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GC & SC Roundtable Discussion–
TRENCH SAFETY–TOP VIOLATIONS: How to Avoid 

April 4, 2019 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm CDT
Quarry Oaks Golf Club, Ashland
Click here for registration form and more information. Register by April 2, 2019.

NCSHP 2019 Spring Meeting 

April 11, 2019 | 8:00am – 3:30pm CDT
Quarry Oaks Golf Club, Ashland
Click here for registration form and more information. Register by April 5, 2019.

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OSHA Crane Operator Evaluation Requirement

The ConstructorCast’s latest episode ex-plores OSHA’s recent crane operator evaluation requirements. We sit down with Kevin Canon, AGC’s Director of Safety & Health, for all the important details you need to know to ensure your firm is in compliance as the requirements take full effect and beyond. Click here to download or stream.

 

Lean strategy weaves safety into construction

Managers can limit injuries on construction work sites through lean safety strategies, says Henry Nutt III of Southland Industries. “What makes operating a site under Lean principles different and inherently safer than other sites is the active role that each team member takes, along with the understanding that all voices have equal representation when it comes to creating a project flow that maximizes value and minimizes waste,” he writes. Read More

 

How companies can ensure their safety strategies succeed

It’s important for organizations not only to have a safety strategy but also to ensure that their safety policies don’t conflict with production strategies, Terry Mathis writes. Employers must decide how they will engage employees in safety efforts, obtain buy-in from employees at all levels and define metrics that will help them meet their goals. Read More

 

New IBM platform helps assess worker safety

IBM is partnering with Garmin, Guardhat, Mitsufuji and SmartCone on a connected-devices platform that uses real-time data from smart devices and sensors to evaluate worker safety. The onset of the internet of things in construction could help companies improve upon the 2.8 million workers who reported a nonfatal workplace injury in 2017. Read More

 

Contractors consider technology’s effects on work-site safety

Contractors are split on the high-tech safety applications of technology such as wearables and drones, with some saying they may be a good fit for larger work sites but not a necessity for smaller projects. Regardless of technology, though, it’s important to get workers to buy into safety procedures from the start, says Rodney Spencley, DPR Construction’s corporate director of safety, quality and labor relations. Read More

 

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2018

At the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Houston, Texas, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the agency’s top 10 violations for fiscal year (FY) 2018 to a standing-room-only crowd of safety professionals. While the list—particularly its top half—is largely familiar from previous years, one standard made an appearance for the first time. Read More
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AGC Constructor Cast: The Opioid Crisis & Construction

According to a recent article in Constructor Magazine, Federal statistics show in 2016, 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids and 116 people died every day from an opioid-related overdose. On this edition of the ConstructorCast, four industry panelists discuss the opioid epidemic and provide resources and insight on this important issue.

 

Safety Matters

Safety & Health Update from AGC of America.
October 2018

 

Senate Approves AGC-Backed Package to Combat Opioid Epidemic

On Sept. 17, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan bill targeting policy changes to help reverse the current opioid crisis. AGC-supported changes in the bill, which include increasing the number of mental health and substance abuse professionals, providing job training and treatment services to individuals with substance use disorders, and providing support for recovering individuals to transition back into the workforce. Read More »

 

OSHA Publishes New Silica Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a set of 53 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide guidance to employers and employees regarding OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. The FAQs are extensive and organized by topic.