Sessions

Keynote Presentation

Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – Important Considerations for the Construction Professional

Scott A. Madar, CIH - Senior Consultant, ORC Worldwide® & Steve Newell

General Sessions

Understanding Risk at the System Level

Jim S. Kreinbrink, VP and General Manager, Loss Control Advisory Services, Liberty Mutual Group

If a work activity can be defined, the system that provides what is necessary to complete it can be described. All systems are subject to variance – discrepancies between what is real and what is ideal. This variance creates risk which can cause the process by people who perform the activity to fail. Harm producing incidents, defects and waste result from these process failures.

This session will explore how risk arises in work systems on which construction operations depend, how this risk can impact the company’s bottom-line as well as discuss effective approaches for mitigating and controlling risk.

Pre-Planning for Construction Safety and Health – Key Elements to a Successful Project Safety Program

Mark Semonisck, Lockton

Demolition Safety: Special Considerations on the Construction Site

Mike Casbon, Environmental Resources Management/ Chairman, Safety Committee of National Demolition Association

Demolition is not just reverse construction. Although the exposures are similar, there are several key areas where demolition differs from construction. These areas will be discussed and examined.

Scaffolding for Construction and Demolition Operations

William M. Halkovitch, CPEA, Div Manager, Harsco Infrastructure Americas

Excavation for Construction: Best Practices and Standards

Michael W. Hayslip, P.E., CSP, Executive Director, VPPAC.org

In this session, we’ll look at real-world scenarios as you discover ways to avoid trenching and excavation hazards on construction sites. In addition to covering general excavation safety requirements, we will discuss soil field tests, warning signs of ground instability such as tension cracks, bulging or water accumulation, and the selection of protective systems such as benching, shoring and trench boxes.

Crane Operation: Best Practices

Fred Wilton, Safety & Environmental Manager, CSP, LEED AP, Haselden Construction

This lecture will cover the highlights of the Mobile Crane User Guidelines published by the AGC Colorado Crane Task Force in 2009. This document was created specifically for the construction industry to outline best practices for the selection, traveling, mobilization operation and de-mobilization of mobile cranes. The AGC of Colorado Crane Task Force is a group containing multiple contractors, insurance risk management personnel, crane & rigging vendors and experts that serve the Colorado and National construction industry. The Task Force was formed after multiple, high-profile crane accidents throughout the country pointed to the need for better guidance with construction crane practices.

Managing Subcontractor Safety

Jim E Lapping P.E., CSP , Principal, Professional Safety Consultants

The legal and contractual aspects of the relationship between the general contractor and subcontractors will be presented along with the “best practices” for managing safety based on contractor programs and plans. The provisions contained in the ANSI/ASSE A10 consensus standards will be highlighted as they apply to general and subcontractor safety programs.

Enhancing Safety and Reducing Risk: Fall Protection on Construction Sites

Thomas E. Kramer, P.E., CSP - LJB Inc. & Nolan Miller, P.E., CSP - LJB Inc.

Falls to a lower level continue to result in injuries and deaths on construction sites, despite the regulations found in OSHA 1926 Subpart M. This presentation will begin with an overview of the relevant OSHA regulations and ANSI standards concerning construction activities, as well as a review of pertinent statistics related to fall protection. Participation in this presentation will result in a greater awareness of common fall protection issues and best practices for construction sites.

Protecting the Public

Barry Cole, President, Cole-Preferred Safety Consulting

Health Hazards on Construction Sites

Michael Serpe, CSP, Director of Training and Audits & Joseph Howitz, CSP, Safety Consultant, Accident Prevention Corporation

Construction workers face many health hazards on the job. Exposure to silica and lead continues to be reported as a major problem. Mold exposure is now recognized as a serious health threat. Exposure to asphalt fumes is known to cause both acute and potentially chronic adverse health effects. Noise and ergonomic issues also are present. This presentation will explore the major health factors facing today's construction worker and identify control strategies that can be used to provide better protection.

Electrical Safety and Health for Construction Operations

John J. Kolak, MS, CSP, President, Praxis Corporation

This seminar will identify common Electrical Shock and Electrical Arc-Blast hazards that occur during construction operations. This seminar will address both High Voltage and Low Voltage exposures and offer practical methods to control electrical hazard exposures.

Construction Industry Risk Management: Build on Basic Knowledge and Learn How What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Tim Batz, Senior Risk Control Consultant, IMA of Colorado

During this session, you’ll learn basic risk management principles and processes, including how insurance coverage fits into the risk management model. You’ll also learn about exposures common to construction companies and how unaddressed exposures such as vehicle liability can ruin a balance sheet.

Closing Session

Political and Regulatory Issues Facing Construction

Howard Mavity, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Mr. Mavity co-chairs his firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group.