Construction Firms Are Protecting Their Workers And The Public
Now more than ever, as the state begins to slowly re-open for business, it is imperative that we all adhere to the safety protocols that have been put in place. As has been stated many times, COVID-19 is global, but personal. Each of us need to do our part to KEEP SAFETY VIRAL.
You can find updates on AGC HOUSTON's dedicated COVID-19 Resources webpage for the commercial construction industry. Visit AGC of America's extensive Covid-19 resources page and workingsafe.agc.org, which highlights many of the steps firms are taking to protect workers.
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On Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, AGC of America noted that steep monthly declines in public and private nonresidential construction spending offset a surge in homebuilding in July, while industry employment decreased compared to July 2019 levels in two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas.
Construction spending in July totaled $1.36 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, a gain of 0.1 percent from June.
he coronavirus has harmed the construction industry, prompting project delays and cancellations, layoffs and furloughs, yet it remains difficult for a majority of firms to find craft workers to hire, according to the results of a workforce survey conducted by AGCf America and Autodesk. The survey paints a picture of an industry in need of immediate recovery measures and longer-term workforce development support, according to AGC.
The AGC Business Development Forum is a group of AGC members who are interested in learning more about business development in all sectors of the industry. The AGC Business Development Forum's mission is to advise AGC members of new market opportunities, to follow and report on trends in the construction market, and to advise members on the techniques and tools of BD.
AGC of America launched a nationwide program on May 13, 2020, designed to help expand the diversity of the industry by making job sites more inclusive. Called Culture of CARE (commit, attract, retain and empower), it is designed to help firms create more welcoming workplace environments for staff, particularly those from diverse demographic backgrounds.
AGC's “HR/TED Conference” this year provides three days of education and networking for HR, training, and workforce development professionals in the construction industry. Educational sessions for training professionals cover the most cutting-edge techniques in training and development currently in use and envisioned for the future in the industry.
The HR sessions help HR professionals in the industry remain up to date and compliant with employment laws and best practices. Some sessions interest both HR and training professionals alike.
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AGC Houston encourages construction firms to host Safety Stand-Down events Sept. 14-25.
AGC Houston and the Safety Committee urge all general contractors and specialty contractors to pause and dedicate time to promote worker safety and fall prevention during the Safety Stand-Down September 14-25-2020.Check out these resources specifically designed for the construction industry:
Employers should have an emergency plan in place that specifies what to do if a worker has signs of heat-related illness, and ensures that medical services are available if needed.
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.
Are your jobsites prepared for flash floods? 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 more safety-related resources from AGC Houston.
The AGC Houston staff recently applauded our very own Tamara Hancock, Chief Operating Officer, who received an Award for 20 Years of Service from AGC of America. Hancock began her career at AGC Houston in Jan. 1998. She has been instrumental in leading many programs for the Chapter. Congratulations, Tamara, on reaching many significant milestones in your career!
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena and HPD Chief Art Acevedo - along with Texas Building Branch President Corbin Van Arsdale - were the featured guests at our annual MidYear Safety meeting. With proper Covid-19 safety protocols in place, AGC members attended the event at The Briar Club, which also served to recognize Safety Award recipients. The public officials highlighted how the community and the construction industry can work together to create a safe working environment for workers and the greater community.
The annual event also recognized Safety Award Recipients. The AGC Houston Safety Excellence Awards recognize construction companies demonstrating leadership in safety management. Nominated by industry peers, the award recipients are recognized for promoting safety excellence.
Affiliate/Vendor Award – Jim Shelton, OSHA;
Small Specialty Contractor – Greco Structures;
Large Specialty Contractor – W T Byler; and
Ray Lambright Award – Winston Hesch, McCarthy Building Companies.
Congratulations to the winners and click here to view event photos.
AGC Houston celebrated our Military May Appreciation Month a little late this year, due to the pandemic. Wearing facemasks and with safety protocols in place, active and retired veterans - as well as non-military shooting enthusiasts had a blast at our third Vets in Construction Shootout on Aug. 20, 2020. The event consisted of friendly shooting competition, simulator exercises, and a unique networking opportunity for construction professionals to meet other non-active and retired veterans in the industry.
Check out the event's photos and more information here.
Pictured: Team Gilbane Building Company
It was a great sight to see on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020: masked-up AGC Houston members finally able to get together (under COVID-19 safety restrictions) at the Wildcat Golf course and enjoy a good game of golf.
A big round of applause to these teams and individuals who captured an award:
First Place: Dally + Associates
Second Place: Dehumidification Technologies
Third Place: Gilbane Building Co.
Closest -To-The-Pin: Adam Robertson, Andrew Myers, PC
Longest Drive: Daniel Lynch, Greco Structures
Dead-Ass-Last: Joeris General Contractors
Check out more details on the tournament and photos here.
The HEALS Act Includes Essential Liability, Workforce, Financial & Unemployment Reforms, But Association Will Work to Get Needed Infrastructure Investments Included in Final Relief Measure.
“Senate Republicans have crafted a relief measure that includes a number of vital provisions that will allow hard-hit construction firms to begin rebuilding their businesses and payrolls," stated AGC of America CEO, Stephen Sandherr.
The Wage and Hour Division encourages employers to audit their pay practices and consider participating in the PAID program. On this website, interested employers can find the resources they need to participate in PAID, starting with relevant FLSA compliance assistance materials.
Two recent immigration decisions highlight the need for Congress to enact permanent immigration reform. First, last week, the Supreme Court ruled that recipients under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) can continue to legally work in the country.
Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $30 million grant program designed to help small businesses that have yet to receive Covid-19 relief.
The Small Business Recovery Fund program, or SBRF, was approved unanimously by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and the Harris County commissioners during the Commissioners Court meeting June 30. The $30 million grant program will be established with federal funding Harris County received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Pandemic lockdowns have been tough on the construction industry but have been especially difficult for minority-owned firms, which already face challenges. "Now we're in a space where there are, one, fewer opportunities, and two, a more desperate and dire need for access to working capital," which has always been more elusive for minority-owned firms, says Kenneth Thomas, co-founder of the Minority & Women Contractors & Developers Association.
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