Coronavirus Safety Best Practices
PDCA members could be our best resource to determine what is working on the jobsite and in the office to combat the potential spread of the COVID 19 virus.
Please take the time to list your Coronavirus Safety Best Practices and post them to this blog. We are hoping this will serve as a resource for all PDCA members.
This blog is intended to provide PDCA members an opportunity to share their thoughts with their fellow members and is NOT intended to provide legal advice or serve as a fiinal source. In all cases where safety is involved employers must use their best efforts to provide for the safety and health of their employees.
Thank you for your interest and support. Please contact the PDCA office if you need any assistance.
Birds Landing, CA (April 30, 2021): The PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter hosted the 10th Annual Scholarship Shoot at Birds Landing Hunting Reserve. Shooters gathered for a competitive clay shooting event, followed by a luncheon and several great prizes. The Pacific Coast Chapter thanks all sponsors, donors and participants. The annual event benefits the Chapter's Scholarship Fund which assists student applicants who are pursuing careers in deep foundations construction.
COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace
Eight considerations for employers
By: Lisa Griffin-Hodgdon and Jason Lambert, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
(Full article, originally published in PileDriver magazine, Issue #2-2020)
Three vaccines, one from Moderna Inc., one from Pfizer Inc., and one from Johnson & Johnson have been approved for emergency use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration [as of February 2021], and there are other vaccines in late-stage clinical trial phases. Employers across the country are contemplating whether to mandate their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment and evaluating the risks associated with mandating or not mandating the vaccine.
On Dec. 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance to assist employers considering mandating COVID-19 vaccines. The guidance addressed some of the risks employers must weigh in evaluating a mandate. In particular, it warned employers their COVID-19 vaccination policy could be impacted by other EEOC laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
Below are common questions facing employers contemplating a COVID-19 vaccine requirement: [Click to keep reading]
The latest news and information for professionals in the pile driving industry is now available in the digital edition of PileDriver magazine, Issue 2 - 2021. Check out the cover story which details a major, coastal project just completed in Florida. Poseidon Dredge & Marine recalls its experiences building the new Daytona Beach Riverfront Park Seawall Replacement using composite sheet piles. Read the full story starting on Page 106.
Other highlights include an all-inclusive guide to the International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo, or IFCEE-2021, coming up May 10-14 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Dallas. Preview the more than 50 technical presentations, learn times for all PDCA standing committee meetings and see which of your friends will be onsite in either the indoor or outdoor exhibit areas. The full brochure starts on Page 43.
Norwalk Marine Contractors provides a fascinating account of a unique method it employed for foundation construction of a new condominium development in Connecticut. This technical story takes a deep-dive into the innovative construction method known as Timber Inclusion Systems, beginning on Page 102.
Past PDCA President Buck Darling brings a revealing commentary entitled Reputation Matters on Page 111. In it, the longtime president at Herbert F. Darling Engineering Contractors buttresses a narrative previously disseminated by Joe Hogan, CDT, VP of Building Services at AGCNYS.
On Page 115, Keller shares an in-depth look at its diversifying workforce through their story about a thriving employee resource group at Keller North America, designed exclusively to encourage women to build their careers with the geotechnical specialty contractor. Read KWIC Connections.
And a very timely, legal perspective is available on Page 120, it explores the pros and cons for employers to consider in regard to COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. The authors Lisa Griffin Hodgdon and Jason Lambert are both partners in the Tampa, FL offices of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; they provide valuable guidance through eight different considerations for employers in COVID-19 - Vaccines in the Workplace.
Don't miss the Career Stories of John Skinner of Parker Marine Contracting Corp. and Wystan Carswell of Haley & Aldrich. You can also read Member Profiles on GeoQuip, JD Fields & Company, Koppers Utility & Industrial Products and SJL Consulting. Several other regular sections are also all part of PileDriver magazine, Issue #2 - 2021; click here to read it now!
In less than one month, the deep foundations industry will descend upon Dallas, TX for the triennial International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo, commonly known as IFCEE. This is a LIVE, week-long technical conference and trade show which takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Dallas where more than 125 exhibitors will be spread across both indoor and outdoor exhibition areas. Meantime, there are more than 50 technical presentations at the various, designated meeting rooms and auditoriums within the conference facility available to conference participants. IFCEE happens only once, every three years; it is a collaboration of deep foundations construction association partners, the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors (ADSC), the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Registration is underway; enroll in IFCEE 2021 today, and don't forget to reserve your room!
