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Training and Workforce

DEVELOPMENT BENCHMARKS Why objective measurements are good for owners and contractors

16 Post-Accident Response 20 Safety Reminders for Erectors

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Management Post-Accident Response Protecting workers and the company starts with crisis management pre-planning By Tina Cauller


In the Field Safety Reminders for Erectors Popular and timeless topics for jobsite health and safety By SEAA Safety & Education Committee


24 Cover Story A new assessment tool helps contractors quantify and measure their workforce development and training programs.

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Membership in Steel Erectors Association of America provides Safety, Education, and Productivity benefits for its members. As a trade association representing Steel Erectors, Fabricators, General Contractors, and Vendors, businesses with complementary interests gain invaluable opportunities to learn from each other.

SEAA is the only national trade association representing the interests of steel erectors, fabricators, and related service providers. Connector reaches both small and large contractors working in union and open labor markets.

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Geoff Kress

Safety—not Speed—Is the Key to Success


e all know that safety in the work place is paramount. It’s a message and responsibility that should be embraced from ironworkers to executives. However, owners, estimators, project managers, and superintendents are also tasked with keeping a job on track with the goal of finishing on or before the deadline. Often our companies, and our employees, are asked to do the impossible—or maybe the improbable—to complete a job on time. When starting the bidding process for a typical project, we are given a timeline or duration of events from start to finish. Estimators are chosen by their company to bid a project based on how many hours can be assigned to complete each task. Factors that are included are the possibility of permit issues, steel arriving late, or weather delays. All of these potential problems are taken into account and you hope other unforeseen circumstances don’t push you to do more than your company can handle. If you accounted for 10 down days on a 20-week project then that amount of time could possibly be made up by working 10 extra Sundays or by increasing your labor. If delays extend beyond what you estimated, then what is the solution you can offer the GC or owner? This is when it is critical to not overlook safety when seeking solutions to staying on deadline. In the past 15 years, I have seen projects go from start to finish two, three and four times faster due to becoming more efficient in our building methods. We use tools that

save time, allowing us to be more efficient with personnel, while maintaining productivity. The downside—GCs and owners now demand even tighter schedules. They have come to believe that anything can be accomplished. Case in point. Have you ever finished a project well ahead of schedule, then been asked by the owner or contractor on the next job to deliver in the same truncated time table? I was once told by a GC that if we could erect and deck a Home Depot one week earlier than planned, it would allow for over $600,000 in sales just by opening one week sooner. I remember being wowed by that number, which inspired us to be one of the quickest decking companies. But at what cost? When does the importance of speed of completion stop because safety could be negatively affected? I believe that all owners and GCs want their projects to be built correctly, efficiently, and with ZERO incidents. The fast-track of the projects my company does today requires us to factor in full -time safety reps to maintain compliance with Site Specific Safety Plans. It’s critical to remind owners and GCs of that when attempting the improbable schedule. When faced with the impossible/improbable request, I know that somewhere in an office there is someone waiting for the project to be completed who has never been on a job site. They’ve never walked on a beam, been on a leading edge, or donned a hard hat while wearing personal fall protection for the day. In life, we often tell our families they need to slow down and get a reality check. The same is true for the job site. Even as we become more efficient in construction processes, I wish more owners set job durations by what should be done, rather than what can be done. It’s our job to educate them, while we work to make sure that every day, everyone comes home safe. Ultimately, safety is the key to success, not speed.

We use tools that save time, allowing us to be more efficient with personnel, while maintaining productivity. The downside — GCs and owners now demand even tighter schedules.”

Geoff Kress is President of the Steel Erectors Association of America, and Vice President and majority owner of Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc., Oldsmar, Fla. Contact him at 8 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA


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■ Save the Date for SEAA’s 48th Annual

Trade Show and Convention

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES SEAA 1st Quarter Board of Directors Meeting January 21, 2021 Tampa, Fla.

NASCC: The Steel Conference April 14-16, 2021 Louisville, Ky

SEAA Convention & Trade Show April 28-30, 2021 DoubleTree by Hilton at Entrance to Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.


EAA will hold its 48th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Fla., April 28-30, 2021. Convention will kick off with the popular Welcome Reception & Trade Show. Featuring top notch networking, SEAA’s trade show is regularly rated as a favorite part of the meeting by attendees. It offers erector and fabricator companies a chance to see the latest products, services and innovations they need for safer, more productive work sites. Exhibitors are encouraged to reserve booths early as space is limited. In addition, plans are underway for the 2021 George R. Pocock Memorial Golf Tournament and a tour of Universal Studios. The convention will include sessions on management and field topics. Descriptions of several sessions are below. Registration is now open online for exhibitors and attendees. Learn more at ● How

to become a SEAA/NCCER Training Unit/Assessment Site

Tim Eldridge, SEAA’s Craft Training and Assessment Administrator, will discuss how to become a member of SEAA’s network of Craft Training providers. Participation in the program provides SEAA member companies with access to nationally recognized credentials for ironworkers. Benefits include reduced costs and administrative requirements. Because of SEAA’s affiliation with NCCER, members also have access to the dozens of other construction craft training materials, assessments, and certifications. ● Common

Rigging Mistakes

Scott Seppers, a former rigger and ironworker, warns that employers should never assume those doing rigging have all the knowledge and training to account for the many variables affecting rigging scenarios. Drawing on 19 years of field experience and leadership as a general foreman and trainer for Trivent Safety Consulting, Seppers will identify some of the most common mistakes made in rigging. ● Make

Your Quality System Work for You

Continuous change to the AISC Certification program keeps erectors scrambling to keep up with Quality and Safety Management Systems. Lee Pielaet of Pioneer Steel Services, Inc., has conducted more than 1,000 AISC audits. He’ll share his experience to help erectors achieve, manage, and upgrade AISC certifications. ● Structural

Steel Field Fixes & Solutions

Problems encountered during construction and erection of structural steel buildings often require field fixes. Dr. James Fisher, Ph.D., P.E., is Vice President Emeritus for CSD Structural Engineers. He will share case studies, common problems, and how to respond when they occur. ● Workforce

Development is a Team Effort

A panel discussion, moderated by Tracy Bennett, SEAA’s Managing Editor of Connector and marketing consultant, includes experts representing technical education, craft training, curriculum development, and apprenticeship. The discussion will include trends in CTE education, practical tips for establishing workforce development and how to get funding for training and apprenticeships. ● Top

Notch Networking

SEAA’s focused trade show offers erector and fabricator companies to see the latest products, services and innovations they need for safer, more productive work sites. Regularly rated as a favorite part of the meeting by attendees, exhibitors are encouraged to reserve booths early as space is limited. In addition, plans are underway for the 2021 George R. Pocock Memorial Golf Tournament and a tour of Universal Studios. 10 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

■ Fabricator, Erector and Training Company Join SEAA’s

Ironworker Training Network

Three companies have joined SEAA’s network of SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Training Units and Assessment Sites. Participation in the program grants SEAA member companies access to nationally recognized credentials for ironworkers, crane operators and rigger/signal persons. Erection Welding Contractors, LLC, Pro Steel Erectors Inc., and Evolution Safety Resources bring the number of participating companies to 27 across the nationwide network. Erection and Welding Contractors, LLC (EWC) is an AISC certified fabricator and erector based out of Berlin, Connecticut. EWC is also a Minority Business Enterprise certified in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Pro Steel Erectors is a full-service structural steel erector based in Glendale, Arizona. They will offer SEAA/NCCER Ironworker training and assessments to their employees. “We set a goal in 2019 to jumpstart an onsite training program for our employees and the SEAA/NCCER training program allows us to do just that,” said Roger Holmen, Director of Safety and Training, Pro Steel Erectors. “We want to further educate our employees and expand their skills. It also provides added benefits for new hires as our company continues to grow,” he said. Evolution Safety Resources, based out of Raleigh, N.C., provides custom workplace training programs for employers. The addition of SEAA/NCCER ironworker training credentials complements the other training programs Evolution Safety Resources offers, including welding, pipefitting, highway/heavy construction, and heavy highway helper. “We are also actively working toward earning the ability to offer NCCER crane operator and rigger/signal person qualifications,” said Julia Kunlo, Vice President.

The SEAA/NCCER craft training program is the “jumpstart” to in-house training.

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Link-Belt 300-ton 348 Series 2 Lattice Crawler Crane

■ Erector Relies on Crawler Crane for Garage Construction Davis Erecting, Inc. of Greenville, S.C., used a Link-Belt 300-ton 348 Series 2 lattice crawler crane to lift and place 850 pieces of concrete double-tees, tilt wall panels, columns, and architectural forms on a four-story parking garage at UNC-Wilmington in North Carolina. The heaviest lifts for the job are concrete coping “eyebrow” sections that weigh 64,200 lbs. rigged. Those sections were hoisted at a 68 ft. radius and 72-degree boom angle. Overall erection consisted of 18 different lift sequences. According to crane operator Scotty Adams, “I use the fine metering knob pretty much all the time. When I’m bringing the double-tees off the trailer, I’m booming up while I’m cabling up. I’ll have the knob tuned down to a slow motion as it’s centered. When I’m over the center of the load, I know I can start hoisting it up.”

■ VIKING Helmet Delivers Lens Clarity Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, Ohio, has introduced the VIKING™ 3350 XG PAPR helmet, which features a low-profile external button to switch between weld and grind mode, a smart blower system, and an extra-large 12.5 sq. in. auto-darkening lens with Lincoln Electric’s exclusive 4C® Lens technology. The lens has 1/1/1/1 optical clarity, extreme color accuracy, light weight and an even shade from any angle, this feature increases operator comfort for long hours of welding. 12 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

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■ World’s First Battery Powered Tying Tool

from MAX USA Corp.

MAX USA Corp., Plainview, N.Y., has released the first battery powered stand up rebar tying tool, the TwinTier® RB401T-E. An automatic contact switch forms a tie when pushed down over a rebar intersection, and with the extended frame, it allows ironworkers to tie rebar for concrete slabs while standing upright.

