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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SAFETY WEEK CHAIR SCOTT CASSELS AND CO-CHAIR MIKE MCKELVY

UPDATE 8-21-2020

Construction Industry Round Table Members,

We’re looking forward to Construction Safety Week, which has been rescheduled for Sept. 14-18, following a delay from our traditional May dates. We hope you all have plans to join us.

Through everything that’s happened in 2020, we have both been reminded of just how proud we are to work in construction. Across the industry, our people and companies have faced the challenges of COVID-19 head on to continue to deliver the crucial infrastructure our communities depend on for clean water, reliable power, safe transportation, accessible health care and so much more.

Even though Construction Safety Week will likely look different this year, with smaller discussions and trainings taking the place of mass meetings and demonstrations, we believe it’s more important now than ever to come together and recommit to safety as the foundation of our industry. Our Built on Safety theme expresses this well. Safety must be the cornerstone of everything we do, from planning an operation, to addressing a global pandemic.

This year we wanted to make it easier than ever to participate in Construction Safety Week. In addition to taking the time to review and assess your company’s safety programs, we encourage everyone to join us in discussions about these important daily topics as follows:

      • Monday, Sept. 14: Built on Safety
      • Tuesday, Sept. 15: Focus on the Fundamentals
      • Wednesday, Sept. 16: COVID-19 Safety
      • Thursday, Sept. 17: Mental Health Awareness
      • Friday, Sept. 18: Thank You, Construction Workers

A toolbox talk training and overview video for each topic can be found on our website -- www.constructionsafetyweek.com -- on the Plan for Safety Week page.

We hope you find these resources easy to use as you plan for Construction Safety Week at your organizations. You can also refer to our website for additional items, such as at-home family safety activities and translated safety materials. As you use what we’ve provided and plan training, discussion and recognition activities of your own, please continue to follow all federal, state, provincial and local COVID-19 guidelines to ensure your events are safe for your people and communities.

Finally, on behalf of the entire Construction Safety Week 2020 executive committee, we want to thank everyone on construction sites across North America for the hard work and dedication you put into what you do every day, in good and challenged times. Thanks for making Built on Safety a reality — for you, your co-workers, and your family and friends at home.

Take care and have an excellent Safety Week.

Scott Cassels
Construction Safety Week 2020 Executive Committee Chair
Kiewit Corporation Executive Vice President

Mike McKelvy
Construction Safety Week 2020 Executive Committee Co-Chair
Gilbane Building Company President and CEO


July 21, 2020

Safety Week Sponsors:

We’re looking forward to our rescheduled Construction Safety Week, Sept. 14-18, 2020.

We want to provide companies with guidance and resources to help them easily plan a safe and effective Construction Safety Week. Please see below for additional information.

1. In addition to contractors revisiting their own safety programs during Construction Safety Week, for the first time we are also recommending a topic for each day of Construction Safety Week to help guide conversations. The attached Construction Safety Week Daily Topics document includes descriptions of each topic and recommendations for discussions.

2. As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that we all prioritize planning safe activities for the week. The attached Safely Planning for Construction Safety Week document outlines ideas and recommendations.

3. By early August, we will provide additional resources, including the toolbox talks and videos for each topic mentioned above, as well as additional job site banners, social media templates and at-home activities to engage our families in conversations about safety. These will all be made available on our website, ConstructionSafetyWeek.com on the Plan for Safety Week page.

Our sponsors are important partners and supporters of contractors and the entire construction industry. Your continued support of Construction Safety Week is greatly appreciated. We look forward to another successful Construction Safety Week and thank you for your commitment to be Built on Safety.

Thank you,

Scott Cassels

Safety Week 2020 Executive Committee Chair
Executive Vice President, Kiewit Corporation



June 24, 2020

Construction Safety Week Members, Sponsors and Advocates,

Please mark your calendars on Sept. 14-18, 2020 for our rescheduled dates for Construction Safety Week.

We are excited to get Construction Safety Week rescheduled and believe now more than ever it’s important to recommit to our safety fundamentals that have allowed our industry to be Built on Safety.

As we finish developing a revised Safety Week 2020 plan, it will certainly be different than past years to allow for proper COVID-19 protocols. Although we may need to alter our safety meetings and recognition events, we will still find and promote effective ways to meet and recommit to sending every person home safely from our job sites each day. Our focus will be on our theme — Built on Safety — and our foundational tools, education and processes to ensure all the men and women who work in our industry are safe.

In the coming weeks, we will share new recommendations and resources with you to outline ways we can all plan for Construction Safety Week on Sept. 14-18, 2020. This will include a recommended topic for each day along with ideas for communicating and discussing each topic.

We look forward to another successful Construction Safety Week. Thank you for your continued support.

Stay safe,

Scott Cassels
Safety Week 2020 Executive Committee Chair
Executive Vice President, Kiewit Corporation

Mike McKelvy
Safety Week 2020 Executive Committee Co-Chair
Gilbane Building Company President and CEO

RESOURCES:

April 2020 Safety Week Update
March 2020 Safety Week Update
Associated General Contractors (AGC) – Working Safe
Associated General Contractors (AGC) – Coronavirus Resources
Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) – Coronavirus Resources for Employers
Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) – Emergency Preparedness & Response Resources
CDC Coronavirus Information
OSHA – Guidance for preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Canadian Government Public Health Coronavirus Information
Engineering News-Record Coronavirus Coverage

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