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CONGRATULATIONS–NEBRASKA’S SAFEST COMPANIES 2019

Congratulations to the following Nebraska Building Chapter member firms for OUTSTANDING SAFETY ACHIEVEMENTS from Nebraska Safety Council for 2019!

Nebraska Safest Companies with Distinction Award Recipients
Safety records are 50% better than their industry National average
30 years Kiewit Building Group
12 years MCL Construction
9 years Darland Construction
4 years Danielson Incorporated
3 years Jeff MacTaggart Masonry

Nebraska’s Safety Companies Award Recipients
Safety records are better than their industry National average
11 years Seedorff Masonry, Inc.
7 years Falewitch Construction Services
3 years Midland Mechanical, Inc.
2 years Davis Erection
2 years Rasmussen Mechanical Services
1 year Beckenhauer Construction
1 year Continental Fire Sprinkler

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CITES NEBRASKA EXCAVATING COMPANY AFTER TWO EMPLOYEES INJURED IN TRENCH COLLAPSE

LINCOLN, NE–The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited T.H. Construction Co. after two employees suffered serious injuries when a trench collapsed at a construction site in Lincoln, Nebraska. OSHA proposed penalties of $106,078 for one willful violation of its trench safety standards.

If you have an open trench OSHA is required to stop and do an inspection. Make sure your workers know what to say and what to do should a compliance officer walk on the job. If you are working on a job that has an open trench you can be inspected. Once a compliance officer is on the job they can do targeted inspection of only the trench or a comprehensive inspection and look at the entire project. Posted 5-2019

TRENCH SAFETY–TOP VIOLATIONS

Click here for PowerPoint presentation from April 4, 2019 Roundtable Discussion. Posted 4-2019

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR WORKFORCE AGAINST NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2017, employers were required to pay more than $1.5 million in penalties for not adequately protecting workers from noise exposure; an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability; and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) affects nearly one in four adults in the United States. NIHL is preventable, but the effect is permanent and can seriously impair a worker’s quality of life. Click to Read  Posted 7-2019

 

DOL, OSHA ANNOUNCE MEMBERS OF SOON-TO-MEET CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Washington — The Department of Labor named the 15 members of its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health in a June 17 Federal Register notice, adding that ACCSH will meet July 17-18, in the nation’s capital.

The committee advises DOL and OSHA on upcoming standards affecting the construction industry and “the administration of safety and health provisions” in the Construction Safety Act.

The committee members are:
Employee representatives:
Palmer L. Hickman, Electrical Training Alliance
Randall A. Krocka, Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust
Mark S. Mullins, Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund
Richard Tessier, United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers Representative, Research and Education Joint Trust
Christina Trahan Cain, North America’s Building Trades Unions

Employer representatives:
Kevin Cannon, Associated General Contractors of America (ACCSH Chair)
Fravel Combs, M. A. Mortenson Co.
Cindy DePrater, Turner Construction Co.
Greg Sizemore, Associated Builders and Contractors
Wesley L. Wheeler, National Electrical Contractors Association

Public representatives:
Christopher Fought, General Motors LLC
R. Ronald Sokol, Safety Council of Texas City

State representatives:
Christopher Mabry, North Carolina Department of Labor
Charles Stribling, Kentucky Labor Cabinet Department of Workplace Standards

Federal representative:
G. Scott Earnest, NIOSH

Among the agenda items for the July meeting are adding a reference to the definition of “confined space” that applies to welding activities and clarifying the fit requirements for personal protective equipment. Posted 6-2019

 

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. Posted 4-2019

 

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  Posted 3-2019

 

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  Posted 2-2019

 

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  Posted 3-2019

 

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  Posted 2-2019

 

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  Posted 2-2019
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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. Posted 2-2019

 

Senate Approves AGC-Backed Package to Combat Opioid Epidemic

On Sept. 17, 2018, 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

On March 25, 2016, 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.