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This is a tentative schedule of events. Please be aware that the start and end times for some events overlap. Please click on the session titles below for more information for each specific session. *Session titles & speakers are subject to change.

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Pre-Conference Events

11:00 AM 5:00 PM In-House Environmental Managers Meeting (Click here for details)
1:00 PM 2:00 PM AGC Safety & Health Steering Committee Meeting (Invite Only)
3:00 PM 4:00 PM AGC Chapter Safety Leadership Subcommittee Meeting (Chapter Staff Only)

Conference – Day 1

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Opening Remarks and Keynote

Session Description

Does your organization suffer from taboo topics, deference, disagreement, analysis paralysis, information hoarding, office politics, or alienation? Is your organization battling declining productivity, safety violations, low morale, reduced quality, poor customer satisfaction, or other bottom-line concerns? Then you, your team, or your organization needs Crucial Conversations training.

Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

93% of people in manufacturing and construction say their organization is at risk of an accident waiting to happen because people are either unwilling or unable to speak up. In this session, we will take a look at the biggest barriers to speaking up and we will share two (2) tools for addressing safety, health and environmental issues effectively.

Fortune 500 organizations around the world have turned to the award-winning Crucial Conversations training to improve bottom-line results like quality, efficiency, satisfaction, safety, etc.

Speaker

Ashley Dittmar-Galassi
Director of Client Services & Master Trainer
VitalSmarts

Ashley Dittmar has ten years of experience training in nearly every industry with a focus in consumer goods, insurance, and manufacturing. Her philosophy on training is to ensure each participant has a holistic and fun experience while learning valuable skills to achieve bottom-line results at their organization.

Ashley is truly passionate about helping people build cultures of candid and respectful dialogue. She brings energy and adaptability to every course she facilitates—two things that she believes are key for creating a safe and effective learning environment. Over the years, Ashley has developed deep relationships with her training graduates as she also serves in the role of coach—helping people to not just learn but live these principles.

Ashley has taught these skills to both frontline employees and executive teams. She thoroughly enjoys adapting the skills to the unique challenges of each group so they can achieve the results that propel them toward their business and life goals.

12:15 PM 12:30 PM Industry Briefing – Zurich
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions (2)

Session Description

The Federal OSHA landscape has been dramatically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. OSHA has shifted its focus to providing compliance and enforcement guidance to a wide range of industries impacted by the virus.  This has changed some of the Agency’s other regulatory and enforcement priorities. This session will review OSHA’s guidance and enforcement posture related to COVID-19 and construction and what to expect as the country emerges from the lockdown. It will also examine how OSHA’s other construction-related priorities could ultimately be impacted by the virus and OSHA’s participation in the federal response.

Speaker

Brad Hammock 
Attorney at Law
Littler

Bradford T. Hammock’s national practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety and health law. In particular, Brad provides invaluable assistance to employers in a preventive practice, including:

  • Conducting full-scale safety and health compliance audits
  • Reviewing and revising corporate safety and health policies
  • Conducting manager and supervisor training on employee safety and health

Brad works closely with employers to help them understand and implement safety and health management systems. In addition, he represents employers throughout OSHA rulemaking proceedings, including OSHA’s informal public hearings on proposed rules. Brad also defends employers against OSHA enforcement actions. For an employer that is the target of an OSHA inspection, he offers representation from the start of the inspection through settlement or litigation.

Prior to joining Littler, Brad was the Washington, D.C. region office managing principal of a large national firm representing management in workplace law matters. He was previously an OSHA attorney within the Department of Labor, serving as lead counsel for safety standards. Brad is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most knowledgeable attorneys on the topics of OSHA recordkeeping, crystalline silica, and ergonomics.

Brad is a popular guest speaker and lecturer on OSHA issues. He has published numerous articles on occupational safety and health law. While attending law school, he was editor-in-chief of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, and associate editor of The Labor Lawyer.

Session Description

What does your future to-do list look like? This far-ranging session will provide you a picture of the regulatory landscape. Find out recent developments you may have missed as well as what’s ahead at the federal-level.

Speakers

Nena Shaw (Moderator)
Smart Sectors Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Jessica Young
Branch Chief, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Aerosol Can Disposal)

Owen McDonough, PhD
Senior Science Advisor, Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Navigable Waters Protection Rule)

Emily Halter
MSGP Program Lead, Water Permits Division, Office of Wastewater Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Joseph Brazauskas Special Assistant
Associate Administrator, Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Relations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kirby Struhar 
Special Assistant, Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Relations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2:30 PM 2:45 PM Industry Briefing – Procore
2:45 PM 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions (2)

Session Description

Technology such as drones, project scheduling tools and CMS software have all started to become more frequently adopted by construction teams, but a new area of innovation is connecting directly with the front-line workforce through communication-based training platforms.

Industry research conducted by Mad*Pow and MindForge reveals that construction workers believe that training is important, but they also think it doesn’t go far enough yet. Many times, what might be learned in a classroom or in an off-site setting doesn’t click until they’re in the field, facing the hazards they learned about in previous training. New advancements in technology are allowing for the ability to place training within the context of the job site and showing workers the direct application of that material.

The transparency and ease of access that new training technology offers can help to reduce the risk of serious injury or fatality of workers on the front line, while also reducing liability risk for construction professionals in the office who need to reach compliance standards and regulations and decrease time spent training. One builder, Pankow, is seeing a 98% training completion rate on its workforce by deploying its training programs through MindForge. This new digital training technology allows Pankow to scale its training initiatives to reach more workers while also being able to more easily track workers’ training progress on all job sites. Pankow has been able to reduce its average training time per employee from eight hours to just under two, saving the company more than $12,000 in training time on a single job site.

