Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update

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We continue to hear from many contractors that finding workers is difficult, so we are once again conducting a survey of construction labor market conditions. While it is clear that worker shortages are a significant problem for many contractors, we feel it is important to continue our efforts to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. Please take a few minutes to complete the following workforce survey.  

The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of a tight construction labor market, the more likely they are to act on the measures we identify in our Workforce Development Plan that are designed to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs.  
 
Companies need to ensure operators are in compliance even as they wait for final language. OSHA is considering extending the enforcement date for crane operator certification and employee requirements for operator training and competency to Nov. 10, 2018.

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The AGC-Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) recognizes 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, which has many takeaways for contractors looking to strengthen their safety program. Feel free to share the Showcase document with others..
 
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
Beginning on September 23, 2017, contractors must comply with OSHA’s respirable crystalline standard for construction, while Virginia Occupational Safety and Health began enforcing the new standard on June 23, 2017. To help educate AGC members, AGC has developed the "Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction" members-only webpage designed to provide contractors with a better understanding of how to comply.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch on Aug. 1, 2017, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage.

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Events
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.

Visit https://www.agc.org/learn/education-training/safety-training/advanced-safety-management-training-course to view the full article online.

 
Member News
The world of cranes is vast and varied. There are a number of different types of cranes used within the construction industry, all with seemingly endless models, functions and capabilities. Not only are cranes an integral part of most construction projects lifting and hoisting material by the ton, they are also a complicated piece of machinery to man, and can be dangerous due to their sheer size and power. James Creek, vice president Power Division, Maxim Crane, a member of multiple AGC chapters, shares his expert insight.

Visit http://www.cranerental.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-crane-operator/ to view the full article online.

 
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. Updated through Jan. 2011.

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