Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update

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Thirty-nine percent of highway contractors reported that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the AGC of America.  Association officials urged summer travel motorists to stay alert while driving through work zones, noting that highway workers are in danger and drivers and passengers face an even higher risk of being hurt or killed in work zone crashes. Click here to view the results. Click here to view the video.
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
On May 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its long-anticipated amendments to its recordkeeping regulations. Most significantly, the revised regulations impose a new obligation that requires many employers to annually submit certain electronic injury and illness data directly to OSHA, which will thereafter become publicly available. The new rule also includes anti-retaliation language that covers the entire scope of employer policies on the reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. The annual electronic reporting requirements don’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2017, but the anti-retaliation provisions go into effect much earlier, on Aug. 10, 2016.

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On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules on employer-sponsored wellness programs. The final rules clarify the EEOC’s position on wellness plan compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). The final rules also attempt to reconcile differences between the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Affordable Care Act, and the EEOC’s proposed rules relating to wellness programs, which were released last year. Employers now have a clearer roadmap to follow when designing voluntary workplace wellness programs.

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AGC Safety & Health Conference
July 27-29, 2016
Washington, D.C.
Please join other construction safety professionals on July 27 – 29, 2016, in Washington, DC and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both the 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.

Participants will:
  • Receive the latest updates to regulations and OSHA activities
  • Receive 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.
  • Attend social events hosted by the sponsors and AGC and interact with other attendees.
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Safety Management Training Course
August 8-10, 2016 
Honolulu, HI 
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. 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.

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Best Practices
There’s an elephant in the room with commercial contractors and it’s time to address it. For contractors with commercial motor vehicle drivers subject to the hours-of-service (HOS) rule, that elephant is the potential falsification of records – whether with or without employer knowledge. Unfortunately, accounts of drivers falsifying logs to gain more time on the road and even accounts of supervisors directing drivers to falsify logs are not hard to find. Less sinister are the accounts of mere driver error that may occur when calculating hours manually.

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Safety Cabinet
This handy 29 CFR 1926 volume is made with RegLogic®, which takes the difficulty out of reading and using government regulations. You can use the book's Quick-Find Index™ to quickly access the information you need. Included you will find the 1903 regulations on inspections, citations, and proposed penalties; the 1904 regulations on recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses; pertinent 1910 general industry regulations; and every 1926 construction industry regulation.

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