April 12, 2017
Association Highlights
 
AGC & ACEA Form New Labor Relations Agreement for 2017 Collective Bargaining
We are pleased to announce that the AGC of Greater Milwaukee has entered into an agreement with the ACEA, whereby our two associations will engage in coalition bargaining in labor negotiations with the Bricklayers, Carpenters, Cement Masons and Laborers this year. This joint effort means all union contractors will benefit from greater resources and a unified approach to collective bargaining in our area. Read our News Release to learn more.

If you are not a part of our bargaining group and would like to join in our efforts for a fully represented body, please complete and return the Collective Bargaining Authorization Form to the AGC General Counsel, Nathan Jurowski, at njurowski@agc-gm.org.

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Join AGC at Our Past Presidents' and Awards Night, Our Best Networking Event of the Year!
Tuesday, May 9th, Wisconsin Club Grand Ball Room

Join AGC in recognizing our past leadership, and congratulating the companies who will be receiving a Safety Award along with other award honorees.  Additionally, this event presents an excellent opportunity to network with upper management of some of our largest company members!  

Invitations to this event will be sent out this week, so keep on the lookout, and RSVP ASAP!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available!  For details, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

Thank you to our current Sponsors!

Gold
CG Schmidt, Inc.
The Blue Book Network
iSqFt

Silver
Aon Risk Solutions
Construction Supply & Erection, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Sanchez Painting Contractors

Bronze
Common Links Construction LLC
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
New Berlin Redi-Mix, Inc.
Spancrete

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Save the Date for 2017 CLC Golf Outing: Thursday, June 22nd!
Enjoy 18 Holes at Ironwood Golf Course

Be sure to save Thursday, June 22nd for the AGC Construction Leadership Council's Annual Golf Outing!  We will be at the Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, and feature an All-Day Lunch, contests on the course, buffet dinner, raffles, door prizes and more!  This event is a Member favorite, so mark your calendars and keep an eye out for further information. 

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AGC-GM Education Calendar for April-May


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

April-May 2017

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

OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
April 25th, 27th & May 2nd, 4th
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. 

STP 6: Risk Management and Problem Solving
May 1st, 3rd, 8th & 10th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, 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


Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
May 9th
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.


OSHA’s New Silica Standard
May 18th
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

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system. OSHA’s new Silica Standard is scheduled to take effect in June of 2017. Find out what this new standard means to your operation.


Basic First Aid/CPR/AED Training
May 23rd & 25th
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
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AGC Unveils New Steps to Improve Worker Safety
The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America commissioned this study with the goal of taking a deeper dive into existing information on fatalities with an eye towards learning new methods of preventing worker fatalities in the construction industry. The study, conducted by the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, involved analyzing detailed, confidential fatality reports from 2010-2012 because the industry wants to develop employer-employee strategies to reduce the risk of workers being injured.  Get the Full Report Here!
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Member News

Blue Book Network Hosts the Who's Who Showcase in Pewaukee

Last week, AGC-GM set up shop at a great trade show event put on by one of our members - The Blue Book Network's Who's Who Showcase.  It was an excellent chance to meet new people and companies, share our stories, and tell each other what we're all about.  We were joined there by AGC of Wisconsin, as well as several of our Members: CG Schmidt, Hunzinger Construction, PCI, Tri-North Builders, and Peter Schwabe, Inc.  Special shout out to Jim Hill and his whole crew at The Blue Book Network on putting on an outstanding event!

See More Pictures here!

Meet the Scholar: Tim Hefferon Receives AGC-GM's Caspari Scholarship

Congratulations to Tim Hefferon of Marquette University on receiving the AGC-GM Robert Caspari Scholarship!  Tim is currently in his final semester of the Construction Engineering & Management program.  We were honored to join him at Marquette University's banquet dinner on Monday, April 10th which brought together hundreds of scholarship recipients with their benefactors.  Best of luck to you, Tim!

 

Got news? Share your company news with the AGC of Greater Milwaukee membership by sending press releases, notices, etc. to Brian Eigenfeld at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org 

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National Safety Stand-Down is May 8-12, 2017
To Prevent Falls in Construction
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. Here's how to get ready for your own Safety Stand-Down!
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New Metro Milwaukee Project Watch Live Look at Area Developments

The Milwaukee area is in the middle of a construction boom. With so many development and redevelopment projects popping up all over town, it’s tough to keep track. That’s why the Milwaukee Business Journal created Project Watch, where they track significant developments planned or under construction in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Read More and Access the Map Here.