■ Manitowoc Launches 60-ton

National Crane Boom Truck

Manitowoc 60-ton NBT 60XL

Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Wis., has launched a new National Crane boom truck. The 60-ton NBT 60XL features removeable counterweight, which is conTwinTier® RB401T-E from MAX USA figurable from zero to 16,000 lbs., allowing it to take on heavier picks. The crane features a 151 ft. boom that offers long reach packaged in an overall vehicle length under 45 ft. The crane can be fitted to several standard truck options, expanding layout configurations. An optional two-camera system increases jobsite visibility.

■ Genie’s S-80 J Boom Offers New Standard for Working

at Height

Genie, Redmond, Wash., offers the new S-80 J model with an unrestricted platform capacity of 660 lbs. With a platform height of 80 ft. and horizontal reach of 55 ft., this new boom provides operators with access at the top of the envelope. The 23,000 lb. unit Is lightweight enough to be equipped with Genie four-point TraX™ patented track and axle system.

■ Yield-Link Offers Flexible, Streamlined Solution for

Field Connections

Simpson Strong-Tie Yield-Link

Simpson Strong-Tie, Pleasanton, Calif., introduces expanded slope beam and multi-axis moment applications for its Yield-Link® moment connection for structural steel construction. Designed to absorb forces in a seismic or high wind event, the Yield-Link moment connection requires no field welding and allows beams to be designed without supplemental lateral bracing. This means fewer fabricated steel elements and field connections are needed.

Genie’s S-80 J Boom

■ New Water-Cooled MIG Guns for High Amperage Welding ESAB, Annapolis Junction, Md., has launched the Tweco® Fusion Pro 7W and 9W watercooled MIG guns for high-amperage welding. The Fusion Pro 7W is rated at 450A @ 100% duty cycle with mixed gas, 500A @ 100% duty cycle with CO2. The 9W is rated at 500A @ 100% duty cycle with mixed gas, 550A @ 100% duty cycle with CO2. The guns are available with 10, 12 and 15 ft. cable lengths.


Tweco® Fusion Pro 7W and 9W

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By Tina Cauller

Post-Accident Response Protecting workers and the company starts with crisis management pre-planning

Peterson Beckner Industries, shown here having a jobsite safety meeting, provides accident case management training to its field safety team, assistant supervisors, and foremen.


rom the first moment that an accident occurs on a jobsite, the post-accident response is a reflection of the training and readiness of the entire steel erection team. The immediate priority is to ensure the health and safety of the injured worker, but there is much more to it than that. “The best post-accident response protects workers, protects the company, and preserves important information that will inform future safety policies and procedures,” says labor attorney Frank Kollman of Kollman & Saucier, PA, with offices in Maryland and Virginia. Leadership is critical to maintaining control in the event of an accident, from the early stages of crisis response to conducting the investigation. A crisis response in which the erector takes the lead provides optimal protection for the steel erection company and its personnel.

Control of the site Typically, emergency responders notify OSHA immediately after 9-1-1 is called to a jobsite accident. Once on site, police and fire departments have authority and may refuse to let anyone enter or leave the site until statements have been collected. The individuals collecting statements have their own motives, and their interests may not align with the interests of your company. For example, OSHA will be looking for any evidence of violations and instructs compliance officers to record pertinent employer and employee Tina Cauller is a graphic designer and freelance writer with 30 years of experience reporting for trade and technical publications in building construction and real estate markets. She can be reached at

remarks that might include “admissions” of violations. The owner, general contractor, or first-tier subcontractor may deploy a strategy to deflect blame. Your insurance company does not want to pay a claim if it can be avoided. Proper crisis response training will help your employees know how to respond to any questions. Involving an attorney early in the process will give you greater control over the disclosure of reports since information is protected by attorney-client privilege. It is essential for each construction employer to have a thorough accident response plan in writing that identifies the personnel responsible for each task on the checklist to protect. Your foremen, managers, employees, and office personnel must immediately spring into action, and your designated response team, including your


company safety officer, company OSHA attorney, outside safety consultant, and other appropriate officials, such as the company president, should be alerted. If you have a designated crisis response team, they can step in for the crew who was present at the time of the accident in order to protect the interests of your company and your employees. In the event of a significant accident, Kollman recommends immediately ceasing operations, shutting down the site, and assembling everybody at a pre-planned location off the scene to prevent a chaotic response and to preserve valuable information. “An accident is a fluid event, driven by human emotion. Control of the situation can be quickly lost and is only slowly regained. Like a heart attack, the first seconds, minutes, and hours are the most important.”

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Preserving evidence The physical evidence at the scene should be carefully documented and photographed as soon as safely possible after the accident. The Safety Director, who would likely testify at any future proceedings, is an ideal choice to designate for gathering photographic documentation. For example, in a fatality accident involving the failure of a tilt-up perimeter wall, immediate preservation and inspection of the site yielded key evidence, Kollman explained. “Because we immediately took control of the area and started our own investigation, we were able to establish that the shims were installed and that their location on the ground was consistent with what you would expect had they been installed in the proper locations. If shims had not been found in the area or if they had been removed by someone ‘cleaning up’, we would not have been able to establish convincingly that they were there.” These are some things to think about in common types of accidents. In situations such as a crane collapse, a soil sample can provide helpful information. Since a crane’s stability is affected by the ground bearing capacity and the pressures being exerted under outriggers and crawlers, it is important to ascertain information about the crane’s setup, the ground conditions, the load weight and capacity of the crane in its operating configuration. In the case of a fall, the designated accident response team member should document and preserve the tie-off equipment and fall protection that the worker was wearing. In the case of an accident involving a dropped load, investigators will confirm that the rigging was sufficient for the weight and dimensions of load, that the location and quantity of approved lifting points were correct, and that the appropriate rigging gear was used. In all cases, the investigation seeks to identify the accident’s causal factors, including any issues with training, human error, engineering problem, or equipment malfunction.

Accident witnesses Workers who witnessed a serious injury may be distraught and talking with them in an atmosphere of trust and calm is essential to obtaining a clear, accurate account of what they observed. Often, the details they provide can give important clues that help establish the cause of a jobsite accident. Kollman recommends interviewing workers off site but notes that this does not preclude talking

to police or OSHA representatives later. It’s a good idea to remind employees of their rights. For example, “they should be aware that they have the right to be interviewed in the presence of their supervisor or safety officer,” said Kollman. “We know our workers and have good working relationships with them, so we have earned their trust. As steel erectors, we are in a unique position to understand and fully grasp the details provided by individual witnesses. When we review the event with our crew, we speak their language ― industry jargon and terminology doesn’t cloud the communication,” said Jesse Kulhanek, Safety Director for Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc., Houston. As Kollman noted, “When an accident occurs, everyone wants to ascertain why it happened as quickly as possible, and this can lead to speculation. It is in the company’s best interest to determine the cause of the accident rather than allowing speculation to take hold. Once someone gets an idea of what happened, it is nearly impossible to get them to accept facts to the contrary.” In an accident involving the collapse of a six-story garage that was being constructed with precast panels, three workers were killed. The police immediately sealed the area and would not allow anyone to leave the site. Kollman recalled, “I managed to talk to the foreman and the employees from an area outside the chain link fence. Even though the crew had received good crisis management training, it was helpful for someone to encourage a calm response and remind them not to speculate about the cause. ‘I don’t know’ is frequently the best, most accurate answer. No citations were issued because the cause of the accident, the shearing of a column pedestal, was due to improper structural engineering.”

Taking the lead on safety According to Kulhanek of Peterson Beckner Industries (PBI), “We always take the lead, immediately, in an accident investigation in order to learn everything we can about the incident, whether the occurrence was a near miss or resulted in an injury. Our goal is to be the first to interview our workers, so we can gather information from individuals who were directly involved or witnessed the incident while the event is still fresh in their mind. Exactly when and how that takes place is important in protecting the integrity of the investigation and protecting the workers themselves.”


Incident Investigation Resources Investigating a worksite incident – a fatality, injury, illness, or close call – provides employers and workers the opportunity to identify hazards in their operations and shortcomings in their safety and health programs. Most importantly, it enables employers and workers to identify and implement the corrective actions necessary to prevent future incidents. OSHA offers information on how to conduct effective incident investigations. Learn more at incident-investigation In addition, SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, offers a How-To guide on the same topic. The article includes suggested questions to use in interviewing witnesses. Find the article “How to Conduct an Accident Investigation” in the How-To Guides section under Resources at

After a report to insurance, the carrier may initiate their own investigation, but at PBI, internal accident investigation always parallels any outside investigative efforts. According to Kulhanek, “When an accident happens, we notify every level of management within our company. Our field safety team, assistant supervisors, and foremen are all thoroughly trained in case management. We gather our project team for a roundtable discussion to review the details of the incident and conduct an internal safety audit. Our goal is to ensure that we understand exactly what happened so we can implement policies to correct any gaps or deficiencies.” There are third-party accident investigation services. However, using an internal response team gives the erector the ability to maintain control of the investigation and avoids delays in initiating the investigation. Pre-planning your response to a jobsite accident is as important as planning a critical lift. “Crisis planning requires many of the same skills that go into planning a steel project. A solid plan includes assigning a single designated point of contact who is a detail-oriented problem solver with a calm, assertive demeanor,” noted Kollman. Accidents are never expected, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan your response to crisis. A well-written and properly implemented crisis management plan will prepare you for any eventuality and is as important as insurance for protecting your company and your workers.

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Twenty One Years in Business

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By SEAA Safety & Education Committee

Safety Reminders for Erectors Popular and timeless topics for jobsite health and safety


ix times per year, SEAA’s Safety & Education Committee shares best practices and safety reminders, distributed to industry professionals in bi-monthly newsletters. Not surprisingly, the two most popular topics in the past year related to COVID-19 and new standards for users of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms. Likewise, the opioid crisis in construction underscores the importance of awareness of the causes of suicide among construction workers. Other topics that were covered are timeless and practical tips that impact everyday worksite tasks—toolbox talks, hazards in the bone yard, and open webbed steel joist safety. Read the full content for these and other Safety Flash articles online in the News archive at Each Safety Flash article contains additional resources for managers. Sign up to receive the bi-monthly newsletters directly in your inbox by clicking subscribe under the news tab.

