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September 1, 2011

Early Bird AWI Convention Registration Closes September 2

This is your last chance to save on registration fees for the 59th AWI Annual Convention, October 26-28, 2011. Fees increase next week. Register now and save!

Why? To save on the fees for an outstanding program, "Drive to Success!" focusing on "Innovation Strategies for Winning the Race." The economy is still in the doldrums, competition is stiff in the architectural woodwork industry, and potential business has shifted to new construction markets. What do you need to do to innovate, how do you do it, what are the prospects for near- and long-term economic recovery, how do you adapt to reduce the costs of doing business, should you and how do you re-invent your business to adapt to marketplace realities?

Find answers from an outstanding array of business experts and architectural woodwork innovators at the 59th AWI Annual Convention, October 26-28, 2011 in Charlotte, NC.

"Business is no longer business as usual," Alan Beaulieu, President of the Institute for Trend Research, told AWI members two years ago. Invest in the future of your business. Review the lineup of speakers and sessions online at www.awinet.org. Register today and save!
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WDMA Announces Release of Updated Architectural Wood Door Standards

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released two updated editions of its architectural wood flush door standards, which represent a major overhaul of the door standards.

The affected standards are: WDMA I.S. 1A-11, Industry Standard for Architectural Wood Flush Doors, and WDMA I.S. 6A-11, Industry Standard for Architectural Stile and Rail Doors. This is a major overhaul and rewrite of two existing, well-known industry interior architectural door standards, according to WDMA. "The new standards are fully synchronized with each other for both content and organization, with their focus on performance-driven specification," WDMA announced.

"It's a win-win for the manufacturer and specifier, but especially for the end-user, who can rely on the tested architectural wood doors to serve the facility well over the long haul," said WDMA President Michael O'Brien.  "WDMA will be mounting an aggressive educational program to inform architects and specifiers about the updated standards and encourage their use."

While the performance section of the standards is the major focus, other revisions were made to both standards to harmonize with the 2009 Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), published by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI). Additional changes were also incorporated to update and improve the standards, including updated face veneer charts, factory finishing guidance, and an expanded specification checklist cross-referenced to the applicable standards sections.

"The updated standards are the culmination of several years' hard work by our architectural door manufacturer members," said Jeff Lowinski, WDMA Vice-President Technical Services. "The trick has been on crafting the standards to allow for product innovation and environmental sustainability while at the same time preserving the high-quality and performance that architects and specifiers demand. These standards accomplish that."

Electronic copies of WDMA I.S 1A-11 and WDMA I.S. 6A-11 as well as all other WDMA standards, technical information and statistical reports can be obtained through the online WDMA bookstore Web site, www.wdma.com

AWI Executive Vice President Philip Duvic said that "cooperation between WDMA and the Architectural Woodwork Standards Joint Standards Committee resulted in WDMA developing a new test to measure the impact performance of door edges using different materials. According to the test results, the new WDMA industry door standards created a benchmark of SCL edge substrate material versus hardwood requirements of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), Edition 1, 2009, Section 9, Doors,, and the SCL substrate provided greater impact resistance than did the hardwood. Consequently, the AWS Joint Standards Committee approved amendments to the AWS Section 9 Doors, specifically that will be reflected in an official Errata to the AWS.

"The contribution from WDMA in the crafting of Section 9 of the AWS was invaluable in providing the primarily performance-based criteria and approach found in this Section of the AWS. The effort has resulted in an alignment of the AWS with the WDMA Standards. This is important to the entire industry and comes a long way in eliminating conflicting requirements that previously existed between the two standards," stated Mike Bell, one of AWI’s members on the AWS Joint Standards Committee.

"This cooperative effort has allowed the AWS Standards to better reflect and support the door industry’s long-time manufacturing processes," said Mr. Duvic added.

For more insight into this announcement and the relevance to the AWS, see the October issue of AWI NewsBriefs.
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Do You Know What the AWS Says?

By Shows Leary, AWI Quality Certification Program Inspector

...about cabinet types: unlimited design choices, limited design styles? Find out.

Cabinet types: Unlimited Design Choices, Limited Design Styles

Most of us probably believe that with all of the variety of finish surfaces available for architectural cabinets there are unlimited possibilities in cabinet design. I agree that with the finishes available there is a great variety of finish looks to the cabinets we make. There are maybe up to 50 veneer choices available, plus man made veneers. Don't forget the nuances created by fine factory finishing! Laminate color choices? I cannot count that high. Phenolic? I see at least 20 colors available.

