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AGC of California to Hold Free Courses on Fall Prevention in Construction

Organization 1 of 8 Chapters to Receive Grant from AGC of America Designed to Prevent Injuries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Associated General Contractors of California (AGC CA) has been named one of eight chapters by AGC of America to offer a free Fall Prevention in Construction safety training. AGC of America received the Susan Harwood Training grant through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and AGC CA was one of eight local chapters out of 89 national chapters selected by AGC of America to offer the safety course. 

The one-day course will be offered twice on March 14th and 15th in both English and Spanish and offer 7.5 hours of training focused on fall prevention to include how to recognize, avoid and prevent hazards related to falls and working safely on construction sites. Locations for the training will be announced in January.

“Nothing is more important to us than our members returning home to their families and loved ones safely at the end of each day,” said Erin Volk, Vice President, Workforce & Community Development, AGC of CA. “We are thrilled to be selected by AGC of America to conduct this critical training for contractors and members of the construction industry in California.”

Trainings dedicated to safety on the job site is critical to the industry as construction workers make up approximately four percent of the country’s workforce but account for an average of 19 percent of all job-related fatalities each year. Over the past five years, approximately 35-39 percent of those fatalities are from falls which account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, especially among small businesses and businesses with Hispanic workers. Over the past 10 years, an average of 348 workers lost their lives and more than 100,000 were injured because of falls in the construction industry each year.

"Fall prevention training remains one of our most important means to combat this ever-present hazard on our projects. I cannot over emphasize the importance of continuous training and education on this topic, as every single worker can and will likely be exposed to this hazard many times throughout the course of a project as well as their career,” said Steven Phillips, CSP, Director of Safety & Health, Northern California District at Hensel Phelps. “Regardless of trade, experience level, or position within the company - this training event is an extremely valuable tool in keeping ourselves and our co-workers safe on the job, enabling them to go home to their families and friends each day."

For more information on the Fall Prevention in Construction safety trainings in March, please contact M. Joel Rogers, Director, Professional & Industry Development at rogersmj@agc-ca.org or 916-371-2422.

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About Associated General Contractors of California 

Founded in 1920, the Associated General Contractors of California is the premier organization of choice for both experienced and next generation construction and contracting professionals. Through dedicated advocacy, education, career development and networking opportunities, AGC members receive top-tier access with state and local governments, while connecting with industry leaders through responsive services and innovative programs and events. With more than 1,000 contractors, specialty, and associate member companies throughout California, AGC members represent the full spectrum of the construction industry. For more information, please visit: https://www.agc-ca.org.