Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update

Associated General Contractors of America

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
Top News
July 19-21, 2017
Denver, Colorado

AGC has developed an impactful agenda for its upcoming conference, scheduled for July 19-21, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. Join more than 200 professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both national and local levels; assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products; and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts.

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The purpose of the Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) is to recognize those construction companies who excel at safety performance. The CSEA closely examines each candidate's commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control. Unlike other safety award programs that limit the criteria to frequency rates, the CSEA selection process is considerably more comprehensive. Each application is reviewed for evidence of company management commitment, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation. Over the past five years, the finalist judges have produced the CSEA Safety Management Showcase to share the best practices noted during the competition with the construction industry and any organization that places a high value on safety leadership.  Please take the time to read through the Showcase. It is chocked full of ideas that the best of the best contractors are using to make sure all of their employees go home every night to their families.  And feel free to share the 2017 Showcase document with everyone.
The summer heat is on, so OSHA is reminding employers and workers about heat illness hazards and to take the necessary precautions when working outdoors. Those steps include gradually increasing shift lengths so workers can adapt to hot environments, providing frequent water breaks, allowing ample time to rest, and providing shade.

OSHA’s Heat Safety Campaign website raises awareness of heat illness and its prevention and offers links to educational and training resources. It also links to a free smartphone app that allows users to calculate the heat index for their location and provides reminders about what to do to prevent heat illness. Employers and safety professionals are encouraged to use the website to share examples of how they are keeping workers safe in the heat. Stories can be emailed to for possible inclusion on the site. Heat tips and photos also can be shared on Twitter using the hashtags #WaterRestShade and #ProTips.
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from the requirements of Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, as long as employers meet other OSHA requirements.

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OSHA is proposing to delay the 2017 compliance date for electronic submissions of injury and illness logs from July 1 to Dec. 1. The five-month delay will allow the agency to further review the final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. Read the news release for information on submitting comments on the proposed deadline extension. Comments are due July 13.
On July 20, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold an Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) meeting to consider a proposed rule to extend the enforcement date for crane operator certification for another year until Nov. 10, 2018. The proposal would also extend to Nov. 10, 2018, the existing requirements for employers to ensure that crane operators are trained and competent to operate the equipment safely. In September 2014, OSHA issued a similar rule extending the deadline for crane operator certification requirements and employer requirements for operator training and competency by three years to Nov. 10, 2017.

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Drexel University Online, LLC
July 13, 2017
WebEd: Fatigue Management in Your Workplace
2 - 3 p.m.
Fatigue is an all-too-common occurrence in our fast-paced society. Most anyone can be susceptible to fatigue. Fatigue can be a breeding ground for mishaps, incidents and accidents, with tragic or near-tragic outcomes. Worker fatigue has been the main factor in major public disasters such as Chernobyl and the Exxon Valdez. Don’t overlook this common hazard in your workplace!

October 2-4, 2017

AGC Advanced Safety Management Training Course
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. Participants will also focus on the importance of "selling" safety throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different audiences.
Chapter News
Workers building a baseball stadium for the Atlanta Braves under a partnership with OSHA experienced dramatically lower injury rates than the national average. The two-year Strategic Partnership with Georgia Tech Research Institute, American Builders and the Associated General Contractors of Georgia was created to ensure the highest level of worker safety and health during construction. The partnership focused on reducing injuries and illnesses among the 6,000 workers, increasing safety and health training, sharing best practices, and ensuring employers used safety and health programs to find and fix hazards. Workers logged 5.7 million hours, resulting in only four lost-time injuries and one incident that resulted in restricted work. There would have been 52 more such injuries during a comparable number of work hours according to the national industry average calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Best Practices
The construction industry was the number one workplace for fatalities in 2015 according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There were a total of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in 2015 and 21.4 percent of those deaths were workers in construction. These numbers make it evident that construction executives need solutions for monitoring the health and safety of their workers. Recent technological advances can help workers get the most efficient means possible to report and react to emergencies.

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Member News
Skanska USA, a member of multiple AGC chapters, and Shoemaker Construction Co., a Philadelphia Builders Chapter member, have entered into a Strategic Partnership with OSHA during a major shopping center construction project in Philadelphia. Under this partnership, OSHA will evaluate the effectiveness of the project site's safety and health program, designate an OSHA liaison to serve as a resource, meet quarterly with Shoemaker-Skanska to review project safety performance, and provide information on OSHA training resources.

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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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