New Silica Rule Presentation/Dinner on 11/16!
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ACI CNY Newsletter
November 2016

President's Message

Hello ACI CNY members, colleagues, and friends:

In case you have been out of the loop, here is a quick recap of our chapter’s recent activities. Our latest adventure to Victor, NY to see SAM100 the robotic mason was a huge success! We can’t thank the whole team at Construction Robotics enough for their hospitality and willingness to demonstrate their technological marvel, SAM100. We got to see SAM lay perfectly aligned bricks at a breathtaking rate, and we learned just how amazingly efficient SAM can be. You can see SAM100 in action via the website link above, but it doesn’t do justice to the awesome sight of seeing it happen live and in person! We also got a sneak peek at Construction Robotics’ powerful and innovative 3D modeling software that can accurately model each individual brick within a building wall model. SAM then uses that information to build his walls, which can be monitored in real time! This technology has so much potential…and to think this is all happening right in our own back yard! 

To wrap up the evening, Mike Palmer of MCAA Upstate NY briefly addressed the group and gave a snapshot of where the new MCAA chapter was headed. Check out the MCAA website for more info. We were delighted that Mike was able to share the local MCAA chapter’s first training video on mortar. We all walked away learning something new thanks to Mike and the MCAA Upstate NY chapter!

We have another fantastic event scheduled for 11/16 focusing on increasing awareness about the dangers of silica dust at the work site. Donna Haley of the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) will be speaking to us about how OSHA has gone so far as to issue new rules regarding appropriate exposure levels to silica. OSHA estimates that 1.85 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces as a result of drilling, cutting, crushing, or grinding silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Sound scary? They also estimate that their new provisions could prevent more than 900 cases of silicosis each year once fully implemented. Take some time to get up to speed on the dangers and the new OSHA provisions, and make your well being a priority.

Hope you can make it,

John Pillar, P.E., S.E.
ACI CNY President


Join Us! Wednesday, 11/16

New Silica Rule (with Dinner)

Presented by Donna S. Haley and Mark Kosmowski, NYSDOL On-Site Consultation Program

DoubleTree Hotel
East Syracuse, NY

4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner (provided by the DoubleTree)

$40 Member
$50 Non-member
$15 Student

Registration due by Thursday, 11/10/16.

Program description:

OSHA Issues New Silica Rule

“What You Really Want Is an Autopsy”: Frances Perkins and the U. S. Government Conference in Joplin, Missouri, 1940. By Frances Perkins

We have all known about the hazards to workers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in industry for decades. More recently, OSHA has estimated about 1.85 million workers are effected in the US in the construction industry alone. As you know, these exposures occur when workers cut, grind, crush, or drill silica-containing materials such as concrete, masonry, tile, and rock. OSHA also estimates that about 320,000 workers are exposed in general industry operations such as brick, concrete, and pottery manufacturing, as well as operations using sand products, such as foundry work and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of oil and gas wells. Workers are also exposed during sandblasting in general industry, and maritime workplaces.

OSHA’s new silica rule became effective on June 23, 2016, and depending on the industry involved, staggered employer compliance deadlines have been established as follows:

  • Construction – 6/23/17
  • General Industry and Maritime – 6/23/18
  • Hydraulic Fracturing – 6/23/18

Are you ready? Companies who fail to manage these issues will potentially face major OSHA fines and penalties.

Please join Donna S. Haley and Mark Kosmowski, NYSDOL On-Site Consultation Program, as they present an overview of the new OSHA Silica final rule, and inform on free on-site consultation services to assist you in your site-specific safety and health compliance needs. 

Presented by:   

Donna S. Haley
New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)
Division of Safety and Health (DOSH)
On-Site Consultation Program - Associate Safety & Health Trainer/Consultant
Syracuse District Office
450 S Salina Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Click here to register online.

Save the Dates!

NYS DOT Commissioner Matt Driscoll on 4/5!

Design & Installation Awards Applications Now Available!

1/18/17: Presentation TBD   2/15/17: Presentation TBD

4/5/17: Awards Banquet featuring Guest Speaker Matt Driscoll, NYS DOT Commissioner

We have some exciting news regarding our Design & Installation Awards Banquet slated for 4/5/17. Matt Driscoll, the New York State DOT Commissioner, will be in the house and will provide a message to ACI CNY! Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner Driscoll leads a department of 8,300 employees with an annual capital program of $3.7B. That’s billion! We are very excited to welcome Commissioner Driscoll to Syracuse, and for him to see some of the best concrete and masonry projects that have recently been completed in our area. So, get your project entry forms in! Visit the Awards page for more information. Contact Greg Novitzki ( for concrete award info, and Nick Carparelli ( for masonry award info.

The weather may be getting colder, but our chapter is really heating up! 

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