ST. LOUIS, MO June 10 – Volunteers from the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) and the Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) traveled to Detroit, MI March 11-12 to complete a community project for the Durfee Innovation Society. Paul Albanelli, Albanelli Cement Contractors, Livonia, MI was the project manager for the installation ...

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Employee Independent Action - What Is It? Joe Whiteman, director of safety services A great question was raised during last month’s Safety Roundtable on Root Cause Analysis. “What do you do after you have performed a root cause analysis and identified the cause was an employee knowing better, but simply choosing to cut a corner or do the wrong thing”? The follow up question w...

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Jim Klinger, Concrete Construction Specialist, The Voice Newsletter June 2021 About a month ago I purchased one of those so-called “Ebikes” from our local big-box store. This particular model features 14-inch wheels and fold-down handlebars. A rechargeable battery-powered motor can be used to supplement the traditional foot pedals. Gears, shock absorbers and a comfortable seat were ...

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Jim Klinger, Concrete Construction Specialist, The Voice Newsletter, May 2021 Here at your ASCC Technical Division, much of our work product is created in response to concrete construction substrate acceptance issues disclosed by members via hotline calls or prompted by Email Forum posts. Sometimes, for example, a concrete floor slab substrate has been deemed unacceptable by a follow-on...

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Be Prepared As Summer Months Approach - Complying With COVID-19 May Increase Chances of Heat Related Illness Joe Whiteman, director of safety services  5-2021 Listening to ASCC members share lessons and resources during the monthly COVID-19 roundtable, I am constantly amazed and reassured that we as an association and an industry have navigated the exposure and health related challenges w...

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Shotcrete Core Evaluation

Posted on April 15, 2021 in: Technical

Jim Klinger, Concrete Construction Specialist, The Voice Newsletter, April 2021 Full disclosure: This writer’s first experience with shotcrete was in 1987; when the general level of industry understanding of structural shotcrete was evolving, shotcrete wall reinforcement was typically limited to a maximum #5 bar size, and only a minimal use of reinforcing steel contact lap splices was all...

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The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, has announced that the ASCC Education, Research & Development Foundation has published “Guide to the Design and Construction of Concrete Toppings for Buildings.” The authors are Scott M. Tarr, PE, FACI; Ronald L. Kozikowski, PE; and Matthew J. Sheehan, PE. Tarr and Kozikowski are president and vice president, respe...

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ASCCSAFE - Spring 2021

Posted on April 01, 2021 in: Safety

Safety is Not Proprietary

Posted on April 01, 2021 in: Safety

Safety is Not Proprietary Joe Whiteman, director of safety services  4-2021 Trade secrets, industry connections and “secret sauce” all have their place and should be guarded well to help you maintain your edge. One of the areas where we should not play our cards close to our chest, however, is safety. Safety applies to everyone, in every facet and level within your organizatio...

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Blindsided by COVID-19

Posted on March 15, 2021 in: Technical

Jim Klinger, Concrete Construction Specialist, The Voice Newsletter, March 2021 Veteran concrete contractors will tell you one of the worst parts of getting blindsided is that you never see it coming. And so it is with COVID-19. How many are there among us who left World of Concrete last year without collecting our personal copies of “The COVID-19 Owner’s Manual” that explains...

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