Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update
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Join us from wherever you are July 20-22, 2021, for the 2021 Construction Safety, Health & Environmental Virtual Conference, and rely on the same high-quality content you expect from an AGC in-person conference. Check out our agenda for more details on sessions, speakers, and networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing you in person for the 2022 Construction Safety, Health & Environmental Conference, taking place July 26-28 in Washington, D.C.
On Monday, September 20th, AGC Charities is holding a volunteer day at Give Kids the World Village to make improvements to the facility including replacing a protective fence and upgrading bathrooms at one of the Village’s pools. Watch this video here to learn more about the project. With your help, we can make this year’s AGC Charities Operation Opening Doors project a success so we can make sure what these special kids get is truly spectacular.
AGC of America, supported by a Susan Harwood Federal Training Grant, developed the Trenching & Excavation Hazards in Construction Safety Training. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 2015 to 2018, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 103 total trenching and excavation-related deaths, an average of 25 per year over this 4-year period. Also, the OSHA Information System (OIS) Accident Investigation Report shows that between FY 2013 – FY 2017, there were a total of 156 incidents reported in the construction industry. Moreover, between October 2018 and September 2019, there were 1,499 citations and more than $7,000,000 in penalties issued to construction employers for failing to meet their compliance obligations under Subpart P. 
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The survey will close on August 13th 
The construction industry has experienced some very significant and sudden changes during the past few months that have led to dramatic changes in demand for work and the need for new workers. We need to understand exactly how those changes are impacting the industry’s current workforce needs to be better able to advocate for measures to help the industry’s labor needs in both the short- and long-term. That is why we are asking you to take a few minutes to complete the following workforce survey that we and our partners at Autodesk have prepared. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of current labor market conditions, the more likely they are to enact measures to help meet the industry’s needs. The more members who take the survey, the better able we all will be to describe labor market conditions where you operate.  
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Firms are encouraged to submit their diverse images to the library 
AGC of America and Autodesk are launching a new image library for reporters that is designed to showcase the diversity of the construction industry workforce. AGC chapters and member firms are free to share information about the new library with the reporters they work with. And they can submit photos of their workforce for consideration in the library. 
Autodesk and AGC created the library to serve as a more authentic resource for reporters of images from the industry than what is currently available in stock footage. Reporters do not have to pay to use the images, but their use is restricted to news stories and cannot be used for any other purposes. Thanks to a number of member firms so dedicated to the diversity and inclusion efforts that they allowed our photographers to capture many of the images that are currently available in the library. 
August 9-15, 2021
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.
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.
All organizations looking for an opportunity to recognize their commitment to safety are welcome to participate. Last year, more than 3,400 businesses helped to raise awareness about workers' health and safety!
September 21-23, 2021 | Orlando, FL

The AGC Annual Convention provides contractors of all sizes the opportunity to gain business-critical insights into the issues most affecting their operations. From risk management to safety on the jobsite to the latest in project management solutions, AGC brings together experts from across the industry to share their knowledge and help prepare contractors to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

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October 25 – 27, 2021 | Albuquerque, NM
Standard Registration Rate: $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.
December 6 – 8, 2021 | Cincinnati, OH 
Early-bird Registration Rate: $1095 (until 07/16/2021) 
Standard Registration Rate: $1195 (after 07/16/2021) 
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.
Zero losses. Zero defects. Zero injuries.
In 2021, we're pursuing zero: zero losses, zero defects, zero injuries and zero lives lost. MindForge allows you to establish a communication network with your field team and put just-in-time information and education in the palm of their hand. Connect with us to learn how to keep your team engaged, productive and safe this year.
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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.
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Mental health and worker wellbeing are an invisible crisis in construction. Before the pandemic, the construction workforce had a prevalence of mental health challenges, substance misuse and suicide risk. These existing issues were exacerbated by the global crisis. Workers and family members have been experiencing rising stress, anxiety and depression. The importance of creating psychological safety in the workplace and on the jobsite has grown. 

AGC and HCSS released the results of their annual highway workzone survey in May, and the key finding was that 60% of highway contractors reported motor vehicle crashes at their construction work zones during the past year. Even more troubling is that 30% of the firms reporting work zone crashes said they had happened five or more times during the prior 12 months. 
In August 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall, traveling through the Gulf Coast and matched the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana. This resulted in significant damage to homes and buildings and left nearly a million people without power. 
Prevent loss on your jobsite by planning ahead — before the heat is on 
Even under ideal conditions, construction sites present a clear risk to health and safety. While job-related injuries receive the most attention, environmental conditions also present a significant risk to the safety and success of projects everywhere. 
After more than a year of navigating the new COVID-19 pandemic reality, businesses are negotiating new workplace safety requirements. For construction companies, keeping the doors open and mitigating downtime means keeping employees safe and healthy.