West Texas AGC News & Resources
Safety Tip: 22 Safety Tips for 2022
WHAT? Why send this safety tip now, 2022 is almost over. Then it's time to evaluate what has been implemented and accomplished in 2022 in your safety program. Did this help to prevent injury and bring heightened awareness to your employees? If not begin with the 22 Safety Tips or use AGC 13 Tips for Improving Safety.
Every day is the right time to start a program to prevent accidents and injuries!
November 6, 2022 - End of Daylight Saving Time
This is commonly known as "FALL BACK" and in the following week, worker fatigue can be exhibited with an increase in accidents on roadways and construction sites as people adjust to the time change and sunlight while driving.
Sunday, 11/6/22 at 2:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 1:00 am.
Beginning that morning, sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier.
Paul Waldrop Jr. - Receives Distinguished Citizen Award
Local business man Paul Waldrop, Jr. was honored October 25th by the Boy Scouts of America. The Texas Trails Council of the BSA presented Waldrop with the 2022 Distinguished Citizen Award at a banquet held at the Coggin Connection Center of the Coggin Avenue Baptist Church. (Brownwood, TX) Paul Waldrop, Jr. was born in Brownwood in 1951 and as a young boy was a Scout in the then Comanche Trail Council. He was graduated from Brownwood High School in 1969, married Lynda Cross and attended Howard Payne University. He also served in the Texas National Guard from 1972 to 1978.

Waldrop joined his father, Paul Waldrop Sr., as a partner of Waldrop Construction Company in 1972, and they worked together for forty years until the passing of his father. Paul has since been in partnership with his son Sam Waldrop. Paul and Lynda also have two daughters, Michelle Brasher and Becky Warner, and eight grandchildren. Paul and Lynda are members of the Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.
Paul Waldrop Jr. has served on boards of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, the Brownwood Industrial Foundation, the Brown County Youth Fair Association, the local Girl Scouts, the Brown County Boys and Girls Club, New Horizons Ranch and Home for Children, and the B.C. Drinkard Foundation. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Brown County Hospital Authority, Texas Bank, Central Texas Foundation, West Texas Chapter Associated General Contractors, and Texas Building Branch AGC. Also, Waldrop is currently serving as a trustee on the board of Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas.
After the ceremony Waldrop commented: “I am just overwhelmed. It’s been such a great honor, and we are just so blessed to have had a great life here in Brownwood, a great family, a great business, and a great opportunity to give a little back.”
NEW! ConstructorCast Episode: What’s at Stake? 2022 Midterm Elections
Election day is two weeks away! Are you wondering how results could impact you and the industry? On this episode, AGC Chief Executive Officer Steve Sandherr, Jimmy Christianson, Vice President of Government Relations, and David Ashinoff, Director of Political Affairs discuss all things midterm elections including what congress has accomplished in the current cycle, match-up analysis, and seat predictions.
AGC Awards & Recognition Programs
The deadlines to apply for a Construction Risk Partners Build America AwardMarvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award and AGC in the Community Award have been extended to Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at midnight ET. These awards honor AGC members who build the nation's most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply online for some much-deserved recognition for your outstanding projects. Apply by Tuesday, Nov. 1, for full consideration. Learn more about AGC of America's awards programs at www.agc.org/awards.
Employee or Independent Contractor?
As an employer, it is important to classify your workers as either employees or independent contractors correctly. This classification should be made not only at the time of hiring but any time the working relationship changes. 
Incorrectly classifying workers can have serious legal and financial consequences. Employees are entitled to certain rights and benefits under the law, including minimum wage and overtime pay. Independent contractors, on the other hand, are not entitled to these same rights and benefits. Also, independent contractors and employees are subject to different tax rules. As such, it is important to correctly classify workers in order to avoid not only potential legal problems but also tax penalties down the road. 
In this article, we’ll discuss the difference between employees and independent contractors and why it matters. We’ll also cover factors to consider when determining how to classify your workers.
"Reading the Riot Act"—Why Notice and Opportunity to Cure Matter
Those of us of a certain age recall the phrase "reading the Riot Act" as a stern warning or dressing down. 
Someone chewed out by a parent or a boss at work would be said to have been "read the Riot Act." The history and meaning of that phrase inform the importance of providing the other party to a contract, especially a construction contract, with notice and an opportunity to cure prior to invoking harsh remedies under the contract.
20th Consecutive Month
Growth continued last month for the American Institute of Architects' Architecture Billings Index, although the pace was down somewhat compared with August. September's reading of 51.7 marked a decline from 53.3 in August but remained positive, despite inflationary pressure.
The Architecture Billings Index can serve as a future forecast of work to come
 for the commercial construction industry.
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*Personal note from Cassie Hughes, Executive Director - "I worked for Bob Fowler, Building Official at the City of Abilene, who had a zest for life and adventure. Bob was known for saying this quote by Paul Beaver often and meaning it! I am now the same age as Bob when he passed away. His last adventure was a trip to the Sturgis, SD Motorcycle Rally on his Harley with his grandson. It is true, that we need to live on the EDGE and aspire to learn more and experience more with every opportunity."
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Check out the NEW Health Insurance Option for West Texas AGC Members
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Quotes are indicating companies could potentially save our members 20% or more over similar market plans while lowering co-pays and out of pocket costs for your valued employees! Examples: An electrical contractor with 32 employees is saving $27,500 annually, and a flooring contractor with 12 employees is saving $19,000 annually.
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AGC-General Motors Vehicle Program Update  
We received some unfortunate news regarding the AGC-General Motors vehicle program. Effective January 3, 2023, General Motors is terminating their discount program across all associations, including AGC of America. AGC Chapters and Members must take delivery by January 3, 2023, to receive the $500 discount.
GM has made it clear that they intend to reinstate the AGC-General Motors discount program once the auto industry supply chain becomes stable. We will keep you update on these ongoing conversations.
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PRESIDENT - RHETT DAWSON | Henthorn Commercial Construction , LLC
VICE-PRESIDENT - JAMES BISHOP | Associated Contractors
AREA REPRESENTATIVES - KEVIN DARNELL | M & F Litteken Co. & JOHN W. COOPER | Cooper Construction Co., Inc.