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February / March 2010
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February / March 2010 National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, Florida 32791 http://www.ncbva.org .#"6! s &AX President Stephen Hatﬁeld Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL President-Elect Hubert McQuestion Lake Shore Burial Vault Co. Brookﬁeld, WI Secretary/Treasurer Michael Crummitt Crummitt & Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Immediate Past President Todd Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Directors Wendy Bott Brown Mark H. Bott Co. Ogden, UT Doug Evans Carolina Doric, Inc. Florence, SC Steve Handley Handley Precast Systems, Inc. Glendale, AZ Dave Long Eagle Burial Vault Association Joliet, IL
TABLE OF CONTENTS Board Actions Lead NCBVA Forward ................. 4 New Credit Card Program; NCBVA Will Cruise in 2011!
A Message from the President ............................... 7 It’s Not Easy Being Green By Stephen Hatﬁeld
Emergency Evacuation Plans Prevent Loss, Tragedy ................. 8 By Dave Brugger, P.E. Plant Certiﬁcation Representative
Update on Georgia Litigation..... 13 By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Legal Counsel
Convention Wrap-up.................. 14 Membership Application ............ 20 NCBVA Certiﬁed Plants ............. 22 Industry News ’N Notes ............. 24
Tony Colson Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL Jerry Russell Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, OH Dennis Schultz Doric Vault of Western N.Y., Inc. Buffalo, NY Blake Swinford Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Danville, IL Steve Vincent Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certiﬁed Association Management Co. Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq.
Cover Photos: Upper (from left): Hubert McQuestion, PresidentElect; Stephen Hatﬁeld, 2010 President; Michael Crummitt, Secretary/Treasurer; Wendy Bott Brown, Director. Lower Left: Scott Calkins has served as NCBVA’s legal counsel for more than 40 years. In recognition of his outstanding service, President Steve Hatﬁeld presented him with a plaque at the annual meeting in Las Vegas. Lower Right: Carol Schultz, Doric Vault of WNY, is serenaded by “Elvis.”
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February / March 2010
The NCBVA Board meets face-to-face at least once a year, and always at the annual meeting. A number of important actions were taken by the Board at its February 3rd meeting in Las Vegas:
Board Actions Lead NCBVA Forward
NCBVA Makes â€œGoodwillâ€? Payment Out of Legal Fund !T ITS /CTOBER MEETING THE "OARD AUTHORIZED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN .#"6! Legal and Regulatory Fund so that NCBVA would be able to offer ďŹ nancial assistance in potentially precedent-setting court cases, such as the on-going case in Savannah, GA. The Board was apprised by Attorney Scott Calkins on the status of the Savannah case and Executive Director Tom Monahan reported that, as a result of fundraising efforts, APPROXIMATELY HAD BEEN RECEIVED TO DATE IN THE FUND !S A GOODWILL GESTURE of support for the burial vault manufacturers involved in the Savannah case, the Board VOTED TO PAY OUT OF THE FUND A TOTAL OF TO THE ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING THE MANUFACturers. New Member Service! NCBVA Endorses Credit Card Program for Members The Board endorsed a new credit card program that Executive Director Tom Monahan searched out and presented as a possible member beneďŹ t. This program will provide extremely favorable terms to NCBVA members. (For details, please see ad, p. 27.) Pack Your Bags; NCBVA Will Go Cruising in 2011! "ECAUSE THE CONVENTION ON THE CRUISESHIP Freedom of the Seas was highly successful in terms of attendance and member satisfaction, the Board authorized Executive DiRECTOR -ONAHAN TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH 2OYAL #ARIBBEAN TO HOLD .#"6!S ANNUAL convention on the Allure of the Seas -ARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR &EBRUARY The Allure is currently nearing completion in Norway, and when built, it will be equal in size to its sister ship, The Oasis. These two ships areâ€”bar noneâ€”the largest passenger ships in the world today and boast amenities previously unheard of in cruise travel. Donâ€™t wait to reserve your space and select your accommodations! Limited number of STATEROOMS AVAILABLE 3EE INFORMATION ON PAGES Restoration of Points in CertiďŹ cation of Plants Based on a recommendation by David Brugger, NCBVAâ€™s Plant CertiďŹ cation Representative, the Board approved the restoration of points detracted for safety issues on a certiďŹ cation inspection, provided the plant owner can provide documentation that the problem has been corrected. Board Appointments The Board accepted the resignation of Linda Darby Sempsrott of Trigard, who has SERVED ON THE "OARD FOR YEARS "ASED ON HER RECOMMENDATION "LAKE 3WINFORD OF Trigard was formally appointed as her successor on the Board. Linda Darby Sempsrott was appointed as NCBVAâ€™s voting representative to the Funeral and Memorialization Information Council (FAMIC). Blake Swinford (left) accepts a plaque on behalf of Linda Darby Sempsrott for her service as a member of the Board. Linda was unable to attend the convention due to the death of her grandmother.
