Excavating the Issues

Sep 02
September 1, 2015

Skill, responsibility and safety are paramount in the construction and repair of highways, bridges, utility trenches and other jobs involving "heavy" work and equipment. Member companies of The Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City have been recognized for their efforts with workers’ safety. 

The Association recently named the recipients of its annual Heavy Constructors Association Safety Awards, which are earned by those member companies who have achieved the lowest workplace incident rate among Association contractors in their class. The incident rate is based on data reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

Edward DeSoignie, Executive Director of the Association, points out that the awards are more than just decoration for the member company’s walls. “The Safety Awards are given each year to recognize the attention and efforts devoted to worker safety by our member companies,” he explained.  This year’s recipients are:

Class A (More than 400,000 annual work hours):
Clarkson Construction Company, Kansas City, MO.

Class B (200,000 to 399,999 annual work hours):
Musselman & Hall Contractors, Kansas City, MO.

Class C (100,000 to 199,999 annual work hours):
O’Donnell & Sons Construction, Overland Park, KS;

Class D (50,000 to 99,999 annual work hours):
Leavenworth Excavating & Equipment Company-LEXECO, Leavenworth, KS;

Class E (50,000 or less annual work hours):
Julius Kaaz Construction, Leavenworth, KS.
CONTACT: Edward DeSoignie, Executive Director
Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City
Apr 10
April 6, 2015                                                                                                                            

Mandy Miller

Poll shows overwhelming support for T-WORKS
TOPEKA- Kansans believe T-WORKS, the state's 10 year, $8.2 billion transportation program, should be a top priority in the Kansas budget, according to a poll released today. 
In a random sample of five hundred likely voters in the state of Kansas, 95 percent believe T-WORKS should be fully funded by the Kansas Legislature with 69 percent opposing the diversion of transportation funds to pay for budget shortfalls.
T-WORKS was passed in 2010 and with the bulk of funding coming from a 4/10 cent sales tax that lawmakers continue to transfer to other areas of the budget to the tune of $2.1 billion through fiscal year 2017.
"This poll shows what we have long believed, that Kansans support a first rate transportation system and they expect their tax dollars to be used transparently for the purpose in which they were intended," said Johnnie Koger, Co-Chair of Economic Lifelines.  "The highway funds are being drained at a rate of just over $1 million per day in the current fiscal year and proposed budget for the next two years."
T-WORKS has proven to be a vital program for all areas of the state, creating needed jobs in what has been a slow growing Kansas economy and providing infrastructure needed to allow economic development.  The program was designed to deliver projects throughout the state, make travel safer, and return more than $10 billion to the Kansas economy.
The poll was conducted March 5-10, 2015 by The Kitchens Group, Orlando, Fla.  The margin of error for this survey is a +/- 4.4 percent with a 95 percent confidence level. 
Jan 27
Construction industry representatives last Friday received an important update on KDOT's projections of income and expenditures from Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King and State Transportation Engineer Jerry Younger. The presentation highlights drastic reductions in the T-Works program that are cause for alarm, but the HCA is working with industry partners to keep T-Works fully funded and delivering the projects and jobs that were promised. For more details please click "READ MORE" to view the full memo from Executive Director Edward DeSoignie and the accompanying slide show.
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