Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update
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January 15 – 17, 2020 | Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, TX
 
Register today 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
  
Help AGC generate a comprehensive outlook for 2020 by taking the survey today
 
Each year around this time, AGC asks you – our members – to predict what next year will be like for your business.  AGC has partnered with Sage to prepare questions that focus on expectations for market performance, hiring, labor market conditions, etc.  Please take a moment to complete the survey.
 
  
The AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA), sponsored by Willis Towers Watson, is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program. The CSEA recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and risk control programs and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvement and maintenance of their safety and health management systems. Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized for your best-in-class safety program! For more information on the CSEA program, please visit www.agc.org/csea. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 13, 2019.
  
Construction technology provider and national trade organization launch grant program to help address industry need for better-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) for women working at heights
 
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of private sector worker fatalities in the construction industry. Everyone who works at heights, whether it’s on a roof, scaffolding, or the edge of a tall building, should have properly fitting safety harnesses, yet not all contractors have the supply they need to better protect women in construction. To help address this, Autodesk is funding a grant program with one of the largest construction trade organizations – AGC of America – to supply select, in-need member contractors with fall protection harnesses sized for women who work at heights.
Photo courtesy of National Association of Women in Construction
  
There are approximately three jobsite fatalities in construction every day and an estimated 10 to 12 suicides among construction workers. In the construction industry, mental health awareness and suicide prevention are just as important as job safety issues. Join AGC of America and STAND up for suicide prevention and address it as a health and safety priority by creating safe cultures, providing training to identify and help those at risk, raising awareness about the suicide crisis in construction, normalizing conversations around suicide and mental health, and ultimately decreasing the risks associated with suicide in construction.
   
McGriff, Seibels & Williams
   
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
OSHA requires crane operators engaged in construction activity to be certified by an entity accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. CIC no longer holds such accreditation. To avoid industry confusion and potential disruptions of construction projects, OSHA has issued an enforcement policy for crane operator certifications issued by CIC. The policy explains that, although CIC-issued certifications are not compliant with OSHA’s operator certification requirement, OSHA does not intend to cite employers for operating equipment that violates that requirement if their operators, in good faith, obtained CIC-issued certifications prior to December 2, 2019, with the belief the certifications met the standard’s requirements. Until further notice, OSHA will not accept CIC certifications – including re-certifications – issued on or after December 2, 2019. For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or kevin.cannon@agc.org.
Events
  
February 5 – 7, 2020
Alabama AGC
5000 Grantswood Road, Suite 100
Irondale, AL 35210
 
The AGC Safety Management Training Course (SMTC) provides attendees three days of training on the basic skills needed to manage a company safety program in the construction industry. Held just a few times per year at select locations around the country, the SMTC program builds on Focus Four training and prepares attendees to manage key safety issues on the job site and provides techniques for delivering basic safety training to field personnel. Participants will receive intensive instruction and training that will allow them to return to their firms with readily applicable new skills to positively impact their company’s safety and health program.
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Osburn Contractors, LLC, a TEXO and Austin Chapter-AGC member, received the Platinum Safety Partner Award from Texas Mutual Insurance in November 2019. Adam Harris, Texas Mutual safety service consultant, presented the award at Osburn’s corporate headquarters. The Platinum Safety Award is presented to businesses that demonstrate commitment to employee safety by implementing an exemplary safety program and providing the resources necessary to protect employees from workplace hazards.
Safety Cabinet
  
This handy 29 CFR 1926 volume is made with RegLogic®, which takes the difficulty out of reading and using government regulations. You can use the book's Quick-Find Index™ to quickly access the information you need. Included you will find the 1903 regulations on inspections, citations, and proposed penalties; the 1904 regulations on recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses; pertinent 1910 general industry regulations; and every 1926 construction industry regulation. Updated through Jan. 2011.
Best Practices
More than one out of three U.S. working adults aren’t getting enough sleep, and the prevalence of sleep deprivation has increased significantly since 2010, according to researchers from Ball State University.
SOURCE: SAFETY + HEALTH