In this article I want to look at the possibilities of what types and styles of cabinets are actually available based on recommendation in the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS). The cabinet can be seen as the skeleton onto which we apply the finish. How many of these skeletons are available?

Starting in section 10 of the AWS at item 1.2.17 we see there are 2 TYPES of cabinets. TYPE A is frameless and TYPE B is face framed.

At section 1.2.18 we see that each TYPE of cabinet can have 3 types of door INTERFACE STYLES. TYPE A frameless cabinets can be STYLE 1: Overlay, which is subdivided into 3 groups: flush overlay, reveal overlay and lipped. TYPE B face frame cabinets can be STYLE 1: Overlay, which is sub divided into 3 groups: flush overlay, reveal overlay and lipped. TYPE A frameless cabinets can be STYLE 2: Flush inset. TYPE B face frame cabinets can be STYLE 2: Flush inset.

To Summarize:

TYPE A frameless cabinets have 4 DOOR INTERFACE styles: flush overlay, reveal overlay, lipped and flush inset.

TYPE B face frame cabinets have 4 DOOR INTERFACE styles: flush overlay, reveal overlay, lipped and flush inset.

Boil it down and you see there are really only 8 ways to make a cabinet's basic design style, but if you add the nearly infinite possibilities of finishes available, then you have unlimited design choices.

About the Author
Shows Leary has been an AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) inspector since 1996. He has served as QCP's Regional Representative and as a member of the Quality Certification Corporation Board of Directors and Board of Appeals. He is an alternate member of the AWI Technical Committee. Contact Shows Leary at Shows Leary Project Management, LLC, shows@showsleary.com.

Please see cautionary AWI statement in the right-hand column. 

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AWI Learning Forum

Innovative Companies Lead the Pack: A Look at Hollywood Woodwork

Hollywood Woodwork viewed the resurgence of the high-end hotel market after 2001 and planned out its 2000-2005 strategic plans accordingly. But the company, like others, was hit by the economic downturn that was down the road. How did they adapt?

The large high-end woodwork projects they specialize in provided a comfortable backlog of work which ran much longer into the recession. Through mid 2010, they were still installing product in many of the long-term projects which they had won up to one and one-half year earlier.

Like many successful woodworkers, they remained optimistic in light of the market trends, forecasts, and the economic downturn that the country was experiencing.

"Internally, we could foresee the impending traffic jam ahead but hedged our bets while running full speed," Robert Perrotti, company President and COO said.

"As the traffic jam intensified and competitiveness within the architectural woodwork industry grew worse, we adapted to the new marketplace realities by looking beyond our traditional markets and made cuts and reduced expenses to deal with the lower volume. Right now, projects in all markets are really tight," Mr. Perrotti said.

"Instinctively, you know what strategies to employ; they involve knowledge you already have and actions you should be taking routinely. But, these are not transformative," he said. "Breaking mindsets and old habits is what are needed."

A transformation requires that you learn to really see with a focused eye what is around you. "As my wife – an artist – says, ‘Before you can learn to draw, you need to learn how to see.’"

"Strategies that focus on ‘re-invention and out of the box thinking’ may have us searching dark corners for breakthrough ideas, when all the while a solution could be right in front of us. According to Sherlock Holmes, ‘The best place to hide something is in plain view.’ Under pressure, we fail to see it," Mr. Perrotti advised.

"I recognize how difficult it is look objectively at your business from 10,000 feet; it’s a harder task than we imagine. To shift my perspective, I’ve used simple exercises like looping my belt in a different direction and driving home via a different route. It takes you out of the routine and compels you to focus with a new perspective. A different path will expose you to new stimuli which allow opportunities to come into your consciousness that you have seen, but never really seen," he said.

"We believe our company must create our future beyond millwork. We consider Hollywood Woodwork to be an event planning company. We bring together an experience for the client and project owner," Mr. Perrotti said. "The company’s investment in its brain trust – hiring people with design, construction and architecture backgrounds – has made Hollywood Woodwork more client / project sensitive and responsive."

"With fewer staff, we are enabling cross-functional teams to approach projects from diverse viewpoints and with better ideas. We also look at turning liabilities into assets. For instance, our high-profile building has available space with which we might attract collaborative partners, such as architects and designers, because many of those firms are downsizing too," he said.