In this session, Shahin Aftabizadeh, Vice President of MindForge, and James Downey, Senior Safety Manager at Pankow, will discuss how new technology and digital communication platforms are delivering engaging training sessions to ultimately reduce risk for the front-line workforce and improve the bottom line.

Speakers

Shahin Aftabizadeh
Vice President
MindForge

Shahin Aftabizadeh is the Vice President of MindForge, a subsidiary of the International Risk Management Institute. MindForge studies behavioral, motivational and systematic issues related to serious injuries and fatalities on construction jobs to develop software and training programs that support safety and quality. MindForge’s team of engineers, designers, writers and product specialists work to create innovative risk-based training that pushes beyond simple compliance.

MindForge’s browser-based technology platform communicates with desktop, web and mobile devices to bridge the disconnect between the home office and frontline workforce, equipping workers with customized training modules that are designed to be interesting, efficient and lifesaving.

James Downey, CHST, SMS
Senior Safety Manager
Charles Pankow Builders

James Downey has worked with Charles Pankow Builders for the past seven years. As Senior Safety Manager, he is responsible for day to day management of the Pankow Builders safety program on construction projects in both the Northern and Southern California regions. He has provided safety services to the construction industry for 15 years and has worked with organizations such as the Department of Energy, Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corp of Engineers and private contractors of all sizes.

James has achieved his Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) and Safety Management Specialist (SMS) certifications through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. He is also certified as an OSHA Outreach Instructor for the Construction Industry and as a FA/CPR Instructor through the National Safety Council. He is a long-standing member of the American Society of Safety Professionals SF/Construction Chapter and sits on the Construction Employers Association Safety Committee.

Session Description

It is widely known that the construction industry lags behind in technology – sacrificing optimal productivity, profitability, safety and risk management. This session will discuss the importance of technology adoption in construction business operations with a focus on four key environmental technology solutions designed to monitor and prevent onsite damage from environmental hazards and promote sustainable management of construction materials. We will then explore how to engage the human element to operationalize these tools in the field for maximal impact on your jobsites and your bottom line.

Speaker

Rose Hall, PE, CRIS
Strategic Operations Manager for Risk Engineering
North America Construction
AXA XL, a division of AXA

Ms. Hall is the Strategic Operations Manager for Risk Engineering for AXA XL’s North America Construction group. She provides strategic leadership and direction for risk engineering operations in the development and implementation of business process ecosystems, technology solutions, and enhanced customer service initiatives. She has 20+ years of practical experience in engineering, construction, and risk management having worked for Turner Construction Co, and as an expert witness and litigation support consultant with WCD Group, now a Gallagher Bassett company. Ms. Hall has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering and Management, from Stanford University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in NJ, NY, and NC.

4:00 PM 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM 5:30 PM Breakout Sessions (2)

Session Description

Incident rates in the construction industry have remained stagnant for years. The industry also bears a disproportionate share of workplace fatalities of any industry.  It’s clear that a new approach to managing safety is required.

From fraud prevention to data security to customized searches and movie recommendations, AI is transforming our daily lives.  AI is also bringing staggering change to the way other industries execute – going beyond digitization of traditional processes to digital transformation, or the creation of entirely new and more efficient ways of doing business.

Predictive-Based Safety (PBS) is at the intersection of incident and injury prevention and AI, it’s the beach head that AI is building in the construction industry.  Forward thinking contractors who have been gathering consistent safety data are starting to use AI to build models aimed at helping them identify incidents before they transpire.  Moreover, their models provide guidance on what they can do to prevent them. This session will present a background on how AI has transformed various industries and then present specific case studies of its use in construction and capital projects for safety.

Speaker

Tim Gattie, PE
VP of Industry Strategy
Smartvid.io

Tim is VP of Industry Strategy at Smartvid.io. He has 20 years of construction industry experience working for regional, national and international general contractors in operational roles ranging from Field Engineer to Project Director. Tim is also credited with the development of a data collection, analysis and prediction system called Construction Analytics. He is passionate about using technology as a tool to improve the way construction projects are delivered and is eager to share his story with others in the industry. Gattie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arizona, California and Utah.

Session Description

It is not uncommon for a construction project to begin and then stop because of unanticipated site conditions, including underground storage tanks, contaminated soils, or asbestos containing material.  What about dredged and fill materials or the unidentified bog turtle habitat?  How does this occur and who should have known?  The presentation will discuss environmental condition definitions; historical considerations; environmental factors the contractor should know; information the contractor should expect from and ask of the owner; and preparation tips a contractor can use for the inevitable environmental condition.

Speaker

Diana Eichfeld
Vice President
Chubb

Diana Eichfeld is Vice President, Chubb Environmental and is a national representative for Chubb’s Construction Industry Practice team. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Ms. Eichfeld underwrites professional and pollution policies for the construction industry.  She is also responsible for the development of corporate policies, procedures and products, including webinars. Ms. Eichfeld has provided risk engineering and underwriting services to the construction industry for over 20 years.  Ms. Eichfeld holds a Bachelor of Science in the Environmental Sciences from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA. She is a member of and has served in a leadership position in the Associated General Contractors of America.

