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The Iron Messenger: An IMPACT Publication, March 2018 Issue

March 2018

  • Project Highlights
  • Industrial Info
  • Dodge Pipeline
  • Spotlight on Safety, Training and Leadership
  • News and Resources For Ironworkers
  • News and Resources For Contractors
  • IMPACT and Iron Workers In The News
  • Upcoming Events

Project Highlights

Gerald Desmond Bridge

The $1.2 billion, 6-lane Gerald Desmond Replacement Bridge spanning 1.5 miles is the first cable-stayed vehicular bridge in California and one of the tallest in the country. Ironworkers from Local 433 and 416 in Los Angeles have been building the replacement bridge alongside the old bridge to maintain traffic flow with general contractor Shimmick Construction Inc. in Oakland, Calif. It’s the main access point to the Port of Long Beach from downtown Long Beach, Calif., carrying I-710 over the Port’s Inner Harbor to Terminal Island. Learn more

Champlain Bridge

Over 400 ironworkers from Local 711 in Montreal have been working on the $4.24 billion new Champlain Bridge since 2015. It’s scheduled be completed this year and expected to have a lifespan of 125 years. The general contractor on the project is St. Lawrence Group (SSL) consortium in Montreal, comprised of SNC-Lavalin, Flat Iron Constructors Canada and Dragados Canada.

The bridge is 3.7 miles long including the main bridge spanning 2.1 miles between the south shore and Nun’s Island. The main span, a 1,700-foot-long cable-stayed structure, will cross the St. Lawrence Seaway with its double-piers, rising 525 feet above water level. Learn more

Industrial Info

IMPACT provides Industrial Information Resources’ (IIR) PEC reports to partner Local Unions and District Councils. PEC reports identify specific project related data. Learn More

Two examples:

Dodge Pipeline

IMPACT provides complementary Dodge Pipeline access
to all partner contractors and local unions. Learn more

Two examples:

Safety, Leadership and Training

Safety Spotlight

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Beryllium Exposure Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) voted to delay its new beryllium exposure rules until May 11.

Read more

Training Spotlight

IMPACT Courses in April 2018

Improving Communication Skills – Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Introduction to Lean Project Delivery – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Leadership Strategies: Motivating a Changing Workforce – Atlanta

Articulating Value: Identifying Your Competitive Advantages – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lead With Respect – Halifax, Nova Scotia

View upcoming training

Leadership Spotlight

How to Develop a Collaborative Team That Wins Bids

It takes a wide variety of expertise and skills for major projects to be completed successfully. The collaboration between designers, contractors and other specialists doesn’t always begin after the contracts have been issued.

Read more

Ironworker News & Resources

2018 Work Opportunities

Iron Workers General President/IMPACT Co-Chair Eric Dean and Ben Hur Construction CEO/IMPACT Co-Chair Bill Brown share thoughts on work opportunities in 2018. Watch it here

Contractor News & Resources

Best Practice: Global Procurement & Materials Management

Materials management is a complex and comprehensive process involving people, organizations, technologies, and processes that manage the definition, sourcing, planning, quantification, supplier qualification, purchasing, supplier QA/QC, expediting, transportation, logistics, and control of materials and associated information across the life cycle of a capital project. Read more

Click here to view the CII Knowledge Base

Value of Professional Development

Ben Hur Construction CEO and IMPACT Co-Chair Bill Brown shares thoughts on the value of professional development training and what it means for the bottom line of employers. Watch it here

NMAPC Zero Injury Safety Awards

NMAPC is pleased to announce that online applications for the 18th Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards® are now being accepted.

The Zero Injury Safety Awards® honor the efforts of industrial business owners, union contractors and building trades crafts in achieving outstanding safety performance on their projects.

In addition to accepting projects under the terms of the National Maintenance Agreements or National Power Generation Maintenance Agreements, NMAPC is also accepting applications for work performed under the National Construction Agreement (NCA).

Apply Now

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, May 25, 2018
NOTE: There is a $100 administrative fee per application
NOTE: Username and Password are required to apply. Need help? Click here.

Make plans to attend the ZISA® Dinner Gala on November 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Last year’s ceremony honored 130 winning teams, accounting for more than 24 million injury-free hours worked on industrial construction sites.
Questions? Contact Wayne Creasap, NMAPC Senior Director of Environmental Health and Safety at 703.887.0455 or via e-mail at Learn more

IMPACT & Iron Workers In the News

Iron Workers to Add Supervisor Safety Training

The IW and IMPACT announced the launch of an ironworker-specific supervisory safety course by the end of the year. Read more

Hiring Women Can Ease the Construction Labor Shortage

Tradeswomen and their allies, with the support of their leadership, are making headway in eliminating gender bias and turning hostile work environments into fostering work conditions. Read more

Learning a Trade vs College Degree

“I started my apprenticeship with the Iron Workers Local 25 while still in college. What started as a job to get me on my feet launched me into an awesome career with great pay.” Read more

Iron Workers/IMPACT Conference Showcases Innovative Industry Initiatives

Safety and innovation were recurrent themes at the 2018 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Conference in Orlando, Fla., February 11-14. The conference set a new attendance record with more than 1200 attendees this year. Themed “Safer, Faster, Stronger,” it served as a platform to share innovative ideas and build partnerships. Read more

Iron Workers Hire 100 Apprentices In New York

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of Iron Workers Local 40 and 361 in New York began taking applications for 100 apprenticeships. Read more

Ironworker Apprentices Set Final Beam on $3.8M Training Center Expansion

Ironworkers with Century Steel Erectors set the final beam in place for the Iron Workers Local 3 (Pittsburgh) training center. Read more

Falls Most Common Cause of Fatalities for Ironworkers

“New work rules have slashed injuries from one particular danger, according to Steve Rank, executive director of safety & health for Iron Workers. The rules now require columns to be anchored with four bolts instead of two” Read more

Construction Industry Builds Safeguards Against Opioids

The Iron Workers, like most unions, have generous health insurance that cover everything from alternative treatments to short-term addiction counseling programs. Read more

Will Apprenticeships Ease Minnesota’s Worker Shortage?

“The competitive wages I’m paid and the phenomenal benefits I receive have made me a much more independent person,” said Grace Bauman, a third-year apprentice with Iron Workers Local 512 in Minneapolis. Read more

Strong Growth in Training Programs Connecting Students to Jobs in Northwest Indiana

Young people take part in the Iron Workers Local 395 (Portage, Ind.) apprenticeship program after going through an application process that includes an aptitude test and interview. Read more

Murrysville Welding Student Challenges Perception of Vo-Tech Education

“I started out wanting to be a steamfitter but now I’m looking more at being an iron worker. I did a welding job a couple months ago and realized I didn’t really want to be inside. I like to be outside and climbing stuff.” Read more

Upcoming Events

Improving Communication Skills – Apr 10 – 11, 2018

Pacific NW RAB Executive Committee Meeting – Apr 10, 2018

Introduction to Lean Project Delivery – Apr 12, 2018

Leadership Strategies: Motivating a Changing Workforce – Apr 19, 2018

Articulating Value: Identifying Your Competitive Advantages – Apr 24, 2018

Lead With Respect – Apr 25 – 26, 2018