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Itâ€™s Not Easy Being Green By Stephen HatďŹ eld President
)F YOU PASSED ON THE !NNUAL #ONVENTION IN ,AS 6EGAS YOU really missed a good experienceâ€”all the way around. Youâ€™re going to read it elsewhere in this issue, but it bears repeating that we had a 55 percent increase in companies represented, and we believe thatâ€™s due to NCBVA partnering with the World of Concrete. Those industry members who came to Las Vegas really appreciated that they could literally do two things at the same timeâ€”take in an outstanding tradeshow AND meet with fellow burial vault manufacturers. Notwithstanding the obvious beneďŹ ts of mega tradeshows, the importance of spending time with people who are also involved in your line of work cannot be overstated. In recent years our industry has been taking some hits: from cremation, which was originally thought to be a passing fad; from aggressive steel and plastic manufacturers of burial vaults; from foreign competition; from Internet-based competition; and now, from the â€œgreen burialâ€? trend. The opportunity to get together and share ideas for meeting any current challenge is the strength of our organization. Iâ€™m pleased that, on the whole, we donâ€™t whine about the economy or forces that may be having a negative impact on us. We look for solutions
to our common problemsâ€”as some say, â€œHow to make lemonade out of lemons.â€? Arriving at a game plan for meeting the â€œgreen burialâ€? challenge was an excellent seminar sponsored by NCBVA and facilitated by Maureen Oâ€™Brien. (More details are covered in the CONVENTION WRAP UP ON PAGE h-Ov PUT US THROUGH OUR PACES in three focused sessions that forced us to come to a number of realizations. One key point is that our industry has been â€œgreenâ€? for years, but that message isnâ€™t coming out loud and clearâ€” especially to funeral home directors on whom weâ€™ve been depending, more or less, to point out the beneďŹ ts of concrete burial vaults (composed of natural ingredients that come from the earth; the ability to prevent chemicals from escaping into the earth; and capable of doing the ultimate job of efďŹ ciently protecting loved ones). Those of us who participated in Moâ€™s seminar came to the conclusion that no clear deďŹ nition of â€œgreenâ€? exists, however; that there are â€œshadesâ€? of â€œgreen;â€? and that education is the key to helping the public and funeral home directors think of the concrete burial vault as the best and â€œgreen-estâ€? choice. Kermit the Frog, one of Jim Hensonâ€™s most popular and loved Muppets, immortalized individuality with the song, Itâ€™s Not Easy Being Green. Remember it? It ended with the words, â€œI am green and itâ€™ll do ďŹ ne, itâ€™s beautiful, and I think itâ€™s what I want to be.â€? If NCBVA can collectively come up with an excellent deďŹ nition of green and shades of green, we have the means as a member of the Funeral and Memorialization Information Council (FAMIC) to get the word out to everyone. This calls for action: Who is willing to step forward and be part of a task force to take on this challenge for the beneďŹ t of all our members? Or do you have a better idea? Call me.
