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Working In Extreme Environments

Heat, Cold, Wind, Rain, Sunshine, Darkness.

A stiff wind, especially when coupled with chilly, wet or frigid
winter temperatures, increases the misery factor sometimes
associated with working outdoors.
Brilliant sunshine, reflective glare from white or light colored
objects such as buildings, snow, water can reflect harmful UV
radiation onto your exposed skin and eyes.
Darkness in and around our work areas also carries its own
unique set of hazards that need to be identified and anticipated
in advance.
But the extreme weather conditions we sometimes work in can
be much more than an annoyance. They can actually have life-threatening
consequences, ranging from an increased risk for
hypothermia and frostbite to heat stress and heat stroke to the
possibility of being blown off a roof while working at heights, or
causing eye damage and the possibility of developing various
skin cancers.
Make Environmental Conditions Planning a part of your regular
pre-task planning to anticipate extreme conditions, and be able
to adapt to them and complete your tasks safely. Make sure
that your JHA includes these points:
1. What could the environmental conditions be at the time the
work will be scheduled? Optimal/ Inclement?
2. If Inclement conditions are a good possibility, then make
sure that you plan for and inspect for these items:

  • Temperature conditions of the work area.
  • Wind conditions of the work area.
  • Transportation of materials & supplies to and from the work area.
  • Structural and work platform integrity in the work area.
  • Protection of workers and bystanders from loose materials/ flying debris.
  • Fall protection in the work area.

Also, need to guard against frostbite and
hypothermia, a potentially fatal drop in the body’s internal temperature.
The risk for hypothermia and frostbite
increases under cold/ wet/ windy conditions.

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March 12th, 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Educational Event, CASH FLOW & 
Lunch Provided
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Top Golf
Appetizers and Drinks Provided
Cash flow is one of the most important issues facing contractors today. As the market continues to stay strong, companies are faced with starting new projects, hiring staff, and investing in assets to support the business. More companies go bankrupt due to cash flow issues than due to profitability. Many things can and should be done to improve cash management practices. We will explore a range of tools and techniques, from simple to complex, that allow firms to manage and control cash flow. Examples include contractual negotiation strategies, pricing and bidding practices, development of cost and resource-loaded schedules that tie to billing activities in the schedule of values, use of 12-week cash flow forecasts, project closeout procedures, and managing the billings and collection cycle. An interactive cash flow simulation provides hands-on experience that enhances the learning outcomes.
Learning Objectives:
• Learn the importance of cash management practices
• Increase profits with billings and collections
• Apply tools and techniques that optimize cash flow
• Maximize cash flow with process standardization
• Create transparency and accountability with measurement
Effective change order management can dramatically reduce a subcontractor’s risk and increase profitability. This four-hour interactive course explores the change order process from a subcontractor’s viewpoint and provides participants with hands-on training in recognizing, scoping, pricing, and negotiating change orders. This course culminates in a mock negotiation where participants can immediately practice the skills that they have learned.
Learning Objectives:
• How to properly notify owners and general contractors of changed conditions to reserve your rights
• How to scope, price and sell a change order
• Negotiation strategies to maximize outcomes

Contractor Members, Networking Committee and Board Members Welcome.

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Welcome New Associate Member Victaulic

Victaulic is the leading producer of Mechanical Pipe joining solutions. Building technologies and providing engineering services, addressing most complex piping challenges faced by site owners, engineers, contractors, and distributors.
ENGINEERING BENEFITS: When installed, Victaulic’s piping components are engineered to take into account numerous environmental factors, from seismic and thermal movement to noise and vibration attenuation.
MECHANICAL JOINING: Togetherness — that’s what our Mechanical Joining systems are all about. Gasket Technology and Grooved Technology form the basis for our advanced couplings. All are manufactured to exacting standards and for optimal performance to satisfy your piping requirements.
PIPE SYSTEM INSTALLATION: Victaulic piping system are safe, efficient and cost-effective, eliminating hazardous and lowering risk during installation.

Jeff Wickham

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Save-the-Date Kansas City Competent Person Fall Protection Class

Save-the-Date for Kansas City, November 13 & 14, 2018

This is a 2 Day Course Competent Person certification will allow successful attendees to train Authorized Users and Competent Inspectors for their employees. Successful students will receive training to meet or exceed requirements of OSHA and ANSI. Students who successfully complete the course and pass the written test will receive a Competent Person Certificate. Please note per ANSI standards, the certificate is valid for a 
period of two years.
Mark Damon is trying to detriment the level of Interest in the class,
please see the link below. 