#1 New Training Requirements for Aerial Equipment Operators By Scott Seppers, Trivent Safety Consulting

Aerial Work Platforms have been renamed and will now be known as Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP). Previously, Aerial Work Platforms were classified by product type like scissor lifts, boom lifts, etc. but will now be broken into two groups. Employers should be familiar with new training requirements associated with each MEWP classification, and how safe use planning now requires a plan that is specific to the MEWP type, which now includes a risk assessment.

#2 Coronavirus Disease in Construction

By Julia Kunlo of Evolution Safety Resources and Ashley Felton and Adam Banks of Michael Best & Friedrich

The coronavirus pandemic has created personal, practical, and legal implications for those in the construction industry. Three areas of concern for employers: 1) Recordability, EMR and Insurance Costs; 2) Legal Considerations; and 3) Financial Considerations. As business leaders, it is important to consider these three categories noted while navigating emergency action planning, business continuity, and remote work/alternate revenue sources. 20 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

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#3 Suicides in Construction Occur at Higher Rate than OSHA’s Fatal Four

By Dax Biederman, Trivent Safety Consulting

The construction industry is four times more likely than any other industry to lose an employee to suicide. The suicide rate in construction is 45.3/100,000 compared to the national average for other industries of 14.2/100,000. Based on these numbers, it is five times more likely that an employer will lose an employee to suicide than to what OSHA considers the fatal four: falls, electrocution, struck by, caught in/between.

#5 Open Web Steel Joist Safety By Ed Valencia, Derr & Gruenwald Construction

Bar joists are popular for steel construction, because they are economical and strong. However, working with bar joists comes with many hazards until they are completely installed and under deck. Historically, building collapses and accidents occurred during bar joist installation. Give your employees the proper training to understand clearly how to erect joists safely.

#4 Making the Most of Toolbox Talks By Dave Shultz Vice President of Shultz Iron Works Inc.

Toolbox Talks are an important part of safety and health programs. They allow employers to proactively address hazards specific to the jobsite or project, creating awareness of certain risks and how workers should handle them. Perhaps just as important, Toolbox Talks can be used to build trust and boost communication when the tone is one of a safe space for employees to voice any safety concern or to suggest ideas they have for improving safety.

#6 The Bone Yard Is A Jobsite, Too By Dave Schulz of Schulz Iron Works, Inc.

When trucks bring steel back from a jobsite, it most often just gets thrown into a laydown area, or bone yard, with cranes, lifts and welding machines. This can cause a lot of potential hazards, as improper material storage can cause leg, ankle and/or hand crushes, also known as pinch points. All laydown areas are dangerous, not just those on jobsites. They create trip hazards that can do more damage than just a crushing injury, such as broken bones, caused by a fall. Employers and employees should work together to examine the workplace to detect any unsafe or unhealthful conditions, practices, or equipment.



By Daniel Groves

Training and Workforce

DEVELOPMENT BENCHMARKS Why objective measurements are good for owners and contractors


skilled construction workforce is essential to safe, productive, and sustainable project execution. Until recently, however, the industry lacked a qualitative metric to fairly, consistently, and objectively represent a contractor’s commitment to workforce development and training. Under the guidance and leadership of the CURT Workforce Development Committee and NCCER, the Contractor Workforce Development Assessment (CWDA) was created to make workforce development a key criterion in both the prequalification and the final selection of contractors, just as contractor safety, quality and schedule are key Daniel Groves is CEO of Construction Industry Resources LLC, which provides market intelligence and project risk management solutions for construction industry stakeholders. For more info, visit To learn more about CWDA, visit

selection criteria. This assessment tool and process enables owners to evaluate contractor craft training programs and provides a set of objective measures to transform what has traditionally been a subjective analysis. Because the CWDA provides metrics and benchmarking data, along with improvement recommendations in the form of a CWDA ScoreCardTM, contractors participating in the process, benefit as well. This article provides an overview of the CWDA assessment, why it is needed, how the system works, and the benefits of utilizing the tool. In addition, the essential role owners play in establishing industry-recognized standards for workforce development is addressed.

Fair assessment of labor Safety, quality, cost, and schedule are key metrics stakeholders (i.e., owners and contractors) often examine when selecting contractors for projects. However, what is


lacking in the selection process is a means to effectively measure project labor risk. The Contractors’ Workforce Development Assessment (CWDA) is a powerful assessment tool and process that provides stakeholders with an effective, objective tool to better inform stakeholders during the selection process. Conceived and developed to decrease project labor risk, the tool is designed to objectively measure a contractor’s commitment to workforce development and training. The CWDA helps improve project labor certainty by growing and improving the skilled workforce though objective metrics and effective peer benchmarking. CWDA was first developed in 2007, then vetted, piloted, and validated over a five-year period. In 2020, the CWDA was enhanced and relaunched with numerous improvements. The goal of the project was and is to evaluate and provide stakeholders with qualitative metrics to fairly, consistently and objectively represent a contractor’s

commitment to workforce development and training. To produce the desired metrics, the process is designed to: •  Ask relevant questions to accurately measure workforce development and training programs. •  Weight questions by their importance and impact on workforce development. •  Consider and accommodate the impact of different contractor types (e.g. construction manager, general contractor and subcontractor). •  Ensure the tool is labor posture neutral. •  Engage qualified third parties to collect and audit information to maintain consistency. •  Minimize subjectivity in the validation process. Because workforce development is a key criterion in both the prequalification and final selection of contractors, the deployment of the CWDA provides the industry with a tool that serves both owners and contractors. It allows owners to take the lead in bringing about transformative change to the construction workforce by establishing the CWDA metrics and standards for use by contractors during the selection process; and it emphasizes the importance of a skilled workforce rather than relying on low bid as the key to improving the industry. It helps contractors improve their workforce development and training programs, deliver a competent, productive workforce on projects, and increase their competitiveness.

First step in fulfilling the need As it relates to the workforce, the construction industry continues to face numerous obstacles – skilled workforce availability, aging workers, the need for craft training, and challenges in attracting and maintaining skilled craft professionals, among others. Current forecasts indicate skilled labor shortages will increase with a growing economy and current industry age distributions1. Historically, the industry has survived the ups and downs of the national economy, but over the last 30 years, its ability to retain workers during economic downturns and/ or rehire them as the economy improves has declined precipitously. Complicating this

The existing skilled labor pipeline is insufficient to produce and sustain a pool of competent talent to make up for accelerating workforce attrition. Source: CLMA United States 20/20 Foresight Report

steady decline is the looming exodus of retiring workers. The existing skilled labor pipeline is insufficient to produce and sustain a pool of competent talent to make up for accelerating workforce attrition resulting from an aging population and economic uncertainty. From a business perspective, chronic shortages of skilled labor are increasing costs, delaying schedules, and resulting in more accidents, lower quality outcomes, and missed project objectives. Compounding these obstacles is the fact that reliable, universal construction workforce development metrics are lacking. Consequently, avoiding less productive contractor firms during the selection process may prove difficult, making this process a potentially costly gamble. To mitigate the impact of a shrinking labor pool, workforce development metrics are essential, along with innovative, strategic thinking. Adopting high-priority workforce development and training programs is the first step to accelerating the skill development and hiring quality.

Training pays for itself Comprehensive, high quality craft training is fundamental to the development, growth, and maintenance of a skilled workforce today and in the future. Extensive industry research has shown that the investment in craft training is recovered through improved safety, increased productivity, as well as reduced absenteeism, turnover and rework (RT-231). In fact, CII research (RT-231) showed a minimum $3 ROI for every dollar invested in

workforce training. From a project perspective, positive outcomes related to the improvements noted above include lower budget risk, more predictable project timelines, and a higher quality work product. While skilled labor shortages threaten to meet project objectives related to cost, schedule, and performance, safety performance is also at risk. CII research (RT-318) found that labor shortages cause an increase in safety incidents and missed project objectives, directly proportional to the severity of the staffing challenge2. Historically, owners have advocated holding contractors accountable for investing in training and maintaining the skills of their workers. Yet, studies continue to show skilled and non-skilled worker shortages are correlated to the lack of contractor commitment to workforce development3. To combat this issue, it is crucial for owners to take a leadership role by proactively requiring industry-wide recruiting, training, and retention efforts and metrics to measure these activities. This strategy has proven successful in the past. When owners declared safety to be a core value and business imperative, key contractor selection safety metrics were established, safety improvement innovation in the marketplace was unleashed, construction sites and projects became safer, and “zero safety incidents” became achievable. Although owners recognized the importance of safety for their operations and most already had strong employee safety programs in place, what was lacking was a standardized, institutionalized measurement process for the

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along with the question details and improvement RT-231 recommendations. The Capital Projects Maintenance Projects contractor can then Productivity 11% 10% grant access to specific owners and/or general Turnover Cost 14% 14% contractors to view their Absenteeism 15% 15% CWDA score. Owners also subscribe to the Injury 26% 27% CWDA to access contracRework 23% 26% tors’ ScoreCards. Since effective eval$1.00 invested = $3.00 ROI uation of workforce development improves CII research shows a minimum of $3 ROI for every dollar invested in training. bid evaluation and conSource Construction Industry Institute tractor selection, the industry as a whole, and labor providers in CWDA should occur early in the project planparticular, which meant safety incidents con- ning process. Reacting later in the project, tinued. However, once owners made safety a when labor challenges are more difficult to non-negotiable expectation of doing business, overcome, lessens an owner’s influence and the number of safety incidents categorized as increases cost and risk. Objective measurement of a contractor’s highly preventable declined. When owners workforce development and training efforts establish the same expectations related to include these benefits. workforce development as they did for safety decades ago, the CWDA metrics and bench•  Enables hiring organizations (owners, marking will lead to improved outcomes. EPCs, GCs, etc.) to more effectively evaluate and pre-qualify contractors to The need for standardized metrics lesson project labor risk. The success of any project depends largely •  Establishes industry-wide workforce on a qualified workforce. Ensuring selected development and training metrics. contractors are able to provide that workforce requires informed screening based •  Helps contractors identify strengths on objective, industry-recognized metrics. and growth opportunities to increase However, consistent, industry-wide metrics profitability and improve operational to measure the utilization and effectiveness excellence. of craft employment and training strategies •  Helps contractors protect their reputation among contractors have not existed – until and enhance their brand by delivering a the CWDA. To participate in the CWDA, concompetent, skilled workforce on every tractors subscribe online [] project. and then follow these steps •  Promotes the safe and productive 1. Initiate an assessment(s) which correlates completion of projects on-time and to their company type (i.e., construction on-budget. managers, general/prime contractors, or •  Effectively demonstrates workforce subcontractors), development commitment to project 2. Answer each data request and question owner and contract partners. on the assessment(s), and •  Provides a key metric input for the Labor 3. Upload documentation to support and Risk Index (LRI). validate the answers. Owners and contractors must understand After submission, a non-biased, third-party that a qualified workforce is critical to a safe, auditor reviews the completed assessment productive, on-time, and on-budget project and supporting documentation, and assigns a delivery. They also must understand that the score for each question which aggregates to an competence and quality of a contractor’s overall score. The final and approved assess- workforce is the direct result of the contracment results in a CWDA ScoreCard™ which tor’s commitment to workforce development contains metrics and benchmarking data, and training. Owners can and should lead this

