“Safer, Faster, Stronger” was the theme for the 2018 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management Conference  held Feb. 11-14 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando. There, Steve Rank, executive director of safety and health for the Iron Workers and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT), pictured speaking above, told attendees about the organization’s plans to roll out its Ironworker Safety Supervisor Course. Working with the Iron Workers National Training Fund, the organization plans to make the course available by late 2018 via all 156 IW training facilities located across the U.S. and Canada.  The course will be available to “any apprentice or foreman,” Rank says.

Plaza Construction Group recently held a jobsite celebration recognizing the topping off of its Zaha Hadid-designed One Thousand Museum project in Miami. In appreciation of employees “who have gone above and beyond and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to safety,” the firm raffled off a brand new Chevrolet Colorado truck. Plaza president Brad Meltzer pulled the winning ticket, which belonged to Duardin “Dino” Taveras, a 42-year-old tile installer who has worked on the project from its onset, according to the company.  “I want to personally thank the hardworking men and women who’ve dedicated their time and their talent to making Zaha Hadid’s spectacular vision a reality,” Meltzer stated. “Everyone on this site has logged long hours under sometimes difficult conditions and tight deadlines. We want them to know that their commitment, dedication and hard work has not gone unnoticed.”