Building Excellence August 2017
As Richard Hedgecock, President of the Indiana Constructors, Inc. (ICI) tells it, the organization, which serves Indiana’s road construction industry, recently made a very easy decision to become a sustaining contributor to the Construction Family Assistance (CFA) Foundation.
“Last year at our annual meeting we had Darrell Gossett (the President of CFA) make a presentation regarding the Foundation to our members. Darrell gave a very good talk and as soon as it was over I had no fewer than five or six members immediately come up to me and say that they couldn’t believe we were not yet supporters. We quickly remedied that.”
Hedgecock said he was particularly struck by the need for the road construction industry to support the Foundation when he reviewed the work that it had already been doing. “When you see the numbers not only of the injuries and fatalities that occur in our ‘horizontal world,’ but also of the numbers of families that the Foundation had already been serving from our universe, well, the light bulb went off. We absolutely needed to be doing this,” he said.
Hedgecock emphasized that safety is one of the most important issues to him and his members. “Safety is a fundamental part of what we do in this industry. There are always two or three things that are a normal part of our agenda at board meetings. Sometimes, were I to put safety at the top of our agenda at our meetings, we wouldn’t have time to talk about anything else, it is that important to us as an organization and industry.”
While there are many very large companies that work in the road construction industry in Indiana, Hedgecock said that many of them, as well as hundreds of other smaller companies, are family owned and that just increases their commitment to helping families of those who are hurt or killed in a construction accident.
“You have to protect and help your family,” he said.
The Indiana General Assembly recently passed a large funding package that will increase the level of construction on our roads and highways for the foreseeable future, making it even more important to keep a steady eye on safety and on the increasing need to help those who might be affected by accidents.
ICI is redoubling their efforts to help the industry cope with the increased risk of accidents occurring due to the greatly increased work that is occurring.
“We have been working closely with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) in examining how, what, when and why we do certain safety procedures and how we can create a safer work zoned for the worker and the traveling public,” Hedgecock said.
Hedgecock encouraged companies in the road construction business to support the Foundation, too.
“I think it is incumbent for everyone to support CFA as a way to give back and to honor and serve our workers that don’t go home at the end of the day,” he said.