History of WMACSA The subway construction project in Washington, DC broke ground in 1969. Safety on this project had to meet the standards that were in effect in the District of Columbia. The DC Construction Standards had been amended in 1967 with the coming of the subway in mind. The Washington Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) reviewed the amended code and took due notice that each general contractor was required to assign a person to make at least one daily inspection of the work site. Such inspections had to be recorded, dated and signed on a form issued by the DC Industrial Safety Division. The inspection forms had to be available for review by the Industrial Safety Division.
WMATA designed a safety program that qualified the safety professional hired by contractors. As the contracts were let, safety persons were hired and came from all parts of the country. These construction experienced workers had only the local chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as means of communicating with the other professionals in the field. The ASSE membership was not construction oriented. These new safety persons had no other organization to meet their needs.
Fred Foote, newly hired, started the process of creating a safety organization where persons with the responsibility for preventing injuries and accidents on construction projects could meet and discuss mutual problems. Mr. Foote invited seven persons to a meeting at a small bar on the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The meeting was an opportunity to do some good as well as get a good feeling with the help of the bartender.
That night the Washington Metropolitan Construction Safety Association (WMACSA) was founded. Fred Foote was its first president. The year was 1972. WMACSA was registered as a non-profit corporation in the District of Columbia in 1975.
WMACSA from 1972 to date held their monthly meetings at several different locations; we started out at Cannon's Steakhouse on 5th & Florida Avenue, NE, DC, then to Twin Bridges Hotel in Arlington, VA, VFW Post 9850 on Good Luck Road in Lanham, MD, Days Inn on Route 450 & Beltway in New Carrollton, MD, Fireside Lounge on Greenbelt Road in College Park, MD, Best Western in College Park, MD, and House Barge on the Potomac River in Tantallon, MD. An unusual meeting was held at the Phoenix Restaurant in Arlington, VA. The site was selected to satisfy complaints from members who wanted to meet in VA. We could not get a QUARUM that night. (Only five members showed up, only two were from VA; we spent time after the meal talking about the members who wanted a meeting in VA). We now meet at the Holiday Inn in College Park, MD.
2019/2021 Kevin McDermott
2018/2019 Andrew Shaw
2017/2018 Andrew Shaw
2016/2017 Rob Mahar
2015/2016 Rob Mahar
2014/2015 Monique Wall
2013/2014 Monique Wall
2012/2013 Mike McCaffrey
2011/2012 Mike McCaffrey
2010/2011 George Stallings 2009/2010 Brian Kyne 2008/2009 John Lanigan 2007/2008 John Lanigan 2006/2007 Larry Aley 2005/2006 Charlie Bird 2004/2005 Charlie Bird 2003/2004 Dave Madaras 2002/2003 Dave Madaras 2001/2002 Randy Spurlock 2000/2001 Randy Spurlock 1999/2000 Pete Courtemanche 1998/1999 Pete Courtemanche 1997/1998 Tom Meighen 1996/1997 Kelly Lapping 1995/1996 Bill Wilson 1994/1995 Bill Wilson 1993/1994 Bill Wilson 1992/1993 Scott McMullan 1991/1992 Scott McMullan 1990/1991 Scott McMullan 1989/1990 John Cates 1988/1989 James Sullivan 1987/1988 Clyde Farrar 1986/1987 Albert Bowers 1985/1986 Rosmary Koolman 1984/1985 Joe Lee Whalen 1983/1984 Lawrence Lundy 1982/1983 Robert Van Horn 1981/1982 Charles Roberts 1980/1981 William Macher 1979/1980 Charlie Greene 1978/1979 Ernie Jorgensen 1977/1978 Ben Bostice 1976/1977 Richard Knapp 1975/1976 Gene Hayes 1974/1975 Wade Phillips *1973/1974 David Hadden 1972/1973 Charles L Stove 1971/1972 Frederick F Foote
WMACSA held annual safety seminars at the Holiday Inn on Route 198 in Laurel, MD. The meetings were all day affairs. During the early years of the seminars, safety equipment exhibitors displayed their wares the night before the seminar. The exhibitors provided beer and finger foods.
WMACSA gives Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for seminar attendance. In 1986 this practice ws extended to training sessions after our meals.
WMACSA offers OSHA 10-hour classes to employees and employers who are interested and willing. WMACSA members contribute their time as trainers.
The history would not be complete without recognizing long time members who are no longer with us:
Fred Foote Al Apter Clyde W. Farrar, Jr. Jim Sullivan Elmer Friedrich Al Czernowski WD Braswell Lawrence Lundy Ernest Jorgensen Richard Knapp Bill Foy
Charles T Greene, CSP; the last founding member passed away in 2007.