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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.
September 28, 2011

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reopening the rulemaking record to extend the comment period on revising the record keeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA is extending the comment period in response to a stakeholder request. Individuals interested in submitting comments must do so by Oct. 28, 2011.

September 26, 2011

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a new edition of its Whistleblower Investigations Manual, one of a series of measures to improve OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program that were announced in August.

September 19, 2011
AGC will launch a new fall protection safety training program next year thanks to a new federal safety grant the association is being awarded. The association will use the $130,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to tackle one of the most pressing safety issues in construction, officials said.
September 9, 2011
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a directive on Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Incidents of Workplace Violence. The directive establishes uniform procedures for OSHA field staff for responding to incidents and complaints of workplace violence and conducting inspections in industries considered vulnerable to workplace violence, such as healthcare and social service settings, and late-night retail establishments.
September 6, 2011
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a hazard alert, warning workers and employers of the dangers of using certain Eaton/Cutler-Hammer molded-case circuit breakers that were incorrectly rebuilt. The third-party rebuilder may have altered the circuit breakers – identified by model numbers E²K and E²KM – by using incorrect parts that can cause the breakers to malfunction.
August 25, 2011
The number of construction fatalities declined by nearly 10 percent between 2009 and 2010 and by almost 40 percent during the past five years, according to an analysis of new federal data prepared by AGC. 
August 25, 2011
The U.S. Department of Labor announced enhancements to its online enforcement database designed to improve public access to and understanding of the department's enforcement actions. The updated website includes a number of new features, including map displays of inspection and violation data from the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its Mine Safety and Health Administration, as well as the ability to view individual inspection records and the enforcement history of a particular company or mine.
June 1, 2011
AGC’s director of safety and health Kevin Cannon was invited by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to serve a two year term on the Advisory Committee of Construction Safety and Health.

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