Brick Southeast Conducts Apprentice Contest

Twenty-eight first, second, and third year apprentices from the nine state Brick Southeast region competed for southern bragging rights, as well as cash prizes and lots of hardware, at the group's Manpower Forum held recently in San Destin, Fla. Local suppliers donated the materials, and the judging was performed by masonry instructors, masons, and architects from throughout the region.

Winners of the competition were:

  • First Year Apprentice: Gaspar Wielman, Gentry & Painter, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Second Year Apprentice: Sam Huhn, Adams Masonry, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Third Year Apprentice: Tony Woodson, Jenkins Masonry, Chattanooga, Tenn.

AEM Offers Free Tools for Developing Safety Material

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has completed phase one of a database of “industry recognized” pictorial illustrations for voluntary use in the design of equipment safety signs, manuals, and other training materials.

AEM developed the database to promote greater consistency and clarity among pictorial images so they are more recognizable by industry workers, thus enhancing safety. The pictorials are offered free of charge, saving manufacturers and others the time and cost of developing their own graphics.

The database can be easily accessed via the association's website ( and is searchable by categories and keywords. It currently includes almost 100 pictorials that are common to many industry segments and product lines, and covers both hazard identification and hazard avoidance.

Most images are in black and white. Red color, used primarily for fire and prohibitions, is shown in a few of the database pictorials, but use of the red would be at the discretion of the user. Images are searchable in multiple ways: by body area (arm, body, ears, eyes, head, etc.); hazard type (chemical, electrical, mechanical, thermal, etc.); and action (burning, crushing, entanglement, explosion, flying object, etc.), as well as by keywords.

MCAA Seminars Traveling the Country

The Mason Contractors Association of America has announced the dates and locations for four of its upcoming seminars.

  • Masonry Foreman Development. This program will deal with communications, leadership, problem solving, accident prevention, cost awareness, planning and organizing, production control, and contract documents.

  • Orlando, Fla., Feb. 21 - 22

  • Wall Bracing Design. This 4-hour course will provide contractors with the know-how to confidently design and construct wall bracing for a variety of common masonry structures so that they meet OSHA's requirements.

  • Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 9

  • Masonry Quality Institute. This event will explain the principles of the quality process, how to implement it, team building characteristics, and problem solving.

  • Orlando, Fla., Feb. 21 - 22
    Dallas, Texas, March 23 - 24
    Las Vegas, Nev., April 13 - 14

  • Basic Masonry Estimating. This 8-hour session will include a step-by-step approach to the estimating procedure, including direct and indirect costs, materials, labor, equipment, project and office overhead, and profit.

  • San Francisco, Calif., Jan. 30
    Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22

For additional details and costs, visit