April 2014

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Safety Training and Awards

In this episode of the Maryland Construction Network we interview Erik Cartwright, GSP the Safety Director for J.F. Fischer, Inc. and the newly appointed Chairman of the Safety Committee for Maryland AGC. Erik received his Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Technology from Marshall University and joined J. F. Fischer, Inc. in November of 2008.

J.F. Fischer is a Mechanical, HVAC, Plumbing contractor founded in 1973. Eric has developed the safety program for J.F. Fischer, with the company now sporting a EMR (experience modification rate) of .67. EMR ratings are becoming increasingly relevant as they can determine if a company is eligible to work on certain projects (particularly public work).

Maryland AGC’s safety committee meets the first Tuesday of each month to discuss trends in safety as well as experiences with MOSH inspections, share policies and procedures and to plan education and professional training for people in the construction industry. MD AGC conducts an OSHA 30 training program twice a year. Many Federal and State worksites now require foreman to have OSHA 30 training with other personnel needing OSHA 10 certification. AGC’s OSHA 30 is a four day program that utilizes AGC committee members to deliver the information. The next OSHA 30 class is scheduled for April 15th, 17th, 22rd and 24th (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at Heaver Plaza, 1301 York Road, Suite 202, Lutherville, MD 21093-6005. Contact MD AGC at 410-321-7870.

The Safety Committee of MD AGC also conducts an annual Safety Awards Program that began about 3 years ago. It recognizes companies for their efforts in providing safe work environments for their employees as well as companies that continue to make improvements in their safety program. The award program is beneficial to promote safety awareness to company employees and reward them for their increased vigilance in abiding to the protocols of their safety program. There are many different categories of awards, 17 of 24 companies that are participating in this program are scheduled to receive awards this year. If you have questions about the work of the safety committee at AGC, about the awards program, or a general question regarding safety programs, you may contact Erik at ecartwright@mechcont.com. Also, please visit https://www.marylandagc.org/ about the other fine programs they offer.

Due to a problem with an automated script used to post the podcast, this episode and post was not publicly available until after the recent OSHA 30 training. If you would like to receive notice of the next session of OSHA 30 training that will be provided by MD AGC please contact Sue Battey at 410-321-7870 and she will make certain you receive timely notification.

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