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1. Heavy snow load brings roof collapses in Halifax

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

The Halifax emergency department responded to two calls over the weekend about roof collapses on buildings with high snow loads. Some companies closed Sunday as a precaution. John MacIntyre of Five Star Roofing recommends having snow removed when it surpasses 3 feet. Global News Online (Toronto) (03/22)

2. Buffalo-area residents deal with roof collapses

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Buffalo-area residents, including college students in dorms, are dealing with roof leaks and collapses. The ice and snow, especially in gutters, are causing problems for many properties in Western New York. Spectrum (University of Buffalo), The (03/24)

3. Analysis: Wage increases return to U.S.

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

Rising profit and a growing inability to find workers to fill openings are pressuring U.S. companies to raise wages, according to The Economist. The number of small employers increasing pay to cope with a tight labor market has risen to a level not seen since before the financial crisis, the magazine notes. Economist (tiered subscription model), The (03/28)

4. Designers says the mile-high tower is not far away

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright designed a mile-high tower 60 years ago, but the technology was not available then to accomplish the task. However, some experts say it could become a reality in the future. "I don't see a limit [in tower height] other than people's chutzpah -- arrogance, actually," said Ken Lewis of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the firm that managed the design of One World Trade Center in New York City. New York magazine (03/24)

5. Study: OSHA silica proposal would cost industry $5B per year

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed new standards for silica exposure. A study by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition found that OSHA's proposal underestimated the real cost to the construction industry. The agency had said it would cost about $511 million per year. However, CISC's report puts the cost at about $5 billion annually and says OSHA's proposal would reduce the number of jobs by more than 52,000 a year. USGlass News Network, The (03/26)

6. Worker shocked after piece of metal roofing touches power line

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

WESH-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (03/25)

7. $7.4M roofing contract to cover 1,107 roof replacements in U.K. city

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Roofing company John Flowers has won a contract of more than $7.4 million to repair roofs on 1,107 homes in Newcastle. Some properties will receive solar panel installations. Bdaily (U.K.) (03/24)

8. Indirect asbestos exposure from sheet metal puts workers at risk

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015 (03/24)

9. N.J. roofing company gives back with free roof

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing of Hackettstown, N.J., is participating in the "No Roof Left Behind" program by giving a free roof to a family in need. The roofing company is also encouraging other businesses and community members to participate through service or donations. (Morristown, N.J.) (03/26)

10. Solar panels gain popularity in U.S., abroad

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Solar energy is becoming more popular in the U.S., as some state laws now require utility companies to get some percentage of their power from renewable energy. While there are ongoing taxation concerns, consumer demand should continue to drive growth in the industry. Seattle Times, The (03/24)

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