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First Meeting of National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee to Be Held April 29

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2003

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Contact: Mat Heyman
301-975-2758

The first meeting of the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Advisory Committee will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md., April 29, 2003.

The committee’s first eight prominent building and fire expert members were announced on March 20, 2003. [Two additional members were announced on April 28, 2003]. The committee will advise the NIST director on carrying out investigations of building failures conducted under the authorities of the NCST Act that became law in October 2002. The act gives NIST responsibility for conducting investigations of events causing building failures that result in or pose the potential for substantial loss of life.

This is largely an organizational meeting (PDF - requires Adobe Acrobat) to provide the committee an opportunity to review NIST’s planned implementation of the act. The meeting will include a discussion of the status of NIST’s investigations of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center fire and subsequent building collapses and the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. The public will be given the opportunity to speak to the committee in five-minute time slots, as time permits, on the NCST implementation and the two investigations. Written comments also can be provided. To register to speak, or to provide written comments, contact the NCST Advisory Committee support office at: NCST Advisory Committee, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8610, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-8610; fax: (301) 975-6122; e-mail: NCSTAC@nist.gov.

WHEN: April 29, 2003; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: NIST, Administration Building, Employees Lounge, Gaithersburg, Md.

A closed portion of the meeting will be held the morning of April 30.

Due to restrictions on access to NIST, members of the public planning to attend the meeting must register by contacting the NCST Advisory Committee support office (see contact information above) by close of business, April 25, 2003. Reporters should contact Mat Heyman at (301) 975-2758 or heyman@nist.gov. Individuals not registered in advance will not be granted access to the NIST grounds.

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