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Safety & Health

October 26, 2012
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a compliance directive to provide guidance to compliance officers for the safe inspection of work sites where workers performing construction work on and/or near roadways or highways are exposed to hazards from vehicular traffic. The directive also provides guidance on issuing consistent citations for violations. 
September 17, 2012
The Associated General Contractors of America will continue to provide fall protection safety training next year thanks to a federal safety grant the association is being awarded. The association will use the $120,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer the fall protection safety training designed to prevent potentially fatal falls among construction workers, officials said.
September 11, 2012
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) would like to announce the Fourteenth Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) program. CSEA is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program. AGC’s CSEA program recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and loss prevention programs. The program also showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvements and maintenance of their safety and health management systems.  All AGC chapters are encouraged to submit nominations for each division and occupational category. 
August 30, 2012
On Aug. 17, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a direct final rule that will apply the requirements of the new cranes and derricks in construction standard – Subpart CC – to underground construction and demolition work.
August 6, 2012
Construction professionals will be able to take a wide range of mandatory and optional safety training programs online thanks to a new collaboration between the Associated General Contractors of America and ClickSafety, which is authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide its online Outreach Training Program. Association officials added that the collaboration will provide a range of online construction-related safety courses, including the mandatory OSHA 10- and 30-hour safety training programs for employees of its member firms.
June 11, 2012
AGC teamed up with four other construction-related groups to form the Construction Coalition for a Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace. The coalition’s mission is to create a drug- and alcohol-free construction industry by providing companies and organizations with the resources necessary to implement drug- and alcohol-free policies into their business practices. 
June 4, 2012
AGC’s premier meeting for safety and health professionals will take place July 11-13, 2012, in Washington, D.C.  Join more than 150 industry professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both a national and local level, assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products, and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts.
May 4, 2012
Falls are the most fatal hazard in the construction industry, accounting for almost one in every three construction worker deaths in this country. In 2010, more than 10,000 construction workers were injured as a result of falling while working from heights, and another 255 workers were killed. Earlier this year AGC of America launched a new fall protection safety training program. The association is using a $130,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to address fall hazards in the construction industry. The safety program provides comprehensive information about fall protection for both commercial and residential construction.  AGC is offering the safety training program in eight different sites during 2012 and expects to instruct more than 500 construction workers during the year.
April 23, 2012
Sixty-eight percent of the nation’s highway contractors had motor vehicles crash into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America.  Association officials added that the study found those work zone crashes are more likely to kill construction workers than they are to kill vehicle operators or passengers.
March 28, 2012
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks comments on how to prevent injuries and deaths from reinforcing concrete activities in construction, and from vehicles and mobile equipment backing into workers in construction, general industry, agriculture and the maritime industry. OSHA will use the comments received to learn more about how workers get injured and what solutions exist to prevent injury and death, including possible regulatory action.


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