Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update
Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
Top News
AGC of America is now accepting proposals for a limited number of speaking opportunities for educational breakout sessions at the 2020 AGC Annual Convention, March 9-12, 2020 at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, September 6, 2019.
 Apply by Wednesday, October 23, 2019
AGC of America is proud to announce the launch of the 2020 AGC Awards competitions! The Construction Risk Partners Build America Awards (including the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence category) and AGC in the Community competitions recognize the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions; those contractors excelling in their partnering and collaborative endeavors; and the charitable contractors and chapters giving back to their communities.
The survey will close by the middle of August
As demand for construction in most parts of the country continues to expand and the number of unemployed construction workers hits record low levels, AGC of America and Autodesk are working to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we are asking members to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey that we have prepared. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of a tight construction labor market, the more likely they are to act on the measures we are promoting to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs. The more members who take the survey, the better able we all will be to describe labor market conditions where you operate.

The AGC-Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) recognizes those construction companies who excel at safety performance. The CSEA closely examines each candidate's commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control. Unlike other safety award programs that limit the criteria to frequency rates, the CSEA selection process is considerably more comprehensive. Each application is reviewed for evidence of company management commitment, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation. Over the past five years, the finalist judges have produced the CSEA Safety Management Best Practices to share the highlights noted during the competition with the construction industry and any organization that places a high value on safety leadership. Please take the time to read through the Best Practices, which has many takeaways for contractors looking to strengthen their safety program and feel free to share it with others.
McGriff, Seibels & Williams
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
Discourages legislative need for one-size- fits-all-standard 
On July 11, Kevin Cannon, AGC’s Senior Director of Safety and Health Services, testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on the topic of heat exposure in the industry. Cannon testified to AGC’s thorough, proactive work on this subject and informed lawmakers that legislation mandating the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to quickly formulate a one-size-fits-all national standard to address workplace heat exposure is unwarranted. In addition, AGC pointed out how the Obama administration’s OSHA previously denied a petition for such a standard given existing agency authorities to take enforcement action when heat hazards exist on the jobsite. AGC will continue to be proactive in providing outreach and education on this important workplace safety issue. For more information, contact Kevin Cannon at
United Rentals
Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe.
Why Participate?
Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.
Who Participates?
All organizations looking for an opportunity to recognize their commitment to safety are welcome to participate. Last year, more than 2,700 businesses helped to raise awareness about workers’ health and safety!

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.

September 17 & 18, 2019 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Carolinas AGC
4824 Parkway Plaza Blvd, Suite 115, Charlotte, NC 28217
Contact: Bill Stricker — | (704) 372-1450 ext. 5213

September 18 [Spanish] &19 [English], 2019 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
TEXO Association
11101 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75229
Contact: Lois Hamilton — | (972) 647-0697

October 2-4, 2019
Arlington, Virginia
At AGC’s Leadership in Construction Workshop, participants discover their personal leadership style and how to communicate and work with people who have different approaches. This is accomplished through various team activities and a series of personal assessments, including a 360 survey to identify how their manager, direct reports and peers interpret their performance. Participants leave with a detailed, practical action plan for implementing the new communication strategies. 
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.
Member News
Encore Electric wins the 2019 CSEA Grand Award
“Safety is more than just not doing things wrong. It’s about doing things right.” So says Jack Cain, health and safety director, Encore Electric. His advice is worth taking, since the safety program he oversees was declared the Grand Winner of the 2019 Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) at AGC’s 100th Annual Convention in April. The award was announced during the recent AGC convention in Denver, Colorado.
Safety Cabinet
This 9th edition manual contains information on a variety of safety topics and is designed to assist construction contractors in preventing accidents on their jobsites. Contains 43 chapters and topics covering: Personal Protection, First Aid, Fire Hazards and Prevention, Scaffolding, Steel Erection, Motor Vehicles, Pipelines, Boilers, Explosives, Road Building, Mobile Asphalt Plants and many more.