MCAA Gateway: March 2019

MCAA Gateway: March 2019

2019 Masonry Industry Legislative Conference  

The Masonry Industry Legislative Conference will be held May 14-16, 2019 in Washington, D.C.  

The conference is the perfect opportunity to meet with elected officials and discuss important issues affecting your company and the masonry industry. The main focus of the program will be getting our issues and our positions in front of key congressional figures and tell them our story as to how their votes impact our industry. 

Appointments will be made with attendees’ members of Congress, as well as appointments with key swing vote representatives. One of the most important things you can do in today’s business environment takes time to meet with and inform those responsible for regulating, taxing and setting rules for business how it will impact not only our industry but the economy as a whole. 

We are also very excited to offer a nighttime monument tour of Washington D.C.  This three-hour tour includes stops at the U.S. Capitol, the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, MLK Memorial, World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, and much more! 

Visit for a full schedule of events and to register. 

Enter the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards 

Draw attention to the need and benefits of performing safely 

By Zach Everett  

Submissions are now open for the 2019 MCAA Safety Advantage Awards, sponsored by Federated Insurance.

Safety is overlooked by some contractors for several reasons: cost, time, resources, compounded focus on production, simple ignorance, or possibly many other things. Our goal is for the MCAA safety awards to help draw attention to the need and benefits of performing safely. 

The MCAA Safety Advantage 

The safety awards are just one part of a larger plan: The MCAA Safety Advantage program. There are mammoth benefits to working safely. From moral to money and from workers comp premiums to OSHA penalties. The MCAA safety awards program is being rolled out with the MCAA Safety Advantage Newsletter, the weekly safety meetings, the written safety program, the monthly safety forum webinars, and several other Safety Advantage benefits not to mention joining a network of safety professionals working in the masonry industry. All this is free to members of the MCAA.  

Safety Award Judging 

The awards will be presented based on a company’s Incident Rate. This seemed to be the most equitable and best way to judge between contractors. The Incident Rate will be the only criteria at the present. There could be many other guidelines thrown into the mix; OSHA citations, comprehensiveness of safety policy, superseding of OSHA compliance by company policy, peer review of policies, job site inspections, volunteer safety work, using biodegradable earplugs, non-concrete block, utilizing anti-alien abduction hardhats or a gamut of other qualifiers and disqualifiers, but we thought that starting simple would be best for the moment. Someone will now ask for specifics, so here it is: 

OSHA Recordkeeping 

The Incident Rate, by which the safety awards will be judged, is calculated off of the OSHA logs. ALL OSHA recordable injuries and illnesses are logged for that year. The number of illnesses and injuries are multiplied by 200,000 then divided into the total number of hours worked by all employees for the year. This equation gives you the company’s Incident Rate. This should not be confused with the DART Incident Rate which only takes into account the incidents that result in days away from work. 

Get in the Hunt 

To get your company considered for the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards simply go to and fill out the sign up form and return it with your 2018 OSHA 300 form. MCAA Safety Advantage Awards submissions are due by June 30, 2019. All entries will be tabulated and the awards will be presented at the 2019 MCAA Midyear Meeting.

We look forward to this event and hope that there is huge participation. Safety is extremely important! It’s important to help get more work, to keep WC cost down, but most importantly, because families need their parents and spouse to come home healthy! Join with us in this small way to reach that goal. 

Upcoming MCAA Webinars for March 2019

The MCAA Webinar Series features live and on-demand webinars on topics such as job site safety new construction technology increasing profits and more.  Visit to view a full schedule of upcoming programs and to register.


Building Engagement: Keep YOUR Top Talent from Becoming THEIRS

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


Estimate, Plan and Build with a Constructible BIM Solution

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST

Presented by: Trimble


Self-Evaluation Workshop

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST



Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


How Managers and Supervisors Achieve Winning Results Thru People

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


Masonry Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


Assuring the Successful Continuation of Your Family Business

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


TMS 602, Specification for Masonry Structures

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


Concrete Masonry Field Tolerances

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


Communication Between the Structural Engineer and Masonry Contractor

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


How to Prepare a Professional Masonry Submittal Package

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


How to Develop and Implement an Effective Quality Control Program

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


How to Become an Equal Partner with the General Contractor

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST


Seismic Requirements of the Building Code

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST

New MCAA Members for March 2019

Aggregate Group, LLC
Raliegh, NC
Contractor Member

Alexander & Xavier Masonry
Garland, TX
Contractor Member

Bulter & Butler Construction
Lancaster, TX
Contractor Member

CS Construction Services
Harlingen, TX
Contractor Member

Emerson Brothers, Inc.
Yorktown, VA
Contractor Member

Fair Masonry LLC
Forsyth, GA
Contractor Member

Father & Sons Masonry and Stucco, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Contractor Member

Indiana Limestone Company
Bloomington, IN
Supplier Member
National Associate Member

Janssen Waterproofing Inc.
Van Home, IA
Contractor Member

Knight Masonry
Hopkinsville, KY
Contractor Member

L. Wilson Masonry Inc.
Harrington, DE
Contractor Member

McConnell Masonry, LLC
Oklahoma City, OK
Contractor Member

R. Bratti Associates, Inc.
Alexandria VA
Contractor Member

Vivas & Co.
Honolulu, HI
Contractor Member

Scroll to Top