Click here for more information

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Join OSHA for Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19, 2018
What Is Safe + Sound Week?
A nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.
Why Participate?
Safe workplaces are sound businesses. Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started or energize an existing one.
Who Is Encouraged to Participate?
Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public, or supply chain partners should participate.
How to Participate
Participating in Safe + Sound Week is easy. To get started, select the activities you would like to do at your workplace. You can host an event just for your workers or host a public event to engage your community. Examples of potential activities and tools to help you plan and promote your events are available. After you've completed your events, you can download a certificate and web badge to recognize your organization and your workers.
Need more inspiration? Watch a webinar to get ideas from organizations that participated in last year’s event.

For more information.

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SMACNA-KC and OSHA Sign Safety Alliance Agreement

SMACNA-Kansas City is proud to announce the establishment of an Alliance with OSHA. This agreement will enhance the advancement of common goals to keep SMACNA-KC Contractor employees safe on the job and raise safety awareness as well as further training, education and outreach initiatives. We look forward to our continued relationship with our local OSHA office and staff.

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Welcome New Associate Member DeWalt

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total jobsite solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the jobsite of the future. DEWALT products. GUARANTEED TOUGH®.

Jenna Rhodes
Enterprise Solutions Specialist 
Power Tools & Equipment | Anchors |
Hand Tools | Accessories | Storage

Stanley Black and Decker, Inc.
Phone: 402-266-1037

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Welcome New Associate Member Inventory Sales Company

Your competitive construction project needs are finally met with new solutions from the Inventory Sales Company. The Inventory Sales Company has been helping build Kansas City for over 45 years. ISC specializes in products that support pipe and duct work, such as Gripple cable systems, pipe hangers, strut and threaded rod. ISC also has a full line of fasteners, including self-drilling screws, sheet metal screws, nuts, bolts and concrete anchors, accompanied by a full line of Milwaukee power tools and accessories. 

Our warehouse space allows us to offer you unique shipping options. With over a 100,000 square feet and on time deliveries, ISC is your one stop construction source.

Keith Leftridge

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Welcome New Associate Member Federated Insurance

For more than a century, Federated Insurance has been providing quality insurance products to businesses of all sizes. Federated’s highly trained representatives understand the insurance needs of the contractor industry, so you can expect to get personalized service and coverages specially designed for your business. Federated’s many outstanding risk management programs and services include industry-specific Risk Management Academy seminars, and Federated’s Shield Network®, offering clients anytime online access to a variety of risk management resources.
Kyle Bluestein

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The Builders’ Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to SMACNA-KC's Contractors
Builders' Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners

Mark Banden Safety Professional of the Year Award
Mike Zykan
US Engineering Company

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The Builders’ Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to SMACNA-KC's Contractors
Builders' Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners

Over 500,001 Work Hours
3rd Place - Flynn Midwest, LP

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The Builders’ Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to SMACNA-KC's Contractors
Builders' Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners

Over 500,001 Work Hours
1st Place - US Engineering Company

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Royals Price Chopper Party Deck

SMACNA-KC invites you to the Price Choppers Party Deck
Networking Committee Recruiting Event!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
Game starts at 7:00
Party Deck opens at 5:30
Royals vs. Tampa Bay

Food and drinks provided

If you are interested in attending please contact SMACNA-KC at 816-421-3360 or
Tickets are limited, 40-60 available.
Parking is at your own expense.
(This event is open to current Networking Committee Members, SMACNA-KC Board Members, Associate Members and Potential New Networking Committee Members.)

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SMACNA-KC Associate Members 10th Annual Golf Tournament

Check in: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Shotgun Start: 11:30 am
Practice facility available at 10:30 am 

Entry Fee: $125.00 per player (limited to the first 30 team entries)


  • Lunch on the grill
  • Practice facility (driving range, chipping/putting green)
  • 18 holes with cart
  • Prizes (flight winners and hole prizes)
  • Awards dinner banquet to follow tournament
  • Tournament gift

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Hole Sponsor: $200.00 each, or $150 with a 4 person team
Lunch, Award Dinner or Beverage Cart Sponsors: 500.00
Poker Card Tent $300.00

Click Here For Registration Form

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Welcome New Associate Member Plumb Supply Company

Founded in 1946, Plumb Supply Company is a family owned, Midwest based, Plumbing, HVAC, and PVF distributor serving the needs of the professional plumbing and heating contractor with 18 branches in Iowa, 17 branches in Missouri, and 1 branch in Kansas.  
With a large knowledgeable staff, and a large fleet of trucks, we strive to deliver quality, innovation and value to customers of every size, when you need it.  24/7

Travis Hays
Territory Manager

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