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On Tuesday, June 4th,  51,665 people on 1,128 construction jobsites from 42 firms across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and North and South Carolina stopped working and participated in AGC Georgia's Safety Stand Down focusing on heat illnesses. This program, and all of our past events, were developed with the full support of OSHA and benefit jobsite personnel working on Chapter member projects.

Since the inception of this program, over 85,000 construction industry jobsite employees in Georgia and throughout America on our members' projects, have participated in at least one Chapter hosted Safety Stand Down. These individuals are better prepared to be safe workers after learning key safety topics AGC Georgia provides to project managers and superintendents who are charged with leading Stand Down tool box talks on their jobsites.

The following materials developed by AGC Georgia were available for all participating firms in the Safety Stand Down.

What is a Stand Down?

Construction companies who know the value of safety training use a Safety Stand Down to stop all work and provide a focused safety toolbox talk meeting on all their jobsites, on one day, at the same time, on one particular topic. This meeting provides effective communication of safety policies, goals and expectations to all levels of a construction team and workplace employees.

While stand downs are commonly used in the military, they are not new to the construction industry. Fellow AGC chapters across America regularly organize them for their contractor members and many national contractors also include these in their safety program.

AGC Georgia and our Stand Down partners,
OSHA and CompTrust AGC Mutual Captive Insurance Company (MCIC) believe there is tremendous value in committing 5 minutes to one hour of your day's work to talk about safety, leading to increased employee safety morale. Stopping to talk about safety brings it to the forefront of everyone's mind! It is very important to communicate your firm's safety message to front line workers who constitute the largest group of our industry's workforce.

Why was the focus for this Safety Stand Down on Heat Illness?

AGC Georgia is a strong supporter of OSHA's campaign to prevent heat illness in outdoor workers. Summer months in the southeast can be brutal on field employees, and heat illnesses can be deadly. These illnesses are preventable.

For more information on AGC Georgia's Safety Stand Down Programs, please contact Cherri WatsonAGC Georgia's Director of Safety, Education and Workforce Development at 678-298-4104.

Photos from this Safety Stand Down

Brent Scarbrough & Company
Pinewood Movie Studios
Fayetteville, GA

New South Construction Company
Emory Freshman Project
Leading the company's safety stand down discussion were Daniel Maxson, New South's Safety Manager, Dennis Remington, The project's superintendent; and Dick Dean, an onsite consultant

Chris R. Sherdian & Company
Wellness Center at Middle Georgia State College

Bowen & Watson, Inc.
Emerson Elementary School Project, Emerson GA