"We are attempting to go beyond survival techniques," Mr. Perrotti said, "and are working on growth techniques. We don’t assume our model will continue to exist. Our Scenario Planning involves thinking about our company structure beyond our current products and services."

To learn more about the evolution of Hollywood Woodwork, plan to attend the "Innovation Forum: Companies That Lead the Pack," session during the 59th AWI Annual Convention, October 26-28, 2011.

About the Speaker:
Robert Perrotti is President & COO of Hollywood Woodwork, Inc., a South Florida based business incorporated in 1968. At the firm’s 60,000 square foot facility its team of over 100 management, craftsmen and support personnel specialize in custom woodwork for use in premier hotels, spas, casinos, country clubs, public projects and corporate offices throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. Mr. Perrotti began employment with the company as Operations Manager. Mr. Perrotti has been with Hollywood Woodwork for 12 years and was previously a customer in the mega-yacht industry where he managed the design and outfitting of complex boat interiors. The company has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1981 and is a participant in the Quality Certification Program.

Learn More...                                                                                             

"Innovation Forum: Companies That Lead the Pack"
October 28, 2011
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Moderator: Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery

Forum Participants:
Andrew Campbell, President, Eastern Millwork, Inc.
Robert Pirrotti, President, Hollywood Woodwork, Inc.
Greg Porfido, Chief Operating Officer, Mark Richey Woodworking

These companies finished strong in the race for success. How have economic conditions and new business realities driven them to innovate during challenging times? What incremental or radical choices did they make? Was it sustainability, BIM, automation, and/or technological investments, diversification, or more? Find out more about their strategic decisions.

Early bird registration closes September 2. Register today and save!


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Upcoming Online AWI “Talk” Forums

Hosts of AWI’s "Talk" forums will answer your questions about sustainability issues and the Quality Certification Program. Space is limited.

Register today!  The sessions are growing in popularity.

"Green Talk"
September 21, 2011
2:00 pm EDT, Online
NEW Hosts: Kevin Mortensen, Chris Stapleton and Rob Ziegelmeier
Total number of seats: 45
Cost: Free to AWI members
Registration: Click here.  

"QCP Talk"
October 19, 2011
2:00 pm EST, Online
Speaker: Joe Sorrelli
Cost: Free to AWI Members
Registration: Click here 

For archived "AWI Talk" presentations, go to the AWI e-Learning site, accessible from www.awinet.org, for members only.

Here’s what you need to do.

1. Go to www.awinet.org.

2. Login FIRST with your AWI member access codes.

3. Once you are in the "Members Only" section, scroll down on the left menu column and click on "Educational Offerings" to find the "e-Learning" tab. Click on that tab.

4. You will come to a home page of the AWI eLearning site. Click on "e-learning Portal" at the bottom of that page.

5. If you have not previously established an account, you must register the first time, creating a new account and password of your choice. It is a one-time effort. Registration is free and available exclusively to AWI members.

6. If you haven’t visited the site previously, we recommend that you take the tutorials at the top of the inside home page.


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AWI News

AWI: Longest Tenured Provider of Continuing Education in the AIA/CES Program

Hundreds of AWI Speakers Bureau and other members have presented programs to tens of thousands of design professionals since AWI’s early days in the 1950s. What’s going on with the program?

It speaks volumes that AWI has been a continuing education partner with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for six decades and it underscores AWI’s dedication not only to education but also to promoting the value of architectural woodwork to the design/build industry. AWI staff helped found the AIA/CES continuing education program when it served on AIA Provider’s Council.

There are many programs in the AWI arsenal available for presentations to architects and designers, through Design Solutions Magazine, by chapters, and one-on-one to customers. "And, more are coming," noted AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer.

Outdated courses registered before 2007 will be retired this year and all presentations are being updated in accordance with requirements of the AIA continuing education program.

If you wish to schedule a presentation for your chapter or for your customers, contact the AWI Speakers Bureau to learn more at www.awispeaker.org.
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New AWI Members

Who are the new AWI members and how do you reach them?

