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In this issue...
  
 
 
In honor of the Labor Day holiday, the AGC Houston offices will close on Friday, August 30 at 3:00 p.m. and reopen for business on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
 
 
 
  

AGC Houston is on the hunt for the best-of-the-best in construction video footage. From training and professional development to drones, BIM and Lean, we want to see it all!

Enter the Videos in Construction (VIC) Awards and be prepared to see your name (and more) in lights!

Read about the requirements here.

 

Events

Mix and Mingle with Your Industry Peers!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at Crisp in The Heights
 
Click here for registration details. Contact Tasha Hernandez for sponsorship opportunities!

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

AGC's Membership Discount Program's provide members access to high-quality services, cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line products. From discounts on vehicles to office supplies to cloud-based construction management solutions, AGC has partnered with some of the best to give you the most for your money and improve your daily business operation.

Click here to view more information!

Companies in the plan and those considering joining are welcome!

Aug. 28 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch & Presentation

• Receive your company's specific plan review or a sample review if you're a guest;

• Learn about the new credit given to all participants for 2019;

• Get information on the additional savings for all companies

Click here for more details.

 
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.
 

Attention Construction HR Professionals!
Registration is now open for the 2019 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference and pre-conference Strategic Management Workshop held October 9-11, 2019 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.

 
“Job gains in construction have slowed markedly in recent months but the industry is still increasing employment nearly twice as much as other employers,” said Ken Simonson, AGC of America's chief economist. “The recent slowdown in hiring and construction spending may reflect contractors’ difficulty in finding enough qualified workers, rather than a downturn in demand for projects.”
 
Simonson noted that the 2.8% growth in construction employment between July 2018 and July 2019 was the slowest in more than six years but that the rate remained close to double the 1.5% increase in total nonfarm payroll employment. 
Knight Security
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Education/Training

Thursday, September 26, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at AGC Houston

Presented by George Sturrock and Greg Bounds, Iron Edge Group

Value Statement for Analytics in Construction

Building a Construction Analytics Solution
Data Visualization Best Practices
Case Study – Construction Project Management Analytics

Registration details here

An AGC Construction Learning Tool for the Emerging Project Manager

A nationally-recognized training standard, this five-course program covers the essentials of project management for emerging project managers and provides a solid foundation for long-term career development.

Courses can be taken individually.

Module 2: CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION | Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 17-18

Module 3: PROJECT ADMINISTRATION | Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct. 22-23

Module 4: RISK MANAGEMENT | Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 5-6

Module 5: LEADERSHIP | Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec. 10-11

Contact Charlene Anthony for more information!

 
Safety
  

 

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.
 
Download the NIOSH Heat Safety Tool Smartphone App!
Click here for Apple link    
Click here for Android link
 

Resources
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 field inspections.
Check out the resources.

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
  
Students atending three OSHA safety classes at AGC Houston on August 15, 2019, witnessed fall protection demonstrations from United Tool and Fastener Inc., Werner Ladder Co. and Kask safety hardhats. AGC Houston Director of Safety Services Kim Mason invited the companies to conduct the demonstration for the OSHA 30-hour Construction class she is teaching over five weeks.
 
"When the UT Arlington OSHA Education Center instructors saw the fall protection safety rig truck in our parking lot and the harneses being hoisted, they came to my class and asked if their students could also take part in the demonstrations. The students — all construction industry professionals — really enjoyed the hands-on demonstration by United Tool, Werner and Kask hardhats," she stated.

AGC Houston members braved the blistering heat on Friday, August 9, 2019, at Hermann Park Golf Course for the annual Construction Leadership Council golf tournament, which raised $10,000 for our scholarship program.

Congratulations to the winners: First Place: Johnson Controls Team 3; Second Place: McClenny | Mosely & Associates; Third Place: Andrews Myers, PC; Closest To The Pin: Jon Karsten, Karsten Interior Services, LP; Longest Drive: Josh Talley, Marek Sawing & Drilling, LLC; and Dead-Ass-Last: Rogers-O'Brien Construction. Special thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and to all the companies that donated prizes for the raffle!

View all of the photos here.



Tony Hunt, Specialist in Safety and Health General Industry & Construction Industry, UTA/ Certified Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) and UTA Safety, Health, and Environmental Risk Management (SHERM), taught the new Rigging Essentials class on August 19-20, 2019. The hands-on course covered the knowledge needed by a worker to safely and properly perform the many tasks required of a rigger.

Member News
  
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. announced the addition of Richard Gann as Director of Project Management. Gann brings 27 years of civil and commercial construction management experience. His work history includes managing the production and trades on utility and earthwork projects ranging in size from $10M - $70M, constructing building pads for commercial and industrial clients, and managing the installation of storm and sanitary sewer pipe.
 
Prior to joining Slack & Co, Gann was general manager of Ellingson Companies CIPP/Rehab, working with industrial and commercial clients nationwide.
News you can Use
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information and comment on Table 1 of the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. OSHA seeks information on additional engineering and work practice control methods to effectively limit exposure to silica for the equipment and tasks currently listed on Table 1.
Comments must be submitted by November 13, 2019. Read the full press release here.
The NEC 2020 code review cycle is underway. See the most significant electrical safety changes on track to pass, explore the reasoning for each update and preview future modifications that may affect you beyond 2020.
New tools have made it possible for parties to more easily evaluate contractors' and subcontractors' bids, but some bidders claim that these tools are time consuming to use, lead to higher costs and can be unfair. Chris Black, director of operations at Appruv, denies that prequalification platforms are "made up entirely of algorithms," as human evaluation and flexibility have become a larger part of such systems.
The National Association of Minority Contractors is honoring Houston's construction workers and their families at their second annual "Day of the Construction Worker" on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Minute Maid Park.
 
The celebration will include safety, health and education exhibits along with activities and entertainment.
NAMC is looking for additional sponsors to host families at the Astros baseball game against the LA Angels, later that afternoon. 
 
For additional details, contact info@namctexas.org; director@namctexas.org or Executive Director Abel Garcia: execufirm1@yahoo.com
 

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 event will include a general session from 9 a.m. - noon that allows students to obtain information about the construction firms in attendance and present their qualifications for internships and/or full-time employment.  

See more information.

New Members

BrandSafway Solutions
Kelly Davila
kdavila@brandsafway.com
(281) 404-5127
1220 Miller Cut-Off Rd.
LaPorte, Texas 77571
www.brandsafway.com

Highway 1, LLC
Todd Drouin
todd@highway1tx.com
(713) 344-1279
20411 Cook Road
Tomball, Texas 77377
www.highway1tx.com

Gulf Coast Pipeline Services
Jennifer Dunn
jennifer@gcpsinc.com
(832) 340-7692
PO Box 590002
Houston, Texas 77259
www.gulfcoastpipelineservices.com

Hotchkiss Insurance Agency, LLC
Wes Weatherred
Weatherred@hiallc.com
(713) 956-9800
13430 Northwest Freeway, Suite 600
Houston, Texas 77040
www.hiallc.com

HillDay Public Relations, Inc.
Argentina M. James
ajames@hilldaypr.com
(832) 831-1836
3801 Kirby Drive, Suite 507
Houston, Texas 77098
www.hilldaypr.com

Relevant Solutions
Rachelle West
rachelle.west@relevantsolutions.com
(385) 315-1966
9750 Sam Houston Parkway North
Houston, Texas 77064
www.relevantsolutions.com

 

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