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AGC CONTINUES WORKING WITH OFFICIALS TO IMPROVE
THE SILICA RULE

For more information on silica and AGC's efforts to challenge
the measure, please visit http://bit.ly/SilicaStance.

We don't know the spot-on statistics, but McCarthy's Ryan Freeman offered up a sound,
educated guess, figuratively and literally: back-up alarms!
Brendan McCormick, industrial operations manager for Turner Construction Company,
a member of multiple AGC chapters, in Nashville, may well have had a chuckle at that.
Overall safety, he believes, is probably where tools and equipment have come the farthest.
And he uses this common warning mechanism as a prime example.
Health, of course, is part of it, too, and on the rare occasion that necessity fails to be
mother of invention, regulations are happy to assume the role.
2017 saw mandatory compliance with OSHA's updated crystalline silica rule kick-in,
which has prompted swift evolution in equipment-related thereto. The agency says the
new standards will affect some 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or
grind silica-containing materials such as concrete.
"You'd be driving on the highway and see someone cutting with a concrete saw and
there was just loads of dust flying from the saw," McCormick explains. "The silica in that
dust is not good for a person to inhale and this new standard reduces the acceptable
threshold by five times. The tool industry responded and now the equipment catches
that dust and contains it - so that our employees and the employees of other companies
do not have that exposure."
McCormick, who began his construction tenure between high school and college
as a laborer before becoming an engineer, remembers when accidents were both more
frequent and more severe.
"Back then," he notes, "people died. These days, it's first aid - a Band-Aid-type incident, a sprain or a strain, someone trips. But more often than not, no one needs to go to a
hospital or clinic, and they definitely get home to their parents or their spouses and kids."
But although safety has come a very long way, he notes, there's always room for
improvement.
"Back when I started, fall protection was basically a belt with a ring on it," he says.
"If you fell, you got caught. It wasn't a comfortable thing, but at least you didn't go to the
ground. Now, we have harnesses that support your waist and shoulders. There are multiple
points of connections. And many systems have self-release mechanisms that allow the
user to let themselves down slowly."
Air quality notwithstanding, McCormick believes the biggest safety notch in the equipment realm probably belongs to cordless hand tools.
"The bad thing about cords," he says, "is that you plug something in and run it across
the floor and there are multiple points of risk - trip hazards, electrocution exposures - and
so battery-powered hand tools helped to eliminate the majority of that risk."
The advent of cordless, Bill Harman agrees, truly revolutionized the industry.
Harman, vice president of product marketing for professional power tools for Dewalt, a
member of multiple AGC chapters, has seen a whirlwind of progress in his 22 years with
the company - though its history (Dewalt is a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker; it's
been the company's professional power tool since 1992) dates back to 1910. And despite
all the modern advents, cordless-ness remains a priority.
"We have an internal statement that we are relentlessly pursuing the cordless jobsite,"
he says. "Cordless drills, of course, have gone down from big, monstrous tools to very
compact tools - and while they've gotten smaller, their performance is usually enhanced."
Though Harman has noticed an influx of women into the trades, he is quick to note
that the desire for lighter, more compact and easier-to-use tools is not at all gender-based.
"It benefits everybody!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Simonson Says
A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
AGC in Action
Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
Chapter Connection
Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Member and Chapter News
Construction Corner
Technology Toolbox
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
2018 Equipment Guide
Constructor - May/June 2018 - intro
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover1
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover2
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 3
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 4
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 5
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 6
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 8
Constructor - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 10
Constructor - May/June 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 13
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 14
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 15
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 16
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 17
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 18
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - May/June 2018 - A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 21
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 22
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 23
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 24
Constructor - May/June 2018 - AGC in Action
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 26
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 27
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 29
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 30
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 31
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 32
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 33
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 34
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 36
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 38
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 39
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 40
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 42
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Construction Corner
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 44
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 47
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 2018 Equipment Guide
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 50
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