AGC Charities Inc., the charitable arm of AGC of America, will be supporting members of the AGC family and their communities whose lives have been disrupted by the historic Hurricane Maria.
AGC Charities, Inc. supports individuals in need throughout communities across the United States by providing disaster assistance to individuals that have been impacted by a natural or man-made disaster and also provides special assistance to construction craft workers or other construction professionals who fall victim to natural or other catastrophes.
The Charity may provide Special Assistance either to individuals or to organizations, and it may do so either on its own initiative or in response to a request. In the process of granting such assistance, the Charity will not only seek to serve charitable or other humanitarian purposes but also seek to enhance the construction industry’s standing within the communities that it serves.The Charity will grant Special Assistance directly to one or a few individuals only if those individuals or their families have suffered economic or personal hardship in the course of employment in the construction industry or in the process of providing other service to it.
The Charity will grant Special Assistance to many or most of the members of a particular community only if that community merits the special attention of the construction industry on a widely recognizable platform. The Charity expects to channel most of its Special Assistance through organizations already providing Special Assistance to such communities or seeking to enhance the nation’s quality of life in ways that merit the attention of the construction industry.
In 2016 ACNM was approached by members of NMDOT with suggested updates to the Traffic Control Log Books. The suggestions for improvement were based on common issues encountered from completed traffic control diaries, and were given in the interest of addressing language that could reduce errors in filling out the document.
ACNM took the next step by forming a panel with representatives from NMDOT, ACNM staff, barricade companies, and ACNM contractor members. Revisions to the original suggestions were made by the panel, and a proposed draft was given to the ACNM Executive Director, the Traffic Control Master Instructor, and the Acting State Construction Engineer. After incorporating their input, a final draft was created, and sent to the printer for estimates.
Enforcement Begins on Sept. 23, 2017
On April 6, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it will delay enforcement of the respirable crystalline standard for construction for three months—until Sept. 23, 2017. In its announcement, OSHA explained that the construction silica standard has a number of unique features warranting development of additional guidance and educational materials before enforcement begins. AGC continues to believe that implementation of this standard is technically infeasible and continues to challenge it in court.