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Grant program provides more than 300 women with harnesses that are better designed to fit and recruit more women into industry
 
Autodesk Construction Solutions and AGC of America are awarding grants to 21 construction firms to provide more than 300 fall protection safety harnesses designed for women, the two groups announced recently. The grants are designed to address one of the most significant safety hazards for construction craft professionals and recruit more women into high-paying construction careers. For more information, check out this video featuring some of the grantees.
  
There are several safety sessions scheduled at AGC of America's 2020 Convention March 9-12, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards judging takes place Saturday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 10, with winners being announced at the safety luncheon on Wednesday, March 11. In addition, several education sessions focusing on safety will be held during the week.
  
Cash prizes awarded for entries that bring this year’s theme to life
 
Construction Safety Week, an annual industrywide education and awareness event originally formed in 2014, is asking workers, families and companies across the industry to share what they do each day to make sure the industry is Built on Safety for a chance to win one of four $2,500 cash prizes.
 
Anyone in the industry is eligible to participate by submitting photos, videos and stories that tell us the things you do every day to keep you safe and the important reasons at home that motivate you to stay safe on the job. To enter, visit www.constructionsafetyweek.com/giveaway, upload your video or photo and a written statement describing what you do every day to be safe and why safety is important to you, your team and your family. Ten finalists will be featured online and on social media posts during Safety Week, and four winners will receive $2,500 cash prizes. Find more information here.
With coverage of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continuing to dominate the news, AGC of America has assembled general guidance and resources online to help members take a proactive approach and plan/prepare accordingly. The association will continue to monitor the situation and update the information accordingly.
   
Scaffold & Access Industry Association
      
McGriff, Seibels & Williams
   
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a revised National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction. The NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest numbers of workers exposed to silica, and focuses on enforcement of the new silica standards, one for general industry and maritime (29 CFR § 1910.1053) and one for construction (29 CFR § 1926.1153). These standards became effective in June 2016, and construction employers were required to begin complying with their standard as of September 23, 2017, and general industry and maritime employers were required to begin complying with their standard as of June 23, 2018.
Events
Monday, March 9, 2020 to Thursday, March 12, 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada
 
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 to Thursday, July 16, 2020
Louisville, Kentucky

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 2011 to 2015, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 220 total crane-related deaths, an average of 44 per year over this 5-year period with 42% of the fatal work injuries taking place in the private construction industry. The data also shows that specialty contractors and heavy and civil engineering construction accounted for the most fatalities involving cranes in private construction. 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.

March dates

March 16 & 17, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
AGC of WashingtonOregon-Columbia Chapter-AGC
Great Wolf Lodge -- 20500 Old Hwy 99 SW, Grand Mound, WA 98531
Contact: Lisa Wisler -- lisaw@agc-oregon.org | (503) 685-8306

March 26, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania
Operating Engineers Training Center -- 457 Christopher Road, New Alexandria, PA 15670
Contact: Jason Koss -- jasonk@cawp.org | (412) 343-8000

March 27, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Master Builders’ Association of Western PA, Inc.
Master Builders’ Association of Western PA, Inc. -- 631 Iron City Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Contact: Bob McCall -- bob.mccall@mbawpa.org | (412) 922-3912

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Chapter News
  
The Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (MBA) bestowed its 2019 Safety Champion Award to Bob Simpson, project superintendent, PJ Dick Incorporated. The award was presented at the 13th annual Construction Industry Evening of Excellence on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the Heinz Field East Club. The event attracted nearly 1,400 construction industry professionals.
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.
 
 
 
   
National Demolition Association
   
Best Practices
  
Please join AGC on May 6 for a nationwide opioid stand down
 
As the opioid epidemic rages on throughout the United States, crisis has been particularly hardhitting in the construction industry. Construction workers are the most likely of all occupations to misuse prescription opioids, according to a 2019 study by the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research at the New York University College of Global Public Health. Construction workers had the highest prevalence of misuse, at 3.2 percent, compared to 2 percent in all other occupations.