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In the News
 
2017 Outlook: More Potential, More Uncertainty
April 25, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST.

April 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Member Price: $79
Non-Member Price: $99
All WebEd times are in EST

Description:

This lively, information-packed WebEd, brought to you by the AGC of America (AGCA) Business Development Forum presents industry experts, Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America and Cliff Brewis, Vice President of Operations for Dodge Data Analytics as they provide construction industry leaders and Business Development professionals national and regional construction market predictions in light of a new presidential administration.  Read More About the Speakers and Register Here!

Ken Simonson will provide an overview of the national outlook for construction spending, labor availability, and materials costs. He will review the new possibilities and uncertainties resulting from announcements and initiatives of the Trump administration and Congress.

Cliff Brewis will review Dodge Data & Analytics’ expectations for construction in different geographic regions of the country, identify how regions vary, and the reasons for the variation while pointing out the strengths and weaknesses within the different markets.

The objective is to help you anticipate the direction of the industry to better position your business.

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OSHA Delays Silica Enforcement

On April 6, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it will delay enforcement of the respirable crystalline standard for construction for three months—until Sept. 23, 2017. In its announcement, OSHA explained that the construction silica standard has a number of unique features warranting development of additional guidance and educational materials before enforcement begins. AGC continues to believe that implementation of this standard is technically infeasible and continues to challenge it in court.

Although OSHA enforcement of the standard is delayed, the notice does not alter the compliance date of June 23, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against contractors that fail to meet the standard on their sites between June 23, 2017 and Sept. 22, 2017, but legally, the standard will still be in effect.

While an interested group could file a lawsuit challenging the three month delay, that appears to be unlikely given the short duration of the delay and the broad enforcement discretion federal agencies—like OSHA—have traditionally enjoyed. AGC will continue to fight this standard in court and advise OSHA on the problematic issues the construction industry faces with implementation. In addition, members should review AGC educational resources on its comprehensive silica website, found here. If you do not find an answer on our silica website, please contact nazia.shaw@agc.org with your questions. We are trying to address all the questions on our site and we are also providing questions to OSHA to populate the Frequently Asked Questions on their site so that there is a common understanding of the issues the construction industry will face when complying with this very complex regulation.

For more information, contact Kevin Cannon at cannonk@agc.org or (703) 837-5410.

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Fines Increase for OSHA Violations

Average fines assessed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for serious workplace safety violations rose significantly in 2016 after the agency revamped its penalty structure.

OSHA and other federal agencies were directed to revisit their civil monetary penalties by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The statute featured a provision called the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 to amend the 1990 version of the law to require all agencies covered by the statute to update penalties, which allowed OSHA to increase its fines by up to 78% as of Aug. 1, 2016.

From Aug. 2 to Dec. 31, 2016, the average penalty for serious violations increased to $5,087 from $3,285 in the prior-year period, according to OSHA data presented at an American Bar Association conference earlier this month. The fines were significant for large employers – defined as having more than 250 employees – with average penalties for serious violations rising from $5,915 to $10,065.

In January, the agency again adjusted these penalties based on the Consumer Price Index, meaning that the maximum fine faced by employers for willful and repeat OSHA violations rose to $126,749 while the maximum penalties for serious and other-than-serious citations increased to $12,675.

The number of reports being filed by employers under the agency’s severe injury reporting rule also increased last year, according to OSHA. The rule, which went into effect in 2015, kept a mandate that all workplace fatalities be reported within eight hours, but added a new requirement that employers report the hospitalization of a single employee — rather than three or more employees as previously required — as well as all amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours.

In 2016, employers reported 10,887 severe injuries, up from 10,395 in 2015, with the increase driven mostly by a rise in hospitalization reports.

The agency responded to 73% of the hospitalization reports and 51% of the amputation reports filed last year by asking employers to conduct their own incident investigations — known as rapid response investigations — and propose remedies to prevent future injuries rather than sending OSHA inspectors to the scene.

The number of inspections conducted by OSHA declined from 35,820 in 2015 to 31, 948 inspections in 2016, according to the presentation.

OSHA’s Severe Violators Enforcement Program, which focuses on inspecting employers that the agency says have demonstrated indifference to their Occupational Safety and Health Act obligations through willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations, logged 561 cases at the end of 2016, 25% of which involved fatalities.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
AGC & ACEA Form New Labor Relations Agreement for 2017 Collective Bargaining
Join AGC at Our Past Presidents' and Awards Night, Our Best Networking Event of the Year!
Save the Date for 2017 CLC Golf Outing: Thursday, June 22nd!
AGC-GM Education Calendar for April-May
AGC Unveils New Steps to Improve Worker Safety
Member News
National Safety Stand-Down is May 8-12, 2017
New Metro Milwaukee Project Watch Live Look at Area Developments
In the News
2017 Outlook: More Potential, More Uncertainty
OSHA Delays Silica Enforcement
Fines Increase for OSHA Violations
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