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change; and a foundational CWDA objective is to make workforce development a key criterion in both the pre-qualification and the final selection of contractors ... just as safety, quality, budget, and schedule are key selection criteria. The CWDA helps owners and contractors evaluate contractor craft training programs while providing a set of objective measures to improve what traditionally has involved subjective analysis. While owners may take the position that it is the contractor’s responsibility to recruit, hire, train and retain workers; ultimately owners bear the cost of workforce challenges. Owners are in the unique position to lead, make workforce development a real priority, incentivize the right behaviors, and reduce project risk. Active engagement in and advocacy for robust workforce development and training will improve the owner’s bottom line and the state of industry.

References 1. Construction Industry Resources. (2020) 20/20 Foresight Report. Last Retrieved October 28, 2020 2. Construction Industry Institute. (2015). Is there a demographic craft labor cliff that will affect project performance? Research Team number RT318, Austin, Texas 3. Construction Industry Institute. (2007) Construction Industry Craft Training in the United States and Canada. Research Team number RT231, Austin, Texas

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SEAA BOARD MEMBER DIRECTORY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Geoffrey Kress, President Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc., Oldsmar, Fla.

Geoff Kress has served on the Board of Directors since 2007, including serving as treasurer for many of those years. In 2011, he was honored as the SEAA Person of the Year. Other service includes work on the Canvass Committee that wrote the 2011, 2017 and the current review for 2022 SDI-QA/QC standard for installation of steel deck. Geoff currently presides as President of SEAA. His company Gardner-Watson Decking Inc., is a full-service decking company working throughout the United States.

David Deem, Vice President, Industry

Carrie Gulajan, Vice President, Associate Member

Deem Structural Services Longview, Texas ddeem@

Construction Insurance Agency, Inc. Manassas, Va.

David Deem served on the SEAA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004, and again beginning in 2016. David is president of Deem Structural Services LLC, an AISC Advanced Certified Steel Erector, which was founded in 2013. With more than 30 years of experience, he advocates for industry quality and safety standards, education of personnel, and organizations such as SEAA, AISC, and NISD. David assisted in writing Detailing Steel for Value and Safety and Detailing Guide for the Enhancement of Erection Safety.

Greg Phillips, Treasurer

Chris Legnon, Secretary

Titan Steel Erectors, LLC, Memphis, Tenn gphillips@

Cooper Steel Fabricators, Inc. Shelbyville, Tenn.

Greg Phillips has served as Treasurer of SEAA’s Board since 2018, and he also serves on the Membership Committee. He is a third-generation steel erector, who started his career working in the field at his father’s company. Greg started Titan Steel Erectors in 2013, a steel and pre-cast erector serving the Mid-South.

Joshua Cilley, Past President American Steel & Precast Erectors, Greenfield, N.H.; ASPE-South, Graham, N.C.

Chris Legnon joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2015. He is the Media Committee Chairperson, and also serves on the Safety & Education Committee. Cooper Steel is a fabricator and erector providing estimating, project management, and detailing services from offices in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Josh Cilley joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2001. He currently serves on the Long Range Planning Committee. He is president of American Steel & Precast Erectors, a family business founded in 1982 by his father. ASPE-South is a division acquired in 2018. The company is certified as a PCI Erector Category S2 and received SEAA's Project of the Year Award in 2012.


Carrie Gulajan was elected to the SEAA Board of Directors in 2011. She has been active in the industry since 1989, serving as Convention Committee chairperson and supporting the efforts of the Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament for many years. She also serves on the Finance Committee. In 2015, she became the first woman to receive SEAA’s Person of the Year award. Construction Insurance Agency provides property & casualty insurance for specialty and artisan contractors, builders risk, bonds, and risk management consulting.

Dave Schulz, Immediate Past President Schulz Iron Works Inc., Raleigh, N.C. dave@schulzironworks. com

Dave Schulz brings more than 40 years of experience to the association. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2007, lending expertise to the Safety Committee and planning the Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament. Schulz Iron Works Inc. provides steel design, supply, fabrication, and erection services to the Southeast. SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY TABLE OF CONTENTS ERECTORS  $10-UP MILLION 30 ERECTORS  $5-10 MILLION 30 ERECTORS  $3-5 MILLION 32 ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION 33 FABRICATORS 37 GENERAL CONTRACTORS 37 SERVICES 37 SPECIALTY SERVICES 38 SUPPLIERS & MANUFACTURERS 38 CONTINUING EDUCATION 39


Drew Heron

Tom McAleese

2020-2022 United Rentals Charlotte, N.C. Long Range Planning, Convention

2020-2022 Empire Steel Humble, TX Safety & Education, Convention, Membership

2018-2020 Indusco Group Baltimore, MD tmcaleese@ Safety & Education, Convention

Bryan McClure

John (Jack) Metcalfe

Nicholas Morgan

2020-2022 Trivent Safety Consulting Westminster, Colo. Chairman, Safety & Education; Media, Membership

2020-2022 National Institute of Steel Detailing Livermore, Calif. Long Range Planning, Safety & Education

2020-2022 Adaptive Construction Solutions Houston, Texas Safety & Education, Media

Jack Vernon Nix, Jr.

Duke Perry

Glen Pisani

2018-2020 Shelby Erectors, Inc. Davie, Fla. Chairman, Membership; Finance

2018-2020 Gardner-Watson Studs, LLC Oldsmar, Fla. Finance, Convention

2018-2020 MAS Building & Bridge Inc. Norfolk, Mass. gpisani@ Long Range Planning, Media, Membership

Tom Schlickbernd

Jim Simonson

Ed Valencia

2019-2021 Vulcraft/Verco Group Alpharetta, GA Convention, Membership

2020-2022 Steel Service Corp. Jackson, Miss. Long Range Planning, Media

2020-2022 Derr & Gruenewald Construction, LLC Brighton, CO Safety & Education

Ben Wein

Sherrie Wilkinson

Eddie Williams

2018-2020 SSW Erectors, LLC Morrisville, Vt. Convention, Media

2019-2021 L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc. Gambrills, Md. swilkinson@ Convention

2018-2020 Buckner Companies Graham, NC Long Range Planning

SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ABBREVIATION & ICON KEY AISC CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS FOR FABRICATORS & ERECTORS: BU: Certified Building Fabricator (previously noted as acronym "STD") SBR: Certified Bridge Fabricator - Simple IBR: Certified Bridge Fabricator - Intermediate (Major) ABR: Certified Bridge Fabricator - Advanced (Major) CBR: Major Steel Bridges SEAA/NCCER Accredited Training Unit and/or CPT: Certified Metal Component Manufacturer Authorized Assessment Site HYD: Certified Metal Hydraulic Fabricator CSEA: Certified Erector (Advanced) AISC CERTIFICATION ENDORSEMENTS: SPE-P1: Sophisticated Paint Endorsement - Enclosed SPE-P2: Sophisticated Paint Endorsement - Covered UPDATE YOUR LISTING ONLINE: SPE-P3: Sophisticated Paint Endorsement - Exposed SEAA Members can update directory FCE: Fracture Critical Endorsement listings online at any time during the year. BEE: Bridge Erection Endorsement Visit the Member Portal at SEE: Seismic Erection Endorsement and sign in with your login credentials. MEE: Metal Deck Erection Endorsement

ERECTORS  $10-UP MILLION Bracken Construction Company, Inc. Chris Bracken P.O. Box 1707 Ridgeland, MS 39158 P: 601-922-8413 | F: 601-922-8428 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

CSE, Inc. Ronnie Ranson P.O. Box 1030 Madison Heights, VA 24572 P: 434-845-7536 | F: 434-528-5739 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Deem Structural Services LLC David Deem 109 Benny Street Longview, TX 75604 P: 903-236-7800 | F: 903-236-7049 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Derr & Gruenewald Construction LLC Mike Waters 11100 E 108th Ave Brighton CO 80601 P: 303-287-3456 | F: 303-287-3459 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Empire Steel Erectors, L.P. Spike Tinsley P.O. Box 3653 Humble, TX 77347 P: 281-548-7377 | F: 281-548-2744 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc. Geoff Kress 300 Scarlet Boulevard Oldsmar, FL 34677 P: 813-891-9849 | F: 813-891-4105

J.C. Steel Erectors Corp. Kristopher Amplo 1255 Lakeland Avenue Bohemia, NY 11716 P: 631-563-7880 AISC Certifications: CSEA

JPW Structural Contracting, Inc./JPW Erectors Jody Wozniczka 6376 Thompson Road Syracuse, NY 13206 P: 315-432-1111 | F: 315-432-8202 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Kinsley Construction Inc. Bobby Chenault 3900 East Market Street York, PA 17402 P: 717-757-8761 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Lexicon, Inc. Viji Kuruvilla 8900 Fourche Dam Pike Little Rock, AR 72206 P: 501-490-2300 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

LPR Construction Company Jeffrey Pigue 1171 Des Moines Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 P: 970-663-2233 | F: 970-663-2073 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

MAS Building & Bridge, Inc. Glen Pisani 18 Sharon Avenue Norfolk, MA 02056 P: 508-520-2277 | F: 508-520-2276 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE


Memco LLC

United Steel, Inc.

