For almost 20 years, The AGC of America and Willis Towers Watson have sponsored the Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) program. The CSEAs are the premier safety recognition program in the nation.The program addresses the safety history, management practices, program design, engagement, training efforts, and personal convictions of all who choose to participate. The awards culminate at the AGC National Convention every year, where corporate executives make presentations and take specific questions from five industry acclaimed judges. Category winners are announced at the annual Willis Towers Watson safety breakfast during the convention. Because safety improvement is a universal goal within the construction industry, we have developed a “Best Practices” summary from the 2018 convention. For each specific topic within the CSEA program, we have captured the best ideas presented by the finalists. We hope you enjoy reading about the exciting safety initiatives that are being done all over the country. Further, we hope you find something in the Best Practices that can help you become a safer and more successful company.
Raymond L. Critchfield was a dedicated safety professional who impacted the construction industry through his passion, love of people, family, and friends. One of his greatest attributes was his ability to train people to recognize hazards and create a safer workplace. The Raymond L. Critchfield Scholarship provides scholarships to individuals pursuing or continuing a course of study in the construction health and safety profession. This program recognizes individuals for their high level of academic achievement, contribution to the profession, and intent to pursue construction careers in the discipline of construction health & safety.
After an analysis of 25 OSHA heat-related illnesses — 14 fatal and 11 nonfatal — the Centers for Disease Control suggested that employers start screening their workers for heat stress when the heat index reaches 85 degrees Fahrenheit rather than the 91 F OSHA currently recommends. Heat stress covers a wide variety of potential illnesses, including life-threatening heat stroke.
OSHA has proposed a rule that would eliminate the requirement that employers with 250 or more employees electronically report detailed information about their workers' injuries and illnesses.