June 26, 2020

Construction Industry Letter Requests Enforcement Extension for Amended Guidance for Construction Issued by the MN Department of Labor & Industry

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry issued additional amended requirements-guidance yesterday (June 25) for Construction COVID-19 Preparedness Plans. A link to the updated Guidance Requirements can be found here . Members should be advised that this remains a fluid situation and should monitor the AGC website and e-mails for further updates.

Today, AGC and several other construction industry organizations sent a letter to Governor Walz and the Commissioner of Labor and Industry asking them to:
  • grant a construction industry extension of the enforcement requirements beyond the June 29th deadline;
  • further clarify the guidance to address the construction industry's questions or concerns, and;
  • work with industry to identify ways to improve the Guidance Requirements that better achieves the shared goal of having preparedness plans that are workable, understandable, and meaningful to all affected parties involved on construction projects.
We encourage all members to review the updated documents closely.

Member questions and concerns are best directed to OSHA Consultation to elevate the significance of the challenges these requirements pose. 

OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation can be reached at OSHA.consultation@state.mn.us or 651-284-5060.

The Department of Labor and Industry has scheduled two webinars next week to answer businesses' questions.

Dates and times:
  1. Wednesday, July 1 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  2. Thursday, July 2 - 9 to 10:30 a.m.
To Register:

Businesses can  register for a webinar online.
New Members - June 2020
AGC of Minnesota welcomes the following new members:
Boyer Truck
2500 Broadway Drive
Lauderdale, MN 55113

Boyer Truck sells commercial trucks and provides service and parts for the Western Star, Freightliner, Ford, and Isuzu products.
4730 Service Drive
Winona, MN 55987

Fastenal is a business-to-business supply chain solutions company and a wholesale distributor of industrial and construction supplies. Each branch is a local source for a spectrum of supplies and solutions.
Building Resilience: A construction contractor's guide to strategic relationships during COVID-19

Listen to Laura Cataldo and Courtney Davison detail the common questions and considerations within strategic relationships during the coronavirus pandemic and road to recovery. From relationships with employees, banks, financial lenders and project owners, to leadership and professional services providers, we have prepared a checklist of the various conversations you should be having.   Listen now.

Written by   Laura Cataldo, Senior Manager; laura.cataldo@bakertilly.com and Courtney Davison, Senior Manager; courtney.davison@bakertilly.com
Jeff Jensen Memorial Construction Safety Excellence Awards

AGC is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Jeff Jensen Memorial Construction Safety Excellence Award  . This award, based on safety standards achieved in 2019, will presented in three different categories. The awards will be recognized this fall at the 2020 AGC Recognition Evening. 

Completed applications are due no later than August 24, 2020 and should be returned to Merry Beckmann at mbeckmann@agcmn.org or mailed to the AGC office.
White Markings Increase Locator Efficiency

Gopher State One Call would like to remind all excavators to mark the excavation area in white prior to submitting the locate request. White marks increase the efficiency of locators by clearly showing where they need to mark. The use of white marks helps excavations go more smoothly as well as providing more time for locators to mark for other excavations.



Associated General Contractors of Minnesota 

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