Matthew Henderson 13324 Cedar Run Church Road Culpeper, VA 22701 P: 540-825-6527 | F: 540-825-6011 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Glen Corneau 164 School Street East Hartford, CT 06108 P: 860-289-2323 | F: 860-289-6350 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Mid Cities Erectors, LLC Scott Brooks P.O. Box 162984 Fort Worth, TX 76161 P: 817-306-0962 | F: 817-306-0976

Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc. Bob Beckner 7460 Warren Parkway, Suite #205 Frisco, TX 75034 P: 214-423-2100 | F: 214-423-2127 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Phoenix Steel Erectors, Inc. Paul Kollman 7805 Progress Court Gainesville, VA 20155 P: 571-248-6890 | F: 571-248-6894 AISC Certifications: CSEA

S & R Enterprises, LLC Stephen Burkholder 7385 Allentown Boulevard Harrisburg, PA 17112 P: 717-652-3080 | F: 717-652-3081 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

SCW Contracting Kirt Bjoin 2525 N. Old Highway # 395 Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-728-1308

Shelby Erectors, Inc. Jennifer Nix 4575 Oakes Road Davie, FL 33314 P: 954-275-3123 | F: 888-818-9108 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Superior Rigging & Erecting Company, Inc. Martika Williams 3250 Woodstock Road Atlanta, GA 30316 P:404-627-1335 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. Art Williams P.O. Box 1770 Manassas, VA 20108 P: 703-335-7800 | F: 703-335-7852 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE

ERECTORS  $5-10 MILLION Alliance Riggers & Constructors, Ltd. Phillip Cordova 1200 Kastrin Street El Paso, TX 79907 P: 915-591-4513 | F: 915-593-4718 AISC Certifications: CSEA

American Steel & Precast Erectors/ ASPE-South Josh Cilley P.O. Box 185 Greenfield, NH 03047 P: 603-547-6311 | F: 603-547-2770 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, MEE/CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site (ASPE-South)

Ben Gravett Enterprises/ BG Crane Services Matt Gravett 11921 Elk Run Road Catlett, VA 20119 P: 540-788-4894 | F: 540-788-9765 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Building Zone Industries David Darger HC 65 Box 340 Kanarraville, UT 84742 P: 888-509-2280 | F: 888-849-9592

D & E Steel Services, Inc. Travis Miller 11084 Leroy Drive Northglenn, CO 80233 P: 303-427-4804 | F: 303-427-6285 AISC Certifications: CSEA

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $5-10 MILLION Garrison Steel Erectors, Inc. Jason Garrison P.O. Box 626 1122 Industrial Park Drive Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-4766 | F: 205-884-4765 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Group Steel Erectors, Inc. Randolph Schuman P.O. Box 61 Dickson, TN 37056 P: 615-441-4934 | F: 615-441-4935 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Harris Steel Erectors, Inc. David Harris 615 Old Smithfield Road Goldsboro, NC 27530 P: 919-734-3620 | F: 919-734-2267 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc. Sherrie Wilkinson P.O. Box 227 Gambrills, MD 21054 P: 410-987-5414 | F: 410-987-2540 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Mechanical Industries Inc. Jerry Miranda 314 Yampa Street Bakersfield, CA 93307 P: 661-634-9477 | F: 661-634-9460 AISC Certifications: BU

Piedmont Structural Company Glenn Stowe 1432 North Lee Street Salisbury, NC 28144 P: 704-738-0060 | F: 704-738-0064 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Pro Steel Erectors II Inc. Scott Sappington 6714 W. Frier Dr. Ste. 104 Glendale, AZ 85303 P: 623-825-3078 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

R&J Steel Erectors, LLC James (Rusty) Rader 155 Prospect Drive, Suite 101 Huntingtown, MD 20639 P:410-257-2174 | F:410-257-2428 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

River City Erectors, LLC Mike Dorsch P.O. Box 246 Rossville, TN 38066 P: 901-861-6174 | F: 901-861-6414 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

S.L. Chasse Steel Stephen L. Chasse 8 Christine Drive Hudson, NH 03051 P: 603-886-3436 | F: 603-881-9953 AISC Certifications: BU

Steel Masters, L.P. Rudy Limon 2214 Blalock Road Houston, TX 77080 P: 713-464-8652 | F: 713-464-3219 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Titan Steel Erectors, LLC Greg Phillips P.O. Box 999 Munford, TN 38058 P: 901-274-4992 | F: 901-274-4401 AISC Certifications: CSEA

V & M Erectors, Inc. Vern Nix 21005 Taft Street Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 P: 954-437-9998 | F: 954-437-3169

Williams Erection Company Frank Williams III P.O. Box 756 Smyrna, GA 30081 P: 770-436-1596 | F: 770-438-8143 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE

ERECTORS  $3-5 MILLION Big Boy’s Steel Erection, Inc. John M. Gerst 11843 Missouri Bottom Road Hazelwood, MO 63042 P: 314-731-4157 | F: 314-731-5598 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Big C Industries, LLC Ronda Cross 3339 Washington Way Longview, WA 98632 P: 360-261-7210 AISC Certifications: BU


Blakeman Steel, Inc.

J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.

Billy Blakeman 4200 Broadway Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76117 P: 817-831-2601 | F: 817-831-6703

Chad Schakelman P.O. Box 5957 Janesville, WI 53547 P: 608-754-6601 | F: 608-754-9171 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Bret Steel Corp Mike Rouleau P.O. Box 1457 Dover, NH 03821 P: 603-743-4386 | F: 603-742-7235 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Cooper Steel Chris Legnon P.O. Box 149 Shelbyville, TN 37162 P: 931-684-7962 | F: 931-684-7968 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Dean Steel Erectors

Jonquil Steel & Construction PJ Aikens 140 Veterans Memorial Highway SE Mableton, GA 30126 P: 770-948-9876 | F: 770-948-6760 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

L & L Construction, Inc. Brian Schreier 1040 California Road Quakertown, PA 18951 P: 215-536-9361 | F: 215-536-9438 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Tom Morris P.O. Box 1164 Harrisonburg, VA 22803 P: 540-434-7465 | F: 540-434-7640 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Linton's Mechanical, LLC

Diversified Metalworks

March-Westin Company, Inc.

Justin Ferguson 332 W. Brenna Lane Orange, CA 92867 P: 714-771-4211 | F: 714-771-3442

Cody Rodeheaver 360 Frontier Street Morgantown, WV 26505 P: 304-599-4880 | F: 304-599-7509 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

DSE Erectors, Inc. Kevin Pauley 315 Lake Street Jackson, TN 38301 P: 731-423-4900 | F: 731-423-4918 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Fulgent Contracting Corporation Isabella Sampson P.O. Box 40 Stevensville, MD 21666 P: 410-604-0172 | F: 410-604-0176 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Gabriel Steel Erectors, Inc. Matthew Messing 36 Maybrook Road Montgomery, NY 12549 P: 845-769-3000 | F: 845-457-1077 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Patsy Mack 104 Sawgrass Avenue Goose Creek, SC 29445 P: 843-572-0955 | F: 843-572-1422

Quality Steel Services, Inc. Jim Edwards 740 Cleveland Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 P: 970-593-1976 | F: 970-593-0927 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Rackley Company, Inc. Scott Rackley 3772 County Road 99W Orland, CA 95963 P: 530-865-9619 | F: 530-865-2648 AISC Certifications: CSEA SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Ramar Steel Erectors, Inc. William Raetz 432 Portland Avenue Rochester, NY 14605 P: 585-232-7777 | F: 585-263-2734 AISC Certifications: BU

SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $3-5 MILLION Ranger Steel Erectors, Inc. Amy Pilcher 602 Grantham Avenue West Monroe, LA 71292 P: 318-387-9882 | F: 318-387-9822 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

S & H Steel Co. LLC Bradley Wyeth 620 W. Commerce Ave. Gilbert, AZ 85233 P: 480-926-6062 | F: 480-926-6063 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

S.L. Shaw Company, Inc. Lee Shaw P.O. Box 67 Bakersfield, CA 93302 P: 661-342-7106 | F: 661-873-1571 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Sentry Steel Service Chris Hopper 167 Center Point Road South Hendersonville, TN 37075 P: 615-826-9552 | F: 615-826-9682

Steel Fabricators, LLC Scott Wilson 721 NE 44th Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 P: 954-772-0440| F: 954-351-7788 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION All Forms Fabrication, LLC William Richardson PO BOX 772116 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 P: 970-631-0087

All Things Metal Timothy Rock 23724 N Central Avenue, Bldg B Phoenix, AZ 85024 P: 623-582-3900 | F: 623-582-2230 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

ALW Welding, Inc. Marina Wood PO Box 365 Chocowinity, NC 27817 P: 225-495-2240

American Aerial Services, Inc. James Read 33 Allen Avenue Extension Falmouth, ME 04105 P: 207-797-8987 | F: 207-797-0479 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Apex Steel Corporation Mike Reeves 301 Petfinder Lane Raleigh, NC 27603 P: 919-362-6611 | F: 919-362-6664 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

Ascending Iron Stephen Workman P.O. Box 640 Alamance, NC 27201 P: 919-607-0587

Atlantic Installers Andrew McCorkle 903 Outer Rd Orlando, FL 32814 P: 407-373-7800

Atlas Welding & Fabrication, Inc.



