July 31, 2020

GENERAL NEWS
MnDOT Constructability Review Notice

MnDOT is looking for feedback on a concrete rehabilitation project coming up in the I-94/35E area in St. Paul.  Please click here for more details.
Construction Partnering Program

Did you know that there is a program that pairs majority owned companies and M/WBE companies to create mentoring industry relationships?  The Construction Partnering Program is over 20 years old and has been successful in growing M/WBE capacity in the industry.  Majority owned firms such as Kraus-Anderson, McGough, Gephart, Danny's, Frerichs and more all have a partner firm.  The Majority owned firms provide business mentorship to their partner, helping the M/WBE company learn best practices and build a successful business.  In addition, the partnerships work on projects together, creating a trusted subcontractor for the majority owned firm. 
 
The program is facilitated by AGC of Minnesota's strategic partner association - the Association of Women Contractors.  They are currently looking for GCs and 1st tier Subcontractors to mentor minority or woman owned contractors. Additional information can be found here.
Member CHASE Level 3 Project

Congratulations to  Veit & Company, Inc  and  Bituminous Roadways, Inc. , who are partnering on the latest CHASE Level 3 project - Dennis McClelland Street Improvements in Maplewood. Now in it's 17th year, CHASE is the state's longest-running partnership with MNOSHA, and we're incredibly proud of our participating members, who achieve a level of safety on their job sites that is consistently 60% safer than the Minnesota industry average.

View all of the 2020 CHASE Level 3 projects here.
First-of-its-Kind Dashboard Highlights Benefits of Federal Highway Investment in Minnesota

Minnesota  leveraged more than $490 million in federal funds to advance $717 million in highway improvements during fiscal year (FY) 2018, according to a new interactive tool that for the first time provides the public and elected officials a clear look at how and where the state invests its transportation tax dollars.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA)  "Highway Dashboard: A 50-State Guide to the Benefits of Federal Investment"    displays information on   more than 223 Minnesota projects that moved forward in FY 2018. Based on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data, the dashboard provides the same information for all states.
Jeff Jensen Memorial Construction Safety Excellence Awards

Nominations are 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. 

Read more about the award here.

Completed applications are due no later than August 24, 2020 and should be returned to Merry Beckmann or mailed to the AGC office.
Hydraulic Hoses & Couplings: How to Inspect, When to Repair, and When to Replace

Hydraulic hoses and couplings are among the most critical components in heavy machinery. An unexpected hose failure can reduce production for both the damaged machine and the other pieces of equipment it supports. And equally important, damaged hydraulic hoses and couplings can pose a safety and environmental danger. Read more for inspection tips and information on when to repair or replace your hoses and couplings.  Learn more
 
Written by Ziegler CAT

$1.1 million in grand funds available from MPCA for diesel vehicle replacement
  • Apply by September 18, 2020. 
  • Priority given to vehicle replacements that benefit overburdened communities.
  • For more information about applying for a grant, click here.
  • Small business assistance also available
In Minnesota, people of color and lower-income residents are exposed to more air pollution, especially pollution from vehicles.  Fine particles are one of the main pollutants from old diesel trucks, construction equipment, trains, and boats. 

Some small businesses may not have the immediate funds to purchase new equipment up front (and then be reimbursed for a portion of that cost). Small business applicants are also encouraged to consider zero-percent interest Small Business Environmental Improvement Loans up to $75,000 for capital equipment purchases that help meet or exceed environmental regulations. Loan funding can be used as gap funding for a grant or to leverage funding for a larger project.
EVENTS & EDUCATION
2020 Sporting Clays Fundraiser

Team registrations and sponsorships are coming in, but we still have room for you at the 21st AGC Sporting Clays Fundraiser, which will take place on September 16, 2020 at Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club.

Click here for more information, to register, and for sponsorship opportunities. Contact Lisa Larson with any questions.

The Sporting Clays Fundraiser benefits the AGC of Minnesota Foundation, which provides scholarships to students pursuing a degree in the construction industry. 
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS NEWS
Face Mask Mandate

AGC developed a poster/sign to help you comply with Executive Order 20-81 - Requiring Minnesotans to Wear a Face Covering in Certain Settings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19. Page 12 of the Governor's Executive Order states:

14. Notice of face covering requirements.  Businesses must post one or more signs that are visible to all persons-including workers, customers, and visitors-instructing them to wear face coverings as required by this Executive Order.

The guidance requirements for the construction industry have been updated to reflect the new State requirements. A primary requirement is that employers must review and update their written COVID-19 Preparedness Plans to operate in accordance with the new requirements involving "face-coverings". Additional considerations include the following:
  1. Ensure all workers are provided training on the additional requirements;
  2. Face-coverings must be used indoors at all times (unless they qualify under one of the "Exemptions", or are allowed to "temporary remove" them);
  3. Face-coverings must be worn outdoors by workers where social distancing cannot be maintained;
  4. If workers are unable to wear face-coverings due to a medical/physical limitation, or mental health condition, alternative protections must be implemented;
  5. Review the guidance to evaluate circumstances where the use of a face-covering "may present a hazard" to the workers;
  6. The use of face-coverings is not a substitute for social distancing where social distancing can be achieved and/or maintained.
Any questions should be directed in writing via email to OSHA Consultation at osha.consultation@state.mn.us .

   

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