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Grandover Resort Sold Out. Additional Room Block at Sheraton Greensboro.
Response for the 46th Annual SEAA Convention and Trade Show has been outstanding. Unfortunately, the room block at the Grandover Resort is sold out for April 26th. SEAA has secured an additional room block just 10 minutes from the convention location at the Sheraton Greensboro. To book your room, you must call the hotel directly.

Room Rate at $159.00 + tax (single or double occupancy) and  One Bedroom Suites @ $275.00 (single or double/double room). Amenities include c omplimentary internet access for all registered hotel guests, c omplimentary parking,  restaurants and lounges, i ndoor/outdoor pool, f itness center, a djacent to a shopping mall.

Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons
336-292-9161 Code SEAA18
Plus, don't forget to sign up for Excursions by April 20.
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On the Cover: Bringing skilled labor into the steel erection industry is a critical ongoing effort for members of SEAA. According to a Construction Industry Resources report for 2017-2021, peak demand for reinforcing ironworkers is expected in Q1 of 2019, while peak for structural ironworkers is right now.


In The Next Level of Training learn how SEAA members are exploring new avenues to expand training and certification opportunities for ironworkers and fabrication workers. 


Also inside: Creating Positive Work Environments, After a Fall: Don't Leave Your Buddy Hanging, and 2018 Convention Preview. 


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Safety Flash: Simple Ways to Avoid Costly OSHA Citations
If OSHA is onsite, more than likely there was an accident, or someone reported unsafe behaviors. Most companies are well run and safety conscious, and often the infractions for which they received citations did not contribute directly to the reported accident. Hindsight is always 20/20, but don't let a serious OSHA citation be the impetus for integrating best safety practices.    MORE
Industry Reports
National Association of Women in Construction Seeks Input on Hiring Practices
NAWIC would like construction companies to provide feedback on what employers are looking for when hiring women and what programs you have in place. 

How Steel Tariffs will Impact Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction published a statement following the March 1 announcement by President Trump that the Administration intends to impose a 25% tariff on imported steel. AISC reminds the industry that it is important to put any discussions regarding construction materials costs in context. Read the AISC's full statement.  MORE
New AISC Certification Requirements to be Published March 31
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) will publish new program requirements for Fabricator, Erector and Manufacturer Certifications on March 31. These requirements govern the criteria and refer to standards and audit criteria. All certified companies will need to meet the new requirements starting June 1. Direct questions to
Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
There were a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015. This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008.

Of those, 16 fatalities were of structural iron and steel workers, one of the occupations with the highest fatal injury rates. This and other key findings can be found in the BLS report.  MORE
ARTBA Releases Report on Deficient Bridges
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association has released its 2018 report on bridges that are structurally deficient. It states: T here are 185 million daily crossings on nearly 56,000 structurally deficient U.S. bridges. About 1,900 of those bridges are on the Interstate Highway System. 

Using their interactive map, find out data on specific states and other information. MORE 
Member News
Columbia Safety Releases Harness Buying Guide
A new video from Columbia Safety teaches the various features that should be taken into consideration when choosing a construction harness. MORE

Blueprint Reading Class from Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric announces a new education offering as part of the U/LINC® welding and cutting curriculum program. Blueprint Reading is a comprehensive, multi-lesson curriculum module aimed at understanding and working from a typical welding blueprint.MORE

Tekla Structures Now Imports into Steel Erection Bid Wizard
Tekla now makes it possible to capture all structural and miscellaneous items in a model, generate a report that will import into the Steel Erection Bid Wizard and give you an erection price in a matter of minutes. Watch this new video to learn how. MORE

SEAA Members Join Efforts for Ironworker Training
Adaptive Construction Solutions completed its first East Coast ironworker class at Buckner Companies, Graham, N.C. A joint effort of several SEAA members, Buckner provided the classroom and training tower, as well as an instructor. Schulz Iron Works, Raleigh, N.C., also provided an instructor.
The class included five trainees: three from CSE Inc., Madison Heights, Va., one from Buckner, and one from Schulz. Four of the trainees completed Core and Level 1 Ironworker, OSHA 10 and Boom and Scissor lift training. In addition, trainees spent a full week on the training tower. Learn more about SEAA's Ironworker Craft Training and U.S. DOL Apprenticeship Program. MORE 

Red-D-Arc Shares Tips for Pre-Heating Applications in Welding
The requirement and level of preheating for steel is determined by the relevant welding code and is dependent on the weld heat input, chemical composition of steel (carbon equivalent), thicknesses, diffusible hydrogen etc.  Non-ferrous  materials generally require preheat because of their high thermal conductivity MORE

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In the News
NCCER: How Industry Can Get Involved in Career & Technical Education  More
Maeda: Mini Crane Used for Steel Erection  More
Construction Equipment: OSHA Budget Eliminates Training Grants  More
AISC: Steel Design Awards  More
Rental Pulse: How the New Tax Law Impacts Your Business  More
Construction Business Owner: How You Might Be Creating a Divisive Company Culture  More
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