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Workforce and Safety

Construction Inclusion Week Will Build Stronger Diversity Strategies, Says ABC

Monday, October 18, 2021 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement about the importance of Construction Inclusion Week, which runs Oct. 18-22.

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ABC’s Sizemore Appointed to Serve on OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON, May 27—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Labor to serve as a representative for U.S. construction employers on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, which provides advice and assistance to the assistant secretary on occupational safety and health in construction standards.

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Survey: ABC Members Invested $1.3 Billion in Construction Workforce Education in 2020

Monday, May 24, 2021 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 24—According to the results of the Associated Builders and Contractors 2021 Workforce Development Survey, ABC contractor members invested $1.3 billion in workforce development initiatives in 2020, providing craft, leadership and safety education to 500,000 course attendees to advance their careers in commercial and industrial construction.

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ABC’s 2021 Safety Performance Report: Construction Companies Can Be 655% Safer With These Best Practices, Says ABC Report

Friday, April 30, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 30—Today, Associated Builders and Contractors announced the findings in its 2021 Safety Performance Report, an annual assessment that furthers the construction industry’s understanding of how to achieve world-class safety by deploying its STEP Safety Management System. Published to coincide with Construction Safety Week, May 3-7, the annual report details the drastic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 85%, making the best-performing companies more than six times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average.

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Clemson University Named Overall Winner of ABC Construction Management Competition

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 14—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of its annual Construction Management Competition, held virtually for 12 teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide. Clemson University was named the overall winner of the 2021 competition, with the highest cumulative points in the five competition categories.

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ABC: It’s Second Chance Month, and Construction is Looking to Hire Reentering Citizens

Monday, April 12, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 12—Associated Builders and Contractors is committed to shaping an industry that welcomes all people. As part of Second Chance Month, ABC has highlighted the programs, partnerships and involvement of its chapters and members across the country in educating, upskilling and hiring reentering citizens.

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ABC: The Construction Industry Needs to Hire an Additional 430,000 Craft Professionals in 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:25 PM

WASHINGTON, March 23—In 2021, construction companies will need to hire 430,000 more workers than they employed in 2020, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. The analysis also revealed that every $1 billion in extra construction spending generates an average of at least 5,700 construction jobs.

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ABC Announces National Safety Leaders in the Construction Industry

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the 39 winning contractor companies of the 2020 National Safety Excellence Awards, which were presented at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10.

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ABC Announces Award-Winning Construction Projects of 2020

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the presentation of the Excellence in Construction® Awards to 87 projects collectively worth nearly $2.7 billion during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10. The EIC awards program is the construction industry’s leading national competition that honors general and specialty contractors for world-class, safe and innovative construction projects from across the nation.

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ABC Announces Awards for Top Construction Projects, Safety and Diversity Excellence, Contractor of the Year and Careers in Construction Honorees

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of its annual national awards—the Excellence in Construction,® Safety and Diversity Excellence, Contractor of the Year and Construction Workforce Awards—during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas.

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