The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new rule on silica exposure will go into effect Sept. 23, instead of June 23, to give the agency time to develop "guidance materials and training for compliance officers."
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched its Safe and Sound Campaign
recently, calling on employers to review their safety and health programs to protect workers, and reduce workplace injuries and deaths.
Contractors must be well-acquainted with Federal Aviation Administration rules on drone use before attempting to include them in construction activities, writes Emily Peiffer. Contractors should decide who will fly the drones, develop company guidelines for their use and set up an insurance plan before moving forward, she says.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 98,000 in March, below economists' average expectations, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
. The construction sector gained only 6,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate decreased from 4.7% to 4.5%, while revisions to January and February numbers led to a decrease of 38,000 jobs from earlier reports.
AGC Houston members support this new network, which is an alliance of Houston construction companies, associations and related businesses. The Construction Safety Network meets monthly.
Open to all AGC Houston members, this committee of safety professionals meets on the last Friday of the month to discuss issues and regulations that affect the commercial construction industry. RSVP to Kim Mason
The Associated General Contractors of America unveiled a new study designed to improve the safety of construction workers as it announced that two-thirds of metro areas added construction jobs during the past 12 months. Association officials said the new safety study is designed to help construction firms prevent workplace fatalities and injuries.
The AGC Education and Research Foundation offers Workforce Development Scholarships to students enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of commercial construction
. Students in technical or approved craft training programs will have until June 1 to apply for $1,000 scholarships (renewal for up to two years) from the AGC Education and Research Foundation.
The complete list of criteria can be found here
. Students can apply here
The Associated General Contractors of America urged state and local officials in California to reject or repeal proposals to punish companies and their employees for working on border security projects on behalf of the United States government. Association officials also noted, in a letter
to the state and local lawmakers, that the federal courts will strike down any such discriminatory and obstructive measures.
AGC of America and its Texas chapters launched a campaign designed to highlight the many benefits of working in the construction industry. Titled Texas Builds
, the campaign relies on testimonials from dozens of construction workers throughout Texas, touting the industry's commitment to safety and the many career opportunities. Help AGC promote and grow the construction industry by sharing the website and videos with colleagues, industry partners and family!
, Chair and CEO of W. S. Bellows Construction Corp., was recently featured with four other "Trailblazing Houston Women" in a Houston Business Journal
feature story. The article focused on business leaders in the aerospace, construction, energy, residential and retail sectors who have left their mark in Houston. Bellows spoke about the Bellows' family history and legacy in the commercial construction industry and the challenges she's encountered in leading the company since 2007.
The Construction Financial Management Association and Brookstone, LP announced the election of Samantha M. Hutchison, CCIFP, as its 2017-18 Executive Chairman.
"I am honored to represent CFMA as Chairman this year," stated Hutchison. "Along with the other officers, I am committed to providing outstanding leadership for CFMA as we continue to grow by delivering exceptional value for our members and stakeholders. I believe in CFMA as the foundation for success for our membership, and look forward to giving back to the association and to the industry as Chairman."
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. welcomed Kevin Johnson as a Project Manager. With approximately 10 years in the workforce, Kevin has extensive experience in civil earthwork, deep foundations, structural concrete and industrial building projects. Previously, Johnson worked for
Group Contractors as a Project Manager.
Ken Terveen joined the the company as a Senior Estimator. He brings more than 18 years of experience in estimating and project management.Most recently, he was a senior estimator for J R Caskey in Oilville, Va.
On April 19, 2017, Bell & McCoy Lighting and Controls
will be hosting a Specifier Spotlight at the Houston Heights Historic Fire station. The all-day event will feature the latest technology in features and lighting control products.
Specifier specific continuing education credits will be offered throughout the day and include a variety of presentations such as Lighting For The Museum Environments; Selecting The Right Lighting; Codes and Controls; and much more.
In keeping with Bell & McCoy's 2017 Craft Brewed Circuit Theme of Keeping It Local, the event will include a happy hour featuring three of Houston's very own: Southern Star Brewing, Yellow Rose Distilling, and Solaro Urban Winery.
Associated General Contractors of America is pleased to provide AGC members and their employees with a private offer of up to $1,000 off the purchase or lease of most new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles. Association members can combine this offer with most current incentives, including the National Fleet Purchase Program
and Business Choice Offers
for an even better deal.
AGC Houston and Louisiana AGC 401(k) plan members and chapter leaders headed to Minute Maid Park on April 5, 2017 to watch the Astros take on the Seattle Mariners. Although the Astros eventually lost 4-2, AGC members enjoyed the event in the remodeled and renamed Budweiser Patio, under a beautiful, clear evening sky.
Jerry Nevlud and Ken Naquin, AGC Houston and Louisiana Chapter Presidents, respectively, celebrated the annual event with plan participants and special guest, Steve Sandherr, AGC of America CEO. For more information about the 401(k) plan, contact Ginger Gray, email@example.com, or Steve Ellsworth, Sellsworth@rwbaird.com.
The AGC Houston Political Action Committee and Government Affairs Committee hosted an advocacy breakfast on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 with special guests Mayor Sylvester Turner and Corbin Van Arsdale, Texas Building Branch. The event featured an overview of the TBB legislative issues at hand, the current state of affairs at the Capitol, and some of the current bills being discussed in House and State committees. Mayor Turner focused on hot issues the city is solving, including the Houston municipal employees' pension funds.
At the meeting's conclusion, AGC Houston presented Mayor Turner with a hardhat and a check for Hire Houston Youth
, his summer jobs program for high school youths.
all the teams, sponsors and volunteers, a huge Thank You for making the 2017
Barbecue Cook-Off & Fair a tremendous success on March 24 and 25, 2017.
More than 8,000 people attended the two-day event at the Sam Houston Race
Park, enjoying the festivities at the Friday night client networking
parties - hosted by 38 cook teams - as well as family day on Saturday.
- For a list of the winning teams, click here.
- To view our sponsors, click here.
- Check out our Facebook photo albums here.
- To view a short video recapping the event, click here.
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