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Ladder Safety – Preventing Injuries, Savings Lives 
Fall prevention is the new focus of safety leaders and professionals.  Prevention through design, combined with new trainings, is helping organizations save time, money, and most importantly, lives. Every day nearly 2,000 people are injured while using a ladder, and as many as 100 of them will suffer a long-term disability.  Today, one person will die in a ladder-related accident.  Four of OSHA’s top ten ‘serious’ violations in 2017 (#1, #3, #6, #9) were related to falls. Reducing the number of ladder-related injuries is becoming top priority for the nation’s foremost companies. Listeners will be wrapped in attention and will be drawn to this engaging presentation.  Dave’s use of case studies, real-life examples and practical solutions involving cutting-edge strategies to prevent prevalent OSHA/safety compliance ladder-related issues will hold participants interest for the entire session.  As a gifted presenter who involves the audience, Dave disseminates valuable information at a timely pace.  In addition, his use of audio/visual teaching tools makes this a number one requested safety training with top companies in many industries around the nation.  
– Dave Francis, National Ladder Association 

Fall Protection – Equipment Limitations
This session will look to highlight some of the inaccuracies and unsafe practices that are prevalent in the use and choice of fall protection equipment. Course topics of interest will include leading edge equipment and its proper use; weight restrictions on product, primarily relating to connection device; and the physics during a potential fall. Anchor restrictions and their combability, as well as connector restrictions.  Drew will also go in detail about Class A vs Class B SRL’s, the limitations and benefits of both, as well as touch on issues like D-ring extenders, tight vs slack connection lines, and OSHA vs ANSI and what that means to the safety professional, their company, and their people. 
– Drew Cunningham, Reliance Fall Protection

Wood Frame Safety Solutions in Construction
This session will focus on wood frame construction and safety risks associated with this type of work. We will be reviewing standards and best practices being implemented industry wide. We will also take a look at new equipment available to the industry. Bring your questions and ideas as we will be welcoming discussions!
– Cullen Schmeling and Ryan Ogrizovich CHST, Safety, Stevens Construction Corp.

Identifying Confined Spaces & Monitoring
Entering a confined space is one of the most hazardous activities performed in construction. During this one-hour session, students will review the general safety requirements of the confined space standard for construction including recognition of confined space hazards, identification of permit vs. non-permit required confined spaces, use of instrumentation to evaluate atmospheric hazards, ventilation techniques, proper signage, and requirements for multi-contractor jobsites.  
– Dan Parks, ABC of WI; Alex Jackson, Faith Technologies

Safety Round Table: Your Tough Questions, Real Answers
Back by popular demand, this interactive discussion will offer attendees the ability to ask those tough safety related questions to a roundtable of construction safety professionals.  What are the best practices in safety for particular construction trades ... ask the safety roundtable, “How can I make my jobsite safer?” Our panel of Wisconsin construction safety experts will share real world answers to your questions.  
– ABC of WI member Safety Directors

Electrical – Temporary Power
This class will cover some of the common mistakes made and offer some solutions for, the application of temp power and lighting in the job place. All crafts are encouraged to attend as we all must use the temp power and use it safely. 
– Alex Jackson, Faith Technologies

Crane Safety Management 
This session will discuss the current OSHA subpart CC Standard and help participants understand the requirements when working with or around Cranes & Derrick’s, including crane operator requirements. OSHA’s Compliance Directive acts as a road map outlining what questions an inspector will ask employees while on site.  For any contractor who utilizes cranes on their jobsites, this is an effective internal auditing tool to ensure companies remain in compliance while providing the safest job site possible  Come to this session to learn more!
– Kyle Emon, Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental Inc.

Fleet / Defensive Driving
Driving kills nearly 40,000 people a year, injures more than 4.5 million people, and is the number one cause of occupational death in the US.  1 in 5 of all crashes are blamed on distracted driving.  This seminar will tackle some of the most effective ways to reduce your chances of being involved, injured, killed or held personally liable for a crash. 
– Ken Alderden, Sentry Insurance

Stretch and Flex
This session will review why stretch and flex programs in construction are beneficial as evidenced by several scientifically driven articles.  The session will also review the key elements of a back education program.  This session is designed to provide the answers to the questions of “what’s in it for me?” or why should employees actively and enthusiastically participate in both of these training elements.
– Melissa Samuels, OTR Blankenheim Services

