Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update
Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
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January 15 – 17, 2020 | Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, TX
 
Registration is now open for AGC’s Construction Safety & Health Conference, the industry’s foremost annual conference to hone in on the most critical safety and health compliance and risk issues impacting the business of construction. If your goal is protecting the safety and health of the men and women working in construction, this is the conference for you. The conference provides educational options for attendees through a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions which cover issues in three broad categories:
 
• Managing safety & health requirements and risk
• Factoring safety & health concerns into phases of a project
• Expanding your knowledge and skills
  
On August 14, 2019, OSHA issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input on the possibility of expanding the current Table 1 of the silica standard for construction to include additional engineering and/or work practice controls. They have also asked for input on potentially expanding the current Table 1 with equipment/tasks that are not included but should/could be included. Click here for a summary of what information is being sought regarding the equipment/tasks for both expanding the controls for existing entries and the addition of other equipment/tasks. Comments must be submitted to the agency by October 14, 2019. To help AGC gain a better understanding of your views on the RFI, please take a few minutes to complete this short member survey. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Cannon, AGC’s Senior Director of Safety & Health Services, at kevin.cannon@agc.org or (703) 837-5410.
  
On AGC’s latest podcast episode, we speak with two industry experts on how construction firms can best prepare for and handle the aftermath of a crisis. We discuss the logistical implications of crisis preparedness as well the imperative to address the psychological and emotional repercussions of job site accidents. Additional resources and customizable tools – developed by our guest speakers Tyler Henson with J.E. Dunn Construction and Patricia Kagerer with Gallagher – are available on AGC’s website here.
 
Search for ConstructorCast in your podcasts app, or stream and download all available episodes here. If you’d like to suggest a topic or speaker for an upcoming episode, please contact AGC’s Leah Pilconis.
  
AGC of America is now accepting proposals for a limited number of speaking opportunities for educational breakout sessions at the 2020 AGC Annual Convention, March 9-12, 2020 at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, September 6, 2019.
  
 Apply by Wednesday, October 23, 2019
 
AGC of America is proud to announce the launch of the 2020 AGC Awards competitions! The Construction Risk Partners Build America Awards (including the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence category) and AGC in the Community competitions recognize the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions; those contractors excelling in their partnering and collaborative endeavors; and the charitable contractors and chapters giving back to their communities.
   
McGriff, Seibels & Williams
   
Events

AGC of America, supported by Susan Harwood Federal Training Grant, developed the Fall Prevention Safety Training Program.
 
Construction workers make up approximately 4 percent of the country’s workforce but account for an average of 19 percent of all job-related fatalities each year. Consistently, over the past five years approximately 35-39 percent of those fatalities are from falls. Falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, especially among small businesses and businesses with Hispanic workers. In addition, fall protection violations continue to be among the most-cited standards in the construction industry. AGC of America is pleased to offer this one-day training program based on OSHA standards and best practices to answer the need for quality training within the industry. Classes are offered at various locations and dates throughout the year.

SEPTEMBER CLASSES
September 17 & 18, 2019 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Carolinas AGC
4824 Parkway Plaza Blvd, Suite 115, Charlotte, NC 28217
Contact: Bill Stricker — bstricker@carolinasagc.org | (704) 372-1450 ext. 5213

September 18 [Spanish] &19 [English], 2019 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
TEXO Association
11101 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75229
Contact: Lois Hamilton — lois@texoassociation.com | (972) 647-0697

September 19 & 20, 2019 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
AGC Houston
3825 Dacoma St., Houston, TX 77092
Contact: Kim Mason — kim.m@agchouston.org

  
Part 1, October 1: Marijuana in the Workplace
Part 2, October 8: Cannabidiol (CBD) Use and the Workplace
Part 3, October 15: The Opioid Crisis
Member Price: $149
Non-Member Price: $199
Learn more and register here.
  
October 2-4, 2019
Arlington, Virginia
At AGC’s Leadership in Construction Workshop, participants discover their personal leadership style and how to communicate and work with people who have different approaches. This is accomplished through various team activities and a series of personal assessments, including a 360 survey to identify how their manager, direct reports and peers interpret their performance. Participants leave with a detailed, practical action plan for implementing the new communication strategies. 
  
October 23 - 25, 2019 
Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc.
1940 The Exchange, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30339
Registration fee: $1,195.00
 
This unique three–day course provides construction safety and health professionals with the next–level knowledge required to successfully manage a company–wide safety program. Moving beyond the basics of Focus Four training, AGC's Advanced Safety Management Training Program will give participants a more holistic view of safety's role in project and company success, as well as advanced tactics and best practices for managing all aspects of a corporate safety program. Participants will also focus on the importance of "selling" safety throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different audiences.
United Rentals
Chapter News
  
New pro driver safety class aims to make Vermont's roads safer
 
Every week, for almost a year, Aimee Ziter, director of AGC of Vermont’s Project RoadSafe, read the weekly Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Report, issued by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles and grew increasingly concerned as she scanned the number of vehicle citations issued.
BY AMANDA IBEY
Best Practices
  
How contractors can mitigate work zone risks
 
Construction work zones create hazards for drivers and workers but steps exist to providing a safer workplace. A recent AGC of America survey of nearly 400 highway contractors found 67 percent of the firms reported at least one intrusion of a motor vehicle into one of their construction work zones during the past year. While drivers and passengers are at risk of injury or death, so are workers. The survey reported 28 percent of work zone crashes injured workers and 8 percent of the accidents killed a worker.
BY DEBRA WOOD
Photo credit: ©iStock.com/jimmyan
Safety Cabinet
  
AGC’s Professional Mobile Crane Operations Program is designed to assist the construction community as a whole to prepare for the certification requirement to reflect the provisions in the new standards. This student guide is designed to help participants become a better crane operator by learning sage and efficient practices. Upon completion of the program participants will understand various operational and safety principles and practices that can be used every day. This program covers rules and regulations, site review and set-up, operations, conditions affecting operations, basic rigging and wire rope, maintenance and inspection, load charts, and crane types.