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SAFETY MATTERS Awards Demonstrate Industry’s Commitment to Safety BY KEVIN CANNON AGC DIRECTOR OF SAFETY FOR MORE THAN 12 YEARS, AGC’S Construction Safety Excellence Awards have recognized members for their excellence in safety performance. Last March, for example, AGC distributed over 30 awards to member companies of various sizes and categories for their commitment to safety, health management and risk control. But the awards have evolved into much more than an annual competition — they have become a highly respected forum for members to share and discover the most innovative and effective construction safety practices out there today. They represent the ever-advancing industry standard for safety. And data shows that the construction industry is safer for it. The Construction Safety Excellence Awards are given out at the annual convention to applicants within the building, construction management, heavy, highway, municipal and specialty divisions. In the early stages, local chapters submit recommendations for review by the AGC Safety & Health Committee. The committee selects fi nalists to compete at the convention, where they present their safety program to a panel of five judges. The fi rst prize winners from each category are then considered for the grand award, where one member company is recognized for their distinctive commitment to company management, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation. This year’s grand award winner, PCL Constructors, Inc., demonstrated a unique commitment to safety. When 20 people stood before the judges to present, it was evident that PCL had made a defi nitive commitment to company safety practices. Each of these employees, representing a full spectrum of company staff, was able to speak to PCL’s commitment to safety. Their presentation reflected the company’s stance on safety — it is non-negotiable. By giving each of their employees a voice, PCL boosted employee morale, strengthened the channels of communication, and, in so doing, effectively implemented profitable safety measures on a company-wide scale. PCL’s unique approach to the awards process is an example of the impact the awards are having on chapters, members, and the industry at large. An active participant in the awards process for several years, Doug Watson, director of safety services at AGC Houston and chairman of the AGC Chapter Safety Leadership Committee, will be the fi rst to tell you what these awards do for the industry. “I hold an incredibly high regard for those awards, as do our members,” Watson says. Companies are encouraged by these awards and the winners they represent to challenge themselves and to challenge their peers. And to Watson, like many others, this predilection for safety excellence has been infectious. The Construction Safety Excellence Awards have given members the vehicle to promote greater safety across the industry. Last August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released fi nal updates to the 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) – within the private construction sector, the fi nal fatal work injury total was down 7 percent from 2009 and 2010, the fourth consecutive year that fatal work injury totals declined in construction. Not only are fatalities declining, but they are declining at a rate greater than the rate at which construction activity has slowed over the past several years. All of this goes to show that the construction industry is making great progress when it comes to safety. AGC and its members know that there is nothing more important than safety on the jobsite. And with innovative safety practices comes heightened awareness, accountability, and efficiency. It is through programs like the Construction Safety Excellence Awards that AGC is working to continue to improve the well-being of its members, construction employees nationwide, and the industry ◆ as a whole. AGC Safety and Health Conference July 11 through July 13, 2012 Washington, DC Join more than 150 industry professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both national and local levels, assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products and hear the last initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts. Register now: 20 constructor | JU LY/ AU G U ST 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor -July/August 2012

Editor's Note
President's Message
CEO's Letter
Shaky System
Safety Matters
2012 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
The Big Three
Fall Protection Training
AGC In Action
Finding the Net
Legal Perspective
AGC Cleans Up, Lowers Diesel Emissions
Company Fleets Going Biodiesel
Who Are You? Results of AGC’s Member and Vendor Survey
Transformation - Griffith Converts Brownfield Site into Healthy Park
BIM vs. Communication
Upcoming Events
Legislative and Regulatory News
Member and Chapter News
Smooth Sailing
Technology Toolbox
Q&A What's in Your Truck?
Leading the Way
Regional Resource Guide
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

Constructor -July/August 2012