Tentative Agenda is in Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Attendee Orientation

First-time and regular attendees, welcome! Grab your badge and breakfast and join us to learn more about AGC of America and the Construction Safety & Health 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

The 4 Domains of Safety Leadership: Measurable Traits that Change Everything

Justin R. Ganschow, Caterpillar Inc.

Welcome remarks by Shannon Lusk, VP & Safety Director at Missouri Valley, Inc., AGC Safety & Health Committee Chair

Employees make choices every day that impact the safety of themselves and others. The most powerful influence on those choices is the leader, who must inspire safe behavior in employees through their consistent actions. After five years of research, Caterpillar statistically validated exactly what those actions are and how to measure them. To be an effective safety leader requires mastery of four core domains and fourteen elements. The most effective leaders create a strong culture of accountability; develop meaningful connectivity with those they lead; demonstrate credible safety consciousness; and build trust amongst their team. Participants will learn how to begin fostering and measuring these leadership behaviors personally and across their organization.

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Networking Break + Visit with Exhibitors

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

State of Play at the Regulatory Agencies: Federal OSHA Update 

Brad Hammock, Littler

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 your may have missed as well as what’s ahead at the federal level.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Leveraging Technology to Impact Your Safety Culture

Daniel Ruane, Pepper Construction Co.; Jennifer Suerth, Pepper Construction Co.; and Justin Humphreys, Pepper Construction

This session will explore the Virtual Reality Safety Training program developed by Pepper Construction that earned first-place in the 2021 AGC Innovation Awards. In addition to discussing how this program was developed in-house – a process that can be replicated – and how it’s being expanded, the Pepper team will share additional technology tools and programs that are being developed to further improve jobsite safety.

Bringing People, Process and Technology Together to Optimize Safety Outcomes

Chandler Brooks, Procore Technologies & Lauren Contreras, Procore Technologies

Safety is a human effort, process empowers scalability, and technology brings a level of visibility and accessibility historically absent. When you’re leveraging your safety program on a connected platform, you’re opening yourself up to a culture of accountability, increased productivity done safely, and participation that nurtures a sense of belonging and purpose the human side needs. Learn how safety technology and the data and insights from it can inform and inspire better language and process around your safety programs. This session will also show you how to get your field teams engaged: closing the loop on ideal outcome to ideal behavior that renders successful safety practices. 

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Networking Luncheon + AGC CSPY/CSCY Awards Ceremony

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Who Needs a Better Drug Test? A Case Study for Mitigating Workplace Risk

Nina French, Hound Labs, Inc. & Ron Adams, NFP

Safety professionals are caught between a rock and a hard place: As marijuana legalization spreads, testing employees gets trickier. How can you keep workers’ compensation claims down and incidents low when testing and laws are limiting you? In this session, you’ll learn how new laws led to new workplace policies and procedures at Baker Roofing, the third largest roofing contractor in the United States. You’ll hear about the challenges presented by legal marijuana, and an approach to implementing a modern and fit-for-purpose drug testing program that transforms safety and saves money.

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Networking Break + Visit with Exhibitors

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Subcommittee Breakout Sessions

Department of Defense Subcommittee

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, Director of Operations, Frost & Keeling
Vice Chair: Tim Stout, Corporate Safety Director, Caddell Construction

Utility Infrastructure and Highway & Transportation Joint Subcommittee

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
Vice Chair: Kevin Turner, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. (IEA)

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

Open Forum: Peer Review and Discussion (Day 1)

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

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Subcommittee Breakout Sessions (continued)

Department of Defense Subcommittee

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, Director of Operations, Frost & Keeling
Vice Chair: Tim Stout, Corporate Safety Director, Caddell Construction

Utility Infrastructure and Highway & Transportation Joint Subcommittee

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
Vice Chair: Kevin Turner, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. (IEA)

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

Open Forum: Peer Review and Discussion (Day 1)

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

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Thursday, January 13, 2022

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Things are heating up at OSHA: What to expect in 2022 from OSHA’s heat stress/illness enforcement and rulemaking

James J. Sullivan, Cozen O’ Connor

Opening remarks by Shannon Lusk, VP & Safety Director at Missouri Valley, Inc., AGC Safety & Health Committee Chair

Federal OSHA has initiated its rulemaking process for the issuance of an upcoming heat stress standard. This follows enforcement guidance issued in September 2021 that clearly indicated that OSHA believes that most heat illness cases in the workplace can be avoided. Former OSHRC Chairman and co-author of the important 2019 Review Commission decision in A.H. Sturgill Roofing Company, James J. Sullivan, Jr., will discuss what to anticipate from OSHA’s rulemaking effort as well as OSHA’s ongoing use of the “general duty clause” in issuing citations against employers in the construction industry.

