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There are several safety sessions scheduled at AGC of America's 99th Annual Convention Feb. 25-28, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards judging takes place Sunday, Feb. 25 and Monday, Feb. 26, with winners being announced at the safety breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 27. In addition, several education sessions focusing on safety will be held during the week.
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This year, AGC celebrates 100 years as the leading association for the construction industry. To commemorate this momentous occasion, AGC has created a centennial website where members can learn about the association's rich history, share their own stories, register for upcoming events, and much more.
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Construction workers make up approximately 4 percent of the country’s workforce but account for an average of 19 percent of all job-related fatalities each year. Consistently, over the past five years approximately 35-39 percent of those fatalities are from falls. Falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, especially among small businesses and businesses with Hispanic workers. In addition, fall protection violations continue to be among the most-cited standards in the construction industry. 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. Classes are offered at various locations and dates throughout the year.
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Regulatory & Legislative Updates
Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC of America's CEO, responded after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's decision to uphold federal silica rules as part of an association-backed legal challenge to the measure.
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Events
2018 Fall Protection Training Class
March 8, 2018 and March 9, 2018
West Palm Beach, Florida

AGC 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. Click here for more information.
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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 jobsite 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. Click here for more information.
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2018 National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls
May 7-11, 2018
OSHA has announced the dates for this year's Safety Stand Down. This is a voluntary event that encourages employers to have a conversation with their workers about fall hazards and prevention. The week-long event is sponsored by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training).
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Best Practices
BY PARKER RAINS, VP
FISHER BROWN BOTTRELL INSURANCE, AN ALABAMA AGC MEMBER

The construction industry faces a number of safety risks every day. In fact, more than three of every 100 employees in the industry experience injury or illness due to a work-related accident, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of the most common injuries include overexertion and slips and falls. Unfortunately, costly medical bills and workers’ compensation premiums are just a couple of the negative effects resulting from workplace injuries. However, construction businesses can help prevent workplace injuries and keep their employees safe by creating a safety training program and continually updating their safety manual. These little steps can prevent a huge company crisis.
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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.
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