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Construction industry to hold state-wide safety break

Jobsites across California will pause to discuss safety protocols amidst COVID-19

LIVERMORE, Calif., March 31, 2020— In a unified effort to educate the construction workforce across the Golden State, industry leaders have asked all jobsites to pause work on Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 A.M. to hold a COVID-19 Safety Stand Down.

The Safety Stand Down is an opportunity for all jobsite leaders to clearly explain the safety measures taken to ensure every employee and their families are being protected while continuing to build California.

Our number one concern on every jobsite is the safety and health of our members and their employees,” stated Michele Daugherty, President and CEO of ABC NorCal. “We are taking every precaution and direction from our state and local leaders to ensure our skilled and trained workforce is protected while continuing to build California.

All construction sites are being asked to participate in this educational effort. To assist in communicating the health and safety message a “Toolbox Talk” informational sheet has been distributed to jobsite leaders and can be viewed here.

Today, ABC announced their 2020 Safety Performance Report, which highlights their data collected through the Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP). The report shows that ABC companies are 827 percent safer than the industry standard across the nation, making them among the safest companies in the industry to work for.

For more information or resources on COVID-19 and other safety measures, visit ABC.org/coronavirus.

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Representing more than 21,000 construction and industry-related firms nationwide, the Associated Builders and Contractors was founded in 1950 and today has 69 chapters. The ABC NorCal chapter started in 1976 and now represents 500 large and small companies and their workers across Northern California.