Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update
Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
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Please join us July 23-25, 2019, in Seattle for AGC’s Construction Safety, Health & Environmental Conference, the industry’s foremost annual conference, to hone in on the most critical safety, health and environmental compliance and risk issues impacting the business of construction. Whether your goal is protecting the safety and health of the men and women working in construction or protecting the environment during the construction process – this is the conference for you. Registration is now open.
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
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding its current regulations on powered industrial trucks (e.g., rough terrain forklifts) and whether to revise the regulations governing their use. Powered industrial trucks includes what are currently termed forklifts, but the term also includes all fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electric motor or an internal combustion engine. For construction employers, powered industrial trucks are currently regulated by 29 CFR 1926.602(c) and (d).
United Rentals
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 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
June 4 & 5, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
AGC of America
Location: AGC of America -- 2300 Wilson Blvd, 1st Floor, Arlington, VA 22201
Contact: Nazia Shah -- | (703) 837-5409 | Register Now
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September 4-6, 2019
Idaho Associated General Contractors
1649 Shoreline Dr #100
Boise, ID 83702
Registration Fee: $995

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.
October 23 - 25, 2019 
Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc.
1940 The Exchange, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30339
Registration fee: $1,195.00
This unique three–day course provides construction safety and health professionals with the next–level knowledge required to successfully manage a company–wide safety program. Moving beyond the basics of Focus Four training, AGC's Advanced Safety Management Training Program will give participants a more holistic view of safety's role in project and company success, as well as advanced tactics and best practices for managing all aspects of a corporate safety program. Participants will also focus on the importance of "selling" safety throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different audiences.
Safety Cabinet
This Manual defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, and private toads open to public traffic. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) under 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F. This manual also includes all 2012 revisions.
Best Practices
Approximately 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur at work. The only definitive treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is effective CPR and a life-saving shock from an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).