Associated Woodworks, LLC, Phoenix, AZ
Bristol Builders & Contractors, Inc., Mansfield, MA, www.bristolmillwork.com
Brochsteins, Houston, TX, www.brochsteins.com
Garrity's, Inc., Rushland, PA, www.garritysinc.com
Old Colony Cabinets, Inc., Stoughton, MA, www.oldcolonycabinetsinc.com
Premium Millwork, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, www.premiummillwork.com
Stull Woodworks, Inc., Ludlow Falls, OH, www.stullwoodworks.com
The Interior Products Company, Cleveland, OH, www.interiorproductsco.com

Whitehouse Construction, Inc., Bedford Heights, OH

Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at www.awinet.org for contact information and access to the Web sites of these and other AWI members. The resource is open 24/7 for use in seeking manufacturers and suppliers of architectural woodwork.
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Business Tools

Don't Miss the AWI Speakers Bureau Training!

As a speaker, you have 30 seconds to win your audience. Your introduction could be the most important part of your presentation. Register by tomorrow, September 2. 

Our morning interactive workshop will take you through the process of creating an introduction that will capture your audience, making the information you share memorable. In the first afternoon session, you will be introduced to the new Design Pro presentations and receive tips and suggestions for giving powerful presentations. Finally, we will discuss the power of humor and look at techniques for incorporating humor effectively into your presentation.

WHEN: September 14-15, 2011 
  • September 14th - 7:00 pm Dinner
  • September 15th - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch

The Port Hotel (www.theporthotel.com/
101 E. Main Street
Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone:  262-284-9473

COST: No fee for AWI National or Chapter member.

INFORMATION: Contact Teresa McCain at 571-323-3622, tmccain@awinet.org for more information on the training.

REGISTRATION: To register, e-mail Lucy Wesson at lwesson@awinet.org by September 2.


AWI Wisconsin Chapter Golf Tournament, September 14th

The Bog - Saukville, WI (3121 County Hwy I, Saukville, WI 53080)
$125 per player includes Golf, Cart, Lunch, Beverage and a Team Skins Game (Cash payout). Door prizes, fun and fellowship!

Contact Sarah Williamson with questions on the golf tournament: williamson@back2design.com.
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Lessons from the 2011 CODB Survey

Did you know that the 2011 Cost of Doing Business Survey indicated that as a percentage of total sales, High Profit companies (as defined by the top quartile of CODB participants), spend less on material, less on direct labor, have a lower overhead, and even lower SG&A?

By participating in the CODB Survey, you will be able to use these benchmarks to see exactly how much you spend in key components of your business versus other companies and use this to make important business decisions.

Plan to participate in the 2012 Cost of Doing Business Survey to take your business to the next level.

You can also learn more on the AWI e-Learning site. The drivers for the higher Gross Margin for the high-profit companies are lower raw material costs, direct labor, and direct overhead factors affected by pricing effectiveness and production efficiency. Visit AWI e-Learning to learn more about what high profit firms are doing differently than average profit firms.

1. Go to www.awinet.org.

2. Login FIRST with your AWI member access codes.

3. Once you are in the "Members Only" section, scroll down on the left menu column and click on "Educational Offerings" to find the "e-Learning" tab. Click on that tab.

4. You will come to a home page of the AWI eLearning site. Click on "e-learning Portal" at the bottom of that page.

5. If you have not previously established an account, you must register the first time, creating a new account and password of your choice. It is a one-time effort. Registration is free and available exclusively to AWI members.

6. If you haven’t visited the site previously, we recommend that you take the tutorials at the top of the inside home page.

7. To locate the CODBS webinar, click on the "Woodwork Professional" portal. It will open a page with various grouped offerings under sections.

8. Click on the words "Business Management" and scroll down to the bottom and click on "Cost of Doing Business Webinar Archives." Click on the title "7 July CODB Webinar" to start the program.

9. Allow your computer to Download the necessary software – Java Web and Elluminate Live! – to unleash the full capabilities of the e-Learning system.

10. Follow the prompts to hear the webinar and view the charts and graphs referenced throughout the presentation.

For first-time users, it takes a bit of time to get set up, but it is a one-time effort. Thereafter, you can enter easily and quickly to find what you need. If you have difficulties registering or accessing the site, please contact AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org for assistance.

AWI e-Learning: Always On

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AWI e-Learning Web Site Open on Your Time, Anytime

What will you find inside? Learn on your own time, anytime...open 24/7. Lessons from 2010 CODBS, "Fundamentals of Estimating," archived "AWI Talk" sessions on the Architectural Woodwork Standards, sustainability, and the Quality Certification Program, and more.

AWI members may enter the AWI e-Learning site through the "Members Only" portal on the AWI Web site.

