March 17, 2015
Association Highlights
 
Consider Referring a Company for Membership into the AGC
AGC is seeing a significant resurgence in membership development

As a member of the Associated General Contractor (AGC) of Greater Milwaukee, you’ve had a first-hand opportunity to understand and appreciate how AGC can impact your business and the Southeastern Wisconsin area construction industry. Be it through Safety Programing, Public Policy/Regulations, Labor Relations, Management Education, Workforce Development, New Technologies and Business Development, AGC is there to represent, advocate and help you and the construction industry prosper and succeed.

AGC is seeing a significant resurgence in membership development.   Some of this activity is undoubtedly due to the improved construction environment.  Times are beginning to improve and companies want to take advantage of the business opportunities that exist in networking through the AGC.  Another important factor is that construction companies are seeking the vast resources that AGC has to offer that will help them take advantage of this resurgence.  It can be our educational offerings like Supervisory Training Program or LEAN Construction, or our public policy advocacy for the continuation of prevailing wage.  Or perhaps, having three AGC Safety Professionals to assist AGC contractors with their safety needs.   As for Union Labor Relations, AGC is the largest contractor association, representing over 150 individual collective bargaining authorizations.  Finally, AGC has been a leader in construction workforce development for the past 20 years.

These are the reasons why you should consider referring a company for membership into the AGC of Greater Milwaukee.  It builds industry professionalism, serves to further strengthen the AGC and improves the overall state of our industry.

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Engage the Next Wave of Construction Professionals at CLC's Student Roundtable Event
Hosted by the AGC Student Chapter of MSOE on Thursday, April 16th at 6 pm

Students from MSOE, Marquette and UW-Milwaukee will be gathering together, and they've got questions for you!  These eager young professionals-to-be want to know what to expect once they are ready to enter the field.  This is an excellent opportunity to become a mentor, to impart your experiences and help the next wave of young professionals in our industry.  We are seeking volunteers for this event to lead these discussions in a relaxed Q&A format.  At past events, the students have been very engaged and inquisitive, enjoyed gaining perspectives from general and subcontractors alike, and have expressed that these events are very helpful to them.

If you can't participate as a discussion director, you can still support these students through sponsoring this event.  Food & Beverage Sponsorships are available for $100 at this event.  You will receive prominent signage and mention in the opening announcements, as well as in all event advertisements including the event flier and AGC E-News.  As always, the CLC and the students are very appreciative of your support.

Full event details will be coming soon!

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OSHA’S Top Four Rules on Action List and Final Rules for 2015

The following four rules are pending federal final agency action and at the top of OSHA’s to-do list:

-Confined Space in Construction
-Silica
-Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems, and
-Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (electronic recordkeeping)

Of those four, OSHA has said Confined Space in Construction would be released first. The standard would mostly align with the confined space standard for general industry.

The silica rule will be “innovative, but OSHA is trying to make it user friendly,” and the OSHA proposals would reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air from 100.

OSHA’s proposed injury recordkeeping revisions would require:

-facilities that must keep injury and illness records under OSHA regulations and have 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from these records to OSHA on a quarterly basis
-facilities that must keep injury and illness records, have 20 or more employees and are in designated industries, to electronically submit the information from the annual summary (Form 300A) to OSHA, and
-all employers that receive notification from OSHA to electronically submit specified information from their injury and illness records.

Another regulatory priority for OSHA is revising the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard in response to President Obama’s Executive Order on workplace chemical safety. This update is in the early stages and could be reviewed by May 28, 2015.

OSHA plans to issue three final rules in 2015:

Confined Spaces in Construction (March 2015): Although OSHA has confined space regulations for general industry, it doesn’t have rules for construction. This proposed standard would extend protections to workers in construction.
Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips and Fall Prevention) (June 2015): This standard to protect workers from slip, trip and fall hazards has been languishing in the rulemaking process since 1990, and
Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (August 2015): This rule would require larger employers to submit electronic versions of their injury and illness logs and make these records public.

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AGC-A Webinar: Train Your Next Generation of Construction Executives
April 7th, 2015 l 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., EST (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST)

AGC Members: $79; Non-Members: $99
Speaker: Steven Anderson, PHD, Integrated Leadership Systems

One of the most critical times in any company's existence is the transfer of power from one generation to the next. Yet, all too often this process is done without good planning or foresight. This lack of planning can have dire consequences for your organization's future success. Dr. Anderson will share with you the story of how they implemented a process Corna Kokosing Construction Company that is allowing them to have a successful succession plan. This process was developed by Dr. Anderson. He uses a 360 degree leadership assessment (The Leadership Circle Profile) to assess the level of readiness of candidates. He will show how this 360 works in this presentation. Dr. Anderson then uses the insights garnered from this powerful tool to develop a program tailored for each individual that utilizes a combination of one-on-one coaching, nine days of leadership training and an individual project that is designed to move the business you own forward and give that individual hands on leadership training. This session will use examples from Corna Kokosing, to show how these powerful strategies helped them develop their next generation of leaders. Audience members will be inspired to create their own plan for a successful succession plan.

Attendees of this webinar will be able to:
• Understand how a 360 degree leadership assessment helps in this process
• Understand the role of coaching in developing leaders
• Understand the role of training in developing managers
• Develop an action plan for developing the leaders in their organizations

Click Here to Register

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Special Offer on Chrysler®, Jeep®, Dodge® and Ram® Vehicles

AGC members receive $500 off the lowest negotiated price on the purchase or lease of many of the most popular vehicles in the Chrysler lineup. Among the Chrysler®, Jeep®, Dodge® and Ram® lineup and the FIAT® 500L, there's something for everyone. AGC members are also eligible to choose from one of four On The Job program benefits, including commercial upfit, graphic allowance, maintenance package and a Bosch toolkit. Learn more & save.

