Safety News



On November 15, 2017, Safety Committee Shawn Meier gave a presentation on OSHA's updated silica standard at AGCI's office in Springfield. Below are links to documents used in the presentation:

OSHA memo

OSHA Sample Written Exposure Control Plan

Silica tables

AGC of America released a new safety study and recommendations on Tuesday April 4th. 

AGC of America partnered with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech to undertake a comprehensive study of every construction fatality that took place over the three-year period from 2010 to 2012.  We did this because we feel the best way to make sure construction firms can put in place the most effective safety measures is to understand why, when and how construction fatalities occur. 

Some of what we found in the study confirms long-held assumptions about key safety challenges.  For example, that more fatalities occur during the spring and summer; that falls are the leading cause of construction fatalities and that vehicular operations account for one in four construction fatalities.  This is important because it confirms the wisdom of focusing on fall protection, safe driving skills and holding safety stand-downs and other special emphasis events in the spring and fall as many of our chapters and members’ firms do.

Yet our new study also dispelled several long-held assumptions.  For example, noon, as opposed to any of the morning hours, is the deadliest hour for construction fatalities.  We also found construction firms that employ fewer than 10 people have a significantly higher fatality rate than larger firms.  And we learned that transportation-related fatalities are increasing.

We are making several recommendations to firms based on these new findings.  Firms should consider holding tool box talks and stretch and flex sessions when workers return from their lunch breaks.  Firms should increase their focus on teaching safe vehicle operation skills.  And we need to make sure very small firms have access to the same safety resources are our larger firms do.

A copy of this new study and our recommendations can be found here. There will be a free webinar later this spring to review the report and elaborate on our safety recommendations.

Contact AGC’s senior director of safety and health services, Kevin Cannon at or 703-837-5410 with any questions.


Congratulations to the following Safety Award Winners:

             0—19,999 Hours                          JK Steel Erectors

             20,000—49,999 Hours                 N.E. Finch Co.                         

             50,000—74,999 Hours                 Southern Illinois Asphalt

             75,000—99,999 Hours                 The Kilian Corp.

             100,000—199,999 Hours             Open Road Paving Company

             200,000—349,999 Hours             Otto Baum Company

             350,000 + Hours                          Civil Constructors

             Most Improved                            JK Steel Erectors

The following companies received certificates for Zero-Incident Rate:

Diamond Construction

Ne-Co Asphalt

Ambraw Asphalt Materials

Champaign Asphalt

A.J. Walker Const.

Kieffer Bros. Construction

Iroquois Paving Corp.

Dunn Company

McCarthy Improvement

Halverson Construction

Truman L. Flatt & Sons

Laverdiere Construction


Please find below the PowerPoint Presentations from the Piledriving Safety Training Course held at the AGCI office on February 12, 2013.






New OSHA Crane Standard

OSHA Subpart CC - Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Signal Person Qualification Fact Sheet

OSHA Subpart CC - Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Assembly/Disassembly

OSHA Subpart CC - Cranes and Derricks in Construction:  Operator Qualification & Certification

OSHA Subpart CC - Cranes and Derricks in Construction:  Qualified Rigger

How to Plan a Crane Lift

Lift Plan Worksheet

Industry Watch

Construction Costs Soar in May, Outpacing Contractors' Pricing; New Tariffs Threaten to Worsen Cost Squeeze, Lead to Project Delays

California's High Court Adopts Tough New Independent Contractor Test

AGC Urges Court to Find Insurance Coverage for "Third-Party-Over" Action