• Message from AGC MA Chairman of the Board

  • I hope you all enjoyed some relaxing vacation time over the summer and are as eager as I am to usher in the fall season. AGC MA continues to advocate and educate on issues that hold great importance to our industry and I want to share a quick update on some of our most critical initiatives.  

    Workforce development is one of AGC’s key strategic objectives and AGC MA is tackling the issue on a number of fronts. Our highly engaged Workforce Development Committee is currently supporting efforts to educate teachers and guidance counselors at area vocational technical schools on the merits of construction careers, an important initiative as we strive to inspire and prepare future generations of construction workers. The committee also has programs at the college level that include an on-going effort designed to help bolster Fitchburg State University’s construction management program.

    An area of urgent concern is the growing opioid addiction facing our industry. Like you, I’m deeply concerned by the grip opioids have on many construction workers in our state.  A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited construction workers were six times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than other workers in Massachusetts.

    AGC MA is taking on this crisis with education and awareness and is also working to tackle the root cause of much of this addiction: workplace injuries. Our Job Site Safety Service and the AGC Safety Committee offers offers training and OSHA classes, which can be tailored to fit your firm’s specific needs.  I highly encourage members looking to refine their safety programs to take advantage of consultations and inspections on your job site anywhere in New England. There will be more to come on this front but please feel free to share with me any of your suggestions, as this issue requires our full attention and passionate support.

    This spring, the AGC MA Chapter 149A Task Force commissioned Navigant Consulting to conduct an analysis of a recent Mass. School Building Authority study comparing the costs of Chapter 149 and Chapter 149A school building projects. We look forward to sharing the results of our research and analysis in the coming weeks.

    I hope to see you soon at one of the many upcoming AGC MA events and appreciate your support in advancing our shared mission of Building Excellence in the Commonwealth.

    Mike O’Brien

    AGC MA Chairman of the Board

    Vice President, Gilbane Building Company

     


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