Agenda Subject to Change

• Safety & Health Session

• Environmental Session

• General Session

Monday, July 15, 2024

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Open

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mental Health Workshop

Add-on Course (see Special Events tab)

Join us for a half-day workshop focused on the unique mental health needs of construction professionals. Led by Mandi Kime and Brandon Anderson, co-chairs of the AGC Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Task Force, this workshop will provide a safe and supportive space for participants to explore mental health in the construction sector through interactive discussions, case studies, and practical exercises.

In addition to a keynote presentation on Trauma: Impacts, Coping, and Resilience, attendees will be polled in advance of the workshop to identify additional topics of interest. The workshop aims to cultivate peer-to-peer learning and facilitate discussions about the unique situations and challenges encountered by construction professionals.

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Risk Management 201 for Construction Safety Professionals

Add-on Course (see Special Events tab)

An increasing number of construction safety and health professionals are tasked with risk management within their organizations. As this trend continues, so does the need for these professionals to better understand a broader scope of risk exposures and their potential impact on construction firms.

This course builds on the Risk Management 101 for Construction Safety Professionals and covers more advanced topics, such as lines of insurance coverage for contractors, subcontractor prequalification, and the project review process. You will learn about what actions contractors can take that will influence your insurance rates. The course will have three table-top exercises to allow participants to roll their sleeves up to get a full understanding of claims, who are all the parties involved in a claim, and what is your role when it comes to claims reviews.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Introduction to Climate Change in Construction

Add-on Course (see Special Events tab)

AGC’s half-day introductory seminar to climate change and carbon reporting for the construction industry will kick-start your company’s efforts to meet market demands and potential regulatory requirements.* Using AGC’s forthcoming Decarbonization and Carbon Reporting Playbook as a guide, the seminar will provide attendees with general information about reporting specific to construction from how to assess your obligations on individual projects, sources of emissions, and best management practices to collect data. It will delve into figuring out foundational “scope one and two” emissions from your fuel and energy use as well as how to approach “scope 3” emissions commonly associated with the supply chain. Along the way, discover tips for further reducing emissions. The seminar will close with a look at popular reporting frameworks and tools through lectures and guided discussions.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

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7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

First-Time Attendee Orientation

First-time attendees – welcome! Grab your badge and join us for breakfast to learn more about AGC of America and the Construction Safety, Health & Environmental Conference, including the history and structure of the conference, how to make the most of it, and how to access resources.

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Safety IS About Culture – NOT Policy

Dr. Charlie Cartwright, Kansas City Market Leader – Pioneer iQ

Esse Quam Videri is the Latin phrase that means, “To be, rather than to seem.” These are the words to live by when it comes to workplace safety. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, our industry still has a staggering number of 13 deaths per day, and 27,155 accidents reported every 3 seconds. This statistic hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. Bottomline, there are still way too many moms and dads not coming home to their children every day.

What is missing in our current approach?

Our industry spends BILLIONS of dollars and an unmeasurable amount of negative emotional energy developing policy and punishments or fines to reduce the number of deaths and accidents in our industry, but in the end – it hasn’t altered the statistics. Is your plan to do what everyone else does, but somehow achieve better results?

America has been built on the backs of craftsmen. It is time to interject sustainable motivation that brings everyone home safely at night. 2023 is the time to take a stand and eliminate accidents, self-inflicted injuries, and death.

Dr. Charlie Cartwright is a workplace culture and safety expert. A recent construction client reduced their workplace injuries by 56% and workers’ compensation claims by 89% in a fiscal year by deploying his methods.

State of Play: Regulatory Environment and Climate Change

Jerry D. Worsham II, Member, Clark Hill

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9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Networking Break & Visit with Exhibitors

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9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

State of Play: Federal OSHA Update

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP, President and Attorney, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

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

Best Management Practices in a Changing Environment: Planning for Success

Philip Ryder, CPESC, CESSWI, QPS, QCIS, Environmental Compliance Manager – Southwest Region, Ames Construction

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10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Shift The Safety Paradigm Using Injury & Fatality Research

Troy Ogden, CSP, Vice President of Safety & Learning, Brasfield & Gorrie

Troy will speak about Brasfield & Gorrie’s STCKY Safety endeavor to use serious injury and fatality research to help rethink how safety is measured and managed. “STCKY (Stuff That Can Kill You) Safety” aligns closely with Lean Design and Construction principles and practices. It emphasizes developing capacities in people and systems, continuous improvement, collaboration, waste reduction, and empowerment of workers. By integrating these principles, construction firms establish a proactive safety culture that fosters better safety performance, effective collaboration, and a continuous flow of work product. Using real-world examples, Troy will:

  • Examine how injury rates have been declining while fatality rates are relatively unchanged.
  • Explore common causes of fatalities and the release of uncontrolled energy.
  • Share B&G’s new emphasis on Stuff That Can Kill You (STCKY).

