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AGC of America, supported by Susan Harwood Federal Training Grant, developed the Fall Prevention Safety Training Program.

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.

September Classes
September 19-20, 2018
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
TEXO Association
Courses will be conducted in Spanish
Training Location: TEXO Dallas Conference Center -- 11101 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75229
Contact Information: Lois Hamilton -- lois@texoassociation.org (link sends e-mail) | (972) 647-0697 
Registration: Complete registration form and return to Lois via email.

September 27, 2018
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
AGC of Colorado - Building Chapter
Training Location: AGC of Colorado - Building Chapter, 1114 W. 7th Avenue, Ste. 200, Denver, CO 80204
Contact Information: Bradley Gassman -- bradley@agccolorado.org | (303) 388-2422
Registration: Complete registration form and return to Bradley via email.

September 28, 2018
8 a.m. - 5  p.m.
Colorado Contractors Association
Training Location: Colorado Contractors Association, 6880 S Yosemite Ct., Ste. 200, Centennial, CO 80112
Contact Information: Jim Moody -- jmoody@ccainfo.org | (303) 290-6611
Registration: Complete registration form and return to Jim via email.
 
Arlington, Virginia
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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. Participants will also focus on the importance of "selling" safety throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different audiences.
 
Best Practices
The term "time is money" is quite literal in the construction industry. The constant pressure project managers and crews face to meet deadlines and stay within budget often causes safety to fall to the wayside. In 2016, out of 4,693 worker fatalities in private industry, one in five were in construction. Implementing each of these strategies can help improve health and safety in construction on any jobsite:

Set Safety Expectations
OSHA’s Safety and Health Regulations for Construction: OSHA 29 CFR 1926 serves as a baseline for safety requirements. Safety management in construction must reinforce these regulations and go beyond by continuously leading by example and making safety a priority before work begins. By setting clear expectations for safety from the beginning, managers can set the tone to ensure each worker understands their personal responsibility for safety. This will help everyone work together toward the common goal of preventing injuries.

As a safety manager, it’s important to "walk the talk" when it comes to workplace safety and health. "The example you set, and the way you talk to workers about safety, has a huge impact on the company’s safety and health program, safety culture, and ability to reduce injury and illness," according to OSHA. When workers are able to recognize the value management has for their well-being, it helps build trust.

Some workers may never interact with senior management. It’s found that these employees are more likely to value and internalize safety messages when they are occasionally delivered by higher-level management rather than passed down in the chain of command. Make it clear that it is everyone’s responsibility to follow rules, procedures, and best practices to prevent accidents on the jobsite. Incorporate safety language into policies and procedures so it becomes ingrained as a natural part of a worker’s daily routine.
An informal safety talk at the start of each work day can make safety managers’ jobs easier by improving worker understanding of safety expectations, preventing wasted time on inconsistencies, and minimizing chances of error. Toolbox talks continue to be the most effective means of communicating safety to workers. It sparks valuable discussion on general safety and information about safer tools, equipment, materials and processes.

Utilize OSHA’s website for a variety of topics from emergency planning, tool and equipment safety, ladder safety, personal protective equipment and more to help create or obtain a presentation. Always make sure the content is relevant to your specific work site and feature engaging elements like visuals and anecdotes that workers can connect with.

Promote a Nonthreatening Environment
Always encourage employees to speak up when they see something going wrong; this can significantly help to avoid incidents, injuries and fatalities. To increase chances of participation, ensure workers feel comfortable to ask questions and raise safety concerns without fear of retaliation or bullying. This will make it easier and quicker to address issues head on to prevent them down the road.

OSHA finds that managers often avoid giving feedback to prevent confrontations. If improvements to a worker’s performance can be made, approach them in a constructive, positive way. Make sure to avoid judgmental statements and criticisms and focus on the behavior itself, not the person and their values or personality.

Plan Ahead
Ensure all prework activities, such as approvals, are completed before work begins. A thoughtful planning process can help the work day start on a more efficient and safe foot. Implement zoning to block off areas where certain tasks will take place, install nets and catch platforms and apply any other safety measures.

Stage and stock each work area with the necessary tools, PPE, and equipment before the workday begins. This will make it easier and safer for workers to access what they need. Make sure to supply the right tools for the right tasks, and double check that workers understand how to properly operate the equipment they’ll be using. Eliminate hazardous distractions and obstructions by reinforcing consistent housekeeping practices on the jobsite.

Take Advantage of Technologies 
Provide new opportunities to address safety challenges and experience immediate cost savings. Technology can be worth the investment to help bridge time and distance constraints, improving efficiency and safety in the long term.

The growth of digitization in construction now makes it possible to make real-time decisions remotely. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), known as drones, are already in use in the industry and provide a convenient way to conduct site inspections, observations and safety audits. Managers can use smartphones, tablets and project management software to share project data instantaneously from remote work sites and to workers and other onsite supervisors using a cell phone or tablet. Allowing everyone to have immediate access to the same information eliminates costs of equipment that must be updated and maintained, and it keeps everyone consistently on the same page.

Wearable devices like smart watches, glasses, and clothing allow managers to have better visibility of the work site and workers. These devices have the ability to alert managers to activities going on in the field and even improve response time when injuries occur, like the ability to detect when an employee slips, trips and falls, triggering an automatic alert to designated site personnel, including medics. These devices also keep track of locations of workers and procedures on the jobsite. Trigger alarms exist to streamline evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency. These capabilities offer immediate safety benefits. There are also a number of free iOS applications that exist to promote hazard prevention efforts.

Easy to Implement Safety Solutions
One of the most important parts of safety on a construction site is clear and effective communication at all times. An easy way employers can communicate with workers in different areas on a jobsite is through safety signs and labels. Comply with OSHA and ANSI standards and reinforce safety anywhere on the work site with easy to install premade construction labels and signs.

Thoughtfully implementing each of these strategies will help to prevent downtime, chances of injury, and improve overall safety on a construction site.

Kelsey Rzepecki writes for Graphic Products, makers of the DuraLabel line of industrial label and sign printers. For more information about customized visual communication, visit www.GraphicProducts.com or call 800.788.5572.

 
 
         

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