Opportunities & Announcements

To submit an announcement or opportunity, please email Lori McGovern.
(CAGC does not accept announcements that promote for-profit services. Please click here for advertising opportunities.)

  • Shook Construction recently sent 10 employees to Thailand to serve as part of their global mission trip program, including two teammates from their Raleigh office. Read about this wonderful service program!

  • Branch Group, Inc. (Branch), a heavy-highway and building contractor headquartered in Roanoke, Va., has announced the acquisition purchase of Burnsville, N.C.-based Young & McQueen, a contractor specializing in heavy civil, highway, site work, bridges, and structures construction. “This is a great move for both companies,” says Branch CEO Donald Graul. “Young & McQueen’s culture aligns perfectly with Branch. Their strong reputation and work quality in western North Carolina will continue the success of both companies. Branch’s strong balance sheet and expertise in large projects and alternative delivery will enable our combined companies to perform larger more complex projects for our clients.”

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Information Exchange (For Members Only)

New! CAGC is excited to offer members an opportunity to share information and resources with one another via the Information Exchange. Members may author an informative article (.doc or .docx only), email it to Lori McGovern (lmcgovern@carolinasagc.org), and then we will create a link to your article to be listed on this page. Article links to remain here for approximately one month.

  1. The purpose of a member-authored article is to promote information awareness to other members, such as new laws that could affect construction, new technology, HR awareness, etc. CAGC has the right to refuse any article if content is not deemed appropriate for the construction industry.
  2. Articles should include a title, your name, company name, and email address.
  3. Articles cannot include any company promotional information. To promote your company or services, please click here for advertising opportunities.

Catapult's 2024 Guide to Workplace Heat Safety

Catapult's 2024 Guide to Workplace Heat Safety

Workplace Safety is Heating Up

Workplace safety is a top concern year-round for employers; however, with summer finally here, this concern is heightened. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 50% - 70% of outdoor fatalities occur within the first few days of working in warm and hot conditions since employees have not acclimatized to the environment. It is essential to recognize that workplace heat safety is not only limited to those working outdoors. Employers with employees working in close quarters around machinery or non-temperature-controlled warehouses need an efficient and effective workplace safety protocol to reduce and hopefully prevent heat-related illness and injury. Heat-related injuries can present themselves as falls or equipment operation errors if an employee has sweaty palms, fogged safety goggles, or becomes disoriented. To help navigate workplace heat safety, we've created a 2024 guide:

5 Precautions Employers Can Take

OSHA recommended precautions include:

  1. Provide workers with water, rest, and shade.
  2. Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize or build a tolerance for working in the heat. This should be customized based on individual tolerance for heat. Working with a Safety subject matter expert is recommended to tailor this process.
  3. Plan for emergencies and train workers on heat illness and injury prevention.
  4. Monitor workers for signs of illness, including, but not limited to, headache or nausea, weakness or dizziness, heavy sweating or hot, dry skin, and elevated body temperature.
  5. When symptoms appear, the worker should be taken to a cool place and drink plenty of cool water. The employee can also be cooled with ice or a fan, and unnecessary clothing should be removed, if needed. Effective communication procedures should be in place to alert management when there is a problem. When in doubt, call 911.

Top 5 Precautions Your Employees Can Take

Employers should train supervisors and employees who work in hot environments to take the following precautions:

  1. Monitor the heat index for the day.
  2. Wear loose, light clothing that reflects sunlight and allows sweat to evaporate. Clothing items can be cooled with water to reduce body temperature.
  3. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen (sunburn hinders the body’s ability to dissipate heat)
  4. Drink plenty of cool water all day, regardless of thirst.
  5. Slow the work pace and take breaks in a shady or cool area.
  6. Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Additional Resources

A heat stress program is essential for companies with employees who will be exposed to high-heat situations. The program should include training, specific guidelines, and enforced requirements. OSHA has resources and training tools available on its website. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) also has information available here.

For more resources on workplace safety, Catapult members can access our Safety Toolkit on the Member Hub. Start a discussion post to see how your fellow members are approaching workplace heat safety! Finally, if you have any specific questions, please contact an HR Advisor via phone, email, or our live chat options.

Written by Catapult HR Advisor Stephanie Dillon, PHR, SHRM-CP.
stephanie.dillon@letscatapult.org

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