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One of the most frequent issues I ďŹ nd during plant visits for certiďŹ cation purposes is the lack of an evacuation map and plan. When I enter a building for the ďŹ rst time, my mind paints a scenario in which all the occupants and I must exit in a hurry. I strongly recommend that you engage in this mental exercise, too, and prevent a potential business nightmare. Donâ€™t guess! Plan for safety in any emergency. When to Evacuate Here are just a few reasons that an emergency evacuation might be necessary: s &IRE s $ENSE SMOKE s #HEMICAL SPILL s %ARTHQUAKES s 4ORNADOS s ! VEHICLE HITTING THE BUILDING s !IR lLLED WITH CEMENT DUST s #ARBON MONOXIDE CONCENTRATIONS OR chemical fumes s %LECTRICAL POWER FAILURE s &LOODING
Simple Evacuation Plans Evacuation plans must be simple and easy to follow in the event of an emergency. Every employee must be familiar with the building layout and be able to exit safely from anywhere in the building. Training is required to insure that every employee understands emergency evacuation procedures. Post Evacuation Maps An evacuation map should be posted wherever employees congregate (the locker room, ofďŹ ces and production areas, for example). s %VACUATION MAPS SHOULD SHOW THE LO cations of ďŹ re extinguishers and exit doors. s !NY BARRIERS TO A DIRECT EXIT PATHnn such as stacks of inventory, large machinery, production areas, stair ways, railings, electrical panels and HAZARDOUS MATERIALnnSHOULD BE ON THE drawing. s 4HE EVACUATION MAP DOESNT NEED TO be perfectly in scale, but it does need to properly represent the building shape and features. s $ESIGNATE A SPECIlC AREA TO GO TO during an evacuation so you can quickly account for everyone. s 4HE rendezvous location should be an open area, away from the building.
Promoting Concrete Vaults In Your Community Among the tools that NCBVA has available for you to use to promote concrete burial vaults in your community is the Green Ad (see full size on adjacent page). The ad is available in a pdf format that can be printed and provided to local funeral directors or published in local newspapers. If you would like a copy of the ad, email email@example.com or call 1-888-88-NCBVA.
February / March 2010 Requirements for Exit Doors Easy-to-operate exit doors must be reachable from all locations in the building. s %XITS MUST BE MARKED WITH %8)4 signs. It is best if the Exit signs are lighted. s %XIT DOORS MUST OPEN OUT NOT IN s %XIT DOORS MUST HAVE PANIC BARS OR be completely unlatched when the building is occupied. s )F THERE IS A DOOR THAT DOESNT LEAD TO safety but that could be confused with an exit, it should be marked Not an Exit. s 4HERE CAN BE NO BARRIERS OF ANY KIND inside or outside, at any of the exits. A clear path, as wide as the doorway, is required. s 'ARAGE DOORS SLIDING DOORS AND ROLL up doors donâ€™t qualify as exits because they take too long to open. Be aware that your state/county/city (whichever has jurisdiction) may not have strict enough building codes regarding exits. (Sad to say, but some states/municipalities donâ€™t.) Nevertheless, you are still legally liable for the safety of your building. Take the extra steps to insure that people can quickly and safely exit your building. Sample Evacuation Plan (below). Yours can be hand-drawn or done with computer graphics. It does not need to be exactly to scale.
NCBVA BULLETIN Other Critical Elements For Emergency Evacuation & Disaster Management At the beginning of this column I advised about the importance of careful planning for safety. In addition to those elements already mentioned, there are additional considerations that should not be overlooked for emergency evacuation and disaster management. s Fire extinguishers of the correct type, currently inspected, must be in their proper locations. s !LL ELECTRICAL PANELS SHOULD BE EASILY accessible. s ! INCH WIDE PATHWAY OR ONE as wide as the panel, whichever is larger) must be completely free of obstacles in front of each major electrical panel. s4HERE CAN BE NO EXPOSED BREAKER slots or exposed wiring at any panel. s 4HE mOOR NEAR THE PANEL AND the panel itself must never be wet unless it is a weatherproof, outdoor-rated panel or disconnect. s !LL ELECTRICAL PANELS MUST BE grounded. s "ATTERY POWERED EMERGENCY LIGHTING is advisable if your building would be very dark in the event of a power failure.