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AGC’s Construction, Safety, Health & Environmental Conference, held virtually July 20-22, 2021, continued its tradition of providing a forum for safety, health and environment personnel to stay connected and learn from their peers and industry experts by delivering educational options for attendees on the most critical safety, health and environmental compliance and risk issues impacting the business of construction.
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On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance recommending that even fully vaccinated individuals should wear masks in public indoor environments to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19, especially in areas experiencing substantial or high transmission rates. While the CDC maintains that infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant, evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. In addition to addressing the wearing of masks, the updated guidance also revises testing and quarantine guidelines.
This reverses the previously issued guidance from early May which stated that vaccinated individuals can resume participation in many of the activities they did before the pandemic and forego mask wearing in essentially all settings, which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) incorporated into their guidance on June 10. Currently, OSHA is evaluating the most recent CDC guidance and monitoring the COVID-19 situation before making a determination as to if, or when, they will make any revisions to their guidance. Since OSHA has yet to incorporate the July 27 updated guidance, we recommend employers monitor and implement the policies adopted by state and local governments across the country.
In part two of this series, we explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can streamline critical construction project workflows by automating time-consuming and repetitive processes like building a submittal log and tracking changes to specs over the course of a project. Bryan Rumple of Mortenson and Sameer Merchant of Autodesk Construction Solutions discuss document management challenges and how AI technology can improve productivity and reduce project risk.

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McGriff, Seibels & Williams
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.  
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.  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.

August 2021
Delaware Contractors Association
Date/Time: August 10 & 11, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Location: Delaware Contractors Association -- 527 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713
Registration: Click HERE to download flyer. Email completed flyer to contact below.
Contact: Jamie Chambers -- | (302) 985-7988
General Building Contractors Association
Date/Time: August 19 & 20, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Location: Med-Tex Services, Inc. -- 6940 State Road Unit E, Philadelphia, PA 19135
Registration: Click HERE to register.
Contact: Byron Lee -- | (215) 568-7015
Inland Northwest AGC
Dates/Times: August 24 & 25, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: Inland Northwest AGC -- 4935 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99212
Registration: August 24, 2021 or August 25, 2021
Contact: Mary Tantriella -- | (720) 235-1907
TEXO Association
Dates/Times: August 25 (English) & August 26 (Spanish), 2021 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Location: TEXO Association -- 11101 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75229
Registration: August 25, 2021 or August 26, 2021
Contact: Kim Espinosa -- | (972) 647-0697
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.
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 
Standard Registration Rate: $1195 
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.
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Safety Cabinet
AGC’s Professional Mobile Crane Operations Program is designed to assist the construction community as a whole to prepare for the certification requirement to reflect the provisions in the new standards. This student guide is designed to help participants become a better crane operator by learning sage and efficient practices. Upon completion of the program participants will understand various operational and safety principles and practices that can be used every day. This program covers rules and regulations, site review and set-up, operations, conditions affecting operations, basic rigging and wire rope, maintenance and inspection, load charts, and crane types.
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Making sure employees go home the way they came to work is the industry’s chief objective at the jobsite each workday. In addition, safer work environments not only mean more satisfied employees, but also lower health insurance premiums, better bond/insurance rates, and increased job opportunities due to heightened trust from clients and trade partners.
Mental health has been in the spotlight over the last year, with stay-at-home orders and school closures keeping many Americans at home more than the usual. But even before that, a mental health epidemic was already raging across America. Suicide has increased 40% in the last two decades. It’s the second leading cause of death among young adults aged 15 to 34.