Up to 1.2 IACET CEUs* | The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, AGC has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, AGC is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

*Attendees can earn up to 1.2 IACET CEUs for attending the entire virtual conference. Please email Nazia Shah at nazia.shah@agc.org for more information.

Conference – Day 2

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Opening Remarks and Keynote

Session Description

Never before has mental health been so prominent in the workplace. The construction industry has been steadily addressing mental health and suicide prevention for the past 5 years. Now, with the ripple-effects of COVID impacting workers at work and at home, contractors need guidance on how to communicate to counter the chaos and maintain calm and control in the workplace.

  • COVID — Stress, anxiety, uncertainty and ripple effects on employee wellbeing and mental health
  • Why mental health is a workplace safety, health and wellness issue
  • “Echo pandemic” of mental health, addiction/overdose and suicide
  • Communicating with empathy and reassurance
  • Discuss strategies to communicate in a crisis
  • Learn how to access Mental Wellbeing Resources for Employers AND Employees and Families

Speaker

Cal Beyer
VP, Workforce Risk and Worker Wellbeing
Cobb Strecker Dunphy Zimmerman (CSDZ)

Cal has >33 years’ experience in safety, health and risk management; dedicated to construction since 1996. He worked for a contractor in WA & OR with manufacturing and construction operations from 2014-2020. He launched the construction industry suicide prevention movement that became the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (www.preventconstructionsuicide.com).

Cal serves with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention since 2010; co-chaired the Workplace Task Force (2015-2017); Executive Committee since 2016. He serves on the Expert Advisory Group of the Center for Workplace Mental Health. In 2016, Cal was named a Top 25 Newsmaker for his work on suicide prevention by Engineering News-Record.

12:15 PM 12:30 PM Industry Briefing – Milwaukee Tool
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions (2)

Session Description

At construction sites, it’s a paralyzing moment.  “OSHA!” someone walks up and announces. It’s a blue-clad inspector, foisting credentials for all to see.  He asks who is in charge and begins to take photos and even video. Now he’s pulling employees aside for private interviews.  Contractors, foremen and workers share uneasy glances.

How should you react?  What do you say or do?  The responses of employers and their attorneys ran the gamut, from professional to disastrous.

This hour is not a presentation.  It is an energetic conversation with a former regulator who was personally involved in enforcing OSHA citations in opening inspections, final orders and every stage in between.  In doing so, he observed how regulators, employers and their attorneys often used the same words, but spoke different languages, leading to needless contests and protracted litigation.  Smart contractors who spoke the language of regulators learned to appeal to the underlying interests of their audience.

Courtney Malveaux, a former Labor Commissioner, will identify key factors to consider in determining whether a legal challenge is worth the time and expense.  And he will reveal the agendas and internal tensions that spark debates inside the agency few get to see.

You will join other participants as you recall real-life situations to identify practical steps you can take to prepare your people and your records for an inspection, control the narrative when regulators arrive, and get a better result during an informal conference or a contested citation.  This is your chance to become the expert who gets a better result with OSHA and returns everyone back to work.

The words you use and the way you communicate them matter.  Don’t become a victim of circumstance or habit.  Choose your words and actions with intention to get a better result.

Speaker

Courtney M. Malveaux
Attorney at Law​
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Courtney Malveaux is a Principal in the Richmond, Virginia office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Malveaux represents employers cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other regulatory agencies. He also advises and represents employers in employment law matters, including retaliation claims, employment discrimination, unemployment benefits and wage claims. Mr. Malveaux also represents business associations in state and federal legislative and regulatory matters, and he serves as Government Affairs Counsel for the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association.

Mr. Malveaux represents industrial employers on the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board, and he pulled together a broad coalition of business and safety associations to pass laws in several states to make voluntary compliance a permanent part workplace safety. Before joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Malveaux enforced occupational safety and health laws and other state and federal labor laws as Virginia’s Labor Commissioner and served as President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials.

Session Description

This presentation will provide an overview of the new Endangered Species Act regulations, as well as the proposed regulatory changes to the National Environmental Policy Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act regulations.  The focus will be on how these changes relate to each other, and how and whether the changes will streamline permitting approvals in practice.

Speakers

Andrea Wortzel
Partner
Troutman Pepper LLP

Andrea Wortzel’s practice focuses on water quantity and water quality issues, including water rights, water supply planning, and water withdrawal permitting, as well as discharge permitting and TMDL development and implementation. She coordinates a growing and influential stakeholder group focused on water supply issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Beyond her water practice, Andrea advises clients on endangered species issues, landfill permitting and compliance, waste permitting, environmental compliance and audit programs and environmental enforcement defense. Andrea also regularly counsels clients on legislative and regulatory strategies to promote her clients’ objectives.

Richard L. Pepper
Associate
Troutman Pepper LLP

Rich Pepper is an associate in Troutman Pepper’s environmental and natural resources practice. He has assisted clients in all stages of environmental representation, including litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. Rich’s expertise extends to a wide variety of environmental regulatory schemes under the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.  Specifically, Rich has completed environmental due diligence for over 4,000 MW of electricity generation capacity, mostly large-scale renewable energy projects, as well as numerous real estate developments and retail food establishments.

2:30 PM 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions (2)

Session Description

OSHA is perceived as an enforcement agency, but through OSHA Partnerships, they become your ally. Former OSHA Assistant Regional Administrator Josh S. Flesher and Manhattan Construction Company Vice President of Operations Jim Cuddihee provide an inside look at the makings of a successful OSHA Partnership. In this session, you will learn about what OSHA looks for in potential partners, how the program works, the different types of partnerships, and what you can expect as a partner.

