CSDA Shines In The Sunshine City
Jun01

CSDA Shines In The Sunshine City

For the second time in five years, CSDA professionals from around the world converged in St. Petersburg, Florida for the association’s annual Convention & Tech Fair, setting records for the second consecutive year. The association’s flagship event, held March 13-15 at the historic Renaissance Vinoy Resort in vibrant downtown St. Petersburg, was attended by a record-breaking number of attendees. It was the largest group to come...

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Controlling Concrete Dust
Jun01

Controlling Concrete Dust

The cutting, coring, grinding and polishing of dry concrete can generate lots of fine concrete dust. The control, collection, handling and disposal of concrete dust is environmentally sensitive with potentially very costly implications. Concrete dust contains silica and Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) which are hazardous and regulated by OSHA. The purpose of this document is to clarify many aspects of dry concrete dust control...

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The Dangers of Energy Drinks
Jun01

The Dangers of Energy Drinks

A person can rarely turn on the TV, listen to the radio or flip through a magazine these days without seeing an advertisement for an energy drink. Some of the more recognizable brands include Monster, Rockstar, 5-Hour Energy and Red Bull. These drinks are often marketed towards teenagers and college students, but are often used by adults in order to get an extra “jolt” of energy needed to get through the workday. Concrete cutting,...

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Employer Achilles’ Heel—Supervisor  Failure to Enforce OSHA Compliance
Jun01

Employer Achilles’ Heel—Supervisor Failure to Enforce OSHA Compliance

One of the oldest stories known to man involves that of Achilles, the legendary Greek warrior who was a leader at the Fall of Troy. According to the Iliad, his mother was a goddess who wanted him to be immortal. She immersed him in the River Styx, which had magical powers, to create immortality, but unfortunately did not immerse his heel by which she held him. Achilles’ heel was his fatal weakness and he was killed in the battle of...

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Construction Second Most Targeted Industry for Email Fraud Attacks
Jun01

Construction Second Most Targeted Industry for Email Fraud Attacks

According to a new study, contractors, manufacturers, affiliates and distributors in the concrete renovation industry are one of the most targeted audiences for cyber-attacks. CSDA is often contacted by concerned members stating they received an email that appears to come from CSDA or one of its Officers and seems suspicious. This is a common problem in our industry and the following article will explain why and what concrete...

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GPR Talk: But Wait, There’s More!
Jun01

GPR Talk: But Wait, There’s More!

GPR technology has been an accepted and routinely used nondestructive method for imaging objects embedded in concrete prior to cutting or coring for several decades. On July 17, 2009, the CSDA released a Best Practice for GPR Concrete Inspection, CSDA-BP-007. It details the general use of GPR for concrete imaging, normal survey applications, and includes scanning with single sided access and slab-on-grade application. However, it was...

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