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Networking Break + Visit with Exhibitors

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Collecting Safety Data and Using it for Awareness and Improvement

Michael Kleinpeter, Linbeck & Quintin Greco, Linbeck

This session will discuss gathering safety data to gauge program performance and stay in front of conditions and behaviors that could typically lead to safety incidents.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Industrial Athlete

Dax Biederman, Trivent Safety Consulting & Jeremy Spooner, Hensel Phelps

This session will focus on the wellbeing, both physically and mentally, of the workforce in an industry that generates conservatively over $10 trillion dollars each year and was expected to be close to $13 trillion globally by 2022 (pre-pandemic estimate).  With that amount of work and the need for employment, why does the construction industry spend so little, relatively on ensuring that the workforce is there to support the needs of the work?  We intend to speak about the difficulties currently in the construction industry with finding new employees to fill the needs of every contractor in the industry.  The industrial athlete program is a unique approach that Hensel Phelps and Trivent Safety Consulting created to try and keep the existing craft that contractors currently have, safe and coming back to work.  If we can’t get new workers into the jobs, we need to help the existing employees understand some of the everyday actions that leads to injuries and possibly a shortened career.

The program has identified 4 main areas that we think are critical to keeping the craft working at peak levels.  The topics discussed – Nutrition, Ergonomics, Fitness, and Behaviors at work, making good choices at work for themselves, not because of their employer.  This also includes raising the awareness for the craft about the high levels of suicide in our industry.

The workforce is going to continue to do things that are out of our control – but educating them is the first step in hopefully affecting their behaviors and habits that are better choices and, in the end, better for them and the employer.

How can employers get the message to their craft and what are they doing to ensure they have the resources to be safe and healthy?

Update on the ANSI SRL Standard

Anne Osbourn, MSA & Bill Kreke, MSA

In July of 2021, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released a new edition of ANSI/ASSP Z359.14, which establishes the requirements for Self-Retracting Devices (SRDs) for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems.  During this session, Anne Osbourn and Bill Kreke from MSA Safety will discuss several key changes in this latest standard and what it means for users of Self-Retracting Devices in the construction safety space.

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Unbreak Your Daily Safety Huddle and Processes

Barry Nelson, FactorLab & Jamie Dabbs, TDIndustries

Safety. It’s top of mind for all of us. If only there were a more consistent and engaging way for our daily safety huddles and safety processes to be performed.

Training and coaching only works for so long. Encouraging leadership to “get out there, read those pre plans, ‘fix them’ where you can” and observe for safety only goes so far. The daily planning activity is broken as well as most safety processes on our sites and the methods you have been trying to use to fix it are woefully inadequate.

Imagine: no more pencil-whipped daily safety planning, work permits, inspections, etc.; no more disengaged employees standing in line waiting to sign a piece of paper that will never see the light of day unless some gets hurt. We all have plenty of distractions and other fires that keep us busy.

But alternatives are achievable and necessary. This session is a road map for your way out.

Jamie Dabbs and Barry Nelson will walk you through TDIndustries’ safety engagement journey and the disruption of the daily safety huddle. A journey that resulted in a more robust and resilient daily planning activity and extreme growth in measurable safety engagement, with additional focuses on:

  1. Impactful and effective opportunities to better engage the C-Suite
  2. Measurable cultural alignment
  3. Stronger leaders
  4. Effective Safety engagement processes and visibility
  5. Better connection across teams, job sites, crews and lone workers
  6. Significantly fewer incidents and more effective operations

Are you ready to take the next step in your safety journey? This session will challenge you to identify ways to improve your own safety programs and ensure you are focused on the right KPIs to measure success. If you have decided that now is the time to help your team produce daily planning sessions that you would be proud enough to share with the CEO, then this is the session for you!

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Networking Break + Visit with Exhibitors

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Subcommittee Breakout Sessions

Government Subcommittee 

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, Senior Director, Safety and Health, UECI
Vice Chair: Adam Stone, Director of HS&E, IEA Constructors

Emerging Safety Professionals Subcommittee 

The Emerging Safety Professionals Subcommittee promotes professional development with the primary focus on developing and implementing a mentoring program for new safety and health professionals.

