August 24, 2016
Association Highlights
 
PHOTO ALBUM: Tee Up! Sold-Out AGC Golf Classic Raises Money for Education & Research Foundation

The humid weekend weather had us a bit concerned, but fortunately the heat and humidity got pushed off by a cooler front by the time our AGC Annual Golf Classic got started on Monday, August 15th!  The slightly overcast skies could not even dim our spirits, since they provided shade from the sun's peak heat.  This sold-out event brought in 150 golfers who joined us in our cause to raise money for the AGC Education & Research Foundation, providing education development and construction scholarships to our local universities.

After participants checked in at our front desk, they got to check out the potential prizes they could win, either in one of the skills contests out on the course, or in a raffle drawing later that evening.  Then it was on to the picnic lunch to plate up before the 11:30 shotgun start!

It turned out to be a fine day, and our guests had a great time out on the course, as can be seen in our Event's Photo Album!

The AGC E&R Foundation has been producing funds for scholarships with your help for over 15 years, and given well over $300,000 of educational support since then.  Thank you to all who sponsored this event, and for your continued support of this worthy cause!

Aon
Beeler Construction, Inc.
Berghammer Construction Corporation
The Blue Book Network
Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
Building Advantage
C.W. Purpero Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Clean Power
Common Links Construction LLC
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
Fabick Rents - The CAT Rental Store
Giles Engineering Associates, Inc.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Inpro Corporation
iSqFt
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
J.M. Brennan, Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
Lemberg Electric Company, Inc.
Michels Foundations
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Olympic Companies, Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
Sanchez Painting Contractors
Sonag Ready Mix, LLC
The PrivateBank and Trust Company
United States Alliance Fire Protection, Inc.
VerHalen Commercial Interiors
VJS Construction Services
Wall Tech, Inc.

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AGC Wins Landmark Case on Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects

The New Jersey Supreme Court has just decided a landmark case on commercial general liability (CGL) insurance coverage for construction defects.  In the process, it has become the latest court to hold that the CGL policy (sold to AGC members across the United States) does provide significant coverage for such defects.  On August 4, the six members of the court unanimously endorsed the majority rule that the policy does cover water and other property damage resulting from unintended and unexpected defects in a subcontractor’s workmanship.

This was a major victory for both AGC of America and the Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey, which had jointly filed a brief amicus curiae in the New Jersey Supreme Court in strong support of coverage.

It also marked another turning point in the nationwide debate over CGL coverage for construction defects.  The New Jersey Supreme Court not only found coverage for such defects.  It also distinguished and severely eroded its 1979 decision in what is widely known as the Weedo case, which has long fueled the legal debate over coverage for construction defects.

Within AGC, the decision also underscores the great value of national-chapter collaboration. In conjunction with its chapters in Texas, Florida, Minnesota,Mississippi, Indiana, Arkansas, Georgia, the Carolinas and now New Jersey, AGC of America has now stalled the insurance industry’s effect to eliminate all CGL coverage for construction defects.

The name of the New Jersey case is Cypress Point Condominium Association, Inc. v. Adria Towers, L.L.C.  For more information, contact Michael Kennedy at AGC of America at kennedym@agc.org.

 

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CLC Summer Social Hits a Home Run with Tailgaters!
Read the Play-By-Play and Check Out the Photo Album!

On Wednesday, August 10th, the AGC Construction Leadership Council revived an old tradition out of their repertoire of events: The Tailgate Party!  See photos from the event Here.  Around 70 Members and their families and friends came for a grill-out in the green space around the offices of JF Ahern in the Menomonee Valley. As we enjoyed brats, burgers and fried chicken, along with games of beanbags and a washer-toss, the building cast a welcome shadow across the patio area, helping the crowd cope with the sultry summer afternoon.

Just before it was time to head over the stadium, our CLC Chair, Angie Benike from JF Ahern, made a few announcements and then had a drawing for some giveaways of baseball gloves and baseballs, and some CLC hi-viz tee shirts!

As dusk approached, the crew began the short hike to Miller Park to watch the Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves. A Grand Slam by the Brewers in the fourth inning put them in the lead, which carried them through the top of the ninth. After striking out their third batter, the Brewers were proclaimed the victors, announced by fireworks lighting up the night sky!

