AGC Responds to OSHA’s Proposed Rule on Cranes & Derricks
On July 5, AGC of America commented on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health
Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule to update its existing cranes rule.
attempts to clarify the existing training requirements and to incorporate an
employer evaluation provision into the standard. AGC called on the agency to further
clarify: what satisfies the ongoing training requirement for crane operators
(e.g., tool box talks, pre-lift meetings, job safety analysis reviews, etc.); whether
or not such training must be job-specific; and how the ongoing training
requirement changes as an operator’s experience expands, among other things.
For more information, contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or email@example.com.
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2018 AGC Summer Safety & Health Conference
July 25-27 in Indianapolis, IN
There is still time to join us in Indianapolis, Indiana July 25-27, 2018, for
the AGC Safety & Health Conference.
Hear the latest on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s
(OSHA) enforcement of existing regulations, like the silica rule, and potential
changes to the cranes and derricks in construction rule, among others. Other
highlights include a discussion on safety from Rudy Ruettiger of
Notre Dame Football lore, the latest trends in safety management from Dodge
Data and Analytics and how video game apps can help supplement safety training
to help drive behavioral change. Full details on the Conference and links to
registration and the hotel room block can be found here.
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Advanced Safety Management Training Course
October 17-19 in Arlington, VA, 18 Seats Left!
three–day course provides construction safety and health professionals with the
next–level knowledge required to successfully manage a company–wide safety
program. Moving beyond the basics of Focus Four training, AGC’s Advanced Safety
Management Training Program will give participants a more holistic view of
safety’s role in project and company success, as well as advanced tactics and
best practices for managing all aspects of a corporate safety program.
Participants will also focus on the importance of "selling" safety
throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different
audiences. Full details on the course and links to registration can be found here.
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AGC Urges Swift Passage of Senate Career and Technical Education Legislation
The Senate HELP
Committee passed legislation to reform and reauthorize the Perkins Act, which
is the primary legislation authorizing federal career and technical education
funding. The House has passed AGC-supported legislation twice in as many years
to only have it stall in the Senate.
under consideration gives employers more opportunities to provide input to
states that are planning career education to ensure it’s focused on in-demand
skills and on work-based learning. The Jobs and Careers Coalition – of which
AGC is a member – wrote to Senate
leaders this week urging them to ensure
that final legislation focus on employment outcomes and provide greater
flexibility to states to allow them to better adapt to local needs.
hopeful that the Senate will simply adopt the House-passed legislation and have
it signed into law to help combat the skills shortage in the industry and the
For more information, contact Jim
Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (202) 547-0133.
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USACE Announces AGC-Supported Disaster Relief Projects
Billions in Construction Projects
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(USACE) has released its long-awaited workplan to
use the $17.4 billion that Congress allocated for recovery projects in the
areas affected by last year’s natural disasters. These areas include
Texas, Florida, California, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. The disaster recovery funds are spread across six Army Corps
appropriations accounts. The largest account by far, the construction account,
will fund 60 flood and storm damage reduction projects in 16 states and Puerto
Rico at a total cost of $13.9 billion.
Although no date has been set for when
and how these projects will be issued, it is expected to take a few weeks. Some of the USACE’s districts that were
impacted will need to lean on non-impacted districts for assistance due to the
influx of work. It is not a mistake if you see a non-impacted district
soliciting for work in an impacted district. For example, you may see the
Albuquerque District advertising work that is in the Galveston district.
Members should make sure to keep an eye out for where the work is to be
Last year, AGC urged Congress to
fund efforts to rebuild impacted communities and restore the critical
infrastructure necessary to return a sense of normalcy for millions of
people. Congress included the disaster funding in the AGC-supported bipartisan budget bill for
fiscal years 2018 and 2019. AGC will continue to work with Congress
and USACE and will keep our members informed on the recovery progress.
more information, please contact Jordan Howard at Jordan.Howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368.
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Senate Committee Defends AGC-Supported Water Infrastructure Bill
On July 11, the
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing in which both Republicans
and Democrats expressed support infrastructure improvements. Senators heard testimony from witnesses about
the benefits of the Transportation Infrastructure and Innovation Act (TIFIA)
and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) programs – both
of which provide long-term, low-cost financing to regionally and nationally
significant transportation and water projects respectively. Of particular interest
is the overwhelming support from senators and stakeholders in regards to the “Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF
WIN) Act,” which AGC worked to get included in the committee-passed “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of
The SRF WIN Act
provides a streamlined path for Drinking and Clean Water State Revolving Funds
to access the low-interest funding offered through WIFIA, resulting in states
having a more efficient and economically-attractive alternative to the private
bond market and, subsequently, allow the SRFs to fund more projects.
The SRF WIN has
received unfounded criticism from some private water utility groups but, if
this hearing is any indication, the bill enjoys broad bipartisan support. The
Senate has not identified when the “America’s Water Infrastructure Act” will be
considered. In the meantime, AGC continues to work to ensure SRF WIN remains in
For more information, contact Sean
O’Neill at email@example.com
or (202) 547-8892.
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EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler Commits to ‘Reining in Federal Regulatory Overreach’
Pruitt’s resignation late last week, Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler
assumed the role of acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) on July 9. In his first
address to EPA staff, Wheeler indicated that he would continue
President Trump’s goals for the agency to reign in federal regulatory overreach
and refocus EPA on its core responsibilities. AGC supported Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation as
deputy administrator in a letter to the senate earlier this year.
Mr. Wheeler is
experienced and well-qualified on environmental matters. During his tenure as a congressional aide,
Mr. Wheeler served as majority staff director, minority staff director, and
chief counsel at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In addition, he worked at EPA’s Office of
Pollution Prevention and Toxics during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton
administration has not yet announced its plans for Pruitt’s replacement. AGC
will continue our positive working relationship with EPA as we strive to meet
our policy and stewardship goals in the environmental area.
For more information, contact Melinda
Tomaino at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (703) 837-5415.
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Learn about Environmental Risks throughout the Project Lifecycle at AGC’s Construction Environmental Conference
Join us on September 12-13 in Crystal City, Virginia
AGC’s 2018 Construction Environmental Conference
(CEC) homes in on the most critical environmental compliance and risk issues
impacting the business of construction.
Whether your goal is to maintain an excellent compliance record, keep
abreast of key developments, or increase your understanding of how
environmental risks affect your projects — AGC’s CEC is the conference for
environmental risk sessions at AGC’s 2018 CEC:
Avoiding, Mitigating, and Insuring Environmental Risk in Construction - Panel speakers will present risk
assessment and identification from a jobsite perspective, risk allocation
such as contract shifting clauses and management strategies, risk transfer
such as avoidance of pollution liability and insurance products available.
Compliance for Hazardous Materials on a Public Private Partnership
Project: CDOT Central 70 - Using the Colorado Department of Transportation Central 70
project as a backdrop, this panel will share owner and contractor
perspectives related to management of hazardous materials during the
procurement, kickoff, and construction phases of the project.
Redevelopment Opportunities and Risk – Learn about recent changes to policy related to
Superfund/Brownfields sites as well as the potential hazards in the reuse
and redevelopment of those sites, such as vapor intrusion.
- Tips on How
to Avoid Environmental Enforcement Actions - Hear from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, an attorney and a general contractor about “true story”
construction related enforcement cases and best practices on how to avoid
them. Learn about US EPA’s Audit Policy and eDisclosure portal.
Check out more sessions online and reserve your seat
today for AGC's 2018 Construction Environmental Conference!
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