Industry Priorities

2021 Construction Safety Week & OSHA Falls Stand-Down

Construction Safety Week, May 3 - 7, is an annual event in which people, companies, and even competitors, work together and celebrate the incredibly hard work by people in our industry who make safety the foundation of everything they do. The OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, held during the same week, raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. AGC is a proud supporter of both events and below you will find some additional events and resources to add to your safety week schedule. New resources will be added periodically.

Construction Safety Week

WebEd: Total Worker Health - Real-World Culture Building to Improve Worker Safety and Health

May 6, 2021 | 2:00pm to 3:30pm Eastern | Recording | Slides

Work and life regularly can routinely collide for many workers. Work in construction can be especially challenging at times for workers, managers and owners. The new challenges of a rapidly changing economy combine with old hazards like injury risk, long work hours, workplace stress, and off-the-job obligations for an unhealthy mix.  A strategic plan for culture building is a requirement if your business wants to attract, retain and support the healthiest, most engaged workforce. What does the latest population health science say about optimizing work and work design for better health outcomes and improved bottom lines?  Can we translate this research into policies and practices so work can actually “work” for all of us?  And how can we address some of the most urgent threats in our industry – like substance misuse and rising suicide rates?  This is the critical, must-see session for workable strategies and real-world solutions from NIOSH.

Speaker

L. Casey Chosewood, MD MPH
Director, Office for Total Worker Health®
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Culture of CARE

www.BuildCulture.org

Culture of CARE is challenging leaders to take a bold and visible step towards ensuring their workplaces are welcoming, safe and inclusive for an increasingly diverse and talented pool of workers by taking the Culture of CARE pledge. Once you sign the pledge, Culture of CARE provides companies with tools and resources to help establish a Culture of CARE in their workplaces. Learn more at www.BuildCulture.org.

The companies who commit to a Culture of CARE aren’t passively thinking about their company culture. They are actively working to ensure that every employee – from the CEO to the laborer – has the opportunity to feel valued, respected and heard. Companies who commit to a Culture of CARE believe that everyone has the right to a work environment that is free from harassment, hazing and bullying. You’ll be in good company – see the list of Impact Champions who have already taken the pledge.

 

For more information visit www.BuildCulture.org or contact Brynn Huneke at brynn.huneke@agc.org.

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention in Construction - How to Build Wellness Programs with Impact

The construction industry is raising awareness and encouraging open discussion about mental health and substance abuse to reduce suicide in the workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic has added stress, anxiety, and fear to contractors’ already high risk of suicide. We can all agree this is a scary subject and we need to address the public health crisis in our country. But how do we heal our workforce? Please use the following resources to help you spot warning signs, start the conversation, and provide support to those who need it – which can save lives. It takes construction professionals at all levels working together and with their risk partners to build a culture of caring and prevention. Click HERE for further information and to watch a session on this topic recorded as part of AGC’s 2021 Construction Risk Management Conference. 

Procore

  • Procore Safety Qualified
    • Procore Safety Qualified is an educational certification course with comprehensive and practical recommendations to staying healthy and focused.
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  • Webinar: How 2020 Changed the Jobsite | Register Now
    • In partnership with Travelers Insurance, join us for a discussion with leaders from Kitchell, Skanska, Greiner Electric, and McCownGordon as they discuss how to strategically approach risk management in 2021. 
  • Content and Resources
    • Check out the Safety section of Procore’s Jobsite for dozens of articles and resources designed to help you build a culture of safety at your business. 
    • Resources found here.

Milwaukee 

Below is a summary of the trainings, support & resources that Milwaukee can provide in supporting Construction Safety Week.

  • Silica Safety
    • Review OSHA regulations, best practicess, and Table 1 compliant solutions
  • Ergonomic Safety
    • Discuss causes and risk factors of ergonomics injuries, provide insight to reduce exposure, and showcase tools that reduce muscle effort
  • Tool Safety Training
    • Showcase common jobsite injuries, outline innovation in H&S, and present how Milwaukee solutions fit into the hierarchy of controls
    • Power Tool Safety Training
  • Proper use of PPE
    • Head Protection w/ CPWR
  • Tool Tethering

For more information, please contact Michael Monteleone, Regional Manager – Safety, at michael.monteleone@milwaukeetool.com or (216) 408-3902.

