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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.
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
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.
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Thirty-nine states added construction jobs between March 2016 and March 2017 while 17 states added construction jobs between February and March, according to an analysis by AGC of America. Contractors in most states remain busy for now but worry about not being able to find enough workers to complete projects in the future.
AGC of America says construction material costs have increased significantly, led by a 19 percent rise in steel mill products and 17 percent for copper and brass between March 2016 and March 2017. Construction companies have not been able to increase prices as quickly as costs and urges the federal government not to restrict the importation of materials.
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!
Joslin Construction
Baker Triangle
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Evelyn's Park opened with fanfare on Saturday, April 22, 2017 as crowds came to check out Bellaire's new green space. Families, vendors, artists and dignitaries mingled at the five-acre site on Bellaire Boulevard where Teas Nursery once stood.. Named after the late longtime Bellaire resident and philanthropist Evelyn Rubenstein, the five-acre park located at 4400 Bellaire Boulevard is now a blend of community spaces, gardens, trails and an event building and cafe.

During construction, Linbeck Group, LLC sought to develop the park’s new identity while respecting the history of the site and scale and character of the surrounding neighborhood. A house from the 1900s that was occupied by the Teas Nursery is now a cafe/restaurant, and the firm constructed a new event building and office adjacent to an event lawn.
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 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. Members can combine this offer with most current incentives, including the National Fleet Purchase Program and Business Choice Offers for an even better deal.  

BMF Solutions, LLP
Proline Supply Company
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Over 250 golfers headed out to the AGC/AIA Golf Tournament on Monday at Champions Golf Club. Players represented all aspects of the commercial construction industry, including many architects and owners as well. It’s hard to say whether the draw was the pristine golf course, the comradery amongst the players or the fabulous weather – but whatever it was brought out the best of the best for this golf event. 

Not one, but two players made a hole in one on the Cypress Creek Course – home to prestigious golf tournaments like the US Open and Ryder Cup. Congratulations to Charlie Getman, Cokinos | Young and Trey Wilkinson, Trinity Legacy Partners, LLC.

The tournament raised $25,000 for ACE Mentor Program of Houston plus the auction earnings from a special bench built by Program participants and mentors and painted by local artist Daniel Anguilu.

AGC Houston and AIA Houston would like to thank the 2017 Golf Committee and our major sponsors Peckar & Abramson, Walker Engineering, Rogers-O’Brien Construction and Tellepsen. 
AGC Houston, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Houston South and North area offices, the American Subcontractors Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Gulf Coast Safety Institute/College of the Mainland, and the Scaffold & Access Industry Association signed a formal agreement on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to establish the Houston Fall Prevention Alliance. Built around Houston Fall Prevention Safety Day, the alliance provided an ensemble of safety demonstrations and talks to construction industry professionals and workers.

Kim Mason, AGC Houston Director of Safety Services was on hand to sign the alliance and to represent the chapter throughout the day. Among the demonstrations, AGC Houston member Ryan Falterman, MSA Safety, brought his fall protection safety awareness truck and gave hands-on demonstrations throughout the day. 

AGC Houston is calling all members to take part in the Stand-Down For Safety campaign May 8-19, 2017. This is a great way to expose construction workers to the common hazards of a jobsite, particularly related to falls. Several of our members who are safety consultants will volunteer their services to lead demonstrations with fall protection gear, ladders, and test dummies on job sites across the city. For more information, click here.
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