West Texas AGC News & Resources
Safety Services for
West Texas AGC Members
  • Are weekly safety meetings part of your SAFETY PROGRAM?

  • West Texas AGC can provide Toolbox Talks and Safety handouts/guidelines on 100's of topics. Contact us today, to assist you with your safety program.

  • Is your company Safety Manual and Fleet Policy up to date? Call West Texas AGC to update your policies at 325.676.7447
Safety Tip: Are Trench Excavations Confined Spaces
OSHA is focusing on reducing trenching and excavation hazards. Trench collapses, or cave-ins, pose the greatest risk to workers' lives. To prevent cave-ins:
  • SLOPE or bench trench walls
  • SHORE trench walls with supports, or
  • SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes
Employers should also ensure there is a safe way to enter and exit the trench. Keep materials away from the edge of the trench. Look for standing water or atmospheric hazards. Never enter a trench unless it has been properly inspected.
For additional Resources on trenching & excavation click HERE
New OSHA Policy Will Increase Citations and Penalties for Contractors
On January 26, 2023, OSHA announced a significant change to their policy related to instance-by-instance issuance of citations and penalty adjustments that will become effective in 60 days. The current policy has been in place since 1990 and applies only to egregious willful citations. According to OSHA, the policy change is to make its penalties more effective in stopping employers from repeatedly exposing workers to life-threatening hazards or failing to comply with certain workplace safety and health requirements.
In addition to the new enforcement guidance, OSHA reminded Regional Administrators and Area Directors of their authority not to group violations and cite certain types of violations as instance-by-instance citations for cases where the agency identifies “high-gravity” serious violations of OSHA standards specific to certain conditions.

These conditions include lockout/tagout, machine guarding, permit-required confined space, respiratory protection, falls, trenching and for cases with other-than-serious violations specific to recordkeeping, all of which impact the construction industry.
Elements of an Effective Underground Utility Excavation Safety and Damage Prevention Program and Record Keeping, Incidents/Damages Reporting 
AGC’s Utility Infrastructure Division (UID) developed a sample damage prevention program for professional contractors based on Common Ground Alliance Best Practices and input from AGC’s substantial underground utility safety and damage prevention experience and resources.

This sample program includes:
  • Best Practices to help avoid safety incidents and property damage,
  • Record keeping guidelines that help memorialize the 811 process and circumstances related to a damage/incident when they occur,
  • Information on electronic applications that are field friendly, simple and capture comprehensive records in multiple formats to help enhance your program.
  • Guidelines to help defend against sometimes frivolous and fraudulent utility damage claim activities.
If your company would like a copy of this document, please contact Cassie Hughes, chughes@wtagc.org.
Connecting Military to Construction
(transitioning Military personnel & spouses to careers in construction)
Is Your Company Seeking to Hire a Quality Workforce?
West Texas AGC is working with our area military bases at Sheppard, Goodfellow and Dyess to connect transitioning military with our member companies to careers in construction.
Contact Cassie Hughes at chughes@wtagc.org for more information. West Texas AGC is seeking companies who want to be a part of the opportunity for both military veterans and to build the construction workforce. Base Flyer for information to Military
Outstanding Construction Awards - Submittal Deadline March 10th
West Texas AGC General Contractors and Sub-Contractors are encouraged to seek recognition with this prestigious award opportunity.
Projects completed during the calendar year 2022 are eligible.
There are 27 categories for General contractors and 9 categories for Specialty Contractors to showcase completed projects, workers, and other sub-contractors!
West Texas AGC Members submit their applications directly to AGC-TBB
online at awards.agc.tbb.org
Instructions and submittal requirements can be found at 
For assistance or questions at the chapter level, contact Cassie Hughes,
chughes@wtagc.org, 325.676.7447.
Spring Training Opportunities
Colorado AGC in partnership with West Texas AGC is offering online training to West Texas AGC members at Colorado AGC member prices
Courses include:
  • Commercial Print Reading Fundamentals - Begins February 10th
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Print Reading - Begins March 24th
  • Essentials of Field Management / Superintendent Bootcamp - 3 Units (Begins Unit 1 February 28th, wrapping up Unit 3 middle of May)
AGC Releases Workforce Summit Report
The report, 2022 National Construction Industry Workforce Summit: Success Stories and New Strategies offers a comprehensive summary of AGC’s most-recent workforce summit. This includes over 40 new workforce development solutions crafted by Summit participants, as well as details about what firms, AGC chapters and educators are already doing that is helping address the industry’s workforce needs. The goals is for the report to be a resource for ideas about ways to better recruit, train and retain the industry’s workforce. 
West Texas AGC Scholarship Golf Tournament | REGISTER EARLY!
West Texas Chapter AGC
Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
Monday | May 22, 2023
1:00 PM Shotgun Start
LakeRidge Country Club - Lubbock
Gather your star golfers for a great event that supports students pursuing a career in construction in both technical and college programs with Scholarships from West Texas AGC!!

Each year the tournament has grown to a must participate event. See the attached flyer for Sponsorship and Golfer Registration information.

Questions contact Cassie Hughes at chughes@wtagc.org or Bryan Walters at bryan@henthorncommercial.com.
West Texas Chapter AGC 2023 Scholarship Applications Available
2023 Undergraduate scholarship
Academic Scholarships are available for graduating seniors, current college undergraduates or others who will pursue post graduate work at a university, two-year college or technical trades school, with all pursuing degrees for a career in a construction related field. 
2023 West Texas AGC Scholarship
Application Form CLICK HERE
West Texas AGC members – please share this information with employees and friends.
Encourage students to consider programs that will allow them to pursue a career in construction.
DUE DATE – APRIL 14, 2023
For additional information or to request an application by mail or email contact abilene@wtagc.org or call (325) 676-7447
Inflation Reduction Act Webinar Series
This three-part series begins on February 28 and will provide valuable resources to contractors interested in the Inflation Reduction Act’s $300 billion in new and modified tax incentives meant to spur and promote green and clean energy investments in the United States.
Webinar One: Fundamental components of the Inflation Reduction Act and the credit incentive structure
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
Webinar Two: Complying with IRA bonus credit requirements of prevailing wage and apprenticeship
  • Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
Webinar Three: Understanding the expansion of 179D credits (energy efficient commercial buildings) under IRA
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
The Construction Regulatory Road Ahead
Register today for this AGC-member complimentary webinar on the regulatory road ahead for the construction industry. The president and federal agencies are issuing a barrage of new executive orders and regulations with which your construction business must comply.
 Tuesday, March 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CT
What can the construction industry expect from the new administration? What’s the fate of the previous administration’s regulatory agenda? Register for this webinar with the seasoned AGC regulatory team to learn the answers to these questions and more.
Register now for the premium conference to network with others in the commercial construction industry! Click the Banner to go directly to AGC registration and information website for hotels and conference agendas.
New Virtual AGC EDGE Training Opportunities - Updated Schedule
Virtual training for personal development or your team.
From BIM and Lean Construction to Project Management and Supervision Fundamentals, AGC's live, instructor-led virtual education courses are the perfect way to invest in your team. And with code $EDGE2023, you can save 10% at checkout!
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Our value-added discounts provide a competitive advantage that can set your business apart from others in the industry. AGC Member Discount Programs are just one of the many benefits of being an AGC member, that aims to help our members succeed and grow.
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