Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update

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Top News
AGC of America, working closely with the Louisiana AGC chapter, has taken an important legal step in reaction to the Obama administration's recently released silica rule. On Monday, April 4, 2016, the Louisiana AGC filed a challenge to OSHA's final respirable crystalline silica rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In doing so, the chapter joined a number of local industry partners who are also concerned about the impact of the rule on the construction industry.

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AGC annually participates in National Work Zone Awareness Week to highlight the dangers that drivers not obeying speed limits or not staying alert in highway construction work zones pose for construction workers and motorists. This year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week will take place April 11-15, 2016, with the theme "Don't Be THAT Driver: Work on Safety. Get Home Safely. Every Day." AGC will participate in a national event at a highway construction project in Toledo, Ohio on April 12 as part of the effort to make the public aware of the dangers. AGC chapters around the country participate in local and statewide events as well.

To get a better handle on the impact of vehicle crashes at AGC member work sites, we have prepared this brief survey. Please take a few minutes to complete it today. The deadline to complete this survey is Friday, April 15.
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
OSHA will hold a special meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) to discuss a draft construction version of the agency’s Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. The meeting will be held April 25-26, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The agenda includes remarks from Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels, drafting the construction version of the SHPM Guidelines, and a public comment period.

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OSHA has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection. The rule updates references in OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards to recognize the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, while deleting the outdated 1986 edition of that same national consensus standard. OSHA is also retaining the 2003 and 1989 (R-1998) versions of the ANSI standard already referenced in its standard. In addition, the final rule updates the construction standard by deleting the 1968 version of the ANSI standard that was referenced and now includes the same three ANSI standards referenced above to ensure consistency among the agency's standards. OSHA’s final rule becomes effective on April 25, 2016. For more information, visit

Third Annual National Safety Stand Down 
May 2-6, 2016

OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Center for Construction Research and Training will hold the third annual National Safety Stand-Down May 2-6, 2016, to raise awareness of the serious risk of falls in the workplace. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and lack of proper fall protection remains the most frequently cited violation by OSHA. More than 4 million workers have participated in the last two years, dedicating themselves to on-the-job safety. This year the stand-down will highlight the safe use of ladders and encourage employers to pause during their workday for topic talks, demonstrations and training on how to prevent falls. For more information on the success of last year's stand-down, see the final data report. Visit the 2016 National Safety Stand-Down webpage for more updates.
Advanced Safety Training Management Course
June 1-3, 2016

Arlington, Virginia
The AGC Advanced Safety Management Training Course (ASMTC) provides attendees three days of training on the basic skills needed to manage a company safety program in the construction industry. The 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. Click here to register.
Ebook: Transition to a Paperless Construction Company
Imagine being able to update an entire team’s sheets in real-time without having to wait for a new set to be printed, delivered, and distributed. Going paperless isn’t just about saving the environment — it’s about realizing a dramatic increase in productivity for business. No matter which solution you choose, going digital will help reduce risk, increase ROI, and boost productivity.
Chapter News
Each year in the United States over 4,500 workers are killed on the job. Workers' Memorial Day commemorates those fallen workers. This year the OSHA Region VII Office, OSHA Kansas City Area Office and The Builders’ Association will be hosting a Workers’ Memorial Day Event on April 26, 2016, to recognize and pay respect to all workers who have died in the workplace. Please join us in recognizing the importance of all workers’ safety and health in the workplace. This free event is limited to the first 100 attendees, so please don't delay in registering.

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Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. In 2014, over 300 construction workers died as a result of a fall at work. These deaths are preventable with the proper use of fall prevention and fall protection. Congratulations to the AGC’s Western Pennsylvania Building Chapter, the Master Builders Association (MBA), for taking fall protection training to the modern day and using an app to train anyone with a smartphone or tablet.  Titled Harness Hero, it’s not just a game but an innovative approach to saving lives in the construction industry. This gaming app will enhance the way AGC members deliver fall protection training and it will be available for download through the Google Play Store, Amazon Under Ground, and Apple iTunes by this year’s OSHA National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Week, May 2-6, 2016.  For more information on how to become a Harness Hero, visit Harness Hero or contact the MBA Safety Director Bob McCall at 412-922-3912 or
Best Practices
As many of you can attest, the economic recovery has continued to keep backlogs flush, but that has only heightened the need to find and retain skilled workers. The construction industry has some unique challenges in finding and retaining enough qualified candidates to fill all available positions. If you’re fortunate to find a skilled candidate, the process cannot stop there. After hiring, it is important that you have a structured onboarding process to train new people on safe work practices for the types of hazards they will encounter on the project and to properly acclimate them to the desired safety culture. This is the only way to keep a safety culture intact.

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Safety Cabinet
This Manual defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, and private toads open to public traffic. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) under 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F. This manual also includes all 2012 revisions.

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