Fastenal Construction Training Portal

Fastenal has partnered with trusted strategic suppliers to bring you the best Construction Safety training. Addressing some of OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations in the construction industry. Register for trainings and take part in remote learning by visiting their virtual platform. Click HERE for more information or you can contact Christopher Dumeny, National Construction Safety, Fastenal, at cdumeny@fastenal.com or (413) 519-9114.

ClickSafety

Thank you for the sacrifice and tireless effort you put forth to keep our country going! In celebration of construction workers, all AGC members will receive a 20% discount on ClickSafety’s safety and health training courses during the month of May. ClickSafety, an AGC Preferred Provider, is proud to support you through innovative compliance training to protect the lives of workers and the safety record of America’s biggest projects. 

URL: www.clicksafety.com/agc

Instructions: Go to www.clicksafety.com/agc simply select the course, register and purchase.  Your 20% discount is automatically applied. 

AGC Members: Get 20% off any online safety course at www.clicksafety.com/agc through May 31st. Discount is automatically applied. 

The National Center for Construction Education and Research

In honor of Construction Safety Week, NCCER and Pearson are offering a 30% discount on select safety focused titles!

Construction Safety Week Sale on these select NCCER titles:

  • Basic Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Field Safety
  • Safety Technology

To place your order, call 800-922-0579 ext. 9, log in to Oasis or email NCCERHECS@pearson.com and use discount code: SAFETY2021

OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

WebEd: OSHA/AGC National Falls Stand-Down Event

May 5, 2021 | 1:30pm to 2:30pm Eastern | Recording | Slides
 
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. Join representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) to kick-off the 2021 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. During the session, you will hear remarks from the leaders of OSHA and AGC highlighting the importance of preventing falls in construction as well as contractor members who were recipients of the 2020 AGC/Autodesk Safety Harness Grant to address the need for better-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) for women who work at heights.
 
Speakers
  • Scott C. KetchamCSP, Director, Directorate of Construction, OSHA, U.S. DOL
  • Steve SandherrCEO, The Associated General Contractors of America
  • Allison Scott, MBA, Director, Construction Thought Leadership & Customer Marketing, Autodesk
  • Kevin CannonCSP, Senior Director, Safety & Health Services, The Associated General Contractors of America

WebEd: Fall Protection Compliance

May 3, 2021 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern | Recording | Slides

This presentation will cover how to work safely at heights, meet OSHA regulations and prevent the leading cause of death in the construction industry. We will also review the application of various fall arrest systems and how to apply them to ensure our workers can return home safely. 

Speaker

Evan Fee, CSP, QSSP
Regional Training and Compliance Instructor
OSHA Outreach Instructor
American Heart Association Faculty
Cintas Corporation | First Aid and Safety Division

Fall Protection Training for the Construction Industry

Consistently, 34-39% of construction fatalities are from falls. Each year, falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, especially with small businesses.  On average, nearly 400 workers are killed and more than 100,000 are injured as a result of falls in the construction industry each year.  To assist with training on fall protection AGC has provided each module for download below. These modules were developed under the OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

Ladder Safety Training - American Ladder Institute

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction and every year falls from ladders make up nearly a third of those deaths. Falls from ladders can be prevented and lives can be saved by following the safe work practices. 

The American Ladder Institute (ALI) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting safe ladder use. ALI is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved developer of ladder safety Standards. Standards are technical specifications, developed and tested by subject experts, which prescribe rules governing the safety construction, design, testing, care and use of various types of ladders. ALI was founded in 1947 and has evolved to fit the needs of the membership as the industry has changed. Construction materials and processes have developed according to changes in usage, duty ratings and industry need.

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