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A new program headed up by the American Subcontractors Association-Houston Chapter (ASA-HC) aims to make the construction world a safer place. Launching in January 2016, Impact the Industry allows construction professionals the chance to undergo training, talk through important safety issues and seek out best practices, all in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by colleagues.

In 2014, one in five workplace fatalities — 874 fatalities total — were individuals in the construction industry, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“In construction, so much of what we do has the potential to carry real danger,” ASA-HC Executive Director Brianna Wright said. “As we work day in and day out, it’s easy to let simple safety practices fall by the wayside. We wanted to find an effective way to reach the team members and managers who are on the jobsites daily, and place safety front and center.”
   
The program offers a deeper look at protecting what truly matters while on the job, said Mike Holland, chief operating officer for Marek, one of the program’s sponsors. “Safety is all about family. Going home to the family the same way we arrive on the job every morning,” he said. “The ASA-HC Impact the Industry safety series is all about helping our industry understand how to act like family."

The five sessions that make up Impact the Industry’s inaugural year:
•    Feb. 16, 2016: Confined Spaces
•    May 10, 2016: First Aid and CPR
•    Aug. 4-5, 2016: OSHA-10
•    Sept. 22, 2016: Controlling and Managing Incidents
•    Nov. 8, 2016: Train the Trainer for Aerial Lifts    

Impact the Industry events are free to ASA-HC members, while prospective members are invited to attend free events in February and May. Attendance is limited.
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