will never come home again.

“We can and must do better. Job gains in oil and gas and construction have come with more fatalities, and that is unacceptable. That’s why OSHA has undertaken a number of outreach and educational initiatives, including a campaign to prevent falls in construction … . Employers must take job hazards seriously and live up to their legal and moral obligation to send their workers home safe every single day. The Labor Department is committed to preventing these needless deaths, and we will continue to engage with employers to make sure that these fatality numbers go down further.”

Construction Unemployment Rate Falls

The unemployment rate for construction workers fell to the lowest July level in five years, even though employment has stagnated in the past four months, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged Washington leaders to act on stalled infrastructure funding measures to help jump start construction hiring. The unemployment rate for workers who last worked in construction declined to 9.1 percent from 12.3 percent in July 2012, not seasonally adjusted, and the number of unemployed construction workers dropped by 227,000 to 767,000. Construction employment in July totaled 5,793,000, seasonally adjusted, up by 166,000, or 3 percent, from July 2012 but down by 6,000 from the revised June level. Although residential and nonresidential contractors have added workers in the past year, employment growth in July occurred only on the residential side.

Dodge Momentum Index Inches Up in July

The Dodge Momentum Index inched up 0.2 percent in July, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Cos. The index now rests at 112.6. While July’s growth rate was modest, the index continues to hold onto the gains established earlier in the year and remains near its four-year high. This stability suggests developers perceive the environment for new construction to be generally improving but remain cautious about the tepid performance of the economy and its impact on market fundamentals.

Matching Funds for S.C. Solar Installations on Educational Facilities

Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) Inc., a South Carolina nonprofit, is disbursing grants for the lesser of 50 percent or $50,000 of the cost of new solar photovoltaic installations to schools, school districts and education-focused non-profits in South Carolina. In aggregate, the PaCE Solar Grant Pilot seeks to disburse up to $250,000 in funding to institutions by first quarter 2014.

Applicants must provide at least 50 percent of the project cost and demonstrate that matching funds are available, in-hand or otherwise committed before PaCE will release any funds to a qualifying applicant selected for the program. Matching funds may be in the form of in-kind goods or services, such as installation or project design. Grant funds may only be applied to the cost of installing new, grid-connected PV systems located on property owned by the applicant.

Applications are due Oct. 1.

Asphalt Roofing Industry Announces Winners of 2012 Accident Prevention Contest

The asphalt roofing industry is honoring 12 companies for their commitment to safety in the workplace. The Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) recognized the winners for their outstanding safety records in the manufacture of asphalt roofing materials.

“We are extremely proud of all this year’s winners,” says Reed Hitchcock, executive vice-president of ARMA. “Safety is a No. 1 concern for all our ARMA members. The work that ARMA’s Health, Safety & Environment Committee puts into this contest every year shows our continued focus on the safety of our members and how the industry is taking proactive steps to maintain and improve on our collective safety records.”

The contest’s winners are determined by the “ARMA Index,” which scores facilities based on their safety data for the year. To ensure all participants competed against plants of comparable size and capacity, entrants were grouped by the following criteria: Group A comprised facilities with more than 300,000 labor hours worked per year; Group B included facilities with 200,000 to 300,000 labor hours; Group C with 100,000 to 200,000 labor hours; and Group D with 100,000 or fewer labor hours worked per year. The facilities were classified based on the previous year’s total labor-hours worked.

Awards were presented in four categories: President’s Award, Award of Excellence, Perfect Employee Safety Certificate and Certificate of Improvement.

President’s Award: Presented to the plant in each labor-hour group that has had the lowest combined ARMA Index over the last two years.

  • Group A: GAF, Michigan City, Ind.
  • Group B: GAF, Baltimore
  • Group C: Atlas Roofing Corp., Hampton, Ga.
  • Group D: CertainTeed Corp., Wilmington, Calif.

Award of Excellence: Presented to those plants that have recorded three consecutive years of a “perfect” ARMA Index and are not President’s Award winners.

  • CertainTeed Corp., Little Rock, Ark.
  • GAF, Walpole, Mass.
  • Henry Co., Bartow, Fla.; Houston; Huntington Park, Calif.; and Ontario, Calif.
  • Owens Corning, Brookville, Ind., and Houston
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Atlanta; Jacksonville, Fla.; Memphis; Minneapolis; Portland, Ore.; and Summit, Ill.
  • Tarco, North Little Rock, Ark.

Perfect Employee Safety Certificate: Presented to those plants that had a “perfect” ARMA Index for 2012.