Contact Kim Jalalian (kjalalian@agc-gm.org) if you need assistance locating your member and/or company ID.

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
Surety and Bonding - How Do They Work?
March 19th, 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $40, CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
The Brehmer Agency

The world of surety bonding can be very confusing and intimidating, especially for contractors who haven’t been required to provide much bonding in the past.  We will shed some light on the subject by discussing how bonds work, underwriting considerations, choosing the right strategic financial partners, marketing of your bonding program and maximizing your surety credit.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
March 24th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $25, Associate - $40, CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Rough terrain forklift training vividly impresses upon the students the necessity for safety in all aspects of lift truck operations and procedures.  The safety standards reviewed in detail include graphic illustrations of the personal and economic dangers inherent in the use of forklift equipment.  The step-by-step progression of this training is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to become a safe and professional forklift operator.  This is the classroom portion of the total training requirement for rough terrain forklifts. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for all individuals on a jobsite who may be charged with operating a forklift at any time.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
April 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $280, Associate - $355, CBA’s - $400, Non-Affiliated IAP - $600
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

The OSHA 30-Hour training is designed for construction workers or managers with safety and health responsibilities.  Students learn to identify common hazards found on construction sites, and develop strategies to prevent injuries.  Although OSHA standards are discussed, this training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive and OSHA 30-Hour card as proof of compliance with OSHA mandates. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews. 

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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STP 2: Oral and Written Communication
April 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $150, Associate - $270, CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450

Each day, decisions made by every foreman and superintendent are crucial to the success or failure of every construction project.  This course presents a body of knowledge and a skill that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their job site.  Unit two explores effective communication, learning to listen, persuasion, negotiation, confrontation, meetings that work, electronic communications and improving communication.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Lean Construction Unit 7: Problem Solving Principles and Tools
April 17th, 8 am to 3:30 pm

Corp G.C. - $175, Associate - $300, CBA’s - $350, Non-Affiliated IAP - $400
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Lean Construction challenges all project stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process.  Unit 2 will describe the Lean Problem Solving Process and illustrate how to use tools to solve problems in a lean manner.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

• Define the difference between traditional and lean problem solving.
• Describe how to create a team environment to solve problem.
• Explain how to create trust to avoid problems.
• Describe Observation Walks.
• Identify root causes of problems.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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First Aid/CPR/AED Training
April 22nd & 23rd, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $60, Associate - $70, ACEA/IAP - $80, Non-Member - $120
Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Medic First Aid, CPR and AED training is designed specifically for the occupational first aid provider.  This extremely valuable program will help employers comply with OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees on how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.  Two-year certification cards are issued upon completion of this course. 
Intended Audience:  This course is for any adult who wishes to become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, especially those charged with the responsibility to respond in an emergency.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
April 28th, 30th & May 5th & 7th, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Corp. G.C. - $115, Associate - $155, CBA’s - $175, Non-Affiliated IAP - $250
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Need your OSHA 10-Hour training card to get on the job?  You’ve come to the right place!  This 10-Hour construction safety course was developed by the US Department of Labor to provide construction workers, supervisors, and other personnel responsible for construction activities with an awareness of construction safety and health concerns in the construction industry.  All attendees will become familiar with reading and using the OSHA standards for construction 23 CFR 1926.  Other construction safety and health standards are also discussed.  Attendees receive an update and review of standard construction safety and health principles and information that prepares them to recognize and control a variety of hazardous conditions.  An OSHA card, certificate of completion and hardhat sticker will be issued. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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In the News
 
Video: Chinese Company Claims it Built 57-Story Tower in 19 Days

Xian Min Zhang created a time-lapse video of the construction of his latest building: A 57-floor 2-million-square-foot (180,000-square-meter) skyscraper fully built with energy-efficient, factory-produced Lego-like blocks. He claims that they are now building these at a record three floors per day!

The company keeps increasing their building speed and size of these buildings at an impressive rate. It is still not the 220-story skyscraper they claimed they were going to build, but it is amazing nonetheless.

This building has 19 10-meter-high atriums, 800 apartments, and office space for 4,000 people. Zhang claims that the use of modules reduced the use of concrete by 15,000 trucks, which he says almost eliminated all the release of dust in the air, an important advantage in pollution-ridden China. Talking about pollution: He claims that all of the air inside is 99.9% pure thanks to the tight construction and built-in air conditioning system. The building has quadruple-pane glass and, he says, is so energy efficient it will save 12,000 tons of CO2 emission compared to a building of the same size and use.

Click here to go to the original article and watch the video.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Consider Referring a Company for Membership into the AGC
Engage the Next Wave of Construction Professionals at CLC's Student Roundtable Event
OSHA’S Top Four Rules on Action List and Final Rules for 2015
AGC-A Webinar: Train Your Next Generation of Construction Executives
Special Offer on Chrysler®, Jeep®, Dodge® and Ram® Vehicles
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
Surety and Bonding - How Do They Work?
Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
STP 2: Oral and Written Communication
Lean Construction Unit 7: Problem Solving Principles and Tools
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
In the News
Video: Chinese Company Claims it Built 57-Story Tower in 19 Days
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