Here’s what you need to do.

1. Go to www.awinet.org.

2. Login FIRST with your AWI member access codes.   

3. Once you are in the "Members Only" section, scroll down on the left menu column and click on "Educational Offerings" to find the "e-Learning" tab. Click on that tab.

4. You will come to a home page of the AWI e-Learning site. Click on "e-learning Portal" at the bottom of that page.

5. If you have not previously established an account, you must register the first time, creating a new account and password of your choice. It is a one-time effort. Registration is free and available exclusively to AWI members.

6. If you haven’t visited the site previously, we recommend that you take the tutorials at the top of the inside home page.

For first-time users, it takes a bit of time to get set up, but it is a one-time effort. Thereafter, you can enter easily and quickly to find what you need. If you have difficulties registering or accessing the site, please contact AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org for assistance.


AWI e-Learning: Always On

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What's the Talk This Week?

Check out the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network, now over 1,600 participants strong. 

What are AWI members talking about?

  • LEED® Building Rating System & Wood
  • More Employment Opportunities
  • Gluing Stainless Sheets to Wood
  • Link Partners
  • Promoting Sales without Outside Salespeople
  • Three-Legged Child’s Stool Project
  • Finishing for Fir (or Pine) FloorsHorizontal Matching of Veneer Grain

Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. The AWI LinkedIn home page is here. See what your peers are saying. If you’re not yet registered with LinkedIn, do it when you check out the current discussions. It’s free and it’s a useful networking tool among AWI members.
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About QCP

New QCP Program Director and Inspections Manager Named

The AWI Quality Certification Corporation announced that former Inspections Manager Wayne Hintz has been promoted to QCP Program Director, a new position that will focus specifically on the daily management of the AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP).

Mr. Hintz is a veteran of the woodwork industry with more than 25 years of experience. He joined the QCP as a Q-representative in July of 2005, and took on the role of Inspections Manager in September of 2009. In his new position as QCP Program Director, Mr. Hintz will oversee all aspects of the QCP, including accreditation of woodworking firms, certification of QCP projects and the management and training of all Q-representatives.

In addition, Ashley Goodin has been promoted to Inspections Manager. Mr. Goodin is also a former Q-representative. Most recently, he served as QCC Compliance Auditor, working alongside Mr. Hintz to review inspection reports and answer technical questions. In his new role as Inspections Manager, Mr. Goodin will be responsible for the entire project inspection process, including the review and approval of inspection reports submitted by Q-representatives.

"Due to recent efforts to expand the product offerings of the Quality Certification Corporation (QCC), there arose a need for someone to oversee our core product, the QCP," said AWI QCC Executive Vice President Craig Elias. "Wayne is the perfect choice because of his vast knowledge of the industry, the QCP and the AWI Standards," Mr. Elias said. "I look forward to working with both Wayne and Ashley in their new roles," Mr. Elias added.

Both promotions are effective September 1, 2011.
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Green Scene

Court Dismisses Lawsuit against U.S. Green Building Council

The United States District Court in New York City dismissed in its entirety the lawsuit brought against the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The litigation was brought against the USGBC by Henry Gifford and others. The court held "that none of the plaintiffs in the action had alleged or could allege any legal interest to be protected by their lawsuit," according to an announcement by USGBC.

"The Court dismissed the federal false advertising claims ‘with prejudice,’ meaning that the Court’s dismissal of those claims is final and that plaintiffs are barred from filing a new suit based on those claims. The Court’s ruling simultaneously dismissed plaintiffs’ state law false advertising claims," the USGBC release stated.
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Federal Scene

Obama Administration Moves Forward with Regulatory Reforms

Recently, the Obama administration disclosed its plan to update, repeal or roll back more than 500 regulations at the Department of Labor, the General Services Administration, Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies.

An examination of the plan by the American Subcontractors Association revealed that "OSHA is planning to remove or revise ‘construction industry standards that are: outdated, duplicative, unnecessary, or inconsistent.’ The IRS is finalizing a rule that would provide relief to employers facing financial difficulty by providing new flexibility to employers sponsoring certain safe harbor 401(k) and (m) plans by allowing ’these plan sponsors to respond to changes in their financial health by suspending required contributions.’"

Be aware that GSA "will continue to monitor the rewrite of significant sections of the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation affecting Contracting by Negotiation, Construction and Architect/Engineer Contracts" and other types of contracts.

