Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update
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On April 3, 2019, AGC of America and Willis Towers Watson honored 57 construction firms at the Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) luncheon — where camaraderie wins over competition and people over projects. Keeping the spotlight on construction workers coming home safely every night is of utmost importance, and that’s what the CSEA program does. Seventeen firms received third-place honors. In addition, there were 20 second-place winners and 20 first-place award recipients. From the first-place winners, the "best of the best" or grand award winner was selected. The 2019 recipient is Encore Electric, Inc. of Lakewood, Colorado.
The award program is the industry's elite safety excellence awards program for companies of all sizes and occupational divisions. CSEA recognizes those construction companies that excel at safety and health performance, examining each candidate's commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control. Congratulations to Encore and all the winners!
Each year AGC of America conducts a survey of members involved in highway construction work to evaluate the state of highway work zone safety. We want to collect information on the number, severity, impacts and potential solutions to highway work zone crashes. Our intention is to use the information we collect from this survey as the main focus of a media and public education campaign we will launch the week before Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer driving season.
Please take a few brief moments to complete this important highway work zone safety survey by May 15. And of course, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Turmail at 703-459-0238 or with any questions, comments or concerns about this survey and our plans to promote highway work zone safety through the data. Thank you in advance for making the time to complete this survey.
AGC encourages members and chapters to get involved in the week’s various safety events

This year’s National Construction Safety Week will start on Monday, May 6 with an official kick-off safety event being hosted by Sound Transit, which serves the Seattle metropolitan area. AGC of America is the first-ever signature sponsor for National Construction Safety Week, the annual industry-led event designed to highlight steps construction firms are taking to improve jobsite health and safety. AGC of America CEO Stephen E. Sandherr will participate in the Seattle event to outline the industry’s commitment to worksite health and safety.
Rudy Rack
McGriff, Seibels & Williams
AGC of America, supported by Susan Harwood Federal Training Grant, developed the Fall Prevention Safety Training Program.
Construction workers make up approximately 4 percent of the country’s workforce but account for an average of 19 percent of all job-related fatalities each year. Consistently, over the past five years approximately 35-39 percent of those fatalities are from falls. Falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, especially among small businesses and businesses with Hispanic workers. In addition, fall protection violations continue to be among the most-cited standards in the construction industry. AGC of America is pleased to offer this one-day training program based on OSHA standards and best practices to answer the need for quality training within the industry. Classes are offered at various locations and dates throughout the year.
May 1, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Construction Employers Association
Location: 950 Keynote Circle, Suite 10, Cleveland, OH 44131
Contact: Kent Crytzer -- | (216) 904-2495
May 2, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
AGC of Ohio, Ohio Contractors Association and Allied Construction Industries
Training Location: Allied Construction Industries/Cincinnati Division of Ohio AGC -- 3 Kovach Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45215
Contact: Susan Berman -- | (513) 482-4725
May 16 & 17, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
General Building Contractors Association
Location: WorkMerk -- 100 Four Falls Corporate Center, Suite 106, Conshohocken, PA 19428
Contact: Frank Durso -- | (215) 568-7015
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September 4-6, 2019
Idaho Associated General Contractors
1649 Shoreline Dr #100
Boise, ID 83702
Registration Fee: $895 before 4/30/2019
Registration Fee: $995 after 4/30/2019

The AGC Safety Management Training Course (SMTC) provides attendees three days of training on the basic skills needed to manage a company safety program in the construction industry. Held just a few times per year at select locations around the country, the SMTC program builds on Focus Four training and prepares attendees to manage key safety issues on the job site and provides techniques for delivering basic safety training to field personnel. Participants will receive intensive instruction and training that will allow them to return to their firms with readily applicable new skills to positively impact their company’s safety and health program.
Chapter News
Nearly 700 individual superintendents and foreman from across the stateto receive commendation for achieving safety excellence on their jobsites 
AGC Georgia is proud to announce that Choate Construction Superintendent Brian Keaton received the prestigious Safety Leadership Award. In addition, 686 individual superintendents and foreman with no loss-time accidents or recordables from around the state received the Ron Amerson Supervisors’ Safety Award.
Safety Cabinet
This guide takes the guesswork out of finding the regulations that keep your workforce safe and compliant. Easily navigate the government’s complex standards and save yourself time while you solve issues before they become problems. The guide provides fall-protection OSHA regulations from:
• Part 1910: General Industry
• Part 1915: Shipyard Employment
• Part 1917: Marine Terminals
• Part 1918: Longshoring
• Part 1926: Construction
• OSHA Letters of Interpretation
Best Practices
Women got the vote. Prohibition began. The National Football League was founded. And, the construction industry was forever changed by the invention of an often overlooked but significant worker safety advancement – the hard hat. And, while perhaps not considered a great technological invention now, at the time, the invention of the hard hat revolutionized and galvanized the businesses and the people behind the American industrial boom.