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Rudy Rack
McGriff, Seibels & Williams
Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
Top News
AGC encourages members and chapters to get involved in the week’s various safety events
This year’s National Construction Safety Week will start Monday, May 6 with an official kick-off safety event being hosted by Sound Transit, which serves the Seattle metropolitan area. AGC of America is the first-ever signature sponsor for National Construction Safety Week, the annual industry-led event designed to highlight steps construction firms are taking to improve jobsite health and safety. AGC of America CEO Stephen E. Sandherr will participate in the Seattle event to outline the industry’s commitment to worksite health and safety.
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
AGC's ConstructorCast explores evaluation requirements
As of Feb. 7, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all contractors to evaluate crane operators under the new final rule regulating crane operator qualification and evaluation. AGC of America has spent nearly 16 years working with OSHA under three different presidential administrations to make this rule less burdensome and provide the greatest positive safety impact possible. Our mission to help AGC members does not stop when the ink dries on regulations impacting your construction company. We also want to help ensure you have the information necessary to comply. That is why we created valuable AGC educational resources.
In Line with AGC Recommendations
On Jan. 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule amending the recordkeeping regulation by rescinding—in line with AGC recommendations—the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and 301 (Injuries and Illnesses Incident Report). AGC called for this amendment because (1) information in the Form 301 could lead to the public disclosure of individual employees’ identity and private health information; and (2) data included in the forms could unfairly characterize a construction contractor’s safety and health record. These establishments will continue to submit information from their OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) as has been required in 2017 and 2018.
For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org.
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.

March 11 and 12, 2019
Oregon-Columbia Chapter
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March 14 and 15, 2019
AGC of California
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April 1-4, 2019
Denver, Colorado

For more than 100 years, the AGC Annual Convention has been THE event successful contractors around the country count on for practical knowledge and industry-leading information to guide business decisions, improve operations and shape the industry. With more than 15 education breakout sessions, keynote presentations from superstars of the industry, and cutting-edge solutions from more than 125 companies in the AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo, the AGC Annual Convention is the place for construction superintendents, project managers and senior executives to hone their knowledge while making connections that open doors to new opportunities. Whether you are focused on the building market, highway and transportation, utility and infrastructure, or the federal space, the AGC Annual Convention provides a showcase into all of the ways that AGC can support your business and is working to expand opportunities in the industry. Find your place at the table, get involved, and build better.
September 4-6, 2019
Idaho Associated General Contractors
1649 Shoreline Dr #100
Boise, ID 83702
Registration Fee: $895 before 4/30/2019
Registration Fee: $995 after 4/30/2019
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
The Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania (MBA) recently presented its inaugural Safety Champion Award. The MBA’s Risk Management Committee established the Safety Champion Award to recognize an individual who is known within their company as a person who consistently practices the safety leadership skills needed to create a strong jobsite and organizational safety climate. The criteria for the award was created from the safety leadership skills outlined in the Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) developed by researchers at CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training.
This year’s recipient was Mr. John Widener of PJ Dick, Inc. John is a 33-year member of Carpenters Local Union No. 432. For the last 23 years he has worked for PJ Dick, Inc where he has become one of the industry’s most respected and skilled project superintendents. Thanks to his outstanding project and crew safety performance, his active support and participation in safety training and observations, and his commitment to the safety values of his company, he has been awarded PJ Dick’s Platinum Star Award for 14 consecutive years. And at MBA’s annual Evening of Excellence, in front of 1,400 people, John was awarded the Western Pennsylvania construction industry’s highest individual safety award, the MBA Safety Champion Award. Congratulations John!
Best Practices

As we plan for the sixth year of Safety Week, the construction industry-wide education and awareness event set for May 6-10, 2019, we are excited by how much it has grown in reach and membership. Each year, we are able to engage more workers, clients, communities and families in important conversations about construction safety.
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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