  • Atlas Roofing Corp., Franklin, Ohio
  • CertainTeed Corp., Milan, Ohio; Oxford, N.C.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Wilmington, Calif.
  • GAF, Fresno, Calif.; Walpole, Mass.; Tampa, Fla.; Fontana, Calif.; Chester, S.C.; Shafter, Calif.; and Stockton, Calif.
  • Henry Co., Indianapolis; Ontario, Calif.; Bartow, Fla.; Huntington Park, Calif.; Kingman, Ariz.; and Houston
  • Johns Manville, Macon, Ga., and South Gate, Calif.
  • Malarkey Roofing Products, Oklahoma City
  • Owens Corning, Jacksonville, Fla.; Houston; Kearny, N.J.; Savannah, Ga.; and Brookville, Ind.
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Kearny, N.J.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Irving, Texas; Houston; Denver; Atlanta; Medina, Ohio; Memphis; Minneapolis; Oklahoma City; Portland, Ore.; and Summit, Ill.
  • TAMKO Building Products, Columbus, Kan.
  • Tarco, North Little Rock, Ark.

Certificate of Improvement: Presented to those plants that demonstrate an improvement in their ARMA Index of at least 25 percent compared with their previous year’s performance.

  • Atlas Roofing Corp., Ardmore, Okla.; Franklin, Ohio; and Daingerfield, Texas
  • Building Products of Canada, Joliette, Quebec, Canada; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and LaSalle, Quebec
  • CertainTeed Corp., Oxford, N.C.; Milan, Ohio; and Norwood, Mass.
  • GAF, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Myerstown, Pa.; Tampa, Fla.; Stockton, Calif.; Chester, S.C.; and Fontana, Calif.
  • Henry Co., Indianapolis
  • IKO Production Inc., Wilmington, Del.
  • Johns Manville, South Gate, Calif.
  • Owens Corning, Denver; Minneapolis; Summit, Ill.; Memphis; and Kearny, N.J.
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Oklahoma City; Medina, Ohio; Kearny, N.J.; Denver; and Houston
  • Polyglass USA Inc., Hazleton, Pa., and Winter Haven, Fla.
  • TAMKO Building Products, Joplin, Mo., and Columbus, Kan.

For each of the awards, participants must file quarterly reports, which measure key components of a comprehensive plant safety program, including lost or restricted time after an injury, OSHA reportable incidents and the labor hours worked at the location.

PIMA QualityMark Will Begin Reporting ASTM C1289-11 LTTR Values

The ASTM C1289 Standard Specification for Faced Rigid Cellular Polyisocyanurate Thermal Insulation Board (ASTM C1289-11) has been updated and features important improvements regarding the prediction of long-term thermal resistance value for a variety of polyiso insulation boards. The PIMA QualityMark program, the only third-party program for the certification of the thermal value of polyiso insulation, will begin reporting Long Term Thermal Resistance (LTTR) values in accordance with ASTM C1289-11 on Jan. 1, 2014.

The PIMA QualityMark certification program is a voluntary program that allows polyiso manufacturers to obtain independent, third-party certification for the LTTR values of their polyiso insulation products. Polyiso is the only insulation to be certified by this program for its LTTR value. The program was developed by Washington, D.C.-based PIMA and is administered by FM Global, Johnston, R.I.

To participate in PIMA’s QualityMark certification program, a Class 1 roof is suggested to have a design R-value of 5.7 per inch. PIMA member manufacturers will publish updated R-values for their polyiso products later this year. Polyiso is unique in that the R-value increases with the thickness of the foam, so 3 inches of polyiso has a higher R-value per inch than 2 inches.

“Since its founding, PIMA has been very active in the harmonization of relevant standards, including ASTM and CAN/ ULC, in an effort to provide greater continuity in the reporting of polyiso roof insulation thermal values throughout North America. That is why the association implemented the industry-wide Quality-Mark certified R-value program for rigid polyiso roof insulation in 2004,” says Jared Blum, president, PIMA. “The update to this standard provides more data to aid in the prediction of long-term thermal performance of polyiso insulation.”

To provide a comprehensive approach to predicting long-term R-value throughout North America, the updated ASTM C1289-11 standard now incorporates two test methods, ASTM C1303-11 and CAN/ULC-S770-09, which offer a similar approach to predicting the long-term thermal performance for foam insulation materials that exhibit air and blowing agent diffusion or aging over time. Both test methods employ a technique called “slicing and scaling” to accelerate this aging process and provide an accurate and consistent prediction of product R-value after five years, which is equivalent to a time-weighted thermal design R-value for 15 years. The update to ASTM C1289-11 in no way impacts polyiso’s physical properties.