How AI Is A Force Multiplier for Accelerating Your Leadership & Culture

Nathan Millard, Safety Engineer, Pepper Construction
Ben Ross, Customer Success Leader, FactorLab

Explore how Pepper Construction, Indiana is using a pioneering integration of mobile video technology and Active Learning (AL)/Machine Learning (ML) to transform lackluster ‘checklist’ daily planning meetings into dynamic conversations that enhance craft engagement, fostering increased collaboration and problem-solving as well as improved project outcomes.

Safety Engineer, Nathan Millard of Pepper Indiana will reveal his experience using AL/ML to convert critical knowledge from 30,000+ video planning conversations from their projects into actionable insights on the quality of their planning discussions, leadership and company culture.

Learn how these breakthrough tools has given the Pepper leadership team the unprecedented ability to understand and oversee how work is being done across all projects, enabling them to pinpoint effective leaders and support those who need assistance.

Presenters will show how the adoption of this cutting-edge method has not only revitalized the quality of daily planning process, but also played a pivotal role in cultivating high-performing teams while mitigating costly project risks, including schedule issues, rework, and both the severity and frequency of injuries.

Attendees will learn how this innovative approach built around the sharing of best practices has enabled their leaders to create a positive environment where all workers feel safe to actively contribute, leading to more through detection and control of high-hazards and a 60% reduction in the cost of injuries over the last two years.

Learn proven tactics for integrating AL/ML to promote effective conversations that build trust and nurture authentic participation, shaping a safer, more productive workplace. Don’t miss this chance to learn from a fellow safety pro and join the conversation!

Toxics and Waste: Part 1 – Regulatory Highlights

Matthew Smith, P.E., LSP, Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

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12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch & Learn: AGC Regulatory and Legislative Update

Jim Young, Senior Director, Congressional Relations for Labor, HR, and Safety, AGC of America
Alex Etchen, Senior Director, Congressional Relations, Infrastructure, AGC of America

The ever-changing political landscape has implications on environment, labor and employment matters. Learn more about how it will impact the construction industry and what other challenges we can anticipate going forward. Grab your lunch and listen to how AGC of America is positioning the industry for opportunities to thrive and how it’s defending the industry from onerous regulatory and legislative threats.

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1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Innovations in Construction Safety: Optimizing Human & Organizational Performance with Safety Technologies

Justin R Ganschow, MS, CSP, CHMM, Business Development Manager, Caterpillar Safety Services, Caterpillar Inc.

Mitch Cowart, Senior Sales & Marketing Strategy Consultant, Caterpillar | Automation & Autonomy | Technology-enabled Safety Solutions

Construction sites are complex, constantly changing systems with potential for human-equipment interactions and serious consequences if risks are not managed. Technology is continuously improving and utilizing data from machine sensors and cameras to add further safeguards, but it is not enough because humans are fallible and safety culture is impacted by both individual human and collective organizational factors.  There are 7 Human Factors currently being addressed by Caterpillar safety technologies.  When operator-focused technology solutions are supplemented with organizational solutions to build a resilient culture, it promotes the best possible outcome to see, manage and mitigate risk.

Toxics and Waste: Part 2 – Implementation and Discussion

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2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Networking Break & Visit With Exhibitors

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2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Updated ANSI Fall Protection Standards: What You Need to Know Before Buying Equipment

Thomas E. Kramer PE, CSP, Program Development, LBJ Inc.

The landscape of the fall protection industry is continuously advancing and changing, and the ANSI/ASSP Z359 standards—or Fall Protection Code—are working to keep up with the evolving technologies and practices. Attendees will learn how recent and forthcoming changes to the standards impact key aspects of their organization’s fall protection program. The presenter will explain how the standards interrelate and provide insight on recently and soon to-be released standards, including new updates related to full-body harnesses, self-retracting devices, and the managed fall protection program, ANSI/ASSP Z359.2-2023. With this information, attendees can determine the best strategy for applying the new information to reduce risk for workers at heights.

Waters and Species: Part 1 – Regulatory Highlights

Kevin Boesch, CPESC, CESSWI, Compliance Project Manager – Stormwater, SWCA Environmental Consultants
Kevin Thomas, PWS, CPSS, Principal Consultant, Davey Resource Group, Inc.

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3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Networking Break

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4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Department of Defense (DoD) Update

Join AGC and USACE for a discussion on ENG Form 6293, the Accident Prevention Plan (APP) Worksheet and updated training tools. This session is brought to you by the AGC Utility Infrastructure and Highway & Transportation Subcommittees.

