Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update

Associated General Contractors of America

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
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When people hear the term "wellness," they often think of physical wellness: sleeping eight hours a night, drinking 64 ounces of water a day and exercising for 30 minutes three times a week. Physical wellness is important, but it is only one dimension of overall wellness. Mental, social and emotional and spiritual conditions are key aspects of a person’s overall wellness.

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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
Seventy-three percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released recently by AGC of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. Despite the general optimism outlined in Expecting a Post-Election Bump: The 2017 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, many firms report they remain worried about the availability of qualified workers and rising health and regulatory costs.

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AGC's 98th Annual Convention 
March 7-9, 2017

Las Vegas, Nevada

Chapter News
Congratulations to McCarthy Building Co. on signing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Strategic Partnership on December 14, 2016. The signing ceremony was officiated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Mark Briggs, OSHA Area Director, Houston South Office; Joann Figueroa, OSHA Area Director, Houston North Office; and Jim Shelton, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Houston North Area Office.

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Best Practices
Why is being heart healthy important for the construction industry? Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke total more than $316.6 billion. That includes health expenditures and lost productivity. At the same time, construction workers are increasingly overweight. The Centers for Disease Control notes that 71 percent of construction workers were either obese or overweight compared to 63 percent for all industries combined. Obesity increases the risk for injuries and illnesses, including heart disease.

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