While the event will feature a large variety of content directed at deep foundation construction, don't miss the following programs designed exclusively for PDCA members:
Live meetings of all PDCA standing committees at various times throughout the week
- - A Tuesday morning short course on Working Platforms
- - A Tuesday afternoon short course entitled PDCA Deep Foundations QC/QA for Engineers, Contractors and Inspectors
- - The E.A.L. Smith Award Lecture honoring Dr. Frank Rausche
- - A Thursday Invited Session on Vibrations featuring a presentation from highly regarded subject matter expert Dr. Cathy Aimone-Martin
Please contact PDCA if you have any questions about IFCEE 2021, please visit the show's website at www.IFCEExpo.com or call PDCA at (904) 215-4771. We look forward to seeing you next month in Dallas!
A crew from Hal Jones Contractor finishes lunch break atop the construction barge on the St. Johns River; using an ICE-International Construction Equipment hammer, the contractor installs steel H-pile to support a new Jacksonville, FL floating dock.
UPDATE: This event has completed. Thanks to those of you who joined us April 15th for a FREE Industry Update webinar for PDCA members and other professionals in the pile driving industry. Please follow PDCA publications and watch your inbox for announcements of future events.
Do you need a break from that big project? Consider spending 30 minutes with PDCA for a FREE webinar that will provide important, timely information for deep foundations construction professionals. Plan to join us April 15, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. EDT for this Industry Update on considerations for pile driving contractors, equipment manufacturers, industry suppliers and affiliated engineers. This event is scheduled as a webinar presentation originating live from PDCA's Jacksonville-area offices. The prepared content will be limited to one-half hour, however PDCA staff will remain available for Q&A with participants after the webinar as-needed. This event is FREE for PDCA members and non-members.
The Industry Update will address the following:
• New OSHA rule - piling rig operators face fine without certification
• IFCEE - LIVE trade show, technical conference in Dallas May 10-14
• Project of the Year - annual PDCA program entries due May 7
There is no registration necessary for the Industry Update. Please use the Zoom link below on April 15th at 1:30 p.m. EDT to Join this Webinar.
The 2021 version of annual program looks a little different, expands industry visibility
(Above: C.D. Perry and Sons, Inc. of Troy, N.Y., among the winners in the 2019 PDCA Project of the Year Program)
Jacksonville, FL (April 7, 2021): Time is running out if you intend to enter your work in the 2021 PDCA Project of the Year Program. Member companies are encouraged to submit projects in any of the following categories: land, marine, earth retention, engineering/associate and international. New in 2021, entry is FREE for PDCA members. If you are not a member, JOIN PDCA today. All entries are due to the PDCA offices by May 7th.
For more information on the the 2021 PDCA Project of the Year Program, see the graphic below. And for full instruction on all program terms and conditions, as well the ENTRY FORM, click the graphic to begin. The esteemed panel of PDCA judges eagerly awaits your submissions!
Chapter to Host Virtual Meeting in April
PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter President Kirt Jackson announces that the Second Quarter Membership Meeting will be available in April as a virtual event. The ongoing health concerns due to COVID 19 have necessitated taking this step to provide members an opportunity to meet.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM CDT. CLICK HERE to register for this meeting and receive your Zoom login credentials. You can register up to three additional colleagues.
The agenda for this this meeting will include the following business items:
- An update regarding the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter
- Discussion on planning for future in-person meetings and events
- An update on local and national programs and events
- An open forum for members in the meeting to provide your thoughts
- Coronavirus Safety Best Practices
- Scholarship Shoot a Big Success at PDCA Pacific Coast
- A Pile of News - May 2021
- PileDriver magazine - Attorneys examine vax in workplace
- PileDriver magazine - Issue #2, 2021
- Join PDCA at IFCEE, May 10-14 in Dallas
- FREE Industry Update Webinar April 15th
- Project of the Year Entries Due May 7th
- A Pile of News - April 2021
- Gulf Coast Chapter Sets Virtual Membership Meeting