Members' Edge
Message from the President/CEO
  
 Plan. Provide. Train… Three Simple Steps To Preventing Falls
 
That is the message on the OSHA.gov web page welcoming you to its Fall Prevention Campaign. From that page, and according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, you learn that falls are the leading cause of death in construction. Deaths that are preventable.
With that in mind, Fall Prevention was once again the focus of AGC Houston’s Annual Safety Stand Down. The final numbers for the two-week event this past May show that over 18,000 workers participated – and heard – the message on preventing falls. Those are incredible numbers and truly highlight the commitment of the AGC Safety Committee and the many participating AGC member employers!
AGC Houston and its Safety Committee are extremely proud – as they should be – of the growth and the status of the Safety Stand-Down since its inception more than a decade ago. 
 
Events
  


Come see AGC Houston's young power players hard at work — all for a great cause: the AGC Houston Scholarship Program.
 
Aug. 9
Hermann Park Golf Course

Register by Aug. 2. - Lunch Sponsorship Available! Contact Charlene Anthony for details.

7:30 - 8 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
8 a.m.: Shotgun Start
12:30 p.m.: Mouth-watering soul food lunch and awards! 

 

Mix And Mingle With Your Industry Peers!

Thursday, Sept. 5
Crisp in The Heights - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Early bird deadline ends August 21, 2019
 
Click here for registration details.
 

Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
Andrews Myers, PC
Membership Benefits
  

We've Got You Covered
Our new health program provides qualifying member companies an opportunity to save on their healthcare costs while striving to general low renewal increases annually.
The plan enables employers to circumvent some of the most expensive requirements of health care reform while benefiting from economies of scale due to being part of one large group.

Contact Michelle Allison for more details or call (281) 752-9314

Join the largest AGC 401(k) plan in the nation with more than $350M in assets

AGC Houston and the Louisiana AGC are excited to announce the addition of the AGC Texas Building Branch Chapter as a sponsor of the AGC Southwest Chapters 401(k) Plan. With the unanimous assenting vote of the plan’s Advisory Committee, TBB becomes the third sponsor of the plan, effective July 9, 2019. 

Now offering all Texas Building AGC member firms a low-cost simplified Multi-Employer Plan (with no employer fees, Trustee liability, fiduciary responsibilities nor audits.

Learn more

AGC News
Learn all about some of the most significant technological innovations, including robotics and blockchain, changing the construction industry: ConstructorCast - Technology Changing the Construction Industry. The ConstructorCast is AGC of America's monthly podcast covering all the news, views, and interviews relevant to your construction business.
 
AGC of America and Autodesk are working to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers.
That is why we are asking members to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey that we have prepared.
Construction employment increased by 21,000 jobs in June and by 224,000, or 3.2%, over the past 12 months, while the number of unemployed job seekers with construction experience fell. AGC of America's Stephen E. Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer noted that firms continue to increase pay as they work to attract new hires from an ever-tighter labor market. "Construction firms continue to go to great lengths to recruit and retain workers during one of the tightest labor markets many of them have ever experienced."
Attention Construction HR Professionals!
Registration is now open for the 2019 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference(link is external) and pre-conference Strategic Management Workshop to be held Oct. 9-11 in Chicago.
 
AGC's “HR/TED Conference” provides two days of education and networking for HR, training, and workforce development professionals in the construction industry.
Knight Security
Education/Training

Creating the building blocks for future construction leaders
This program is designed to strengthen the next generation of leaders' civic and professional network and help them emerge with an increased knowledge of our industry's diversities.

Don't miss the application deadline, Friday, Aug. 16.
Click here For Program Information, Course Cost, Outline and Application.

 
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety

Join in the conversation this Friday, 7 - 8:30 a.m. as we discuss Heat Stress, Tower Cranes and Medical Marijuana - critical topics lead by construction industry professionals and how they affect the jobsite! Hear about OSHA updates and much more!

Open to all interested AGC Houston members, this committee of safety professionals meets to discuss issues and regulations that affect the commercial construction industry. RSVP to Kim Mason.

 

  
Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. 
 
OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Heat page explains what employers can do to keep workers safe and what workers need to know - including factors for heat illness, adapting to working in indoor and outdoor heat, protecting workers, recognizing symptoms and first aid training. The page includes resources for specific industries and OSHA workplace standards.
 
Heat-related Illnesses and First Aid
Heat stroke, the most serious form of heat-related illness, happens when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. 
Heat exhaustion is the body's response to loss of water and salt from heavy sweating. 
Heat cramps are caused by the loss of body salts and fluid during sweating.
Heat rash, also known as prickly heat, is skin irritation caused by sweat that does not evaporate from the skin. 
View important information on Heat-related llnesses
 
Download the NIOSH Heat Safety Tool Smartphone App!
Click here for Apple link
Click here for Android link
 
 
Resources
 
IT'S HURRICANE SEASON
Hurricanes and the effects of severe thunderstorms pose high risks to construction sites, with their incomplete structures, expensive machinery and equipment, flood-prone excavations and building materials that can quickly become projectiles in high winds. 
The AGC Houston Safety Committee has prepared the "Guidelines for Creation of Emergency Preparedness Plan," a highly useful, free document. Click here to download the document and to view other resources
 
OSHA's Hurricane Preparedness and Response page provides information on creating evacuation plans and supply kits and reducing hazards for hurricane response and recovery work..
 
Here's Looking at You

Something To "Whoop!" About

AGC Houston was pleased to host Texas A&M University’s Department of Construction ScienceConstruction Academy Careers Program July 15-19. The Academy is designed to increase the participants overall understanding of the construction profession and to acquaint them to potential careers in the industry. Thirty-one students, ages 14-17, from 25 schools in 13 different districts attended the academy in Houston.

Thanks to AGC Houston members McCarthy Building Companies, Webber Commercial Construction and Marek Brothers Systems, Inc. for providing the students with an overview of the commercial construction industry and for leading them to jobsite and office visits. 

Check out more information about the event!

 

On July 18, Jerry Nevlud,  AGC Houston President/CEO, and the AGC Diversity Committee were recognized at the HCC MBDA Business Center's Salute to Minority Contractors Luncheon. Congratulations to Jerry on this honor and to the AGC Houston members who support our efforts through the Diversity Committee!

News you can Use
The Construction Science Department at Prairie View A&M University will be holding its’ first career fair on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the recently opened Fabrication Center, located southeast of the Nathelyne Archie-Kennedy Building.  The event will be open to all students majoring in Construction Science plus those Architecture and Engineering students who are double majors in this field of study.
The evwent will  includes a general session from 9 a.m. - noon that allows our students to obtain information about the construction firms in attendance and present their qualifications for internships and/or full-time employment.  
See more information
 
Do you have concerns about jobsite safety or potential health hazards that can affect your workforce?
The Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) responds to requests for evaluations of workplace health hazards and conducts free studies of workplaces to determine if workers are exposed to hazardous materials or harmful conditions.
 
Check out more resources
On June 25, AGC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking(NPRM) revising and clarifying the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements. In 2017, the DOL withdrew the previous administrations sub-regulatory guidance regarding joint employer status that did not go through the rulemaking process that includes public notice and comment. The NPRM’s emphasis on the actual exercise of control as a prerequisite to a joint employer finding encourages cooperation between businesses without exposing them to potential liability under an uncertain standard.
On June 14, Gov. Greg Abbott  signed two major AGC Texas Building Branch bills that address construction defects in schools and the right to repair defects in public buildings into law. 
The bill addressing school construction defects, House Bill 1734, will require school districts to spend funds to actually repair construction defects when those funds are awarded from a verdict or settlement resulting from the defects. 
The "right to repair" bill has been one of AGC-TBB's top priorities for the last several years. House Bill 1999, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano), will allow those involved in designing or constructing a public building or public work a chance to inspect and repair alleged defects before being sued.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA recently finalized a rule to reduce the dust-lead hazard levels on floors and window sills – from 40 micrograms (µg) of lead in dust per square foot (ft2) and 250 µg/ft2 to 10 µg/ft2 and 100 µg/ft2, respectively.  The new standards take effect Jan. 6, 2020. 
 

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