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Re: TUTOR PERINI/HUDSON YARDS PRESS RELEASE
— by Ted Ted
Statement from Messer Construction regarding Cincinnati site accident

A statement from Tom Keckeis, president and chief executive officer, Messer Construction Co.:

 
First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the workers who were involved in the accident earlier today and their families. We are grateful to the first responders and those providing the medical attention they need during this difficult time.
 
Right now the cause of the incident remains unknown. Investigations by OSHA, structural engineers, our safety team and other officials are ongoing, and together with Rock Ohio Caesars and our construction partners we are cooperating fully. {Nice Legal Spin, which says nothing and accomplishes nothing other than the after the fact feigning of compassion for an entirely preventable event, but for the incompetence of the Superintendent and field staff and Owner staff and lack of oversight by the Projects Resident Engineer, or the Architect & Structural Engineer of record.}
 
Our top priority is to ensure everyone at our jobsites can return home safely to their families at the end of each day.  We have stringent safety processes and protocols in place to ensure our jobsites remain safe and our structures secure.
 
The overall safety record of the company is excellent and Messer ranks well below the national incident rate.  Since 2006 we have participated in more than 70 inspections by OSHA without violation. As it pertains to this jobsite, we’ve worked approximately 150,000 hours with only one lost time incident relating to a worker who suffered a heat-related illness.
 
The work taking place today was in accordance with a project schedule that has been in place for several months, and which has had the full support of all contractors involved.
 
We will share additional information as it becomes available.
 
We are committed to completing this project safely.

Published on January 27th 2012 at 6:45PM


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You get what you pay for. Imagine bringing aboard a Non-Union, Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) GC such as Messer Construction to build out Hudson Yards, which has seen its orignal scope go from 6-million to a proposed 14-million square feet.

BTEA's Coletti wants all Trades in NYC to work in this manner and for their non-union wages, but the fact is, they can't even handle a simple deck pour, let alone allowing them to come into NYC and set up a Tower Crane (run). Imagine these idiots doing this phased buildout.

FACT:

AT THE END OF THE DAY, PROJECT OWNERS WANT THE BEST AND THEY CALL THE BEST AND THEY BUILD UNION. BTEA's DATA SHOWS THE AVERAGE UNION TRADESMAN IN NYC EARN'S $55K PER YEAR HARDLY AN UNREASONABLE WAGE IN NYC. TIME TO SETTLE THESE CONTRCTS LADIES W/O THE COLETTI WAGE & BENEFIT CUTS


UNION TRADES PERFORM THE WORK FASTER, SAFER & WITH BETTER QUALITY, BETTER INSURANCE MOD'S AND FEWER CALL BACKS. WORKFORCE TRAINING IS FAR SUPERIOR AS WELL. WE MEET & BEAT THE ACCELERATED PROJECT SCHEDULES AND THE REVENUE GENERATED BY THAT ALONE JUSTIFIES THE ADDED COST OF EMPLOYING ONLY UNION TRADESMAN.

OF COURSE, HUDSON YARDS & BTEA's COLETTI COULD PROVE ME WRONG & CALL MESSER OR ANY ONE LIKE THEM AND SEE HOW FAR YOU GET WITH THAT CREW AND WATCH YOUR ACCELERATED SCHEDULE TAKE DOUBLE TO TRIPLE THE TIME TO COMPLETE FROM THE NTP, WHILE YOU'RE STUCK ABSORBING THE BONDS & COSTS OF FINANCING THE PROJECT.