Flesher and Cuddihee were the respective lead representatives of the OSHA Partnership with Manhattan for the $1.2 billion Globe Life Field project in Arlington, Texas, the new home of the Texas Rangers baseball team. They will provide a first-hand account from both sides of how the OSHA Partnership helped to protect the more than 5,000 workers on this fast-paced project. Attendees will learn how the agreement came together, how the workers on site were involved, how OSHA measured and evaluated the safety on site, and example of the outreach and training they provided.

Speakers

Jim Cuddihee
Vice President of Operations
Manhattan Construction Company

Jim Cuddihee is vice president of operations with Manhattan Construction Company. Jim has been involved in leading two of Manhattan’s five OSHA partnerships to promote open lines of communication with subcontractors, improve safety and health management systems, and provide for a comprehensive mentorship and training programs to benefit all workers on the jobsite.

Jim has been involved with more than $2.7 billion in construction projects in his 32 years in the industry. He has provided field leadership on multiple high-profile projects for Manhattan including the construction of Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers, and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Redevelopment, Texas A&M Kyle Field Redevelopment, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Terminal Renovation, and Improvement Program, Dallas Convention Center, Rockwall County Courthouse and the Santa Fe Opera House.

In 2004, Jim was a part of the team to start the DFW-based chapter of the ACE Mentor Program and served as a board member until 2007. Jim also served at a board member of the Construction Education Foundation. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

Josh S. Flesher
Director of Safety and Health
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Josh S. Flesher is the former Assistant Regional Administrator for OSHA in Region VI. After serving the Agency for 16 years, he recently joined the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service as the Director of Safety and Health. The first seven years of his career he was a compliance officer in the Dallas Area Office, followed by a three-year stint as the Assistant Area Director in the Dallas Office. He was named to the Assistant Regional Administrator position in January of 2013. He played a vital role in the Agency’s transition by serving time as the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Construction, the Director of the Office of Partnerships and Recognition, and the Deputy Regional Administrator in Region VIII.  In August of 2019, he accepted the position as the Director of Safety and Health for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  In that role, he is responsible for the safety and health of over 8,000 employees and more than 30,000 volunteers across all 50 states.  Josh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Southeastern Oklahoma University and is a Certified Safety Professional by exam.

Speaker

Jennifer Moyer
Chief, Regulatory Program
Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

4:00 PM 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM 5:30 PM Breakout Sessions (2)

Session Description

Construction workers are exposed to important health hazards. But awareness about health lags behind that for safety – resulting in less attention in employer programs.  A big reason is that occupational illnesses are less visible and may not show up for months or years, making them tougher to recognize than workplace injuries.  National estimates suggest that fatal occupational illnesses are as much as ten times more numerous than fatal occupational injuries.  Work-related diseases and disorders impact businesses, workers and their families, and create considerable costs.

AGC members are familiar with the long-running Focus Four program.  It has successfully stimulated actions on four key fatal injury hazards in construction. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Construction Committee applied the same approach to health to four widely prevalent construction health hazards:

  • Manual material handling. Musculoskeletal disorders account for 30% of all work-related injuries in construction and about 50% of all workers’ compensation
  • Almost 75% of construction workers are exposed to excessive noise levels, resulting in hearing loss, tinnitus, and other health effects.
  • Air contaminants. More than half of construction workers report being regularly exposed to vapors, gas, dust, or fumes twice a week or more at work. The risk for developing an occupationally related disease after a working lifetime in construction is two to six times greater than for non-construction workers.
  • High temperatures. North American summers during the last decade rank among the hottest on record. Heat stroke is the most severe heat-related illness, causing death or permanent disability if not treated quickly. An OSHA study of 20 construction heat illness cases involving 13 deaths found that four occurred on the first day of the job.

This session is based on the free AIHA publication, titled: “Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards” available at (http://bit.ly/focusfouraiha).  The unique value of the publication is that it combines information about each hazard with familiar safety-based practices (such as Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and pre-job planning) for assessment and practical control steps.

The session follows the publication outline, and attendees are encouraged to take a look before the session.

The session starts out with an overview of the reasons why health efforts lag behind those for safety.  Then, each of the four health hazards will be examined via ten common topics.

The first three topics set the stage to make clear what the impacts to worker health can be. What is the hazard? How severe are the health effects and how common are they? What trades are most commonly affected?

The next two topics—How should we look at this health hazard? and What strategies can be used to control this hazard? Employ the safety practice template most likely to be familiar to construction employers: doing a Job Safety Analysis to identify and address observable risk factors before the job begins.  The emphasis is on developing skills to visually identify the types of “risk factors” that make exposures more likely for each of the four health hazards – and how this can be done at the same time employers are identifying safety hazards prior to work. Examples and practical strategies to prevent or control likely exposures are provided.

The Regulations and Guidance topic describes applicable U.S. and Canadian regulations. It also describes good practice, since regulations do not currently address topics such as manual material handling and heat stress, and because existing regulations for construction noise and permissible exposure limits are known to be out of date or insufficiently protective.

The next topics are: How can trade groups help? and How can an industrial hygienist help? These provide suggestions on how construction organizations can get involved to assist their members, and how industrial hygienists can assist safety professionals and employers with evaluating and controlling each of the four health hazards.

The last of the ten topics for each section are Takeaway Messages and Additional Resources to describe key messages and provide useful links to other resources.