Be Recognized for Excellence in Roofing Design

The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, Washington, D.C., is accepting entries for its 2013 RoofPoint Excellence in Design Award. The Excellence in Design Award was established in 2003 by the National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill., to recognize professionals who design long-lasting, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly roof systems. In 2008, the center began awarding the Excellence in Design Award.

With the launch of RoofPoint, the center now recognizes design excellence through the RoofPoint program. A description of last year’s award-winning projects is available here.

This year’s deadline for entries is Oct. 31. Roofing contractors, architects, specifiers, manufacturing reps and roof consultants are encouraged to submit a project. Roof systems must have been installed after Jan. 1, 2012, and only RoofPoint Registered Projects are eligible to receive the award.

A panel of roofing industry experts selected by the center will judge applicants. Award winners will be notified by Nov. 30.

Download the award application at roofpoint.org/excellence-design-award-application. For more information about the award, contact Justin Koscher at (202) 380-3371. To find out how you can participate in the RoofPoint program, email Dr. Jim Hoff, the center’s vice president of research.

Roof Coatings Professionals Tour ORNL

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), a national trade association representing manufacturers of cold applied protective roof coatings and cements and suppliers of products to the industry, held its Fall 2013 Meeting in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Oct. 8-10. The meeting commenced with a tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory followed by two days of committee updates and discussions on technical subject matters, codes and standards, VOC regulations, industry research studies and RCMA’s lobbying efforts.

RCMA members were given the opportunity to tour the facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a multi-program science and technology research laboratory managed for the U.S Department of Energy by UT-Battelle. Attendees learned about flexible research platforms, building envelope roofing research, and buildings supercomputing, and had the chance to tour the recently completed MAXLAB facility and view the X-10 graphite reactor. Tour participants learned about the ongoing initiatives of the Buildings Technology Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) User Facility, which is devoted to the development of technologies that improve the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings.

“The research being conducted on building envelopes at ORNL will help improve many types of building materials technologies, including roof coatings,” says John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “The members were thrilled to have the opportunity to hear insight on the future of the industry and how their businesses might be affected going forward.”

The remaining two days of the RCMA Fall Meeting were filled with presentations on the activities of the association and networking opportunities for meeting attendees. More than 30 roof coating manufacturer and supplier companies were represented at the meeting, which featured updates on the activities of the Member Services Committee, Technical Affairs Committee, and Government Affairs Committee.

Topics of interest included discussions on the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Rule 1168, which regulates volatile organic compound (VOC) content in adhesives and sealants, updates on RCMA research initiatives on solar reflectivity, a strategy session on RCMA government affairs initiatives, and planning discussions for the upcoming 2014 RCMA International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC).

Frank Abagnale Will Present Keynote at International Roofing Expo

Frank Abagnale, subject of the blockbuster book and movie, “Catch Me if You Can,” will provide the Keynote Address during the International Roofing Expo, Feb. 26-28, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. For more than 25 years he has lectured to and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.

Held immediately prior to the opening of the show, the Keynote Address will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in South Pacific E. The Keynote is sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products, exhibiting in booth #949.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to hear Frank Abagnale discuss his incredible life story,” says Lindsay Roberts, group director of the International Roofing Expo. “As one of the world’s most respected authorities on preventing fraudulent business practices, his message is compelling, motivating and entertaining.”

His bestselling book, Catch Me if You Can, was released as a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg and featured an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen.

His rare blend of knowledge and expertise began as a teenager. More than 30 ago, he was known as the “Great Imposter”, one of the world’s most famous professional check writers. He cashed $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries over a five-year period. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician. Apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old, he served time in the French, Swedish and U.S. prison systems. After five years he was released on the condition that he would help the federal government, without remuneration, by teaching and assisting federal law enforcement agencies.

Abagnale now lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a past faculty member of the American Bankers Association’s Security Officers School. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs.

In his second book, The Art of the Steal, Abagnale advises individuals and businesses how to prevent fraud, identity theft, credit card crimes, theft in the workplace, on-line scams, and street crime.

“Frank Abagnale is a truly special speaker to have at our event,” says Bill Good, executive vice president of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I have no doubt that our members will learn a great lesson from his story, as well as be greatly entertained.”

In Abagnale’s third book, Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan, he exposed the astonishing tactics of today’s identity theft criminals and offered powerful strategies to thwart them.

The Keynote is included free of charge in all registration packages, but advance registration is required.

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