This session is brought to you by the AGC Department of Defense (DoD) Subcommittee, which 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: Frank Wampol, Corporate VP Safety, B.L.Harbert International, LLC
Vice Chair: Tim Stout, Corporate Safety Director, Caddell Construction Co.

Utility Infrastructure and Highway & Transportation Joint Update

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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: Kathy Freeman, Executive Vice President, Safety, MCG Civil

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: Doug Donegan, Group Safety Director, Granite
Vice Chair: Jaime Castillo, Corporate Safety Director at Mountain States Constructors Inc

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Forum

The Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Forum provides a safe space where construction industry stakeholders can gather to share success stories, challenges, and seek/share resources and best practices.

Co-Chair: Mandi Kime, Safety Director, AGC of Washington
Co-Chair: Brandon Anderson, VP of Safety, AGC of Missouri

Open Forum: Peer Review & Discussion

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

Chair: Tim Kuykendall, CHST, Senior Vice President, Senior Engagement Lead, Construction Loss Control, Marsh

Waters and Species: Part 2 – Implementation and Discussion

JayAnna Miller, Regional Compliance Manager, Eocene Environmental Group

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5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

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8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Friends Help Friends: The Value of Interpersonal Relationships and Connectedness

Rodney Garringer, NAVFACSW

The level of our connection with an individual is directly proportional to our level of engagement with the individual. In the safety world we need to develop productive interpersonal relationships (friends) within our organization. This allows us to reach out to people who can help us achieve success. This means that we have to take a risk and be vulnerable. The best leaders are those that know how to make emotional connections with others.

In this session you learn:

  1. How to be appropriately vulnerable.
  2. How to create trust among our co-workers.
  3. The value of empathy.

Complete success is not possible without developing friendships at work. Quoting Lennon and McCartney, "What would you think If I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me? Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song and I'll try not to sing out of key. Oh, I get by with a little help from friends, Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends, Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends"

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Networking Break & Visit with Exhibitors

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9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

In-House Environmental Managers Meeting

Add-on Course (see Special Events tab)

AGC is pleased to offer a series of roundtable discussions exclusively for in-house environmental managers at general construction firms.

The discussions are highly interactive and intended for environmental managers at general construction firms, though, participants’ job titles could be project managers, sustainability managers or risk managers. This meeting is not open to outside industry consultants, though they are welcome and encouraged to register for the FULL Construction Safety, Health & Environmental Conference or the Climate & Sustainability Track ONLY.

AGC will poll participants in advance of the meeting to identify the topics and discussion leaders. Although highly educational, there are no formal presentations. The meeting is meant to foster peer-to-peer learning and discussion of the unique opportunities, situations and challenges for environmental professionals working “in-house” at a construction firm.

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Raising the Bar: Transforming Construction Through Psychological Safety

Taylor Boileau, Superintendent, JE Dunn

Over the past 50 years, construction safety has transformed for companies across the industry. And yet 25% of workers have failed to report a work-related injury and 40% of accidents will happen within an employee's 1st year of work. Often when we see statistics like this we turn to policies and procedures that may treat the symptom, but the root cause will remain. This presentation is designed to recognize and address one of those root causes, psychological safety.

We will start by looking into what psychological safety means. Exploring the relationship between psychological and physical safety in construction. As well as the overall benefits and limitations of incorporating this into our jobsites.

Once this foundation has been laid, we will dive into the obstacles that prevent the construction industry from obtaining psychological safety. Topics to be covered include the danger in being different, authoritarian leadership, and lack of support/guidance. We will explore each of these through perspective shifting anecdotes as well as statistics and studies.

Finally, we will address the potential solutions such as creating cultural ownership, transparent problem solving, and mentorship programs. Each solution will be evaluated on the micro individual level as well as macro with company implementation.

At the end of this presentation, the audience will walk away with a deeper understanding of psychological safety, actionable solutions for the lack of psychological safety on jobsites, and a commitment to raising the bar in construction.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Application of Field Robotics on Construction Sites

Henning Roedel, Ph.D., Roedel Consulting

Explore the practical implementation of innovative robotic tools on construction sites across the United States, with a strong emphasis on safety. From field printers to autonomous inspections, this presentation delves into the current state of the art and lessons learned from applying advanced technologies in the field. Specifically, we'll address the safety risks posed by robots to workers' physical and mental well-being, discussing existing mitigation strategies and ongoing initiatives. Additionally, we'll showcase the benefits of select tools throughout the presentation.