COVID-19 is an important health hazard that has affected everyone, and the AIHA Construction Committee is finalizing a companion piece that applies this Focus Four approach to COVID-19.  It will be discussed along with other health hazards beyond the Focus Four to end the session.

Speaker

Matt Gillen, MS, FAIHA
Former Deputy Director
NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health

Matt Gillen is a retired industrial hygienist with 40 years of experience. He is an active American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Construction Committee volunteer working to develop materials on occupational health issues affecting construction.  Matt served as team leader and lead author for the AIHA 2019 Guidance document titled: “Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards”.  Matt is currently working with another team on a companion piece to address COVID-19 in construction using the same focus four approach.

Matt served as Deputy Director for the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health prior to his retirement in 2014. At NIOSH, his activities included working with stakeholders to identify priority construction needs and to develop a National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA); representing NIOSH on OSHA’s ACCSH committee; participating on the ANSI A10 committee; developing contractor and worker information products from NIOSH research; and integrating safety and health into sustainable development and green building.  Some examples of specific products he was involved with include:

  • NIOSH/OSHA Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors.
  • ANSI A 10.49 standard: Control of Health Hazards in Construction and Demolition Operations.
  • NIOSH blog: Going Green: Safe and Healthy Jobs
  • USGBC LEED credit system: Pilot credit for Prevention through Design
  • NIOSH/CPWR Conference and Report: Safety Culture and Climate in Construction: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice.

Matt was selected as one of the top 25 newsmakers by Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine in 2011 for his NIOSH work.

Matt served during the anthrax incidents of 2001 on the groups tasked with providing clearance determinations for re-occupancy of the U.S. Capitol buildings and the U.S. Postal Service Brentwood (Curseen/Morris) mail processing center.

Experience prior to NIOSH includes work at the EPA, the Occupational Health Foundation, and OSHA where he started out his career as a compliance officer.

Matt received his MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati. He was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in 2010.

Session Description

Hear from the engineering/industrial hygienist perspective of lessons learned when good projects go bad in the context of vertical and horizontal construction projects.  Mold, lead, and asbestos are expensive threats that can slow the construction and increase costs of replacing affected materials as well as costs of remediation. This presentation will review assessment techniques, recommendations for remediation, and practical applications as it relates to mold/moisture on various work site, and also what is involved in post-remediation documentation of completion of work.  The presenters will also discuss some of the potential pitfalls and successes on horizontal projects, such as bridgework.

Speakers

Chris Chapman, CIH
Director of Industrial Hygiene Services
ECS Southeast, LLP 

Christopher Chapman is the Director of Industrial Hygiene Services at ECS. Mr. Chapman’s responsibilities include performing all aspects of indoor air quality monitoring and evaluations including microbial assessments and remediation activity, managing projects for OSHA compliance surveys, and developing recommendations for abatement of identified concerns. Experience includes providing building inspections for lead and asbestos, preparing management plans for asbestos and lead, preparing specifications and abatement plans for lead and asbestos removal projects, inspections, and monitoring abatement contractors to ensure compliance with project specifications and applicable federal and state regulations, and performing final clearance testing to verify contractor’s completion of work.

Lindsey B. Lucas, REM
Environmental Principal
ECS Southeast, LLP

Lindsey Lucas is an Environmental Principal for ECS. She is also a Registered Environmental Manager and has the skills and knowledge to coordinate and manage major EH&S projects and programs. This includes environmental auditing, hazardous materials management and transportation, and real estate environmental assessment. The federal government USPS, National Park Service, US Forestry Service, Resolution Trust Corp., US Air Force, US Department of Energy, Amtrak, State agencies, as well as many local government agencies recognizes the REM certification.

Ms. Lucas has project management responsibilities which include client contact to identify project requirements, preparation of proposals, project execution, development of recommendations and reporting. Ms. Lucas’ work experience consists of personal and area monitoring using pumps, passive monitors; comprehensive microbiological sampling (indoor air quality); asbestos inspections, environmental site assessments; lead-based paint services; indoor air quality/industrial hygiene services; and report development consisting of recommendations based on survey results and customer needs. Project sites have included residential, commercial, municipal and industrial facilities.

Lindsey also helped win an ACEC award last year for hazardous materials identification work performed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Up to 1.2 IACET CEUs* | The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, AGC has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, AGC is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

*Attendees can earn up to 1.2 IACET CEUs for attending the entire virtual conference. Please email Nazia Shah at nazia.shah@agc.org for more information.

Conference – Day 3

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Opening Remarks and Keynote

Session Description

Traditional safety practices have greatly reduced the number of workplace injuries during the last several decades, but life-ending events have declined at a slower rate. To further reduce serious and life-ending events, Quanta Services partnered with Northwest Lineman College (NLC) and industry-leading experts to develop a new approach to safety: The Capacity Model™. This model shifts the focus from simply preventing errors to building the capacity to fail safely into work to absorb errors without catastrophic injury or death. The model incorporates human performance principles while looking at safety through three categories: prevention, learning, and capacity for failure.

This presentation will cover Quanta’s approach to safety and the four main elements of The Capacity Model:

  • STKY (s**t that kills you) – A concept that focuses on hazards that can seriously injure or kill people.
  • The Energy Wheel – An hazard-identification tool used prior to or during work.
  • Absolute controls – Critical safety controls required for the safe execution of work.

Operational learning – Small teams of workers brought together to discuss how work is done and create solutions that focus on strengthening processes and systems.

