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Construction technology provider and national trade organization launch grant program to help address industry need for better-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) for women working at heights
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of private sector worker fatalities in the construction industry. Everyone who works at heights, whether it’s on a roof, scaffolding, or the edge of a tall building, should have properly fitting safety harnesses, yet not all contractors have the supply they need to better protect women in construction. To help address this, Autodesk is funding a grant program with one of the largest construction trade organizations – AGC of America – to supply select, in-need member contractors with fall protection harnesses sized for women who work at heights.
Photo courtesy of National Association of Women in Construction
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Each year around this time, AGC asks you – our members – to predict what next year will be like for your business.  AGC has partnered with Sage to prepare questions that focus on expectations for market performance, hiring, labor market conditions, etc.  Please take a moment to complete the survey.
The AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA), sponsored by Willis Towers Watson, is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program. The CSEA recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and risk control programs and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvement and maintenance of their safety and health management systems. Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized for your best-in-class safety program! For more information on the CSEA program, please visit The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 13, 2019.
January 15 – 17, 2020 | Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, TX
Registration is now open for AGC’s Construction Safety & Health Conference, the industry’s foremost annual conference to hone in on the most critical safety and health compliance and risk issues impacting the business of construction. If your goal is protecting the safety and health of the men and women working in construction, this is the conference for you. The conference provides educational options for attendees through a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions which cover issues in three broad categories:
• Managing safety & health requirements and risk
• Factoring safety & health concerns into phases of a project
• Expanding your knowledge and skills
Please take a quick survey so AGC of America can better support next year’s safety week effort

AGC of America became a signature supporter of National Construction Safety Week in 2019. As part of that effort, we encouraged member firms to get involved in and help organize National Construction Safety Week events in May. As we prepare to support the 2020 National Construction Safety Week, please take a few moments to complete the survey. Understanding how member firms honored the 2019 Week will allow us to better support this important effort next year. For more information or to find out how you can get involved in the 2020 National Construction Safety Week, please contact AGC of America’s Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives Brian Turmail at or 703-459-0238.
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February 5 – 7, 2020
Alabama AGC
5000 Grantswood Road, Suite 100
Irondale, AL 35210
Registration fee: $895 (until 11/13/2019) | $995 (after 11/13/2019)
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
On Oct. 24, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota (AGC) held a recognition evening to honor individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions and commitment to the commercial construction industry. The evening’s program began with recognition of 43 companies currently participating in the Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) program. CHASE is a 16-year-old safety initiative partnership between AGC of Minnesota and Minnesota OSHA. Participating companies are recognized for safety programs and performance that go above and beyond basic OSHA compliance, resulting in measurable decreases in jobsite incidences and injuries.
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
Boldt keeps workers safe on power plant projects

The very top of a construction project may have the biggest impact on a company’s bottom line. Workers for The Boldt Company, a member of multiple AGC chapters, routinely work 120-130 feet in the air on large power and industrial plant jobsites and the slightest misstep could result in personal injury and devastating losses to the families, communities, customers and all subcontractors. Ensuring safety at extreme heights is a top priority for the construction services company; so much so that Boldt has never been removed from a job due to any safety concerns.
Now more than ever, workers on jobsites are enjoying greater comfort, thanks to technological advances in workwear materials and employers who notice that the best gear for safety is not one-size-fits all.