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Staff Editorial Moving Forward, Looking Back By Mark A. Campo, ASA Executive Director Get Ready for ASA’s New Safety Document the importance of “tailgate talks” or A task group of the ASA Safety Com- “pre-job huddles”; protection for the mittee has recently completed authorship of hands, head, face, eyes, and lungs; a new document titled “Safety Guidelines proper posture while nozzling; exam- for Shotcrete.” Expected to be published in ples of excessively worn equipment early-to-mid 2014, this new document would needing replacement; and much more. serve as one of the most significant benefits Accompanying this information are of Corporate Membership. It is intended as excellent, full-color photographs, as a guide to encourage personal safety consid- well as “safety tip” sidebar notes to erations, but not to replace training and education programs or the nozzleman. supervision by qualified individuals. Each shotcrete contractor Special thanks to Oscar Duckworth, Chair of the ASA Safety has a responsibility to develop, maintain, and administer a Committee, for leading the task group and contributing heavily company safety program appropriate for their operations. to this nicely detailed document. Chapter topics in this document include: Personal Pro- “Safety Guidelines for Shotcrete” is expected to be pub- tective Equipment, Communications, Lighting, Back & Spine lished in hard copy and electronic (PDF) formats. Corporate Safety, Shotcrete Materials, Shotcrete Equipment, and Shot- members will receive one complimentary copy; additional crete Placement: Wet- and Dry-mix Processes. Within these copies will be available through ASA’s bookstore. For more chapters, readers will find details on such important items as details, please stay tuned to our Shotcrete News at www.shot- crete.org/news/index.htm, or follow us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/AmericanShotcreteAssociation. Many Thanks to President Cotter I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Cotter for his dedicated service to Grab sought to encourage the use of qualified con-the Association as its President in 2013. Thisresponsibility was not taken lightly, as he your zleman certification. Many of ASA’s current-tractors rather than simply accepting noz and future endeavors reinforce this position. camera! plishments that the Association was able to bring forward underMichael Cotter-The following are some notable accom Past President Cotter’s tenure in 2013: Working on an interesting • Contractors, creating a basis for ASA Certified Contractors;Publishing an official ASA Position Paper on using Qualified shotcrete project? • Completion of “Safety Guidelines for Shotcrete” document; • Wholesale revision of ASA Education presentation for Proud of the work you shoot? nozzleman certification; • Development of the Inspector training materials (ongoing); Take a picture! Take several! From beginning to and end, photos add a lot to the story. If you have • Allocation of funds within the ASA budget to special projects high-quality/print-resolution photos to support the that represent a strategic importance to the Association. work you do, you could enter your project for ASA’s With only 12 short months to affect change in the Associa- Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards Program. tion, and doing so using the all-volunteer efforts of committee So start taking pictures today! members, this progress is certainly commendable. Thanks again to Past President Cotter—and to all the volunteers who have www.shotcrete.org/ASAOutstandingProjects worked so hard this year—for advancing the association in 2013. 10 Shotcrete • Winter 2014


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