Kurt Schmid 728 Grantham Lane New Castle, DE 19720 P: 302-326-1900 | F: 302-326-1945 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU

Big Box Erectors, LLC


Dayna Ferguson P.O. Box 308 Tipton, IN 46072 P: 317-984-1905 | F: 317-984-1983

Black Cat LLC Ryan Lewis 1720 Pacific Avenue Cheyenne WY 82007 P:307-637-5266 | F:307-637-7176 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Bouchard Steel Erectors


Roger Bouchard P.O. Box 760 North Bennington, VT 05257 P: 802-753-7250 | F: 802-681-7289 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE


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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION C.S.E., Inc. William Michaud P.O. Box 532 Williston, VT 05495 P: 802-864-1812 | F: 802-862-8391 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Canal City Industrial, LLC Nathanael Gurnish 8701 State Route 43 Streetsboro, OH 44241 P: 330-958-1863

Carolina Structural Welding & Steel Erection, Inc. Aurelia Chacon P.O. Box 25463 Charlotte, NC 28229 P: 980-307-1706 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Carrara Steel Erectors, Inc. Patrick Carrara 1717 Gaskell Avenue Erie, PA 16503 P: 814-452-4600 | F: 814-456-5055 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Citadel Steel Erectors Inc. Mitchell Stevens 3405 Apex Peakway Apex, NC 27502 P: 919-362-5122 | F: 919-362-6910 AISC Certifications: CSEA

D.S. Duggins Welding, Inc. Derek Duggins 195 Altay Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27106 P: 336-924-5484 | F: 336-924-5485 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Eastern Constructors Inc. Brad Kincaid 38004 Cornerview Road Geismar, LA 70734 P: 225-450-3226 | F: 225-450-3227 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Eastern Metal Works Inc Mike Brickley 20 Higgins Drive Milford, CT 06460 P: 203-878-6995 AISC Certifications: BU

Eastern Steel Erectors, LLC

Freese Steel Erectors LLC

Ryan Pepin 56 N Harwinton Avenue Terryville, CT 06786 P: 860-585-9016 | F: 860-585-0039 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Clifford Freese 48400 Old Grade Rd Cable, WI 54821 P: 715-530-3159

Ed Emmons Steel Erectors, Inc

Fresno Fab-Tech, Inc.

David Emmons 5801 West Nine Mile Road Pensacola, FL 32526 P: 850-944-2017 | F: 850-944-0848

Pat Phelan 1035 K. Street Sanger, CA 93657 P:559-875-9800 | F:559-875-9700 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU

Fast Track Erectors Alex Valladares 723 W. University, Suite 110-290 Georgetown, TX 78626 P: 512-635-9219

Flawless Steel Welding, LLC Victor Garcia 2020 West Barberry Place Denver, CO 80204 P: 720-638-7289 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

GCI Steel Erectors, Inc. Robert Colone 2916 Republic Avenue Florence, SC 29501 P: 843-393-4288 | F: 843-393-4255

Georges Welding, LLC Charles George 3181 Oneida Street Sauquoit, NY 13456 P: 315-737-5131 | F: 315-737-0168

FM Steel Construction LLC Michael Mulsow 1579 E Tara Ct Chandler, AZ 85225 P: 623-882-6183



ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION GOP Ironworks Sheri Quattrocchi 637 Wyckoff Ave, Ste 340 Wyckoff, NJ 07481 P: 201-643-6641

GRIDIRON STEEL INC Jeffrey Stump 135 Stoney Run Rd Dillsburg, PA 17019 P: 717-891-5666

High Plains Steel Services, LLC Kris McLean 2055 Howard Smith Avenue East Windsor, CO 80550 P: 970-685-3941 AISC Certifications: BU, P1

Hodges Erectors Inc Jorge Amador 11403 NW 122nd Street Unit 21 Medley, FL 33178 P: 305-234-3467 | F: 305-231-3355 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Intermountain Erectors, Inc. Mark Shell 1546 North 25th East Idaho Falls, ID 83401 P: 208-528-7544 | F: 208-528-7548 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

J & H Erectors Inc Wayne Jacobson 601 Soo Lane Ste 101 Buffalo, MN 55313 P: 763-684-1962

Jack Foster Co. Erectors, Inc. Don Prockish 1119 South Santa Fe Street Wichita, KS 67211 P: 316-263-2901 | F: 316-263-3646

Keith’s Welding Service, Inc. Bryan Shirley P.O. Box 3868 Greenville, SC 29608 P: 864-895-8191 | F: 864-895-9120 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Leiser Construction, LLC Lloyd Leiser 1927 365th Street Madison, KS 66860 P: 620-437-2747 | F: 620-437-2783

Lesley Erectors, Inc. Vic McCoy P.O. Box 51128 Piedmont, SC 29673 P:864-400-6320 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Mabe Steel, Inc. Bryan Mabe 1490 Brookford Road Kernersville, NC 27284 P: 336-978-0064 | F: 336-595-1741

Maryland Iron, Inc. Michael Lagoey 145 8th Ave N.W. Glen Burnie, MD 21061 P: 410-766-1800 | F: 410-766-3620 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU

Master Steel, LLC Donald Stephens 9769 Speedway Boulevard Hardeeville, SC 29927 P: 843-784-7173 | F: 843-3413

McKenzie Welding Greg McKenzie 13802 Old National Pike Mount Airy, MD 21771 P: 301-829-6615 | F: 301-829-9775

Merit Erectors, Inc. Chris Koenig 1020 Richwood Circle Cincinnati, OH 45208 P: 513-533-3761 | F: 513-533-3796 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Metrolina Steel Erectors, Inc. Barry Mitchell P.O. Box 2228 Davidson, NC 28036 P: 704-309-5584 | F: 866-713-8429 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Mid Atlantic Steel Erectors, Inc. Roy Fridley 832 Westwood Pine Court Moseley, VA 23120 P: 804-598-9351 | F: 804-598-9376 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Mitchell Welding & Iron Works, Inc. Kevin Mitchell 7 Enterprise Drive Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 P: 609-465-7510


Powers Built Structures Inc.

Michael Pimental 453 Newburyport Turnpike Rowley, MA 01969 P: 978-817-2144 | F: 978-817-2187

Dave Powers P.O. Box 479 Hudson, CO 80642 P: 303-536-9335 | F: 303-536-9338 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Ogeechee Steel, Inc.

Pro Steel, Inc.

Brandi Perossa P.O. Drawer 1469 Swainsboro, GA 30401 P: 478-237-2770 | F: 478-237-4045 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

Jeff Gallegos 38805 Myers Road Yoder, CO 80864 P: 719-478-3150 | F: 719-478-2237

Parsons Steel

John Quinlan P.O. Box 32 Claxton, GA 30417 P: 912-739-1555 | F: 912-739-2058 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Joe Parsons 4580 N. Highway Drive Tucson, AZ 85705 P: 520-887-6207 | F: 520-292-2636 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

Peak Steel David Woodruff 1610 N. Salem Street Apex, NC 27523 P: 919-362-5955 | F: 919-362-0656

Perry & Perry Builders, Inc. Lin Perry P.O. Box 1048 Rockdale, TX 76567 P: 512-446-2752 | F: 512-446-2564 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE Pinnacle Precast & Steel Erectors Inc.

Quinlan Enterprises

R.C. Fabricators, Inc. Marc Klair 824 Locust Street Wilmington, DE 19801 P: 302-573-8989 | F: 302-573-8984 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Raulli & Sons, Inc. Charles (Chip) Tourot 213 Teall Avenue Syracuse, NY 13210 P: 315-479-6693 | F: 315-479-5514 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU, CPT

Rens Welding & Fabricating, Inc.

Jeff Harnish 84 North Street Milford, NH 03055 P: 603-400-7044

Rens Hayes 988 Crane Avenue South Taunton, MA 02780 P: 508-828-1702 | F: 508-828-1703 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU, CPT

Pinnacle Steel NE, Inc

RND Contractors Inc

Troy Noe P.O. Box 952 Nolensville, TN 37135 P: 615-776-7240 | F: 615-776-5247

Nancy Sauter 14796 Jurupa Ave A Fontana, CA 92337 P: 909-429-8500 | F: 909-429-8200 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU, IBR, FCE, P2

Pioneer Erectors, Inc.

Roanoke Valley Steel Corporation

Doug Sparling 550 Kirtland Street, SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507 P: 616-247-6966 | F: 616-247-0367 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Kimberly Jenkins P.O. Box 661 Weldon, NC 27890 P: 252-538-4137 | F: 252-536-2539 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Rogue Erectors James Moore P.O. Box 617 Leander, TX 78641 P: 512-745-2277

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION Ropac, Inc. Roy Davis 3690 Lightwood Road Deatsville, AL 36022 P: 334-569-2893 | F: 334-569-2895 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Rose Steel, Inc. Tom Horner 250 Ocean Road Greenland, NH 03840 P: 603-436-7950 | F: 603-436-1403 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Schulz Iron Works, Inc. Dave Schulz 1620 Wolfpack Lane, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27609 P: 919-981-6121 | F: 919-981-6122 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Senneker Steel Erectors, Inc. Michael Senneker 4502 Division Street Wayland, MI 49348 P: 616-325-7404

Shaw Welding Company, Inc. Richard Shaw P.O. Box 435 Billerica, MA 01821 P: 978-667-0197 | F: 978-670-2603

Shewmake Steel Erection, Inc. Stan Stanley P.O. Box 3285 Augusta, GA 30914 P: 706-823-2420 | F: 706-823-2439 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Southern Rigging & Erection, Inc. John Harris P.O. Box 125 Louisburg, NC 27549 P: 919-496-4401 | F: 919-496-3991 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Southwest Steel Erectors Rick Brown 7282 55th Avenue East, Unit 142 Bradenton, FL 34203 P: 941-322-8583 | F: 941-322-8003


SSW Erectors, LLC

Suncoast Industries of Florida

Ben Wein 4808 Randolph Road Morrisville, VT 05661 P: 802-888-2422 | F: 802-888-3327 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Jonathan L. Dean 6133 Idlewild Street Fort Myers, FL 33966 P: 239-936-7887 | F: 239-939-9234 AISC Certifications: BU

Steel Supply and Erection Company, Inc.

Justin Geddings 1712 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard Annapolis, MD 21409 P: 410-349-1280 | F: 410-349-1282

Jonathan Newton P.O. Box 607 Asheboro, NC 27204 P: 336-625-4830 | F: 336-626-9967

Steelco Erectors, LLC Brian Landfried 3818 Fre Mar Road NE Lancaster, OH 43130 P: 614-905-0309

Suburban Steel Erectors, Inc. Bill Grill 150 Amelia Street Mont Clare, PA 19453 P: 484-459-5057 | F: 610-917-0856

Superior Steel Erectors, Inc.

