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.
Veteran construction lawyer and PDCA Conference presenter Kalson elevates from Vice Chairman
Orange Park, FL (August 5, 2020): With nearly 30 years of construction law and litigation experience behind him, 22 years exclusively as a full-time construction lawyer, Richard D. Kalson, Esq. is named the new Chairman for the PDCA Contracts and Risk Committee. Mr. Kalson is a Partner at national firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP and practices from Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh, PA. The PDCA Board of Directors ratified the new chairmanship with a unanimous vote in June 2020.
[Mr. Kalson (pictured) presented "Effects of Substance Abuse on the Construction Industry" for the opening program in the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series on August 5, 2020. The Series resumes September 2nd, and again the first Wednesday of each month through December.]
"Through my experience serving as Vice Chair for the Contracts and Risk Committee, we have worked to build a framework to provide necessary information to PDCA members so they become equipped to help themselves navigate the variety of legal risks they face every day," stated Mr. Kalson. "I look forward to collaborating with all PDCA members on formulating a list of key contractual provisions for their consideration when negotiating a subcontract."
In his law practice, Mr. Kalson provides counsel to subcontractors, contractors, suppliers and project owners in litigation and business consultation matters, including many ENR 400 contractors and ENR 600 specialty contractors, on all phases of the construction process on projects throughout the United States. He has represented clients in construction disputes involving infrastructure, bridges, petrochemical plants, commercial buildings, hotels, and government buildings, among many others, before courts and arbitrators in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, Wisconsin, New York, Maryland, Virginia, California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Georgia and many other states across the country.
A construction lawyer for 27 years, Mr. Kalson earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota School of Law following a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin where he continues a relationship as a visiting lecturer and loyal fan of Badger athletics. He also holds prominent positions in the construction industry including a Board seat with the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors and a Vice-Chairmanship at the Deep Foundations Institute.
Many now consider virtual events as "the new normal," therefore the 2020 Pile Driving Contractors Association Annual Conference launches this week under a modfied name; the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series. It is a five-part, interactive, online event taking place the first Wednesday of every month, August through December. This Wednesday, August 5th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT), the series begins with the first two sessions.
Forthcoming sessions for the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series will cover a variety of other essential subjects concerning business practices and the deep foundations industry (all times Eastern):
- September 2, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Dedicated Pile Driving Certification Requirements by Toya Brown of NCCCO
October 7, 2020 (time, TBA) Working Platforms Update by Peggy Hagerty Duffy of ADSC
November 4, 2020 (time, TBA) You've Stopped Getting Paid, Now What? by Ryan Maloney, Esq. of Jimerson Birr
December 2, 2020 (time, TBA) Tilting at Windmills: Don Quixote Meets the International Building Code by Dale Biggers of Boh Bros. Construction
All segments of the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series are provided to members of PDCA at no cost; non-members can register for any or all events which require a $50 per session registration fee (please note - registration for the August 5th event that includes two sessions carries a $100 fee). Non-members are encouraged to contact PDCA to learn how to apply their event registration(s) to a new PDCA membership. All participants will be awarded Professional Development Hours for completing the scheduled events. Note to participants; all webinars will be conducted through the Zoom platform.
PDCA's Manager of Education and Events Kathy Harper (pictured above supporting a presenter during the 2019 PDCA Annual Conference) continues to migrate 2020 Association conferences and educational opportunities to virtual events. You are encouraged to contact Kathy with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the winning companies, which include:
- Pacific Pile and Marine
- Corman Kokosing Construction Co.
- Cajun Industries
- Innovative Piering
- ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
Do you have a story idea or want to submit content for a future issue of PileDriver? Email PDCA today at email@example.com.
UPDATE: Individuals who are interested in gaining Dedicated Pile Driver Operator certification can now remotely sit for the written portion of the exam from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. Once you pass that portion of the test, you have 12 months to complete the practical exam. Click here to explore Computer Based Testing options from NCCCO.
Charged with developing examinations, reviewing test procedures, shepherding ongoing program improvements, providing expertise in all facets of the process and maintaining OSHA compliance, among others, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Pile Driver Exam Management Committee works to ensure that all participants receive a fair, valid and reliable assessment of their knowledge and skill. Two tenured practitioners who bring significant operational experience to the table have recently joined the Committee; PDCA members Tim Dutton, VP at Junttan USA Inc. (pictured, right) and Joe Kinworthy, Manager at Equipment Corporation of America (pictured, left) begin their service in October when the Committee next convenes.
NCCCO is a valued partner of PDCA which seeks to establish Exam Management Committees (EMC's) with broad industry background and perspective. According to a spokesperson, "The addition of Mr. Dutton and Mr. Kinworthy to the Committee expands that background and knowledge and helps ensure that the diverse interests of the entire industry are considered when making decisions about the Dedicated Pile Driving Rig Operator certification program."
Recognizing the importance of well-rounded representation on the panel, NCCCO has assembled this Committee to include those who use, insure, manufacture, consult and own pile driving equipment. Among other members is PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters.
Moving forward, NCCCO and the Committee are working closely with stakeholders in the pile driving industry to grow the important program and expand the network of practical examiners with the objective to "ensure that certification is available to all safety minded companies and organizations."
PDCA, in collaboration with Pile Dynamics, Inc., will present Deep Foundation Integrity Testing and Wave Equation Analysis (DFDTA), a three-day program over the dates of November 11-13, 2020 at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Airport Hotel in Orlando, FL. This event was originally scheduled to take place in Cleveland, OH, however, due to ongoing efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 health crisis, organizers have relocated the seminar to Orlando.
For additional information and to register for the Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis program please click DFDTA ORLANDO CONFERENCE.
In 2019, the PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Committee produced three important publications that analyze various aspects and considerations of steel sheet piling practices. All three are also available at The PDCA store for purchase (free for members) both individually and as a set which includes the Steel Sheet Piling Corrosion Guide, the Retaining Wall Cost Comparison Guide, and the Steel Sheet Piling Installation Guide. If your company either supplies, installs, or purchases steel sheet piling, then these guides will be a significant reference and the PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Guide Webinar will provide a head start in understanding the important information included in these publications.
Contact PDCA today if you want to learn how to become a member and gain free access to this educational material.
PDCA Member law firm Jimerson Birr based in Jacksonville, FL recently released a two-part webinar series examining legal issues in the construction industry. Partner Ryan Maloney (pictured) and two of his colleagues make availalbe on their YouTube site, the program entitled Managing Problem Projects in Turbulent Times: Tools for Success.
The series is designed for construction business owners and decision-makers. To access the video content for Parts 1 and 2, please click the links below:
Managing Problem Projects in Turbulent Times: Tools for Success
- Part 1 Notice and Document of Claims [run time, 48:03]
- Part 2 Liens and Protecting Your Right to Get Paid (For Subcontractors and Suppliers) [1:03:21]
- Coronavirus Safety Best Practices
- New Chair Seated for PDCA Contracts and Risk Committee
- A Pile of News - August 2020
- Annual Conference Webinar Series Launches
- PDCA Project of the Year Winners Announced!
- Dutton, Kinworthy Appointed to NCCCO Panel; Virtual Written Exam Available
- A Pile of News - July 2020
- ICYMI: DFDTA Fall Seminar Moves to Orlando
- GET: Steel Sheet Pile Guides Review Webinar (1 Hr. PDH)
- WATCH: Legal resources for subcontractors, suppliers