Safety and training will be two hot topics on the agenda for the CSDA 2005 Annual Convention, scheduled for Feb. 14-19 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Bruce Swanson, director of the OSHA Directorate of Construction, U.S. Department of Labor, will make the opening-day presentation, which will address how to create a safety program that meets OSHA guidelines. Swanson will be followed by Karl Smith and Tom Pyle from the California Department of Transportation, who will make presentations on slab replacement, joint repair and slurry disposal. Christine Fargo from the International Safety Equipment Association will speak on the topic of personal protective equipment in the construction industry. Many additional presentations, tailored to the needs of concrete cutting contractors, will be offered. Prior to the official start of the convention, CSDA will offer its two-day estimating training course on Feb.14 and 15. For more information, call (727) 577-5004 or visit

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