Speaker

Barbara Cristinziani, MPH, CHES
Manager, Human Performance & EHS Programs
Quanta Services, Inc.

Barbara Cristinziani is Manager of Human Performance and Environmental Health & Safety Programs at Quanta Services. She is responsible for strategic planning and development and serves as a companywide resource managing Human Performance and associated operational learning systems, processes and tools.

Prior to joining Quanta, Barbara worked in oil and gas operations at ConocoPhillips as Human Performance Specialist in the Corporate HSE function where she provided oversight, direction and field support to the global businesses to enhance Human Performance aspects of operating integrity and reliability.

In prior roles Barbara managed the design and delivery of global wellness program strategy, health promotion standards, guidelines and procedures at ConocoPhillips and previously Apache Corporation.

She has a background in project management and has served in various behavioral science and research roles with the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University, is a Certified Health Education Specialist and earned her master’s degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health.

12:15 PM 12:30 PM Industry Briefing – Harness Software
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions (2)

Session Description

The International Labour Organization, a UN Agency, estimates that 60,000 people are killed annually in the world of construction. That’s one every 10 minutes and is comparable to the number of soldiers and civilians killed in state-based wars. The costs for not working safely can be monumental both in financial and human terms.

According to philosopher, Ken Wilbur, objective approaches such as rules, laws, and regulations, as effective as they are, will always hit a limit, a barrier. In order to break through this barrier, you must tap into the subjective side of safety, the primal side, the emotional side. Emotional responses are far more powerful than responses to rules and regulations. Once you tap into these emotional responses to safety, this objective barrier is breached, and you will improve the effectiveness of your overall safety program.

We have developed a safety program called Primal Safety. This unique program states that everyone has the basic human right to go home alive and free from injuries at the end of the day. But with that right comes the responsibility to watch out for each other, to care for each other enough to point out unsafe situations, and to take the necessary corrective actions. Employees and project teams focus on emotional competencies such as emotional self-awareness, empathy, and interpersonal relationship skills. Key team members take the EQ-i. 2.0 and develop the areas that are required for a successful program. Employees and project teams form closer relationships with each other with a deliberate approach to relationship building. Employees and project teams learn about each other’s lives outside of work. This is done both formally and informally through activities for the workers and their families. Family members and loved ones become part of the safety process. Employees and project teams develop a greater awareness of safety – not because of rules but because the workers will care enough about each other to keep each other safe.

We also focus on cognitive impairment and judgement impairment as they relate to safety and all of the elements that affect those two including stress, sleep, nutrition, drug use (legal, illegal and over the counter), and exercise.

By focusing on a peak level of performance for every individual and the connection of all individuals, addressing hypermasculine work environments that may compromise safety, we can create a safer workplace no matter what your safety program is.

Speakers

Brent Darnell
Owner
Brent Darnell International

Brent Darnell is the pioneer in bringing emotional intelligence to the construction industry. He began teaching it in 1999 before the AEC industry knew they needed it. In 2012 he was awarded Engineering News Record’s top 25 newsmaker’s award for his record-breaking program that “transforms Alpha males into service focused leaders”. In 2017, he also won the volunteer of the year award for AGC Georgia for his work in training and development.

Brent is a third-generation construction guy. He grew up walking projects like the Plaza Tower in New Orleans with his Dad. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1981 and spent 18 years managing projects such as the Brooke Army Medical Center and housing for athletes in the Olympic Village in Atlanta.

The impact of Brent’s unique programs spans the globe to 20 countries from the US to places such as New York, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Cape Town, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Prague, London, and as far away as Hong Kong.

His clients include Skanska, Balfour Beatty, The Beck Group, Jacobsen, McCarthy, Manhattan, Clark, Heery, J.E. Dunn, Kiewit, Barton-Malow, Batson-Cook, Brasfield & Gorrie, and Granite.

He has also worked at the national level with AEC support organizations like the AGC, ABC, DBIA, CURT, COAA, CMAA, and LCI among others and is a sought after speaker at their regional and national conferences.

He is an adjunct professor at such notable universities as Auburn, Penn State and Virginia Tech in an effort to ensure that young people come into the industry with much needed people skills.

He has authored many books geared to the construction industry such as The People Profit Connection and The Tough Guy Survival Kit. His books have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Brent has recently developed the world’s first online e-learning courses on emotional intelligence and soft skills for the AEC industry. He is a true Renaissance man. He is a mechanical engineer, actor, playwright, musician, poet, yoga instructor, and book publisher.

Nicole Ivers, CSP, CIH, CMIOSH
Corporate HSE Director
Batson-Cook

Nicole is the Corporate HSE Director for Batson-Cook Construction, as well as a part time instructor with the GA Tech OSHA Training Institute.  She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Hygiene from Wayne State University. She is also a Certified Safety Professional and Chartered Member of IOSH.

Nicole has 20 years of experience in SH&E and Industrial Hygiene. Prior to joining Batson-Cook last year, she spent almost 8 years overseeing construction in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup.  She is strongly focused on construction safety and transforming occupational health and safety through human and organizational performance (HOP).

Session Description

As passenger cars and commercial vehicle fleets transition to new and cleaner models, off-road equipment is growing as a larger share of the emissions inventory, bringing new attention from municipal and state leaders.    Local communities, long concerned about the general impact of construction activities on public health, are taking more activist roles in the terms and conditions of the use of off-road equipment relative to local conditions and global climate impacts.    Manufacturers are offering new fuels and enhancements to existing technologies and new systems-based approaches to the jobsite. Attendees will also be equipped to understand and act on new considerations for use of equipment in public and private jobsites as well as valuable resources to educate clients and policy influencers about the emissions and climate aspects of new and existing diesel technology.

