Provided by: Williams Mullen - July 5, 2017
Imagine that one of your employees uses his or her iPhone to take some pictures of work being done at a construction site. The employee captures several images that include teenagers sunbathing by a pool on the adjacent property. Several faces can be identified in the picture. Should you be concerned that your employee has violated the privacy of the teenagers? No, because as long as you or the employee did not publish or otherwise distribute the image, a court almost certainly would find that their privacy was not violated. Now, imagine that, instead of using an iPhone, the employee captured the same image of the adjacent property using an unmanned aircraft system (“UAS,” commonly known as drones). In some states, capturing the same image from a drone could be found to have violated the teenagers’ privacy. In addition, under voluntary guidelines recently published by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a business might also be required take steps to secure and either blur or delete the image.
Provided by: Hirschler Fleischer, Attorneys at Law
The 2017 Virginia General Assembly has enacted several laws that affect public procurement and professional regulation.
SkillsUSA Champions: The Emerging Leaders of our Industry
Last week in Louisville, Kentucky hundreds of Virginia students were putting it all on the line as they showcased their skilled talent on the SkillsUSA competition floor. The National Leadership and Skills Competition drew over 16,000 attendees and competitors. Of the thousands of students competing, Virginia was represented in the construction cluster events by 15 Virginia State Competition 1st place winners – and they were hungry for more!
M. SCOTT BRADSHAW MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Applications Must be Received by July 31, 2017
The purpose of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to qualified and deserving students attending institutions of higher learning.
Heat Safety Tool
When you’re working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it – right on your mobile phone.
The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple “click,” you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.
Provided by: Bloomberg BNA - July 3, 2017
For 40-plus years the design of construction hard hats hasn’t changed much—a brimmed shell attached to a suspended, adjustable headband.
But that’s changing as designs, first used in mountain climbing and other sports helmets, are adapted for construction workers.
The introduction of the helmets—don’t call them hard hats—is driven by the belief that helmets provide better side impact protection than traditional hard hats and won’t tumble away if a worker falls, company safety officials told Bloomberg BNA.
The Omni Homestead
August 11-12, 2017
Meeting Focus: Revising AGC’s Public Policy Positions
AGC's 2017 Summer Conference is scheduled at the OMNI Homestead on August 11-12. It is important that you reserve your accommodations at The Omni Homestead as soon as possible as the hotel will most likely sell out all rooms that weekend. You should also register with AGCVA at your earliest convenience to help us in planning activities.
• District Councils will discuss local Workforce Development Solutions and successful local programs.
• The Board will discuss proposals to update AGC’s Public Policy Positions. Make your voice heard and attend this meeting.
Protecting Your Building & People from the Unthinkable
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire and life safety is a primary concern across all industries and an important component of an organizational safety program. Necessary precautions must be taken to prevent and appropriately respond to an emergency at every level of the organization. In this risk management webinar you will learn about the essential components of an emergency action and fire prevention plan as well as how to ensure your workplace is prepared to respond to such an emergency. This webinar will review:
First Session: Thursday, August 10, 2017
AGCVA has developed a comprehensive training program for the young construction leaders in the Commonwealth. The concept is to provide our young leaders with information on other areas of a firm’s operations early in their career so that they will have a better understanding of the “big picture”, as well as an expanded skill set to help them grow in effectiveness in their current positions.
Thursday, August 3 – Friday, August 4, 2017
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
11950 Nuckols Road – Glen Allen, VA 23059
COST Per Person: AGCVA Member: $495 / Non Member: $795
This course will help early-career project managers gain insight into the types and sources of risk, techniques for managing risk, the basics of insurance and bonding and how quality control/quality assurance plans help mitigate performance risk.
Both the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Navy require that CQC personnel pass this training program as part of the certification process. AGC has worked with these groups over the past eighteen years to provide this training on a convenient, reasonably-priced basis.
A registration fee of $200/member rate and $250/non-member rate will be charged per attendee to cover the cost of the meeting facility, lunch, handout materials and refreshments.
The Richmond District held a safety roundtable discussion on Thursday, July 6th at the AGCVA offices. AGCVA members were there along with Dr. Alex Morgan who gave a presentation of asbestos and other related construction hazards.
Current issues also discussed were Silica Compliance, the AGC BEST program and how to deal with OSHA on the job site.
Safety managers from General Contractors, Subcontractors & Associate firms attend the first discussion.
If you would like to join the conversation, please join us at our next safety meeting. Just call AGCVA 804.364.5504 to find out! We look forward to seeing you there.
Central District held a lunch seminar on "PROTECTING PROJECT CLAIMS AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CONSTRUCTION" given by Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards. Construction Law has been a popular topic with more members asking for additional construction law presentations. They provided a review of a standard form contract with a tool for keeping track of crucial deadlines. In addition they provided updates on changes to the AIA standard contracts, legislation that impacts our construction industry.
Thank you Scott Kowalski, Andrew Pearson and Mark Burgin for giving of your time to share these recent changes. Our next Central event is the Annual Nite at the Ballpark! Do not miss out on this fun, family friendly, well attended event on July 27th at the City Stadium.
AGCVA is in the midst of assembling a NEW WEBSITE that will be available late summer 2017. If you have any recommendations for the site let us know. Contact Sheila Collins 804.364.5504 x211