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Compliance in the construction industry is made easier with this comprehensive 29 CFR 1926 book. 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. To place your order, visit the AGC Store or its safety section.
 
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
A new report on the condition of the nation’s rural roads released by national transportation research group TRIP last month found that the rural road fatality rate is three times higher than all other roads, while 15 percent of rural roads are in poor shape and 22 percent of rural bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

"As this report makes clear, Washington’s failure to adequately fund repairs to our aging network of roads and bridges is having an even worse impact on our rural roads than the rest of our transportation system," said AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr.  "And while these rural roads may not be the ones most commuters use on a daily basis, they play a vital role in assuring the movement of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of agricultural, energy and manufacturing products every day. Neglecting our rural road network needlessly risks lives and forces shipping delays that inflate the cost of fuel, groceries and countless other essential consumer products."

Read the full release here.
 
CLICKSAFETY
Events
Mobile Field Solutions for Construction - Webinar
August 14, 2014 
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
In construction, deals are won or lost based on price, timeliness, and capability. That means construction firms are always looking for practical ways to manage assets efficiently, stay on schedule, ensure clear communication, monitor quality and keep within budget. Mobile field solutions from AT&T can support the needs of everyone on your extended team. From the foreman to the project manager, the architect to the subcontractor.

Safety Management Training Class
October 15-17, 2014
Arlington, VA
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. Participants receive intensive instruction and training that will allow them to return to their fi rms with readily applicable new skills to positively impact their company’s safety and health program.
 
Best Practices
BY ASHLEY SWINEHART

Safety should always be top priority on the jobsite. Construction professionals — crew members and foremen alike — must always have safety procedures and precautions in mind when it comes to daily functions. Everybody wants to feel safe at work, and for those around heavy machinery and moving objects during the day, achieving that can have its challenges. Here are a few tips and advice on how to keep it simple.

CRANE SAFETY
Operating a crane requires attentiveness and knowledge. When asked to provide advice to those considering the field or needing guidance, professional crane operators concluded that an operator's top three priorities while on the job are:

1. Know the Crane
Be aware of the specific crane's lift capacity, load chart, whether it is well-maintained, and which components are needed for its optimal operation.
Cranes are rated based on their load charts, which are specific to each crane and provided by the crane's manufacturer or the employing construction company. The purpose of rating a crane is to help a worker understand how heavy a load the crane can lift. Reading the load chart will help the operator determine the weight of the load that can be lifted by calculating the angle of the boom, extension length of the boom, and dimensions of the crane, including weight of counterweight. This chart should always be considered before beginning a job to avoid crane tip over or boom collapse.

2. Know the Load
Be knowledgeable of the load's weight and dimensions, whether ropes, chains, or wire are needed for lifting, and where its center of gravity is for rigging.
Cranes aren't the only pieces of equipment that need to be rated before lifting a load. Another thing to consider is the load capacity of the wire being used to hoist the load from the crane's boom. The wire and chain must be strong enough to lift the load to ensure neither snaps at any point during a lift.

3. Know the Jobsite
Have a clear idea of the objects, crew members, and overhead power lines within swing radius of the crane.
When working near electrical distribution and transmission lines, employers must make sure they are de-energized (electricity flow has been disconnected) and remain separate from the crane and its load. Doing so includes having a certified electrician shut off the electricity from the power supply located on the pole. It also includes maintaining a clearance between the crane and the power line. Using independent insulated barriers will prevent physical contact with overhead power lines. Also, maintaining a safe working clearance of at least 10 feet for 50kV (kilovolts) or less of electricity running through the electrical distribution lines and adding .4 inches for each additional kV will reduce likelihood of being electrocuted. Employers must designate a licensed electrician to make sure a crane and its load have safe clearance from overhead power lines. Cage-type boom guards, insulated lines, or proximity warning devices can be used, but are not considered substitutions for de-energizing and grounding lines or maintaining safe line clearances. Safety precautions should still be followed when using safety enhancement equipment such as the cage-type boom guards, insulated lines, and proximity warning devices.

