Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update
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Apply by Friday, January 10
 
AGC of America is partnering with construction technology provider Autodesk to launch a one-time grant program that addresses the need for better-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) for women who work at heights. The grant program will fund the purchase of approximately 300 fall protection harnesses sized for women. AGC members can apply for the grant until January 10, 2020. Winners will be notified in advance and honored at the AGC’s annual convention, to be held March 9-12, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV.
AGC members can apply for the grant here.
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Scheduled for January 13, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET
 
Despite signs the overall economy may be slowing, most construction firms expect demand for their services and hiring will expand in 2020, yet even more firms are worried about their ability to find qualified workers to hire, according to the latest survey results released by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. The findings are detailed in Strong Demand for Work Amid Stronger Demand for Workers: The 2020 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report.
 
Hear the answers contractors gave to these and other questions in the 2020 AGC of America-Sage Hiring and Business Outlook Survey, along with the steps AGC of America is taking to help during an AGC member complimentary WebEd - Plenty of Projects but Workforce Worries Persist: the 2020 Hiring and Business Outlook – scheduled for Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1 pm to 2 pm ET. Register today!
 
For more information, contact Brian Turmail at brian.turmail@agc.org or (703) 837-5310.
  
January 15 – 17, 2020 | Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, TX
 
There's still time to register 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
AGC of America became a signature supporter of National Construction Safety Week in 2019. As part of that effort, we encouraged member firms to get involved in and help organize National Construction Safety Week events in May. As we prepare to support the 2020 National Construction Safety Week, please take a few moments to complete the survey. Understanding how member firms honored the 2019 Week will allow us to better support this important effort next year. For more information or to find out how you can get involved in the 2020 National Construction Safety Week, please contact AGC of America's Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, Brian Turmail at brian.turmail@agc.org or 703-459-0238.
  
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.
   
Scaffold & Access Industry Association
      
McGriff, Seibels & Williams
   
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.
Monday, March 9, 2020 to Thursday, March 12, 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada
 
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 to Thursday, July 16, 2020
Louisville, Kentucky
United Rentals
Safety Cabinet
  
Companies need guidance on how to investigate a job site accident properly. This program helps you better prepare contractors for investigating accidents on their jobsite, including root cause analysis. Accidents occur on construction jobsites every day. The failure of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings causes most of them. Incident investigations determine how and why these failures occur. By using the information gained through an investigation, a similar, or perhaps more disastrous, accident may be prevented. It is important to conduct incident investigations with prevention in mind and not blame. Package includes a twenty-two minute DVD video and one booklet. This video is now available for licensing. If interested, please contact Marketing Manager, Laura Alcocer at laura.alcocer@agc.org.
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AGC joins Construction Safety Week 2020 as signature sponsor
 
In the construction industry, safety is not a rule. It’s a value and belief we all share. With this belief in mind, more than 40 national and global construction firms comprising the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO forum joined forces to form Safety Week in 2014. In 2019, membership grew to nearly 70 members, all committed to the same mission: to build a safer, stronger industry — together.
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