The presentation will:

  • Provide general contractors with knowledge on key trends shaping the engine, equipment and fuels industries, including the influences of government policies.
  • Highlight recent research that illustrates the real-world emissions and fuel savings performance of new generation diesel technology in the field, and
  • Discuss emerging technologies such as electrification and alternative and renewable biofuels in off-road equipment designed to reduce emissions.

Speakers

Ezra Finkin
Director, Policy & External Affairs
Diesel Technology Forum

Ezra Finkin has served with the Diesel Technology Forum since July 2012. As the policy and outreach director, Mr. Finkin works to educate policy makers with state, local and federal governments and NGOs about the environmental and economic benefits of diesel technology. Previously, Mr. Finkin served as a policy and industry affairs representative for several trade associations representing retailers, manufacturers and the ocean transportation and goods movement industries. Mr. Finkin holds a B.A from Kenyon College and a M.A. from the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University).

Larry Gescher
President
HP Civil Inc.

Larry Gescher, President of HP Civil Inc. located in Stayton, OR has been working in the Northwest heavy civil construction business since 1986.  Larry started out as a laborer and worked his way up through a Superintendent position.  Upon receiving his BS from Oregon State University in Construction Engineering Management in 1991 Larry was promoted to a Project Manager.

Larry has worked on some of the largest CM/GC highway projects in the state of Oregon; I-5 Willamette River Bridge ($152M) and the Sellwood Bridge Replacement ($215M).

Larry has served on the Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter Board of Directors since 2004 and the Associations President in 2015.  Larry has been involved in the Diesel Emissions legislation since 2015.  Larry has testified to the legislature multiple times and served on the Clean Diesel Work Group in 2016.  Currently Larry is serving on the Joint Task Force on Supporting Businesses in Reducing Diesel Emissions.  This Task Force is currently in the process of recommending rules to the legislature for the implementation of HB 2007.

2:30 PM 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM 3:45 PM Breakout Sessions (2)

Session Description

The responsibility for safety in any organization includes more than just safety personnel. Executive management, operations management, and the worker all have roles to play in establishing and maintaining a safe working environment.

However, specific roles and responsibilities for each group has not always been understood, and they may not have ever been introduced. This means there may be employees in an organization who do not realize how vital their influence can be towards worker safety.

Each component of the Safety Team has a specific role and responsibility for safety, along with some common responsibilities. It is important for each group of the Safety Team to understand their role and responsibility, as well as the impact they can have on safety.

  1. Executive Management
  2. Operations Management
  3. Worker
  4. Safety Personnel

Each group must understand and embrace their roles and responsibilities, work synergistically for the benefit of safety overall.

Speaker

Michael Kleinpeter, MEng, CHST, CUSP
Safety Director
Linbeck

Michael Kleinpeter has been a Safety Director with various construction companies in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for over 20 years, after an almost five-year stint in the United States Army as a Combat Medic.

As a safety leader, over the course of his safety career Michael has mentored many safety folks who have furthered their careers to become successful safety managers. This safety mentoring continues in his current role with future safety leaders in his organization, as well as in other organizations.

A published author, Michael has introduced The Right Way to multiple organizations, consulted on implementation, and presented this topic in various safety conferences.

Michael is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), and earned his Master of Engineering degree in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management in 2014 from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Michael is also on the Executive Committee for the Construction Safety Leadership Alliance that serves the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area.

Michael and his wife reside in the northeast Dallas suburb of Sachse, Texas raising two sports-loving boys, and thoroughly enjoys coaching their baseball teams.

Session Description

How do you use your stormwater corrective action data? When we conduct stormwater inspections, we are collecting a lot of useful information. It is easy to complete the stormwater inspection and corrective actions and put the completed report in the shelf and never look at it again. Why not take all the useful data collected during the stormwater inspections and use it to help you improve your stormwater compliance? Graphing the stormwater data collected during inspections can give you insight to areas of potential risk and improvement.

Speaker

Jenn Bradtmueller
Senior Environmental Manager 
Kiewit Infrastructure Co.

Ms. Bradtmueller has 18 years of experience with environmental management systems, compliance audits, due diligence, Clean Water Act, CERCLA/RCRA, negotiating with regulators and risk communication. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a registered professional engineer. Jenn is currently a District Environmental Manager for Kiewit and her role includes: Assisting in developing environmental programs to ensure corporate compliance; Coordinating pollution reduction and waste minimization; Implementing a compliance audit program to evaluation environmental performance; Identifying, assessing, and reducing environmental risks; Communicating environmental legislation and regulations to appropriate parties; Raise environmental awareness at the project and district level of the organization; Reporting to district management on environmental affairs; Training all levels of staff on environmental regulations/updates; Presenting information to governmental entities and the public; Developing and managing environmental budgets.

3:45 PM 4:15 PM Break
4:15 PM 5:15 PM General Session

Session Description

COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of construction projects, including how workers interact with each other onsite, how daily toolbox talks are conducted, how inspections are performed as well as addressing how permitting and environmental compliance are managed. This session will address what insurance carriers are looking at on construction sites as well as the best environmental management practices companies can adopt so that jobsites can reopen and stay open and compliant.