By carefully considering the hazards of crane operation and the safety procedures used to combat them, operators and other crew members will help ensure their safety on the job.

WHAT TO WEAR ON SITE
Workers must always use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) relative to the task. They should carry a bag with their PPE inside and keep it in their vehicle to dress before entering a jobsite. All PPE should fit properly, be well maintained, and replaced if no longer effective. General PPE includes:

PPE What it Protects
Safety goggles Eyes from dirt, flakes of metal and floating particle debris
Hard hat Head from exposure to falling objects
High-viz yellow vest Keeps you visible to others on the jobsite
Steel-toed boots Toes from falling objects or compression, and metal-plated mid-soles to protect from punctures
Ear plugs Inner ear (hearing) from loud noises and floating particle debris
Gloves (sanitary and work gloves) Hands from working with rough objects; coming in contact with toxic chemicals
Respirator Lungs from inhaling harmful vapors, dust fumes, or gases

For more specific jobs, crew members may need specialized PPE. When working in close proximity to a body of water, a life jacket should be worn. If working with a service truck crane, a seat belt actually counts as PPE when on the road. Specialized PPE is important for operator tasks which may not be performed by other crew members. Therefore, even if operators have the basics, keeping PPE specific to their job will ensure that all tasks, no matter how diverse, will be completed the safest way possible.

A crane operator must be aware of his/her surroundings, knowledgeable about the crane, its condition, and load, and always utilize proper PPE. Environmental health and safety professionals on staff are always a great personal resource for one-on-one questions and concerns when it comes to health and safety on the jobsite. Following these guidelines and procedures will optimize a worker’s safety and minimize any chances of bodily injury or illness.
 
Member News
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded leading online safety training provider ClickSafety, an AGC of California and an Austin Chapter member, its prestigious 2014 Exemplar Training Organization Honorable Mention Award, an accomplishment achieved by very few companies within the United States. 

The IACET Exemplar Award honors exemplary, results-oriented programs or projects that demonstrate cost-effective, significant and relevant impact for the clients of award recipients.  This award also honors deserving programs that have significantly contributed to the field of continuing education and training. 

IACET’s overall mission is to advance the global workforce by providing the standard framework for quality learning and development through accreditation. ClickSafety fosters that mission within the construction and general industries, with an end goal of enabling clients to build and maintain cultures of safety. This Exemplar award follows on the heels of the company's recent designation as an IACET Authorized Provider as well as another industry award, the ISHN magazine 2014 American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Attendee Choice Award for their GHS for Managers, Supervisors and Safety Personnel course.

"ClickSafety has consistently worked to provide industry-leading safety training to the country's premier construction and general industry firms, enabling them to establish sustainable safety cultures," said executive vice president and general manager, Brian Tonry. "This award validates that we are providing companies and individuals the highest level of safety education available.  We are extremely honored to be recognized by a prestigious entity such as IACET."

Since 1999, ClickSafety’s training solutions have been deployed to more than 10,000 organizations worldwide, as well as leading construction, general industry and engineering firms. The company uses a flexible, customizable and interactive "student-centered" e-learning platform designed to ensure learning and retention. ClickSafety’s online learning management and documentation solutions help organizations execute their training objectives and build world-class safety cultures.


About ClickSafety.com
ClickSafety is a leader in online training solutions for the construction, environmental and general industries. It has delivered award-winning interactive safety training to more than 10,000 organizations worldwide and was the first to offer both the OSHA 10-Hour and OSHA 30-Hour safety courses online. ClickSafety’s course library has more than 300 courses and 50 courses available in Spanish – developed by Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), Safety Trained Supervisors (STS), Construction Health and Safety Technicians (CHST)  and Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH). ClickSafety was founded in 1999 and is based in the San Francisco Bay area. ClickSafety is a subsidiary of Ascend Learning, a leading provider of technology-based educational curriculum and assessment solutions for the healthcare industry and other vocational fields.
 
 
         

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