March 16, 2016
OSHA Update - ACTION NEEDED!
 
OSHA Proposed Rule on Crystalline Silica Needs to be Stopped

Contact Your Legislators and Urge Them to Block Implementation

Silica is one of the most abundant substances on earth. It is most commonly found as sand or Quartz. Silica is ubiquitous on construction sites by virtue of its presence in many commonly used construction materials including: concrete, bricks, rocks, and stones. Construction activities that can generate/spread silica dust include but may not be limited to: jackhammering, grinding, tuckpointing, milling, rock crushing, drywall finishing, earthmoving, sawing, and drilling

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is finalizing a rule that would cut in half the silica exposure limit and require operational control methods that are contrary to safety rules and require the purchase of new costly and ineffective equipment before then mandating the expanded use of respiratory protection. Urge your Congressman to block the rule until OSHA can prove that it is technologically and economically feasible.

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Interactive Project Watch Map: What is Being Built in Milwaukee, Waukesha Counties

There is no doubt there is a major construction boom going on right now in the Milwaukee area. Almost anywhere you drive in Milwaukee or Waukesha counties you are bound to see a new building going up, a plant being expanded or apartments under construction. If there was ever a time for an interactive map of Milwaukee-area development to keep track of all of the projects proposed or underway, it's right now.

Go to the Map Here

 

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Association Highlights
 
The AGC Roster & Buyer's Guide is Ready to Ship Out to Hundreds of Companies!
Thank You to Those Who Advertised With Us! See Full Listing

The 2016 Roster & Buyer's Guide is ready to be shipped out to you, and over 2,000 other recipients!  This annual publication proves to be an invaluable resource, not just to our members, but hundreds of other companies providing construction-related products and services!  

To find out more about advertising in next year's edition, or other opportunities to promote your company's brand, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

Thank you to the following companies for their support through advertising in our 2016 Roster & Buyer's Guide!

Aon Risk Services, Inc of Wisconsin
Balestrieri Environmental
Burbah Insulation Co., Inc.
Colonna-Daum-Price, Inc.
Concrete & Masonry Restoration
Creative Maintenance Solutions
Crest Precast
Dacco Inc. of Wisconsin
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
Fabick Rents - The CAT Rental Store
Faith Technologies
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
HarrisRebar / Ambassador Steel
Horner Plumbing Company
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139
J.F. Ahern Co.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Kotze Construction
Lippert Tile Company, Inc.
Mared Mechanical Contractors
Michels Corporation
Midwest Drill Foundation
Olympic Companies Inc.
Pieper Electric, Inc.
Porta-Painting, Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
Spancrete
The VanderBloemen Group LLC
The Wanasek Corp
United States Alliance Fire Protection
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AGC's March/April Education Calendar: Last Chance to Register for the Lean Exam!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

March-April 2016

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
To Register for any classes, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100, or register online

 

Lean Exam
March 22nd
4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $550 will be collected after the candidate application is reviewed and approved


Exam information: the Lean Construction Education Program provides policies and procedures related to the exam.

Eligibility requirements: CM-Lean candidates must successfully complete the seven AGC Lean Construction Education Program courses, provide AGC with record of completion and have an approved application in advance of exam administration.

Application: Visit www.agc.org/CM-Lean for the CM-Lean application and allow 10 days for review and response. Once approval notification is received, allow 10 days to complete the pre-exam checklist in advance of exam day (provided in the approval notification email).


Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
March 29th
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


Employers do have rights during the inspection process, but you must be aware of what they are if you hope to exercise them.  As OSHA continues to change the way it does business, it’s more likely your jobsite will be inspected.  The more you know about handling an OSHA inspection, the more likely your experience will be less painful and costly.  This course will help you find out what you might be doing that catches the eye of the trained OSHA inspector and how to successfully navigate your way through the inspection process.
 
Intended Audience: This course is designed for anyone who works on jobsites and is especially beneficial to field supervisors and their crews.

Lean Construction Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring
March 30th
1 pm to 5 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $100, Associate/BE Members - $175, CBA’s - $200, Non-Members - $250
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring is a four-hour course that will be offered at AGC Chapters across the country.  Following completion of this course, participants will be able to:

• Apply the methods and tools utilized in pull planning
• Describe the concept of Lean Workstructuring
• Outline the desired products of Lean Workstructuring
• Describe the characteristics and application of the Last Planner System


STP 6: Risk Management and Problem Solving
April 4th, 6th, 11th, & 13th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450


This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control. 

Unit 6 explores:

• Safety leadership, communication and expectations
• Planning for site safety
• Site safety management
• Site security and protection
• Multi-employer safety
• Construction risk management
• Safety and Human Resources
• Regulatory procedures, record keeping and documents


OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
April 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $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. 

