NDA Membership On the Rise
PDa Magazine is pleased to present regular updates from the US National Demolition Association. This column comes from NDA Executive Director Jeff Lambert.
Congratulations to our new NDA President for 2023-2025—James Milburn of Milburn Demolition, Bellwood, Ill. James was elected at our most recent annual meeting of the members March 9. Under James’s leadership, NDA will implement its new strategic plan that presents opportunities to build on the successes from the previous years to meet the needs of the industry. Based on the 2022 member needs assessment, meetings with and the Executive Committee, and a growth session at our fall meeting, three themes emerged: membership, workforce, and safety. At the end of the growth session, there was consensus to recruit and retain top-tier demolition companies, launch chapter networks and member workforce recruiting and retention tools, credential 300 demolition supervisors by 2026, and develop laborer/field worker-level certification by 2025. The strategic plan was approved by the board at its February meeting. I would like to thank Past-President Scott Homrich for his dedication to the Association and all we accomplished under his leadership. The association grew by more than 70 members last year and just finished Demolition Phoenix Convention & Expo with nearly 1,100 attendees.
Here are some other accomplishments of the past two years:
• Formalized our alliance with the US Occupational Safety and Health
Administration – This allowed us to expand existing relationships between NDA
and OSHA’s regional and area offices to address industry health and safety issues;
develop and disseminate materials and effective training aids aligned with current
regulatory information, interpretations, and enforcement initiatives; and develop
and review demolition best practices.
• Developed the industry’s first certification – This certification will complement our
Foundation of Demolition Training Series. Our first certification testing is slated for
• Launched a dynamic membership directory – The directory allows members to
download primary contacts for member organizations. It also is excellent resource
for members seeking products and services from trusted partners.
• Created two guidance documents – NDA’s Industry Committee undertook the task
of creating Guidance for Demolition of Power Plants and Guidance for Implosions.
Once complete, OSHA will provide these guidance documents to industry stake
holders as a resource.
• Launched the Demo on Demand digital offering – This content hub is NDA’s
online resource for sharing the intelligence of demolition contractors and
equipment manufacturers, and delivering the forward-looking insights you need to
succeed in an evolving industry.
There are many other recent accomplishments of which NDA can be proud, and are testament to our progress as an organization and industry.
With all that has been going on with the industry and at NDA, if you know someone who is not a member, or you yourself are not a member, now is the time to join. Membership provides access to safety resources, demolition best practices, educational content, a company listing in our public membership directory and so much more. Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or apply for membership online at demolitionassociation.com.
Finally, as we get back to work after Demolition Phoenix, we hope you will make plans to join us at Demolition San Antonio, March 6-9, 2024, as NDA celebrates its 50th Anniversary.