These reforms emanate from Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, issued on January 18, 2011. The order required each federal agency to develop plans for periodically reviewing "existing significant regulations."
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Safety Matters

National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2010; Declines in Construction

The number of fatal work injuries in the private industry construction sector declined by 10% in 2010.

And, a preliminary total of 4,547 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2010 revealed about the same number (4,551) fatal work injuries in 2009.

According to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the rate of fatal work injury for U.S. workers in 2010 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, the same as the final rate for 2009. Over the last three years, increases in the published counts based on information received after the release of preliminary data have averaged 174 fatalities per year or about 3% of the revised totals. Final 2010 CFOI data will be released in spring 2012, the agency said.

Economic factors continue to play a role in the fatal work injury counts. Total hours worked were up slightly in 2010 in contrast to the declines recorded in both 2008 and 2009, but some historically high-risk industries continued to experience declines or slow growth in total hours worked, including the private sector construction industry.

Key Preliminary Findings of the 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:

  • The number of fatal work injuries among the self-employed declined by 6% to 999 fatalities, more than the decline in their hours worked.
  • Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined by 10% from 2009 to 2010 and are down nearly 40% since 2006.
  • Work-related fatalities resulting from fires more than doubled from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010 – the highest count since 2003.
  • Workplace homicides declined 7% in 2010 to the lowest total ever recorded by the fatality census, but workplace homicides involving women increased by 13%.

Profile of 2010 Fatal Work Injuries by Type of Incident:

The number of fatal work injuries resulting from fires and explosions rose from 113 in 2009 to 187 in 2010, an increase of 65%. The increase was led by an increase of 106% in fatalities resulting from fires which rose from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010.

Fatal falls declined 2% in 2010 (from 645 in 2009 to 635 in 2010). Overall, fatal falls are down 25% from the series high of 847 fatal falls reported in 2007. Since 2007, fatal falls in the private construction industry have decreased by 42%. Fatal injuries resulting from being struck by objects or equipment were also lower, down 4% in 2010 to 402. Fatal work injuries involving exposure to harmful substances or environments were up slightly, but electrocutions declined.

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by incident, see the 2010 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of Fatal Work Injuries in 2010 by Industry Sector:

The number of fatal work injuries in the private industry construction sector declined by 10% in 2010. Fatal work injuries in construction have declined every year since 2006 and are down nearly 40% over that time. Economic conditions may explain much of this decline with total hours worked having declined another 6% in construction in 2010, after declines in both 2008 and 2009. Even with the lower fatal injury total, construction accounted for more fatal work injuries than any other industry in 2010.

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by industry, see the 2010 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of Fatal Work Injuries in 2010 by Occupation:

Fatal work injuries in the construction and extraction occupations declined by 9% in 2010 to the lowest level since the series high reported in 2006. Construction trades worker fatalities were down 15% (from 621 in 2009 to 530 in 2010) and have declined 46% since 2006.

Fatal work injuries involving construction laborers, the worker subgroup accounting for the highest number of fatalities in the construction trades worker group, were down by 16% in 2010 to 193 fatal work injuries.

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by occupation, see the 2010 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm

For more details, including profiles of fatal work injuries in 2010 by worker characteristics and fatal work injuries by state, see the BLS news release here.

Program Background
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible. For the 2010 data, over 18,000 unique source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process.

Another OSHS program, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), presents frequency counts and incidence rates by industry and also by detailed case circumstances and worker characteristics of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses that result in days away from work. Incidence rates for 2010 by industry will be published in October 2011, and information on 2010 case circumstances and worker characteristics will be available in November 2011. For additional data, access the BLS Internet site: www.bls.gov/iif/.

For technical information about and definitions for the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS web site here: www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch9_a1.htm.
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Chapter News

Recent Chapter Events

The AWI Great Lakes Chapter met recently in Traverse City, MI, with members attending a great golf outing and a survival tactics presentation.

The golf outing was a great "get away" and a chance to renew old friendships with GL members, according to Stephan W. Waltman, AWI Board of Directors member and Vice President – Sales and Marketing of Stiles Machinery. The next morning there was a breakfast/business meeting at which Mr. Waltman was the featured speaker along with Chapter President Tyler Cerny who presented information on the chapter. Mr. Waltman updated the group on national initiatives and gave a presentation on "How to Survive in Difficult Times."

