Building Excellence September 2017
The Indiana/Kentucky Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a strong supporter of the Construction Family Assistance Foundation (CFA) having become a Patron Level Supporter that represents a commitment for a substantial annual donation to the CFA having become a Patron Level Supporter that represents a commitment for a substantial annual donation to the CFA.
Executive Assistant Catrona Lanctot recounts first learning of CFA when Traci Hardin, Meyer Najem’s Vice President for Safety & Compliance and a member of the CFA Board of Directors, contracted her about putting a display table at ABC’s Annual Awards Gala. Every year the gala attracts over 400 ABC members so it was a great audience to receive information on CFA. Lanctot readily agreed to Hardin’s request.
ABC made the commitment to CFA that night.
Lanctot then attended CFA’s annual kickoff breakfast in January and left the meeting having agreed to serve on the Foundation Development Committee.
Why did Lanctot and ABC agree so quickly to offer major assistance?
“It’s really important to ABC to support our members and other industry professionals,” said Lanctot. “We preach ‘safety first’ but understand that accidents happen. All of us have experienced first-hand how traumatic and challenging a workforce injury can be so we feel it is important to have a resource like the CFA to send families to, where they can get help in those trying first days after an accident occurs.”
“Personally,” she said, “I think it is a great way for me to give back to the construction industry. It is a really good cause and a unique resource that we have in our area.”
ABC serves merit shop companies but Lanctot said any divisions in the industry disappear when an accident occurs. “When someone is injured on a jobsite, it’s a great chance for the construction industry to come together in support of that worker. While we strive to promote workplace safety, accidents can still happen. The CFA is a great example of unity in the construction industry to support our own people.”
ABC stresses safety as a priority for its members and offers a full-time staff person that helps put on in-house safety training courses and who also helps members create safety programs that are tailored to their individual needs. They also offer their STEP program (Safety Training Evaluation Process).
John Voigt, Chief Operations Officer for Brownsburg Community School Corporation, has become the newest member of the Construction Family Assistance (CFA) Foundation Board of Directors.
Board President Darrell Gossett of ERMCO welcome Voigt to the board. “It is important that our owners have a passion for the safety of our workers on their projects and equally care about the families of workers who are injured or killed while working on construction projects. John has that passion and will be a valuable addition in helping move the Foundation forward.”
Voigt, when asked why he believes it is important to support the Foundation said, “At a basic level, the well-being of our students, staff, and visitors is paramount to our purpose. If individuals are not healthy, or safe, we will not be successful in meeting our primary mission of educating students to their highest ability. This applies to not only to our students and staff, but also to those individuals providing services on our property.
“As a public school district, there are practical limits to the processes and programs we can implement to foster and support a safe construction work environment. CFA provides an outlet to ensure we are able to support those individuals, and their families when we have failed to ensure a safe work environment. It is the right thing to do.