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More than 40 construction companies and trade associations have joined together to inspire the construction industry to be leaders in safety. The group established an annual Safety Week which began in 2014 to heighten safety awareness throughout the industry. Its purpose is to thank workers for working safely, increase their awareness of applicable safety topics and hazards, inspire them to work safely, educate them about safe work practices and celebrate their good health and well-being.

Each day during Safety Week, an occupational safety topic will be emphasized. Participants can highlight the topics within their companies any way they choose. The suggested topics for 2015 are:
May 4 - Fall Protection
May 5 - Soft Tissue Incidents
May 6 - Health and Wellness
May 7 - Hand Protection or Head and Eye Protection
May 8 - Celebrate and Recognize Positive Safety Accomplishments.
 
OSHA and its industry partners hope to reach workers and employers from many industries during the 2015 National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls. From May 4-15, participants are asked to pause their workday and participate in safety training in fall prevention. Last year more than 1 million employers and workers across the country joined the effort, making it the largest occupational safety event ever hosted in the United States.

In preparation for this year's stand-down events, employers and workers are encouraged to visit the 2015 Stand-Down page where they can find free fall prevention training materials in both English and Spanish, including the new 2015 Stand-Down poster, a list of local events, and also receive a certificate of participation signed by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.
 
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Events
April 22-24, 2015
Arlington, Virginia
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.

AGC Safety and Health Committee Conference 
July 8-10, 2015 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Construction safety and health is vital for the success of the industry. Join more than 150 industry professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both a national and local level, assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts.
  • Get the latest updates on congressional activity which directly affects construction safety and health.
  • Hear from key OSHA representatives on the latest updates to regulations and OSHA activities.
  • Participate on Subcommittee and Taskforce meetings - Government, Education and Performance.
  • Take an active role in improving safety and health in the construction industry.
The AGC Safety & Health Committee Meeting is open to both interested AGC members and non-members.
 
Chapter News
Construction workers make up approximately 4 percent of the country's workforce but account for an average of 17 percent of all job-related fatalities each year. And, according to a November 2013 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2003-2010, 962 highway construction workers were killed at road construction sites with 87 percent of the deaths being workers who were working onsite at the time of the incident. AGC of America, supported by a Susan Harwood Federal Grant, is pleased to offer Highway Work Zone Safety Training, a one-day program based on OSHA standards and best practices to answer the need for qualified training within the industry. 

The first of two offerings of the program kicked off on Wednesday, April 1, with a full house at Associated Contractors of New Mexico. Many thanks to AGC of America for this informative training opportunity.
 
Member News
In March, American Builders 2017 entered into a partnership agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Georgia Tech Research Institute and AGC Georgia. The partnership aims to enhance jobsite safety on the SunTrust Park project and educate workers about health and safety best practices.
 
Based on several other successful project partnerships with OSHA, the construction team for American Builders 2017 believed the Strategic Partnership Program would benefit SunTrust Park as well as OSHA and its partners.
 
"In our experience, partnering with OSHA provides the project with additional expertise and supervision, ensuring that our team takes every measure possible to create a safe site and sound facility," said Lisa Capicik, safety director, American Builders 2017. "It requires extensive planning, detailed coordination and ongoing vigilance at every level to maintain a safe and healthy work environment."
 
The Strategic Partnership Program offers employers, workers, professional and trade associations, labor organizations and other stakeholders guidance in developing safety goals, implementing effective strategies and measuring performance. Throughout the course of SunTrust Park’s construction, OSHA will collaborate with the American Builders 2017 team and their subcontractors to evaluate safety and health protocols and procedures, helping them to implement best practices on the project. Also, OSHA will visit the site to review and provide feedback on performance.
 
Georgia Tech Research Institute and AGC Georgia will also be involved in the program. This OSHA partnership is AGC Georgia’s first as a signatory participant. 
 
American Builders 2017 broke ground on SunTrust Park in August 2014. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2017. 


American Builders 2017, a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction Company, all AGC member companies, provides construction management and general contractor services, specializing in professional sports construction. The team has more than 225 years of construction experience and has completed more than 330 sports projects, including football stadiums, baseball parks, soccer stadiums, basketball arenas and more. American Builders 2017’s ballpark experience includes Target Field, Coors Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Turner Field, Minute Maid Park, PNC Park and Coolray Field as well as SunTrust Park, which is currently under construction. 
 

SunTrust Park is being developed by the Braves in partnership with the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority and will be completed by Opening Day 2017. Located in Atlanta at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the bustling Cumberland CID, SunTrust Park will flow directly into the surrounding development, creating a vibrant atmosphere with unique shops, restaurants, offices, residences and entertainment venues that are accessible 365 days a year. 

 
 
         

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