September 14, 2016
Association Highlights
 
Become a 2017 AGC Member and Get the Rest of 2016 FREE! Tell a Friend!

Whether you're a returning member, or a new member wanting to get the most for your money, now is the time to get your company on the AGC of Greater Milwaukee's roster.  That's because when you register your company as a 2017 Member, you receive our services starting immediately at no extra cost through the end of 2016! 

To become a Member, or for more information, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.  Or, visit our website at http://agc-gm.org/members/member-information.

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AGC's Safety Leaders Forum is Ready to Start Another Safe Season. Time to Join!

The Safety Leaders Forum is gearing up for another season!  Each year, AGC of Greater Milwaukee puts on a series of safety-focused forums for those taking the lead on safety issues in their companies, and in the industry.  We meet monthly over dinner and bring in presenters and speakers based on what YOU tell us you want to know!

GOAL: The formation of a group of lead individuals responsible for their companies’ construction safety programs.

PURPOSE: To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to provide education and materials for those responsible for developing and administering safety programs in construction.

FORMAT: Eight monthly meetings generally on the evening of the second Tuesday of each month, September through April, Consisting of cash reception, dinner, and program.

MEMBERSHIP: Open to AGC Members who are construction safety directors or assigned top corporate safety responsibility in their firms.  Membership is on an annual basis.

FEES: An annual fee of $200 payable to AGC of Greater Milwaukee to help defray dinner and program costs.

2016–2017 Tentative Schedule:
September 13
October 11
November 8
December 13
January 10
February 14
March 14
April 11

For more information, or to join, please contact Dan Burazin, AGC Safety Director, at dburazin@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Got OSHA? AGC's Fall Education Calendar Includes 10- and 30-Hour Trainings!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

September-October 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

 

OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
September 20th, 22nd, 27th & 29th
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $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 will be issued.  
Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews.


Employment Law Updates: Gender Pay Equity and the New Overtime Exemption Requirements
September 27th
8 am to 9 am
Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Attorney Thomas Godar, Shareholder, Husch Blackwell


With the Department of Labor recently issuing two potentially significant updates, it is important for contractors to understand how to navigate these changes in order to avoid potential claims for pay-based sex discrimination or violations of the new threshold for salaried exempt employees. Attorney Godar will walk attendees through the expected impacts of these changes, as well as the basics of how to stay compliant.


Lean Construction Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly
September 29th
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Corp GC/CM - $175, Associate - $300, CBA’s - $400, Non-Members  - $500
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Lean Construction Education Program was developed to help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean.  Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.  Unit 5 introduces participants to the concept of lean supply chain and assembly.

Following this course, participants will be able to:
•    Differentiate between traditional procurement practices and lean supply chain applications
•    Identify waste and value-adding activities within the supply chain and assembly
•    Evaluate the impact of using lean supply chain on waste elimination, continuous flow and site operations pull
•    Use value stream mapping to diagnose and improve the supply chain.    


STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
October 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Dan Burazin and Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

This course will describe the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor’s ability to lead and motivate others.

Unit 1 Explores:

• The dollars and sense of people in construction
• The role of the construction supervisor
• Helping people perform better
• Motivating others
• Leading others
• Positive Feedback
• Training and orienting crew members
• Teams and team building
• Leadership skills in action


OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
October 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
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. 

 

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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Immediate Action: Employers Must Update Two Federal Employment Law Posters

With little notice, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) revised two federal employment law posters – the Federal Minimum Wage poster (link is external) and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act poster (link is external).  As a result, employers must immediately ensure that the new posters are properly displayed.

There are two notable changes to the federal minimal wage poster.  The federal minimum wage, itself, did not change.  However, information on the rights of nursing mothers to receive breaks for expressing breast milk was added, and text regarding child labor was removed.

As for the Employee Polygraph Protection Act poster, minor changes included an updated toll-free phone number along with the addition of a TTY phone number for the hearing impaired.

Civil penalty limits were removed from both posters.

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PULL!! You're Invited to the PMC/SMACCA's 2016 Sporting Clays Outing
September 29, 2016 at the Highlands in Cascade, WI

The PMC/SMACCA has invited AGC Members to join them in their fall tradition!  September 29, 2016 PMC/SMACCA will be hosting its 3rd Annual Sporting Clays Outing at the Highlands in Cascade, WI.  Act fast if you want to be part of this fun event! Shooter registration closes 9/22.

To register a shooter/foursome, please click here.

 

 

 Thank you for the invitation!

 

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AGC of America
 
AGC Releases 2016 Workforce Survey
How Are We Doing Here in Wisconsin? Find Out!

Two-thirds of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey recently released by the AGC-A. Association officials said that many firms are changing the way they pay and operate to cope, but warned that labor shortages could undermine broader economic growth and called for new workforce measures to improve the pipeline for recruiting and training new craft workers.

See the Full Analysis Here

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AGC CEO Challenges Controversial Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy During Meeting with Head of OSHA
On August 30, AGC met with the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and several of his key deputies on the agency’s new recordkeeping regulation. That regulation has become the subject of much discussion and great concern as OSHA has expressed its intention to promulgate enforcement policies that go well beyond the plain language of the rule itself, and specifically to interpret the rule to prohibit mandatory post-incident alcohol and drug testing.  AGC recommended that the agency take the time to collect more information on these programs and how they actually work before jumping to any conclusions. Notably absent from the agency’s rule making was any request for such information.  AGC will submit a follow-up letter to OSHA, restating AGC’s position.

