Our 2022 Harry Mullin Memorial Scholarship applications are available!
Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, July 22, 2022.
The Roofing Contractors Association of California will grant scholarships up to $2,000 to the immediate family of RCAC members and their employees in memory of the late Harry Mullin.
Scholarship eligibility is limited to the employees and immediate family of RCAC Contractor, Associate and Sponsor members in good standing.
We look forward to helping as many deserving applicants as possible!
For any questions, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 485-6318.
Thank you for a very successful 2022 RCAC CrabFeed & Tri-tip Dinner!
Your support helps RCAC protect you at the State
Capitol and regulatory agencies
Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters of this year’s Crab Feed!
ABC Supply Roseville
ABC Supply Sacramento
Central Pacific Roofing
Don Lambrecht & Associates
Independent Roofing Contractors of California
Kodiak Roofing & Waterproofing
Malarkey Roofing Products
Thank you to ABC Supply Roseville for donating the BBQ grill and propane!
We’d like to graciously thank our volunteers:
BBQ: Don Lambrecht, Lambrecht & Associates
Cookies: Mindy Watts
Thank you for a fantastic Clay Shooting Fundraiser on May 13!
Thank you to our supporters and sponsors!
OMG Roofing Products
WestPac Wealth Partners
Malarkey Roofing Products
General Coatings Manufacturing Corp
C.I. Services, Inc.
RCAC is saddened to report the passing on November 12 of longtime roofing industry member and leader, Lawrence “Larry” Reardon of Enterprise Roofing Service in Concord, CA at the age of 76. Larry is a Past President and Board member of the Associated Roofing Contractors of the Bay Area Counties (ARCBAC), a Board member of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), and Enterprise Roofing Service has long been an active and engaged member of RCAC.
Larry started with Enterprise Roofing Service in 1969, and assumed majority ownership of the company in 1984. His sons, Steve and Mike, who now run the company, inherited his commitment to the roofing industry. Steve is a Past President and Board member of RCAC, as well as a former Board member of the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), and Mike is a current RCAC Board member.
In addition to his sons, Larry is survived by daughter, Samantha, and 7 grandchildren.
Due to holiday celebrations and COVID concerns, a celebration of life is anticipated for the spring of next year. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of charitable contributions to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital here.
RCAC expresses our condolences to Larry’s family, friends, and colleagues.
Access safety training courses on our website now!
RCAC is very pleased to offer discounted online safety training through Safety Compliance Company as an exclusive benefit to RCAC members.
Thirteen (13) online training courses, all offered in both English and Spanish, are available, and RCAC members receive a discount of $5 per training (unlimited trainings) on topics that include Fall Protection, Heat Illness, Personal Protective Equipment, and many more.
The trainings are very professionally produced by the safety experts at Safety Compliance Company, include a final exam and proof of satisfactory completion for each employee and each training, and generally range in length from 20 to 40 minutes. Where applicable, the content covers Cal/OSHA standards, and will assist in demonstrating due diligence to train employees in proper safety procedures.
We hope you will save money while protecting the safety of your employees by taking advantage of this exclusive member benefit.
If you are not a member of the Roofing Contractors Association of California, join today and enjoy this members exclusive benefit plus much more!
Contact RCAC Executive Director Marc Connerly at email@example.com with any questions about this program.
A Colorado State University study of construction workers found a connection between poor-quality sleep and the risk of workplace incidents and injuries, according to www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a collection of compliance assistance resources to address falls in the workplace—the leading cause of worker fatalities in the construction industry. Read more.
HOW 4D MODELING AND SENSING MAY ELIMINATE THE LEADING CAUSES OF INJURY
By Fernanda Leite, PhD, PE
Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 placed the responsibility of construction safety on the employer, newly developed injury prevention strategies have led to dramatically decreased fatality and disability rates in the construction industry. Despite these improvements, however, construction remains the second most hazardous industry, representing 21.4 percent of U.S. workplace fatalities in 2015.
The Bureau of Labor statistics estimates that eliminating the “fatal four” leading causes of construction death — falling, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in or between objects and machinery — could save 602 workers’ lives in America every year.
The key to eliminating these fatalities will be in innovative injury prevention practices such as virtual modeling and sensing to improve safety planning and management.
With the wide adoption of mobile computing in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, we have entered an era rife with information and data, and where sensors and computers are playing increasingly important roles in project development. New technology in data management, sensing and visualization has changed much of how engineers design, build and maintain our infrastructure. Take Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) as an example: we can now build virtual models to enable better client communication, identification of potential design and construction issues and more effective quality control.
All of these technological advancements can be applied to improving safety protocols and, in many cases, the industry has made great strides. However, we’ve still got a long way to go.
Obstacles To Fully Integrated Safety Planning & Autonomous Monitoring
Lack of integration between construction and safety planning: Current safety planning approaches do not take temporal or spatial information into account. That is, they don’t consider when and where construction activities may increase hazards and require elevated safety controls. For example, low risk activities such as painting, landscaping or bricklaying may suddenly increase in risk if they occur at the same time and adjacent to an activity using heavy equipment such as earth movement with a bulldozer. To create more effective site-specific safety plans, it is important to integrate safety planning and project scheduling functions.
Insufficient sources for site-specific safety planning: While information technology-based approaches such as 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) are widely used for project planning and monitoring, construction safety planning is still highly dependent on traditional sources such as 2D drawings, paper-based regulations and tacit information. Because these traditional methods yield more generalized renderings, current safety planning approaches limit the capability to identify and analyze hazards prior to construction, and could be improved with the integration of information technology.
Imperfections inherent in real-world sensor data: Autonomous jobsite safety monitoring applications are built on the assumption that the collected location data represent the exact situation, which might not be true due to erroneous data. For example, a sensor error of three feet on an open edge could mean the difference between falling or not. While we could correct for this by broadening the range of the sensor (so it alerts workers when they are farther away from the edge), it is important that these systems not sound too many false alarms, as that risks desensitizing workers. Therefore, the data in autonomous jobsite safety monitoring systems should be further perfected before it can be trusted for decision making.