T&M Decking, Inc.

Michele Mangan 4590 Denny’s Store Road Oxford, NC 27565 P: 336-599-6164 | F: 336-599-0034 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

T.W.S. Fabricators, Inc. Thomas Gelthaus P.O. Box 327627 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332 P: 954-983-9749 | F: 954-983-9669 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION Trinity Steel Erection, Inc. Beth Belcher P.O. Box 774 Powhatan, VA 23139 P: 804-598-8811 | F: 804-598-0762 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Tri-Steel Fabricators, Inc.

Building Envelope Systems Fermin Goitia 20 High Street Plainville, MA 02762 P: 508-381-0429 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Crystal Steel Fabricators, Inc

James Werosta P.O. Box 5756 Trenton, NJ 08638 P: 609-392-8660 | F: 609-392-7626 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU, CPT

Justin King 9317 Old Racetrack Road Delmar, DE 19940 P: 302-846-0613 | F: 302-846-3223 AISC Certifications: BU, IBR, CBR, CPT, FCE, P2

Tuscarora Rigging, Inc.

Dave Steel Company, Inc.

Barry Slusser 11375 Standing Stone Road Huntingdon, PA 16652 P: 814-506-8166 | F: 814-506-8242 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

Tim Heffner, P.E. 40 Meadow Road Asheville, NC 28803 P: 828-252-2771 | F: 828-252-0041 AISC Certifications: BU

W.O. Grubb Steel Erection, Inc.

E&H Steel Corporation

Charles D. Cooke 5120 Jefferson Davis Highway Richmond, VA 23234 P: 804-271-9471 | F: 804-271-2539 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Robert W. Thomas P.O. Box 1170 Midland City, AL 36350 P: 334-983-5636 | F: 334-983-6173 AISC Certifications: BU, P2

Wennersten Construction, Inc.

Encore Steel, Inc.

Chase Wennersten 3057 N. Norfolk Mesa, AZ 85215 P: 480-272-9461 | F: 480-272-9487 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Dennis Sehnal 3420 S 39th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85009 P: 480-663-3505 | F: 480-361-7920 AISC Certifications: BU

Wescorp, Inc. Weslie White 8421 Donnaha Road Tobaccoville, NC 27050 P:336-416-6377

FABRICATORS Banker Steel Company, LLC Donald Banker P.O. Box 10875 Lynchburg, VA 24506 P: 434-847-4575 | F: 434-847-4533 AISC Certifications: BU, ABR, CBR, CPT, FCE, P1

Basden Steel Corporation Bruce Basden P.O. Box 1061 Burleson, TX 76097 P: 817-295-6100 | F: 817-295-4375 AISC Certifications: BU, P2

Erection & Welding Contractors, LLC Dale Applegreen 190 New Park Drive Berlin, CT 06037 P: 860-828-9353 ext 113 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU, P1 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Hallmark Iron Works, Inc. Jim Woods P.O. Box 339 Newington, VA 22122 P: 703-550-9560 | F: 703-550-0106 AISC Certifications: BU

Integrated Structures Corp. Nicole Mignone 4 Pinehurst Drive Bellport, NY 11713 P: 516-937-9200 AISC Certifications: BU, SBR



Sam Winters 1947 Union Cross Road Winston-Salem, NC 27107 P: 336-785-0848 | F: 336-788-8835 AISC Certifications: BU

Rob Burlington 5105 Bur Oak Circle, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27612 P: 919-828-9545 | F: 919-828-9720 AISC Certifications: BU, P1

Monterey Structural Steel, Inc. Kenneth Bachini 320 Industrial Road #101 Watsonville, CA 95076 P: 831-768-1277 | F: 831-768-1352 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Nucor-Vulcraft/Verco Group Thomas Schlickbernd 6230 Shiloh Road Suite 140 Alpharetta, GA 30005 P: 678-965-6667 | F: 678-965-6929 AISC Certifications: BU

Owen Steel Company Kevin Phillips 727 Mauney Drive Columbia, SC 29201 P: 803-251-7624 | F: 803-251-7637 AISC Certifications: BU, ABR, CBR, FCE, P1

Padgett, Inc. RJ Padgett P.O. Box 1375 New Albany, IN 47150 P: 812-945-1299 | F: 812-949-3432 AISC Certifications: BU, SBR, CPT, P1

SC Steel, LLC Gene Miles 114 East Warehouse Court Taylors, SC 29687 P: 864-244-2860 | F: 864-672-2209 AISC Certifications: BU

Smith Ironworks, Inc. Blake Weaver 5285 Highway 114 Lyverly, GA 30730 P: 706-895-3311 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU

Steel Service Corporation Jim Simonson P.O. Box 321425 Jackson, MS 39232 P: 601-939-9222 | F: 601-939-9359 AISC Certifications: BU, SBR, P1

Steel Fab Enterprises, LLC Kurt Fisher 623 Baumgardner Road Lancaster, PA 17603 P: 717-464-0330 | F: 717-464-9464 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

GENERAL CONTRACTORS Crossland Construction Company Meridith Lynn 833 S East Ave Columbus, KS 66725 P: 620-429-9232 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

G.A. West & Company, Inc. David Phillips P.O. Box 367 Saraland, AL 36571 P: 251-445-6256 | F: 251-675-0591 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU, P1

SERVICES Construction Insurance Agency, Inc. Carrie Gulajan 7896 Donegan Drive Manassas, VA 20109 P: 703-257-7540 | F: 703-257-7539

CSD Structural Engineers Thomas Getschman 8989 N. Port Washington Road Milwaukee, WI 53217 P: 414-351-5588

Evolution Safety Resources Tim Neubauer 3200 Wake Forest Road, Suite 202 Raleigh, NC 27609 P: 919-801-1830 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

K Allen, LLC Kelly Allen 379 N Valencia Rd Ridgeway, SC 29130 P: 803-447-1936

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY SERVICES Kollman & Saucier, PA Frank L. Kollman 1823 York Road, Business Law Building Timonium, MD 21093 P: 410-727-4300 | F: 410-727-4391

M & P Specialty Insurance Jason McElrath P.O. Box 4119 West Columbia, SC 29171 P: 803-936-1601 | F: 803-936-1366

Relation Insurance Services, LLC Andrea Tsakanikas 311 Ranch Road 620 South, Suite 107 Austin, TX 78734 P: 512-599-0022

Gulf Coast Rebar INC Michele Adams 3609 A East 10th Ave Tampa, FL 33605 P: 813-247-1200

Guy M. Turner, Inc.

Miles Gurley 4900 Koger Boulevard, Suite 450 Greensboro, NC 27407 P:336-217-6921| F:336-218-6426

David Johnson P.O. Box 7776 Greensboro, NC 27417 P: 336-294-4660 | F: 336-294-6668 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Safran Law Offices

Hamilton Tree Service Inc.

Stephen Safran P.O. Box 587 Raleigh, NC 27602 P: 919-828-1396 | F: 919-828-7993

Grant Hamilton 4949 Pacheco Blvd Martinez, CA 94553 P: 925-228-1010

Tradesmen International

Superior Cranes, Inc.

Gene Cates 1722 Louisville Rd, Suite C Knoxville, TN 37921 P:865-558-0896 | F:865-558-0899

Joe Everett P.O. Box 2371 Rockingham, NC 28380 P: 919-997-7700 | F: 910-997-7709

Trivent Safety Consulting

Tech Safety Lines, Inc.

Bryan McClure 1499 W 120th Ave #110 Westminster, CO 80234 P: 800-819-6092 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Alida Borg 3350 Wiley Post Road Carrollton, TX 75006 P:214-987-4680 F:214-750-9261

USI New England

Gary Hileman 2002 Graves Court Baltimore, MD 21222 P: 410-285-6363 | F: 410-285-2715

Sean Hood 3 Executive Park Drive, Suite 300 Bedford, NH 03110 P: 603-665-6188 | F: 610-537-2333

SPECIALTY SERVICES Buckner Heavylift Cranes, LLC Eddie Williams 4732 NC Hwy 54 East Graham, NC 27253 P: 336-376-8888 | F: 336-376-8855

United Crane & Rigging

SUPPLIERS & MANUFACTURERS Altec Cranes Dan Brock 325 South Center Dr Daleville, VA 24019 P: 540-494-9718

Ashley Sling, Inc. Jim Luckie P.O. Box 44413 Atlanta, GA 30336 P: 404-691-2604 | F: 404-691-3608


Bigfoot Construction Equipment, Inc. Peggy Matteson 1111 Broadway Court Woodstock, IL 60098 P: 888-743-7320 | F: 815-527-7589

BlueScope Conventional Steel Services Tim McNeely PO Box 419917 Kansas City, MO 64141 P: 816-245-6500 | F: 816-245-6055

Certified Slings, Inc. Robert Saxon PO BOX 180127 310 W Melody Lane Casselberry, FL 32707 P: 407-331-6677

Columbia Safety and Supply Mark Anderson 4720 Robinson Drive SW Atlanta, GA 30336 P: 404-458-7000 | F: 888-511-0457 Lindsay Kant P.O. Box 85670 Lincoln, NE 68501 P:800-247-4898 | F:402-479-2108

Freedom Tools, LLC Cheri Swisher 2820 South Alma School Road, Suite 18-440 Chandler, AZ 85286 P: 480-250-5266 | F: 480-471-0817

FrenchCreek Production Jason Wible 100 N 13th Street Franklin, PA 16323 P: 877-228-9327 | F: 814-437-2544

General Equipment & Supply Rob Hall P.O. Box 80489 Simpsonville, SC 29680 P: 800-800-6011 | F: 864-243-5457

GWY LLC Heath Mitchell P.O. Box 293 Greenfield, NH 03047 P: 603-547-3800 | F: 603-547-3801

Hanes Supply, Inc. Billy Hanes 55 James E. Casey Drive Buffalo, NY 14206 P: 888-426-3755 | F: 716-826-4412

