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2017-2019 Safety Initiative

The AGC Board Directors have been discussing the question, “What can AGC do to improve general and specialty contractor’s safety performance?” The same contractors work together project after project; everyone has the same goal of all going home safe and sound at end of each day; then why shouldn’t we all work together to help all contractors strive for a common goal and standard?” The Board decided to make a member-wide safety initiative a major education focus for the next three years. They selected a team from the Safety and Health Committee to take the lead on this initiative and develop an action plan.


Chris Mischnick from the Board, will serve on the Safety Management Team as liaison to board and is joined by Casey Lenners, Sampson Construction; Josh Weekly, Cheever Construction; Gary Burress, Hampton Construction; Dennis McFadden, Paulsen Inc.; Josh Fricke, The Waldinger Corp.; and Pat Ramaeker, Kiewit Building Group.


The Safety Team’s first task was to set the scope and mission of the Safety Initiative. So, the question, “What are the three most common safety violations on jobsites that could be improved with a joint effort?” The answer, and the three areas to be focused on, one in each year of the initiative, are:

  • Fall Protection violations
  • Electrical Safety violations
  • TBA

Secondly, the team determined the following to be the biggest obstacle to safety enforcement or safety training on the jobsite:

  • Inconsistency between jobsites, people, and companies on how to enforce safety policies/rules/standards
  • Complacency and “old habits”
  • Lack of qualified people to conduct training (especially in rural areas of state

This provided the “guiding light” for developing the strategies and action plan for the initiative.


As of late May, the Board has approved the Safety Initiative mission, goals, and strategies to reach goals, all shared here. The final action plan and resources are being researched and pulled together during the next 30 days. The goal is to announce the full plan in early July.

MISSION OF THE SAFETY INITIATIVE-

  • Help each other enforce safety rules to ensure that every person on construction site goes home safe and healthy at end of the workday.

GOALS OF SAFETY INITIATIVE-

  • By end of 2019 have 100% of all AGC members and other contractors on AGC jobsites enforcing OSHA standards as they apply to falls, electrical safety, and TBA.
  • By the end of 2019, 100% of all AGC members will have set their own company goals to improve safety in their firm and have a way to measure progress towards the goal.
  • By the end of 2019, 100% of all AGC members will encourage and support all contractors on their jobsites to set their own company goals for improving safety.


STRATEGY TO REACH GOALS-

  • Promote, encourage, and reinforce the consistent enforcement of OSHA safety standards and policies in all firms.
  • Encourage individual firms to identify what they see as the top challenges in each of the three areas (falls, electrical safety, and TBA) and then focus on those areas to set goals to improve and matrix to measure improvement.
  • Teach, train and provide resources in the targeted areas of the Initiative.
  • Provide resources to enhance or develop onboarding safety orientation; and regular safety programs.