Leveraging Marketing and Communications Strategies to Produce Extraordinary Safety Results

Lisa M. Battaglia, Founder & President, Battaglia Communications

A company's bottom line largely depends on building an employee-owned safety culture. But how do leaders grow a culture of prevention so that it is firmly grounded? Through a strategic shift in marketing and communication techniques, companies can create robust safety cultures through internal brand development and alignment around mission, vision, and values.

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch & Visit with Exhibitors

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1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Crane Liability and Risk Exposure Solutions

David Wessin, Vice President Risk Engineering, American Global
Michael Rubin, Shareholder, OSHA Attorney, Ogletree Deakins
Allan Brayley, Chief Engineer, Flatiron
Sal Mazzola, Operator General Trade Superintendent, Alberici

We have assembled an experienced and diverse panel consisting of a crane litigation attorney, crane expert from a national insurance carrier and crane coordinator from an international construction manager. Each member of our panel will provide a brief interactive presentation followed by a panel discussion with Q&A from participants. Participants will gain better understanding, and gain valuable insights on managing crane risk exposures and liability on their construction projects.

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Networking Break & Visit With Exhibitors

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2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Optimizing On-Site Health: The Role of Medical Case Management in Construction

Marianne Karg, VP Sales, Mobile Medical Corporation
Ryan Baker, NREMT-P, Director of On-site Operations, Mobile Medical Corporation

This session will educate attendees about the importance of prioritizing worker health in construction and provide insights into implementing medical case management for a safer and healthier work environment. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the importance of on-site health management, familiarity with the concept and components of medical case management, explore the benefits and challenges of implementing medical case management, and identify strategies for successful implementation.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Networking Break

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4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Government Affairs: Construction Safety Policy & Regulatory Update

Kevin Cannon, CSP, ARM, Senior Director, Safety, Health & Risk Management

This session will review the latest regulatory and legislative activity on both the national and local levels. While there will be a specific emphasis on national/federal activities, relevant state/local issues will also be discussed. 

Best Practices for GC and Trade Partner Relationships

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Open Forum: Peer Review & Discussion

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

Chair: Tim Kuykendall, CHST, Senior Vice President, Senior Engagement Lead, Construction Loss Control, Marsh

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Attendee Debrief

AGC of America takes the personal and professional development of our attendees seriously. Whether you are a first-time or a regular attendee, we want to hear about your experiences over the last two days – what worked for you and what didn’t? Please join us for this informal gathering moderated by members of the safety and health steering committees, the group that curates the lineup of educational and networking opportunities available to you at the conference.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Beer & Wine Social

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

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8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Environmental Committee Meeting

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Embrace ESG to Win Bids and Advance your EHS Initiatives

Craig Halpern, CSP, CPE, ARM, VP - Risk Innovation & Strategy, IMA, Inc.

The presidential election in 2024 will undoubtedly bring increased rhetoric around ESG. But as we look at the calendar, in only 6 short years, the first Net-Zero Corporate Commitments come due in 2030. These same corporate commitments are beginning to influence construction designs for future facilities and increase safety risks around building commissioning. Add this to an increased investor interest in Green Bonds for municipal projects, may set the stage for increased attention to ESG at the executive level within construction firms.

Many EHS professionals already report increased pressure from their Executive Leadership to accelerate sustainable construction initiatives such as waste minimization, enhanced jobsite recycling, transitioning from diesel equipment to electric equipment, and utilizing mass timber products, as well as being able to include ESG/Sustainability initiatives and accomplishments into bid documents.

This presentation will provide an overview of ESG, ESG’s influence on corporate initiatives, and a review of ESG score cards. This session will equip EHS professionals with an overview of ESG regulations, financial pressures on contractors, a review of best practices within construction, and examples of how their peer contractors are leveraging ESG advance their EHS initiatives.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Networking Break & Visit with Exhibitors

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9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Presentations

Pete Machalek, Co-Founding Owner/Partner, SagePresence

Presenting can be a challenge for professionals at any level of their career. Your material is important, but it can be hard to make your audience care about it as much as you want them to. Even if you get their attention, you can lose them because of the increased number of distractions and constantly shifting priorities that people are juggling. And it can be hard to find the thread that leaves them with the takeaways they need.

In this engaging and fun session, Pete draws from his roots as a filmmaker working with actors and screenwriters, followed up by 23 years of working with construction professionals -- to share the simple secrets of how to apply story and presence to make the most of any presenting opportunity.

After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Capture and sustain the attention of even the most distracted audience.
  • Forge warm and confident connections with both in-person and virtual audiences.
  • Design compelling messages that speak to the interests of their audiences.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Safety & Health Education Session

Session Description Coming Soon

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Open Forum Discussion & Meeting Wrap-Up

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