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1. Roofing company gets $43K OSHA fine for fatal fall risks

NRCA SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

OSHA has fined William Trahant Jr. Construction of Massachusetts $43,560 for repeatedly exposing employees to falls that could kill them. Lack of fall protection for employees on a three-story home, lack of employee training to recognize hazards and inadequate anchorage points are among the violations. Occupational Health & Safety (02/26)


2. Magnetic hammers make roofing jobs easier

NRCA SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Roofer Juan Carlos Fraga has designed an all-steel, ergonomic hammer that allows roofing tacks to stick to the hammer head using magnets. The design allows users to tack roofing materials in place nearly as fast as with a nail gun, and without risk to the hands. News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (tiered subscription model), The (02/25)


3. Roof collapses still a risk, even without new snow

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

The Massachusetts area hasn't received significant snow in the last few days, but roofing experts say collapses are still a threat. This is due to the snow melting and refreezing into ice, which stresses the sides of the roof. Roofing firms are advising residents and businesses to have the snow removed from their roofs. WCVB-TV (Boston) (03/28)


4. Canada school board hopes for spray foam roofs to reduce buildings' footprints

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

The North Battleford Comprehensive High School may someday feature a spray foam roof, but right now, installing it would cost too much. The school board hopes to reduce school buildings' footprints with foam roofs and is looking into ways to reduce the roadblocks to installation. Battlefords News-Optimist (Saskatchewan), The (03/03)


5. Javits Center green roof is habitat for birds

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

New York's Javits Center has a 6.75-acre green roof, and that has quickly become a habitat for almost a dozen bird species, Fordham University and the New York City Audubon report. The green roof can collect up to 6.8 million gallons of water annually and is made of layers of sedum. Successful Meetings (03/2015)


6. OSHA warns roofing contractors of hidden hazards with snow removal

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

After a series of storms dumped massive amounts of snow on rooftops, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to ensure that roofing contractors are working safely. OSHA recommends that workers evaluate hazards such as skylights and come up with a work plan. "Snow-covered rooftops can hide hazards such as skylights that workers can fall through. Electrical hazards may also exist from overhead power lines or snow removal equipment," OSHA notes. Occupational Health & Safety (03/03)


7. Sustainable roof designs offer unique benefits, challenges

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

Environmental roofing designs, such as blue roofing for stormwater collection and white roofing for reflective cooling, are becoming more popular. However, these roofs can have unique challenges. For example, white roofs tend to be single-ply and vulnerable to hail, while blue roofs can be lacking in thermal protection. Alberta Construction Magazine (Canada) (03/2015)


8. Solar researchers have some tricks up their sleeves

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Solar energy researchers are playing around with innovative approaches that could bear fruit in coming months or years. Among the best new technologies: a "bionic leaf" that turns sunlight and water into liquid fuel; colored solar panels, which might appeal to homeowners; and 3D-printed "solar trees" that have photovoltaic panels built into every leaf. TechRepublic (02/25)


9. A guide to rehabilitating low performers

NRCA SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Employees should focus on five key steps to convert low-performing employees into high achievers, Heather Huhman writes. The steps include identifying employee motivations, explaining why the work is important, setting expectations and rewarding progress. Entrepreneur online (02/24)


10. Roofing company repairs Salvation Army roofs for free

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

T & K Roofing offered to fix the roofs of two Iowa Salvation Army stores free of charge after learning about snow-related leaks. The company has already repaired the roof at the Marion, Iowa, location, saving the charity almost $1,000. It plans to repair the Cedar Rapids store after the weather warms up. KCRG-TV (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) (02/27)




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