We hope you and your families enjoyed this event as much as we did, and we look forward to having you at our next outing! Again, a big thank you to our sponsors who helped make this event a memorable one!

Beverage Sponsors
JF Ahern Co.
Sonag Ready Mix

Food Sponsors
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
All Testing Specialists, LLC

Keg Sponsor
LaForce Inc.

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Contractors Concern: Weapons on the Jobsite?
Contractors Want to Know if They Can Ban Firearms

As many of you may recall, in 2011 Wisconsin passed Concealed Carry legislation, allowing a licensed individual to carry a concealed weapon most anywhere in the state. One of the exceptions to this law allows employers to prohibit employees from carrying while in the course of employment. Given recent events, contractors have been asking if this extends to their workers on job sites. The answer is yes, but...

Contractors are permitted to prohibit employees from carrying firearms on jobs sites, even if the employees possess a carry conceal permit. Contractors are permitted to extend the prohibition to any property where the employee is acting in the course of their employment, including work sites and off-site locations where they are working.

The prohibition extends to company vehicles, but not the employees’ personal vehicles, even if the personal vehicles are used in the course of employment. This personal vehicle exception arises most frequently in the context of parking at the job sites. Contractors who elect to prohibit firearms on the job sites need to exclude employee’s personal vehicles from that prohibition.

Posted signage is the recommended method of notice. These signs must be no less than 5” X 7” and prominently posted near entrances and other locations where persons entering the property or building can be expected to see the signs.

The 2011 law also provides immunity for employers who decide not to prohibit carrying concealed weapons on the premises. However, the extent of the protection this immunity provides is not yet clear. Members who have questions on this point are encouraged to discuss them with a legal or insurance professional.
For further information contact Nathan Jurowski, AGC General Counsel, at njurowski@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4104.

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AGC Fall Education Calendar: Sign Up Now for the Next Class in the STP Series!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

August-September 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

 

First Aid/CPR/AED Training
August 29th & 30th (Must attend both nights)
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.


Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
September 1st
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.


Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
September 7th
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.


STP 3: Planning and Scheduling
September 12th, 14th, 19th & 21st
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450


This course will help construction supervisors understand ways in which planning and scheduling saves time and money, while increasing quality in the construction process.

Unit 3 Explores:
• Preparing the project plan
• Communicating the plan
• The critical path
• Computer use in scheduling
• Using the schedule on the jobsite
• Updating the construction schedule
• The schedule as documentation
• Using planning and scheduling

 

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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In the News
 
The Cost of Trucks to Increase Under New Federal Standards
See How Your AGC Membership Can SAVE You Money on Your Fleet!

The cost of new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are expected to rise as a result of the latest federal fuel efficiency standards for manufacturers. On August 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized their Phase 2 fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new trucks for model years 2018-2027.  These standards do not affect existing vehicles.

EPA claims the resultant fuel savings will be significant.  The agency estimates the new measures will “save vehicle owners fuel costs of about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to two billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program.” Vehicle manufacturers are currently reviewing the final standards and according to some news reports appear “cautiously optimistic” about the provisions, but it remains to be seen whether the actual outcomes will match well with customers’ needs.  An estimate of the proposed standards (the final is more stringent) found the sticker price increases could be as high as $10-12,000 for Class 8 trucks.

For more information, visit EPA’s website to read the new standards or contact AGC’s Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org.

ATTENTION MEMBERS!  You can mitigate these costs through AGC's Partnership Program with Enterprise, Ford, GM and more!  Find out more about our Member Incentive Program Here.

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Association Highlights
PHOTO ALBUM: Tee Up! Sold-Out AGC Golf Classic Raises Money for Education & Research Foundation
AGC Wins Landmark Case on Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects
CLC Summer Social Hits a Home Run with Tailgaters!
Contractors Concern: Weapons on the Jobsite?
AGC Fall Education Calendar: Sign Up Now for the Next Class in the STP Series!
In the News
The Cost of Trucks to Increase Under New Federal Standards
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