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The Willis Towers Watson-AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program for contractors of all types and sizes. It is unique because applicants are not only judged based on their submitted applications, but also make five minute presentations to a panel of five judges who then ask questions of the finalists. 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 system.

So don’t miss the opportunity to get recognized for your best-in-class safety program! For more information on the Willis-AGC CSEA program and to download your application, please visit www.agc.org/csea. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, December 19, 2016. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org.

Establishing a culture of safety takes more than having a good safety program. It takes a commitment to continuously improve worker safety and jobsite best practices. Come learn from some of the best in the industry on what they are doing to reduce the risk of jobsite incidents and protect their workforce. The AGC Safety Track is open to all registered Convention attendees. Click here for the full schedule.

Sessions and Events Include:
  • Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards Judging
  • Risk Management Principles that Reduce the Cost of Injury Litigation
  • Creating a Culture of Safety in Your Construction Firm through Effective Leadership
  • Primal Safety: How to Motivate Your People to Actually Implement Your Safety Program
  • Lean Safety: Improving Your Safety Culture with Lean Management Tools 
  • Applying Construction Safety Management Foundations to Enhance Quality Mgmt. Programs
  • Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards Breakfast – Ticketed Event, Limited Seating
  • Construction Safety Excellence Awards Judges’ Panel – Open Forum
  • Reception and Photo Shoot for Willis Towers Watson CSEA Winners - Invitation Only
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
Listen to the latest ConstructorCast for an in-depth look at a new OSHA rule that may have a significant impact on construction companies' drug and alcohol testing programs. For this episode, we sit down with Jimmy Christianson, AGC's regulatory counsel, for the full story on how OSHA's rule may prevent companies from using post-incident drug and alcohol testing, what contractors need to know about compliance, and what AGC is doing to stop the rule. Stream or download the full episode.
Safety and Health Conference
January 25-27, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Come participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both a national and local level, assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts. All those who are managing construction safety and health issues on either construction projects or at a corporate level should consider attending.
  • The latest updates to regulations and OSHA activities;
  • Get the latest updates on congressional activities directly affecting construction safety and health;
  • Participate on subcommittee and taskforce meetings on DOD, Utility Infrastructure, Highway & Transportation and more;
  • Take an active role in improving safety and health in the construction industry; and
  • Don’t miss the social events hosted by the sponsors and AGC and interact with other attendees.
Register today!
International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)
Chapter News
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program and AGC of Virginia have entered into a strategic partnership to bring a first in the nation - Virginia BEST Program (Building Excellence in Safety, Health and Training) to AGCVA members.

Virginia BEST is designed to encourage and recognize AGCVA members who voluntarily implement highly effective safety and health management systems to benefit construction workers and reduce or eliminate injuries, illnesses and fatalities on construction sites in Virginia.

Commissioner of Labor and Industry C. Ray Davenport and Mike Cagle, chairman of the board for the AGCVA, signed a strategic partnership agreement on Oct. 13, 2016. "We applaud the AGCVA for undertaking this first of its kind partnership with the VOSH Program to recognize AGCVA members who implement safety and health management systems that protect construction workers and set a standard of achievement for the construction industry in Virginia," said Davenport.

"Safe jobsites are the most crucial component of construction work. Virginia BEST is designed to reduce employee injuries, improve employee morale and position AGCVA members to be more competitive by becoming the best in class construction companies. This historic program will be the model as every state will want to follow Virginia’s lead in the Virginia BEST program," said AGCVA’s Cagle.

Core elements of the Virginia BEST Program include:

1) Management Leadership and Employee Involvement
2) Worksite Analysis
3) Hazard Prevention and Control
4) Safety and Health Training

Three levels of participation in Virginia BEST are provided:

Level 1 - The basic achievement level in the Virginia BEST program for applicants that develop and implement an effective safety and health management system that meets current VOSH regulatory requirements.

Level 2 - The intermediate achievement level in the Virginia BEST program for applicants having an established safety and health management system that exceeds current VOSH regulatory requirements.

Level 3 - The highest achievement level in the Virginia BEST program for applicants having an exceptional safety and health management system that serves as a model for other construction employers.

Benefits are provided commensurate with the level of participation in Virginia BEST. Participants that achieve Level Three recognition will receive an exemption from planned construction inspections from the VOSH Program, which allows VOSH to focus its limited compliance resources on high injury and illness rate employers.

Construction contractors that participate in Virginia BEST will substantially improve safety and health protections for Virginia workers through cooperative efforts to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatal accidents. Virginia BEST participants will implement safety and health management systems which have consistently demonstrated decreased bottom line costs associated with dramatically reduced injury and illness rates and improved productivity and employee morale and retention. Reducing private sector employer costs associated with injuries, illnesses and fatal accidents enhances a company’s economic viability and competitiveness, and increases available capital for reinvestment, expansion and new hiring.

Costs avoided include workers’ compensation charges, insurance premium increases, property damage, production downtime, employee replacement and retraining, and litigation expenses.

For more information on the Virginia BEST Program, contact Allen Hatch, Virginia BEST Coordinator, at 540-248-9280, ext. 15, or at allen.hatch@doli.virginia.gov
For more information on the best practices for preventing fatalities, injuries and illnesses: http://www.doli.virginia.gov/vosh_enforcement/fatalities_intro.html
Member News
Brasfield & Gorrie, an Alabama AGC, AGC Georgia and TEXO member, recently entered a partnership agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aimed at enhancing jobsite safety on the construction of a new Home Office for HealthSouth Corp. An agreement signing took place following a groundbreaking celebration held Nov. 7, 2016, at the site of the new headquarters, located in the Liberty Park area of Birmingham. 
HealthSouth will relocate its headquarters from its current location at Grandview Plaza to the new facility upon its completion in the spring of 2018. Situated on a 21-acre site, the 200,000-sq-ft building will include office space, covered parking, outdoor patio areas, an onsite cafeteria, walking trails, a fitness center and space for large meetings, training, and development. The facility also includes room for future employment expansion. 
Brasfield & Gorrie is entering the partnership with OSHA for construction of this facility based on past successes of other project partnerships with the agency. "In our experience, partnering with OSHA provides the project with additional expertise and supervision, ensuring that every possible measure is taken to create a safe site and sound facility," said Brasfield & Gorrie regional safety director Steve Sawyer. "It requires extensive planning, detailed coordination and ongoing vigilance at every level to maintain a safe and healthy work environment." 
OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program offers employers, workers, professional and trade associations, labor organizations and other stakeholders guidance in developing safety goals, implementing effective strategies and measuring performance. Throughout the course of construction, OSHA will collaborate with Brasfield & Gorrie and their subcontractors to evaluate safety and health protocols and procedures, helping them to implement best practices on the project. Also, OSHA will visit the site to review and provide feedback on performance. 
Serving as general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie is teaming with Corporate Realty Development and architect M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates to construct the new Home Office for HealthSouth. 

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