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AGC-Autodesk Safety Harness Grant Program

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"One size fits all" doesn't work.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is partnering with construction technology provider Autodesk to launch a one-time grant program that addresses the need for better-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) for women who work at heights.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of private sector worker fatalities in the construction industry. Everyone who works at heights, whether it’s on a roof, scaffolding, or the edge of a tall building project, should have properly fitting safety harnesses, yet not all contractors have the supply they need to better protect women in construction. To help address this, Autodesk is providing $75,000 in grant funding to one of the largest construction trade organizations – the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) – to supply in-need contractor members with fall protection harnesses sized for women. The grant program will fund the purchase of approximately 300 fall protection harnesses. 

“One of the most effective ways to successfully recruit more women into high-paying construction careers is to make sure firms are able to provide safety equipment that keeps them even safer. We want to leverage these grants to encourage our member firms to provide a wider range of safety equipment and continue to expand the diversity of our workforce.”

- Stephen E. Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer, Associated General Contractors of America

To learn more, read the complete press release here.

Grant Recipients

On March 2, 2020, during Women in Construction (WIC) Week, AGC and Autodesk issued a joint press release announcing the names of the safety harness grant recipients. Together, the 20 firms winning the grants employ 22,000 people. The firms are:

  1. Hughes General Contractors (North Salt Lake, Utah)
  2. Hurckman Mechanical Industries (Green Bay, Wis.)
  3. Swalling General Contractors, LLC (Anchorage, Alaska)
  4. Mid-Valley Commercial Construction (Salem, Ore.)
  5. Wayne Electric, Inc. (Houston)
  6. Christman Constructors, Inc. (CCI) (Lansing, Mich.)
  7. Faith Technologies (Menasha, Wis.)
  8. Thompson Electric Company (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
  9. Newkirk Electric Associates, Inc. (Muskegon, Mich.)
  10. Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc. (Aiea, Hawaii)
  11. Capital Electric Construction Co., Inc. (Kansas City)
  12. Snyder Roofing of Oregon (Tigard, Ore.)
  13. Elcon Corp. (Everett, Wash.)
  14. W.S. Bellows Construction Corp. (Houston)
  15. McGough Construction (Roseville, Minn.)
  16. Tarlton Corp. (St. Louis)
  17. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (Dallas)
  18. Wanzek Construction, Inc. (Fargo, N.D.)
  19. Rosendin Electric, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.)
  20. Performance Contracting Inc. (Pasadena, Texas)
To read the complete press release, click here

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