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W.B. Moore Company of Charlotte, North Carolina was named the nation’s safest construction company in 2014 by AGC of America. The association, which oversees the Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards, an annual ranking of construction safety programs, noted that 36 other companies were selected as winners for the quality of their safety programs.

Visit http://www.agc.org/news/2015/03/30/wb-moore-company-charlotte-nc-named-nation%E2%80%99s-safest-construction-company-2014 to view the full article online.

 
At its 96th Annual Convention in March, AGC of America presented 37 firms with Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA). This program recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and loss prevention programs and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvements and maintenance of their safety and health management systems. Of the 37 recipients, there were six third-place winners, 14 second-place winners, and 17 first-place finalists. From the first-place winners, one firm, W.B. Moore, of Charlotte, North Carolina, received the 2015 Grand Award.

Visit https://www.agc.org/sites/default/files/Files/Communications/16th_Annual_CSEA_Award_Winners.pdf to view the full article online.

 
A new report released in March by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year—roughly $4 .5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach.

Visit http://www.agc.org/news/2015/03/26/new-study-finds-osha-officials-underestimated-cost-silica-rule-construction-industry to view the full article online.

 
More than 40 construction companies and trade associations have joined together to inspire the construction industry to be leaders in safety. The group established an annual Safety Week which began in 2014 to heighten safety awareness throughout the industry. Its purpose is to thank workers for working safely, increase their awareness of applicable safety topics and hazards, inspire them to work safely, educate them about safe work practices and celebrate their good health and well-being.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/ngc-safetyMatters/articles/index.asp?aid=314697&issueID=42901 to view the full article online.

 
OSHA and its industry partners hope to reach workers and employers from many industries during the 2015 National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls. From May 4-15, participants are asked to pause their workday and participate in safety training in fall prevention.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/ngc-safetyMatters/articles/index.asp?aid=314698&issueID=42901 to view the full article online.

 
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2014 and were logged on OSHA's Form 300, the log of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2015, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in specific low-hazard industries are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements.

Visit https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKforms.html to view the full article online.

 
CLICKSAFETY
Events
April 22-24, 2015
Arlington, Virginia
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.

AGC Safety and Health Committee Conference 
July 8-10, 2015 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Construction safety and health is vital for the success of the industry. Join more than 150 industry professionals and 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.
  • Get the latest updates on congressional activity which directly affects construction safety and health.
  • Hear from key OSHA representatives on the latest updates to regulations and OSHA activities.
  • Participate on Subcommittee and Taskforce meetings - Government, Education and Performance.
  • Take an active role in improving safety and health in the construction industry.
The AGC Safety & Health Committee Meeting is open to both interested AGC members and non-members.
 
Chapter News
Construction workers make up approximately 4 percent of the country's workforce but account for an average of 17 percent of all job-related fatalities each year. And, according to a November 2013 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2003-2010, 962 highway construction workers were killed at road construction sites with 87 percent of the deaths being workers who were working onsite at the time of the incident. AGC of America, supported by a Susan Harwood Federal Grant, is pleased to offer Highway Work Zone Safety Training, a one-day program based on OSHA standards and best practices to answer the need for qualified training within the industry. 

The first of two offerings of the program kicked off on Wednesday, April 1, with a full house at Associated Contractors of New Mexico. Many thanks to AGC of America for this informative training opportunity.
 
Member News
In March, American Builders 2017 entered into a partnership agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Georgia Tech Research Institute and AGC Georgia. The partnership aims to enhance jobsite safety on the SunTrust Park project and educate workers about health and safety best practices.

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Safety Cabinet
The Stormwater Inspection Reports for Contractors mobile app was developed by AGC to provide contractors an electronic documentation tool to quickly and easily prepare their stormwater inspection and corrective action reports right from their iPad®.

Visit http://news.agc.org/2014/06/26/agc-releases-stormwater-inspection-reports-for-contractors-mobile-app/ to view the full article online.

 
 

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