During the meeting, AGC also underscored that its members have many legitimate interests in such alcohol and drug testing and that the proposed guidance could have a distinctly negative impact on safety and health in the construction industry. Indeed, it could disrupt many of the drug-free workplace programs that have served the industry well, including programs negotiated with organized labor and incorporated into collective bargaining agreements. AGC explained that these programs are neither intended nor likely to have the effect of deterring construction workers from reporting injuries and illnesses. Rather, their legitimate intent and effect are to deter drugs and alcohol abuse, and thereby protect construction workers and the general public.

For more information on the new recordkeeping regulation, please contact Kevin Cannon at cannonk@agc.org or (703)837-5410.
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AGC/FMI Risk Management Survey Reveals Changing Environment

In conjunction with FMI, AGC's Surety Bonding and Risk Management Forum recently completed a survey of the risks that AGC contractors are perceiving and how AGC contractors they are managing these risks.   The 83 responses that AGC and FMI received from 83 best-in-class companies that collectively perform approximately $50 billion of construction each year suggest the following:

-Today's construction risk environment is drastically different than it was five years ago;
-Skilled craft labor shortages, contract language and subcontractor default are top risks in today's construction industry;
-Construction firms are managing risk differently today;
-Risk management effectiveness varies; and
-Mitigating and managing risk has become a strategic priority.

For a full analysis of the survey's results, simply click here.  For more information on AGC's Surety Bonding and Risk Management Forum, contact Michael Kennedy at AGC of America at kennedym@agc.org.

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Student Chapters Now on LinkedIn
AGCA has added a new Student Chapter LinkedIn group! This group will be a place for AGC National to connect directly with students to provide information on AGC resources, opportunities and events. The AGC student chapters taskforce will also be posting articles on professional development to aid the students as they progress in their studies and in the industry. We hope you can also utilize this tool to share your student chapter's community service efforts and professional development projects and experiences. Please make sure you and your students join and share to spread the word!
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In the News
 
FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones to Fly Next Year

The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that 600,000 commercial drones could begin flying in the next year under comprehensive regulations that took effect Monday for remote-controlled aircraft.

The long-awaited rule basically gives a green light for businesses to fly drones weighing up to 55 pounds in sparsely populated areas up to 400 feet above ground during daylight hours and within sight of the pilot.

For comparison, about 320,000 planes that carry people are registered nationwide.

Before the rule took effect, more than 5,500 commercial drone operators had to ask the FAA for special permission to inspect utility lines, monitor agriculture or conduct aerial photography.

“The FAA’s role is to set a flexible framework of safety without impeding innovation,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said. “With these rules, we have created an environment in which emerging technology can be rapidly introduced while protecting the safety of the world’s busiest, most complex airspace.”

The pilots must pass a written test of aviation knowledge; more than 3,000 people applied to take the test Monday.

Waivers will still be available for flights that don’t fit with the general rules if applicants demonstrate how they’ll reduce risks. The FAA granted 76 waivers Monday – 72 for night flights and a few for experimental programs such as CNN’s news-gathering over people and BNSF Railway’s inspections farther away than the pilot can see, Huerta said.

PrecisionHawk of Raleigh, N.C., announced Monday it received the first waiver to fly drones farther away than the pilot can see with technology that helps avoid hazards such as trees, power lines or other aircraft.

Thomas Haun, PrecisionHawk’s executive vice president, said a research program with FAA helped the company understand the complexities of flying over large farm fields, forests and mining operations.

“Today is a very important milestone in the evolution of our efforts to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into our national airspace system," Huerta said. “Now the FAA forecasts there could be as many as 600,000 unmanned aircraft used commercially during the first year after this rule is in place."

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the drone rules are part of a broader administration effort that encourages technology innovation in balance with safety measures. Automatic braking for trains and rules for autonomous cars are other areas where the administration is working, he said.

“Just as we’re seeing innovative technologies transforming our roads and our ports and our seaways, drones are also blazing an uncharted path that will continue to revolutionize our airspace," he said.

The appetite for drones is expected to be voracious. The industry anticipates the creation of 100,000 jobs and $82 billion in economic activity by 2025, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Brian Wynne, the trade group’s CEO, said the flood of requests for commercial exemptions before the rule took effect “provides strong evidence” the industry “is poised for incredible growth.”

Airline pilots remain concerned about collisions with drones. The Air Line Pilots Association, a union representing 54,000 pilots, urged that drone pilots be given flight tests in addition to written tests.

The airline pilots also urged regulation of hobbyists, which Congress exempted from the rules for commercial drones.

Hobbyists are expected to follow similar guidelines to the commercial rules for their flights. The FAA created a registry in December for all drone owners to provide educational materials and to help track down those who fly irresponsibly.

More than 530,000 people have joined the registry, Huerta said. Each of them could have more than one drone.

“A byproduct of that registry has been that consumers are finding out what those rules are, and hopefully we’ll have a better level of compliance going forward,” Foxx said.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Become a 2017 AGC Member and Get the Rest of 2016 FREE! Tell a Friend!
AGC's Safety Leaders Forum is Ready to Start Another Safe Season. Time to Join!
Got OSHA? AGC's Fall Education Calendar Includes 10- and 30-Hour Trainings!
Immediate Action: Employers Must Update Two Federal Employment Law Posters
PULL!! You're Invited to the PMC/SMACCA's 2016 Sporting Clays Outing
AGC of America
AGC Releases 2016 Workforce Survey
AGC CEO Challenges Controversial Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy During Meeting with Head of OSHA
AGC/FMI Risk Management Survey Reveals Changing Environment
Student Chapters Now on LinkedIn
In the News
FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones to Fly Next Year
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