Speakers

Paul Leimer
Senior Risk Control Consultant
Willis Towers Watson

Paul joined the Willis Towers Watson team in June of 2016 with approximately 25 years of safety, insurance, and construction experience. He provides a wide variety of risk management and regulatory services to his customers, focusing on goals that relate to their profitability. These services include the following:

  • Policy review and development
  • Fleet review and driver training
  • Site safety reviews
  • Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) training and implementation
  • Leadership training
  • Regulatory compliance training

Prior to his employment at Willis Towers Watson, Paul managed the safety and health program for a large construction organization in Wisconsin. Under Paul’s management this company achieved 4+ years without a lost time accident and was nominated for several safety awards including the prestigious Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Annual Safety Award.

Additionally, Paul has served as a risk control representative with several large insurance carriers providing safety and loss control services to construction, municipalities, and energy companies. Paul’s achievements have come from identifying safety needs and implementing systems that result in significant improvement in losses and overall cultural.

Heidi B. (Goldstein) Friedman
Partner, Environmental and Products Liability
Thompson Hine

Heidi is a partner in Thompson Hine’s Environmental and Product Liability practice groups. She focuses her practice on environmental, health and safety counseling in business, regulatory and legislative matters, environmental and toxic tort litigation, environmental enforcement actions, site remediation, product stewardship and compliance with environmental regulations. Heidi’s primary focus is partnering with clients to provide business solutions for every environmental issue. Heidi manages many of her client relationships utilizing value based pricing, alternative staffing and legal project management to maximize efficiency and predictability.

5:15 PM 5:30 PM Closing Remarks
Open Forum Discussion & Meeting Wrap-Up

Up to 1.2 IACET CEUs* | The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, AGC has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, AGC is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

*Attendees can earn up to 1.2 IACET CEUs for attending the entire virtual conference. Please email Nazia Shah at nazia.shah@agc.org for more information.

Post-Conference Events

Open to All Conference Registrants

10:00 AM 10:45 AM

Session Description

Mr. Simonson will review what members have reported to AGC in its frequent coronavirus surveys about the impact of the pandemic on projects, deliveries, employment, and their prospects. He will provide an analysis of what broader economic data implies for the timing and strength of recovery for different types of construction and possible shifts in demand for projects by region and urban/suburban/non-metro location. He will discuss how possible federal legislation and alternative economic scenarios may affect the outlook for construction.

Speaker

Ken Simonson
Chief Economist
Associated General Contractors of America

Ken Simonson has been chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading trade association for the construction industry, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations and the Data DIGest, his weekly one-page e-newsletter that goes to over 50,000 subscribers.

Ken has more than 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues.

He currently serves on the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow and past president of the National Association for Business Economics, and he is co-director of the Tax Economists Forum, a professional meeting group he co-founded in 1982.

Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.

10:45 AM 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM 12:00 PM

The Government Subcommittee reviews and keeps abreast of the latest regulatory and legislative activity on both the national and local levels. Although there is a specific emphasis on national/federal activities, through member and chapter safety professionals’ involvement, state/local issues will also be discussed. The Government Subcommittee also encompasses the Silica and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Task Forces which meet to discuss issues respective to each area/topic.

Chair: Jim Goss, Safety Consultant, HCSS
Vice Chair: John Isham, Safety Director, AECOM

12:00 PM 12:30 PM Break
12:30 PM 1:30 PM

The Department of Defense (DoD) Subcommittee maintains a working relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) as it pertains to Construction Occupational Safety and Health issues. The DoD Subcommittee provides DoD entities with a partnership that can be used as a sounding board and one that represents the AGC DoD Contractor members. Services include, but are not limited to, reviewing safety and health proposed regulations, forms, policies and programs that affect the AGC Membership. The DoD Subcommittee also provides subcommittee members with continuing education related to construction occupational safety and health on DoD construction projects. Interpretations, variances, and accident trends are all considered topics of discussion.

Chair: Kevin Moorhead, Safety Director, The Korte Company
Vice Chair: T.J. Emma, Corporate Health & Safety/Quality Control Director, Whitesell-Green, Inc.
Vice Chair: Tim Stout, Corporate Safety Director, Caddell Construction

1:30 PM 2:00 PM Break
2:00 PM 3:00 PM

Utility Infrastructure Subcommittee

The Utility Infrastructure Subcommittee actively monitors industry trends and promotes safety and support to contractors engaged in utility construction, including water and wastewater facilities and pipelines, energy generation and transmission, and telecommunications infrastructure. The subcommittee also focuses on safety issues in other underground utility work as well as specialty work such as excavation, tunneling, boring and site preparation.

Chair: Rick Devine, Corporate Safety Director, Hart Engineering Corp.
Vice Chair: Ronnie Perkins, Safety & Education Director, AGC of Kentucky Inc.

Highway & Transportation Subcommittee

The Highway and Transportation Subcommittee actively monitors and promotes work zone safety and safety concerns for contractors involved in building, maintaining, and improving transportation infrastructure.

Chair: Dennis Barlow, Director of Safety Services, AGC Oregon Columbia Chapter
Vice Chair: TBD

3:00 PM 3:30 PM  Break
3:30 PM 5:00 PM

The Open Forum sessions provide an opportunity for open discussion on current issues, trends and practices.

Chair: Tim Kuykendall, Corporate Safety Director, The Beck Group

Up to 1.2 IACET CEUs* | The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, AGC has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, AGC is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

 *Attendees can earn up to 1.2 IACET CEUs for attending the entire virtual conference. Please email Nazia Shah at nazia.shah@agc.org for more information.