He reported to AWI that due to the unfortunate state of the economy in the area he felt that normal good attendance was off. AWI Supplier Members are very supportive of the chapter, he added.
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Chapter News

Upcoming Chapter Events

What’s happening in your local AWI chapters and architectural woodwork communities?

Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers. To reach any of the chapter officers for more information, visit the AWI Web site chapter page here.

AWI Virginia & Carolinas Chapters
When: September 14, 2011
What: Joint Chapter Meeting & "Finishing 101" program
Where: High Point, NC
Host: Stiles Machinery
Hotel Accommodations: contact Joni Oligmueller at joligmueller@stilesmachinery.com 
Table Top Displays: contact Owen McGee at mcgee@stilesmachinery.com by September 8 

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: September 14, 2011 (Correct Date)
What: Annual Golf Outing & Chapter Meeting
Where: The Bog-Saukville, Madison, WI
Information: Click here

AWI Heart of America Chapter 
When: September 16, 2011
What: Golf Outing & Meeting
Host: Salina Planing Mill 

AWI Iowa / Nebraska Chapter
When: September 16, 2011
What Chapter Meeting
Where: DMAC
Sponsor: Hafele America / Shawn Svoboda 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: September 20, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Plant Tour
Questions: Jack M. Ragan, III, jackmragan@yahoo.com (new e-mail address)

AWI Minnesota Chapter
When: September 22, 2011
What: Sporting Clays Shooting Event
Where: Horse & Hunt Club
Special Presentation/Guest: Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery & AWI Board of Directors member

AWI Colorado Chapter
When: September 22, 2011 (7:30 – 9:30 am)
What: AGC Quarterly Breakfast & Program, "QCP & a Project’s Bottom Line"
Speaker: Ashley Goodin, QCP Compliance Auditor
Where: Green Gables Country Club
Information: Click here
Questions: Angela Sauffer, (p) 303-946-3342

AWI New Jersey Chapter
When: September 23-24, 2011
What: "Intermediate Project Management" Seminar
Speakers: Scott Nelson, AWI Past President and Jeff Stück, AWI Seminar Presenter
Where: American Millwork & Cabinetry, Emmaus, PA
Cost: $250
Information: John Gehman, 908-996-7866; jgehman1@verizon.netAWI New England
When: September 28, 2011
What: Fall Program – Fairfield County Millwork Plant Tour; "LEED® with the Best" Seminar
Presenters: Bruce Chapin, Atlantic Plywood; Briana Capra, Rainforest Alliance, SmartWood Program; Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative
Information: Click here
Questions: Tye Waller at tyewaller@msn.com 

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: October 4, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Florida Chapter
When: October 7-9, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting and Changeover Program of Officers and Board of Directors Meeting
Where: South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, FL 

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: October 18, 2011
What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Where: Milwaukee, WI 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: October 19, 2011 (12:00 noon)
What: Chapter Meeting
Questions: Jack M. Ragan, III, jackmragan@yahoo.com (new e-mail address) 

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: November 3, 2011
What: "LEED® & FSC Certification" Programs (1:00 – 3:00 pm); Lunch (12:30 – 1:30 pm); Tabletop Exhibits
Speakers: Garry A. Astles, Northway Industries; Keith Atherholt, Lewis Lumber Products
Where: C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Registration: $35 (Chapter / AWI Members); $70 (Nonmembers); $10 (Students)
Information: See Attached

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: November 9, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Plant Tour in Ashland
Host: Rex Lumber
Where: Richmond, VA 

AWI Heart of America
When: November 17, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Host: Woodwork Manufacturing & Supply 

AWI Iowa / Nebraska
When: November 18, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Where: DMAC
Sponsor: Blum/Kevin Voit 

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: December 6, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: December 9, 2011 (5:00 pm)
What: End of the Year Meeting / Celebration
Questions: Jack M. Ragan, III, jackmragan@yahoo.com (new e-mail address)

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: January 19, 2012 (12:30 – lunch; 1:00 - 3:00 pm – program)
What & Presenters: "LEED® for New Construction," Speaker – Garry A. Astles, Northway Industries, Inc.; "FSC Certification and Carbon Footprint of Forest Products," Speaker – Keith Atherhold, Lewis Lumber Products, Inc.
Registration & Details: See attached
Fees: $35 pp, Chapter / AWI Members; $70 pp, Non AWI Members; Tabletop Exhibits - $200
Information: Garry A. Astles, gastles@northwayind.com

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