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Celebrating Safety - Holiday Happy Hour
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Dec. 3-4: PMDP: Module 5: Leadership
Dec. 8-13: Construction Project Manager Course
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View the full list of OSHA courses here.
Nov. 18-20: OSHA 502: Update For Construction Industry Outreach Trainers
Nov. 18-21: RM 101: Safety, Health & Environmental Risk Management
Nov. 18-21: OSHA 500: Trainer Course In OSHA Standards for Construction
Nov. 20-22: OSHA 503: Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
Dec. 2-5: OSHA 511: OSHA Standards For General Industry
Dec. 3-6: OSHA 521: OSHA Guide To Industrial Hygiene
Dec. 9-12: OSHA 501: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards General Industry
Dec. 9-12: OSHA 510: OSHA Standards For Construction
Dec. 10-12: OSHA 3015- Excavation, Trenching, and Soil Mechanics
Dec. 10-12: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection
Dec. 10-13: OSHA 30-Hour Safety Course For Construction
Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized for your best-in-class safety program! For more information on the CSEA program, please visit www.agc.org/csea. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Dec. 13.
As outdoor temperatures drop and winter storms approach, employers should take measures to keep their employees safe. OSHA's Winter Weather webpage provides information on protecting employees from hazards while working outside during severe cold and snow storms. This guidance includes information on staying safe while clearing heavy snow from walkways and rooftops.
Voters approved nine amendments to Texas Constitution; send House races to runoffs with one recount. Read AGC Texas Building Branch's Corbin Van Arsdale's recap of the state elections in Capital Roundup.
Check out Constructorvotes, AGC Houston's website dedicated to providing members with up-to-date information related to government affairs at the local, state and national levels.
AGC of America's Chief Economist Ken Simonson joined AIA chief economist Kermit Baker in a podcast on what to expect for construction spending, labor availability and materials costs in the new year.
Attention AGC Houston members! Applications for the Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship are now open! The AGC Houston scholarship program has awarded over 168 scholarships totaling $512,000 to students pursuing construction-related careers.
Whether you or one of your family members is taking construction-related courses, apply today! Deadline is Jan. 31, 2020.
Launched last year, AGC Houston created a Women In Construction Steering Committee designed to produce events that bring insight to the ups and downs of women pursuing a career in construction.
See our dedicated Women in Construction web page that contains a variety of helpful resources.
Grant Program to Help Firms Provide Safety Harnesses Designed with Women in Mind
AGC of America and Autodesk are launching a new, $75,000 grant program to help member firms provide safety harnesses for women.
As part of that effort, winning firms will be selected based on their ability to leverage relatively small grant awards to attract more women and provide them with appropriately sized safety harnesses.
AGC is accepting applications until Jan. 10, 2020.
The AGC Business Development Best Practices are an ongoing effort of the AGC Business Development Forum Steering Committee to bring more BD resources toAGC members.
Interested in webeds, best practices, more tips and resources in Business Development? Visit the AGC Business Development Forum page and click on "Join the Forum."
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, Rice Design Alliance honored the Tellepsen Family at the annual RDA Gala for their incredible contributions to Houston for over 100 years. RDA Board President Steve Mechler, TI Constructors, led the ceremony with opening remarks recounting the Tellepsen family’s legacy in the construction industry and through their involvement in the community. Tom Tellepsen, a Norwegian immigrant, came to the city and founded the firm in 1909, after taking architectural drafting classes in the Downtown YMCA. He also helped to establish the AGC Houston Chapter in 1923. In 1973, Warren Bellows, Jr., W.S. Bellows Construction Corp. presented Tom Tellepsen with an Honorary Life Membership.
AGC Houston congratulates the Tellepsens on this significant tribute! To view a commemorative video produced for the event, click here.
The Houston AEC community headed downtown on November 9, 2019, to showcase their creativity in the annual CanStruction Houston structure completion. Vaughn Construction teamed with PhiloWilke Partnership for the 2019 Canstruction Houston, a competition to design and build colossal structures using canned food that helps to support the Houston Food Bank. Their sculpture's theme was based on one of Texas’ favorite fast-food restaurants – Whata-Canstruction: Taking a Texas Size Bite Out of Hunger.
Whether your plan represents $400 or $38 million, your company benefits from group pricing, which makes the Southwest 401 (k) plan extremely competitive.
To learn more about the AGC Houston 401(k) plan, please contact R.W. Baird at (713) 296-8066 or email@example.com.
Here's Looking at You
Our members networked at our final Member Mixer of the year on Nov. 7 at Crisp in The Heights. A special thanks to all who braved the rainy roads to mix and mingle! An especially big Thank You to new AGC Houston member Shane Kirkpatrick of Rhumbix for sponsoring our event and congratulations to Jeff Taggart of TAS Commercial Concrete who won the GoPro camera!
Check out the photos here!
News you can Use
Caterpillar cites U.S. trade tensions with China for laying off 120 temporary workers at a plant in Victoria, Texas. The heavy-equipment manufacturer has reported a 13% drop in Asia-Pacific sales for the third quarter. The layoffs, which took place at the hydraulic excavator facility in Victoria on November 1, were confirmed to Reuters by a company spokeswoman on Monday. The facility had about 820 employees.
Creating a more equitable and diverse workforce results in business benefits such as: reduced turnover, innovation and growth. Download the whitepaper to learn about concrete steps that firms can take to improve diversity and inclusion.
When Force Majeure is for Sure: The Business of Construction in Disaster-Prone Areas
Instead of solely relying on force majeure clauses, contractors building along the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast should have disaster action plans that provide guidance on what to do when a storm has been predicted, when it is happening and after it has passed, write attorneys from Jones Walker in Texas. Contractors should also identify potential suppliers, labor sources and modes of transportation that may be available.
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