Chair: Matt Clarke, Safety Manager, TDIndustries
Vice Chair: TBD

Awards and Recognition Subcommittee 

The Awards and Recognition Subcommittee assists with administration of the AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA). The CSEA is known as the premier safety and health awards program which recognizes firms of all sizes and constructor sectors. The mission of the subcommittee is to continually improve upon past successes of the process while also increasing participation among the AGC membership.

Chair: Rocky Rowlett, VP Safety, Faith Technologies Inc.
Vice Chair: Scott Sears, Safety Director, Walker Engineering, Inc.

Open Forum: Peer Review and Discussion (Day 2)

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

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Subcommittee Breakout Sessions (continued)

Government Subcommittee 

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, Senior Director, Safety and Health, UECI
Vice Chair: Adam Stone, Director of HS&E, IEA Constructors

Emerging Safety Professionals Subcommittee  

The Emerging Safety Professionals Subcommittee promotes professional development with the primary focus on developing and implementing a mentoring program for new safety and health professionals. 

Chair: Matt Clarke, Safety Manager, TDIndustries
Vice Chair: TBD 

Awards and Recognition Subcommittee  

The Awards and Recognition Subcommittee assists with administration of the AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA). The CSEA is known as the premier safety and health awards program which recognizes firms of all sizes and constructor sectors. The mission of the subcommittee is to continually improve upon past successes of the process while also increasing participation among the AGC membership. 

Chair: Rocky Rowlett, VP Safety, Faith Technologies Inc.
Vice Chair: Scott Sears, Safety Director, Walker Engineering, Inc. 

Open Forum: Peer Review and Discussion (Day 2)

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 

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

Friday, January 14, 2022

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Human and Organizational Performance: Shifting Perspectives on Safety Management in Construction

Jessica Richardson, BCSP

Opening remarks by Shannon Lusk, VP & Safety Director at Missouri Valley, Inc., AGC Safety & Health Committee Chair

This presentation explains human performance theory, best practices, and application on construction sites. If people are your greatest resource and your greatest risk, how can you use human performance fundamentals to increase organizational performance? Attendees will examine the case study of Paul O’Neill’s safety leadership journey and discuss organizational barriers to implementing a human performance mindset. Attendees will also evaluate human performance examples from the field and discuss an array of available tools at the worker, management, and organizational levels to increase organizational performance.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Culture & Technology: The Keys to Risk Prevention

Shaun Carvalho, Shawmut Design and Construction

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the critical importance of a strong and nimble safety program. It’s imperative that teams have the right safety programs and protocols in place to reduce risks and prevent incidents, and that starts with company culture. When safety is engrained at a foundational level—with a top-down and bottom-up approach to driving it forward—the result is continuous innovation and improvement, allowing for quick action during times of high risk and crisis.

With no singular solution to prevent risk, a proactive and effective safety program is critical, and needs to be supported by a dedicated workforce that’s empowered to always be exploring and trying new systems for safety. When safety is embedded as a company commitment to creating a healthy, injury-free environment, employees are empowered to speak up and share their thoughts and observations.

Successful safety and risk prevention results from layering technology and resources on top of a strong cultural foundation, providing solutions to enhance current processes. With a highly-engaged workforce, teams can confidently pilot new technologies that push closer towards hazard prediction and react quickly and efficiently to extreme safety challenges. With technology continuously advancing, having as many safety champions as possible increases the speed at which a company can vet, pilot, and deploy new innovations.

Shawmut Design and Construction has seen firsthand the progress that results from coupling a culture of safety with technology. From 2019 to 2020, the firm saw a 22% increase in engagement in its safety program and a 53% reduction in OSHA recordable incidents. This year, it’s on track to pilot eight new software and hardware solutions—from subcontractor pre-mobilization safety workflow to wearable technology.

In this presentation, Shawmut Design and Construction chief safety officer Shaun Carvalho will share how to establish a culture of safety—from developing policies and procedures to launching initiatives—to engage an entire company.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

AGC Regulatory and Legislative Strategy Session

Jim Young, AGC of America

The ever-changing political landscape has implications on labor and employment matters. Listen 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.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Construction Economic Outlook for 2022

Ken Simonson, AGC of America

Nonresidential construction appears to have bottomed out in mid-2021 and begun to top year-earlier levels. But the industry still faces multiple challenges: elevated materials costs and selected shortages, extended and uncertain delivery times, shrunken labor availability. How will these conditions change in 2022? AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson will present building contractors’ answers to these questions from the 2022 AGC Hiring and Business Outlook Survey, along with his own predictions.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

Open Forum Discussion & Meeting Wrap-Up 

Shannon Lusk, VP & Safety Director at Missouri Valley, Inc., AGC Safety & Health Committee Chair

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