Termination of Employment & Unemployment Insurance
April 14th
Noon - 1:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Attorney Nathan Jurowski, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


This presentation will explain how to navigate the termination process in order to avoid costly mistakes.  This presentation will also discuss when a former employee is eligible for unemployment benefits, as well as explores the cost-benefit analysis of contesting a claim for unemployment benefits.

Lean Construction Unit 4: Production Management
April 20th
8:00 am to Noon
Corp G.C. - $100, Associate/BE Members- $175, CBA’s - $200, Non-Members  - $250
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost - from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on to the next project. Lean Construction is based on the holistic pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project: planning, design, construction, activation, operations, maintenance, salvaging, and recycling.
Lean Construction Education Program was developed to help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean.  Construction professionals at all experience level, will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.

 
Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
April 26th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $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.


Basic First Aid/CPR/AED Training
April 27th & 28th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $60, Associate - $70, *CBA’s - $85, Non-Affiliated IAP - $125
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.

 

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
To Register for any classes, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100, or register online

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Third Annual National Safety Stand Down

OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Center for Construction Research and Training will hold the third annual National Safety Stand-Down May 2-6, 2016, to raise awareness of the serious risk of falls in the workplace. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and lack of proper fall protection remains the most frequently cited violation by OSHA. More than 4 million workers have participated in the last two years, dedicating themselves to on-the-job safety. This year the stand-down will highlight the safe use of ladders and encourage employers to pause during their workday for topic talks, demonstrations and training on how to prevent falls. For more information on the success of last year's stand-down, see the final data report. Visit the 2016 National Safety Stand-Down webpage for more updates.

Contact safety director, Dan Burazin, if you would like any assistance or training materials addressing falls in construction.

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AGC and Sage Survey Shows Contractors Becoming More Savvy with IT Investments
Seventy-one percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2016 as contractors expect a range of public and private markets to grow, according to survey results released in January by AGC of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. The survey, conducted as part of The Challenges Facing a Growing Industry: The 2016 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, indicates that contractors foresee a positive year despite tight labor conditions, regulatory burdens and IT security challenges.  Read the Report Here.
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In the News
 
Wangard proposes five-story office building, 12-story hotel on Laacke & Joys site

Wangard Partners is planning a five-story office development and a future 12-story hotel on the former Laacke & Joys property in the Park East corridor near downtown Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee developer would demolish much of the four-story Laacke & Joys building that lines South Water Street adjacent to the Milwaukee River to clear land for the new office building, according to plans submitted to the city of Milwaukee this week. It also would demolish a neighboring one-story garage building.

The proposed five-story new office would connect with an existing four-story brick building on the southwestern portion of the Laacke & Joys site. In the future, Wangard plans to eventually build a 12-story hotel on the northern portion of the site. Until that happens, the land would serve as a parking lot to serve office tenants in the new building.

The office building would have 108,200 square feet of space, and would connect with 30,240 square feet in the existing four-story structure that would not be demolished. Wangard would seek companies to lease out that space.

The development includes an extension of the downtown river walk system. It would connect to the northeast with an existing river walk on Mandel Group’s North End apartment development.

Wangard Partners since last year has been working on plans for the riverside property, and the proposal recently submitted to the city has the most details yet revealed.

Officials at Wangard were not available for comment.

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Virtual Reality Adds New Dimension to Construction

From science-fiction movies, to video games, to real-world applications like flying a plane or driving a car, virtual reality is the ultimate immersive experience. Even among the notoriously late-to-the-tech-party community of construction, virtual technology in some form is grabbing hold.

Many companies use building information modeling (BIM) daily and are even starting to input data in new ways — like 3-D laser scanning and drone-collected imagery — to create detailed, easily manipulable 3-D pictures. For many people, especially owners, the culmination of the design experience is to be able to take a virtual stroll through their house, hotel lobby, skyscraper — even the tank of a giant aquarium — before one shovel hits the ground.

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In This Issue
OSHA Update - ACTION NEEDED!
OSHA Proposed Rule on Crystalline Silica Needs to be Stopped
Interactive Project Watch Map: What is Being Built in Milwaukee, Waukesha Counties
Association Highlights
The AGC Roster & Buyer's Guide is Ready to Ship Out to Hundreds of Companies!
AGC's March/April Education Calendar: Last Chance to Register for the Lean Exam!
Third Annual National Safety Stand Down
AGC and Sage Survey Shows Contractors Becoming More Savvy with IT Investments
In the News
Wangard proposes five-story office building, 12-story hotel on Laacke & Joys site
Virtual Reality Adds New Dimension to Construction
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