Haydon Bolts, Inc. Rich Giusti, Jr. 1181 Unity Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 P: 215-537-8700 | F: 215-537-5569

Hilti, Inc. Ruben Gorjian 7250 Dallas Parkway, Legacy Tower, Suite 1000 Plano, TX 75024 P: 800-879-8000 | F: 800-879-7000

LeJeune Bolt Company Jeff Greene 3500 West Highway 13 Burnsville, MN 55337 P: 952-890-7700 | F: 952-890-3544

Lincoln Electric Theo Facaros 22801 Saint Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44117 P: 216-481-8100 | F: 216-486-1751

Magni Telescopic Handlers Gary Weisman 616 West 1st Avenue Roselle, NJ 7203 P: 908-280-8899 | F: 973-453-8114

Manitowoc Crane Group Chris Bratthauar P.O. Box 21 Shady Grove, PA 17256 P: 717-593-5348 | F: 717-593-5104

Mazzella Companies Adam Franz 21000 Aerospace Parkway Cleveland, OH 44142 P: 800-362-4601 | F: 440-239-7010

Merlo (AMS) Jessica King 1205 Galleria Blvd. Rock Hill, SC 29730 P: 803-327-4949 | F: 803-327-4952

SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY SUPPLIERS & MANUFACTURERS Miller Electric Mfg LLC Joseph Ryan P.O. Box 1079 Appleton WI 54912 P:920-735-4162

Nelson Stud Welding Nick Caratelli 7900 West Ridge Road Elyria, OH 44035 P: 804-564-6365

Pewag Chain/Terrier Lifting Clamps Lisa Frank 4790 Crittenden Drive, Suite 101 Louisville, KY 40209 P: 502-819-1241

Pneutek, Inc. Karen Tuthill 17 Friars Drive Hudson, NH 03051 P:800-431-8665 | F:603-882-9165

Preferred Safety Products, Inc. Barry Cole 4785 Elati Street, Suite #15 Denver, CO 80216 P: 800-301-3188 | F: 303-225-0510

Red-D-Arc Welderentals Gail McRoberts 685 Lee Industrial Boulevard Austell, GA 30168 P: 770-819-1515 | F: 770-819-0179 Kevin Pitcock 1 Tomsons Rd #100 Saugerties NY 12477 P: 845-338-1325 | F: 845-338-1372

SDS/2 Lacey Niemeyer 1501 Old Cheney Road Lincoln, NE 68512 P: 402-441-4000 | F: 402-441-4045

St. Louis Screw & Bolt Joe Howard P.O. Box 260 Madison, IL 62060 P: 800-237-7059 | F: 314-389-7510

Trimble Solutions USA, Inc./Tekla, Inc. Don Grigg 1075 Big Shanty Rd NW, Suite 175 Kennesaw, GA 30144 P: 770-426-5105 | F: 770-919-0574

United Rentals Big Dave Brown 10524 Old Nations Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28273 P: 800-704-2829 | F: 704-523-4948


Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. Nicholas Morgan 11767 Katy Freeway, Suite 690 Houston, TX 77079 P:832-619-1175 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Ironworker Skills Institute Patty Daigle 1146 Indurstrial Park Road Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-814-7159 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

SCW Contracting Kirt Bjoin 2525 N. Old Highway # 395 Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-728-1308 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Trident Technical College Lisa Middleton P.O. Box 118067 (CE-M) North Charleston, SC 29423 P: 843-574-6065 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Wake Technical Community College Michael Moore 3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Suite 200 Cary, NC 27518 P: 919-980-1371 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

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By Carrie Gulajan

Top COVID-related Insurance Questions by Business Owners


e have seen a surge in the amount of questions relating to coverage for COVID-19,” one insurance carrier told Construction Insurance Agency. Others across the country found themselves in similar positions since March 2020. Three of the most common questions policyholders have been asking are: 1) Do I have coverage for business interruption? 2) Will workers compensation coverage apply to employees with the virus? 3) How do I handle workers compensation as it relates to furloughed employees?

Defining business interruption Business interruption (or business income as it is sometimes called) coverage is a property coverage. As such, in order for a claim to be triggered, it must be a direct physical loss or damage to property at the described premises. Most standard property policies contain a standard ISO exclusion for loss due to virus or bacteria. (ISO is an acronym Carrie Gulajan is President of Construction Insurance Agency, Inc., which provides insurance services and risk management consulting for construction-related businesses. She has been a member of the SEAA Board of Directors since 2011 and currently services as Vice President. 40 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

for Insurance Services Office, Inc. Since 1971, they have provided legal language used by many insurance carriers.) This particular exclusion, form number CP0140 0706, was created by ISO back in 2006. Even if there isn’t a specific exclusion, the claim will probably be denied by the carrier under standard exclusions for no direct physical loss to property. Several examples of direct physical loss to property include fire, wind damage, or theft. A change in market conditions is not considered a trigger for a claim either. Meanwhile, insurance carriers are increasingly being sued regarding exclusion of claims due to the pandemic. Whether claims that were once denied will be reversed is yet to be seen. Some states have introduced legislation requiring insurance companies to cover claims for business interruptions due to COVID-19. A proposed bill in New York, if passed, would require insurance carriers to cover losses during the period of a declared state of emergency for policies in force after March 7, 2020 and for businesses with less than 100 full-time employees. It’s quite plausible insurance carriers will band together to dispute such legislature. If the insurance carriers are forced to pay business interruption claims resulting from a pandemic that was never intended to be covered, the loss may create a catastrophic crumble in the insurance

industry. Carriers base products they offer on multiple factors which determines the price. Business Interruption coverage may cease to exist in the future or be priced so high that businesses will decline to purchase it. Currently, a Business Continuity Protection Program is in the development stage. Organizations such as American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), Independent Insurance Agents & Broker’s of America, Inc. (aka BIG I), and National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies are leading the way to propose this voluntary federal program within the Treasury Department. The APCIA is attempting to get support for legislation that would implement a fund designed for workplace recovery. In generic terms, a business would be able to purchase coverage for revenue replacement for business interruption resulting from viral pandemic or other epidemic infectious diseases when the federal government declared a public health emergency. This program would be similar to the Federal Flood Insurance Program.

Workers comp and the virus

Employers may see a new class code on the audit and/or policies with a rate of $0. This is the new unit statistical code specifically developed as a result of the current pandemic. Each carrier will have their own guidelines as to how payroll is audited and whether payroll for partially furloughed employees can be split into multiple class codes. A simple tip is to add two class codes, one for “furloughed employees” and another for “COVID leave.” You can simply place the payroll in these categories to make it easier for the auditor. Ask your insurance agent for assistance if you need more information on how to segregate payroll and how to best prepare for a workers compensation audit. The insurance industry is evolving. What may apply today may change tomorrow. Take the time to review your policy with your agent annually and most definitely any time your operations change.


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The construction industry is no stranger to coronavirus in the workplace. Many employers have experienced a case first hand prompting them to ask if the employee is entitled to workers compensation benefits as a result? Depending on the state you are in or how the claim is presented would determine the answer. Ordinary illnesses, such as the flu or a jolly old winter cold, aren’t covered by a workers compensation policy. Workers compensation covers bodily injury by accident or disease, but not illnesses (often defined as ordinary diseases of life). However, states are taking action to help include coverage for first responders and health care workers and others in similar businesses that are impacted more directly by exposure to coronavirus as part of their daily jobs. As of August 2020, 14 states had approved COVID-19 as a work-related illness as compensable. Most of these states specifically define eligible classes of workers and typically include first responders, health care workers and correction officers. Wyoming and California are two interesting states in regards to coverage. Wyoming enacted coverage to include “all workers” normally covered under workers compensation. If you are working

We have seen a surge in the amount of questions relating to coverage for COVID-19.”

in California, take note as the state passed an executive order to include all workers who test positive for COVID-19 and who are not exclusively working from home. Additionally, it may be hard for insurers to deny coverage as the onus may be placed on the employer and insurer to prove it didn’t result from the workplace. What about contributing to workers compensation for furloughed employees— employees who were paid but not working? Employers should maintain separate and accurate payroll documentation for these employees. Workers compensation carriers are following orders issued from each state’s insurance department filings. Generally speaking, wages paid to furloughed employees during a state wide emergency order, and where the employer has shown and verified the payroll as such at audit, will not be required to pay workers compensation on those wages. The payroll records need to be clear and concise.

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96% of companies in heavy construction laid off less than 10% of their workforce.”

— Report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers in September 2020 after surveying construction and utility sectors on how workforce was being affected by pandemic-related slow downs. Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers

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GCs/CMs’ Top 10 Most Frequent Building Types for Using Permanent Modular Construction (Forecast for Next 3 Years Compared With History of Last 3 Years) Dodge Data & Analytics, 2020

Top 10 Types of Buildings for Modular Construction

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Healthcare Facilities

41% 22%

In a research study by Dodge Data & Analytics, the organization found that prefab and modular construction improves productivity, positively impacts budget and schedules, and this type of construction generates less waste. However, obstacles to broader adoption are that architects and engineers don’t adequately enable this type of construction, there are shortages of prefab facilities, and owners don’t understand the value. Get the full report at

Hotels and Motels

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, SmartMarket Report, Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020

Commerical Warehouses

37% 29%

ALW Welding, Inc., Chocowinity, N.C., specializes in steel erection, welding, and miscellaneous steel.

College Buildings and Dormitories

32% 24% Multifamily

All Forms Fabrication, LLC, Steamboat Colo.

FM Steel Construction, LLC, Chandler, Ariz., provides structural steel, steel erection, miscellaneous steel, rigging, and welding services.

32% 34%

Schools K-12

31% 24%

Integrated Structures Corp, North Bellport, NY, provides structural steel fabrication, steel erection and rigging expertise nationwide.

Offices Low-Rise (1-4 Stories)

24% 22% 20% 15%

SCW Contracting, Fallbrook, Cali., specializes in the construction of water and wastewater infrastructure, structural steel fabrication and erection, miscellaneous metal fabrication and installation.

Retail Stores and Shopping Centers

17% 14% Manufacturing Buildings

17% 19% Public Buildings

15% 22%


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