Struck-By Hazard Control
Struck-by incidents are the leading cause of fatal accidents in Wisconsin almost every year. Whether you are a homebuilder or a commercial contractor building multistory complexes, struck-by hazards are present on every project.  This session will provide some hazard identification strategies, OSHA standards that may apply, and some best practices you can implement tomorrow to better prevent these types of incidents.
– Matt Morley, Kraemer Brothers

In this session, you’ll learn how to implement a successful ergonomic program, and openly discuss; Stretch and Flex Programs, Physical Demands Analysis, Post Offer Employment Testing (POET), and Best Ergonomic Practices for your worksites.
– Jodi Glunz, MS, CPE,  AON

Trenching & Excavation 
No matter if you work in concrete, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, excavation, demo, or a general contractor, working in and around a trench can be dangerous.  Soil stability, soil type, changes in weather, and unshored trench walls all contribute to trench cave-ins. Hazards associated with trench work and excavation are recognized and preventable, yet injuries and fatalities associated with these hazards continue to occur. This session will provide you with information on regulations and consensus standards, and describe engineering controls, protective equipment, and safe work practices to minimize hazards for workers during trench work and excavations. 
OSHA Update 2019
Get updates on the newest changes in OSHA Regulations in construction and how upcoming regulations could change how you work, including the recent injury reporting changes, silica and much more. Review past Construction fatalities that happen in your trade. This update will keep you in-the-know on OSHA and jobsite safety.  Learn what OSHA’s 2019 emphasis in Wisconsin are…which could allow OSHA to visit your jobsite.  

The presentation will cover the most critical OSHA regulations pertaining to Subpart L – Scaffold. We will also discuss best practices regarding the erection, use and inspection of scaffold systems.
– Andy Virnich, Safeway Services

Technology in Construction
This roundtable style Q/A session is for those who have an interest in using the latest and greatest in technology for a more efficient and better documented jobsite or place of business. We will go in depth about the tracking capabilities of the fall protection line, be it to an individual or specific job, as well as the assistance it can provide in mandated equipment inspections. We will highlight the iNet feature which provides unique record keeping and tracking capabilities of both human and equipment assets, as well as their “man-down” feature. We will provide insight into barcoding and tracking of equipment and tools, as well as a streamlined purchase order process from end user to distributor(s), i.e. cutting (1) PO for multiple items from multiple vendors. These readily available options, when implemented by today’s safety professionals, foreman, and supervisors, can provide for better time management, record keeping, potential cost savings, and an overall safer more manageable workplace. 
– Pat Harrel, DBI Sala; John Engler, Distribution Depot; Jim Moody, Industrial Scientific; Nick Bryant, Verona Safety

Active Shooter
Whether your construction company has implemented Run-Hide-Fight, Lockdown, Evacuation or other crisis action protocols, it is critical that it comprehends how to place as many ‘roadblocks’ as possible between your employees and the intruder/shooter to increase your chances of surviving.  For this reason, it is critical that your employees receive training on how to rapidly respond to an armed intruder or active shooter incident on the construction site – whether working within a manufacturing facility or at an outdoor construction site.  Statistics indicate that a little more than 60% of active shooter situations are over within five (5) minutes – the shooter leaves the area, the shooter takes their own life (about 40%), or law enforcement/a prepared citizen neutralizes the situation.  Knowing exactly what to do during those few minutes may mean the difference between life and death for you, a coworker and many others on your construction site.  Honestly ask yourself, are all of your construction employees prepared to deal with an armed intruder or an active shooter on your job site?  
– Ted Hayes,CSP,MSE, Senior Risk Manager, M3 Insurance

Return To Work
During this session, participants will discuss the importance of a smooth and rapid transition back to full duty for your employees and how to set up an aggressive transitional duty program that can benefit your company and your employees. Topic discussions to include the following. Why is a transitional duty program so important.How to set up and structure a return to work program. How and when to engage a nurse triage service rather than the old “I will tough it out” mentality and how it can help keep injuries from getting worse. The benefits of a program to the employees and the company.
– Tony Geobel, 5G Benefits 

Reasonable Suspicion
The impact of substance abuse in the workplace is on the rise!  While the state of Wisconsin is currently working on the management of drug use that has tragically infected our communities, Aurora is working with local companies to manage the current state of addiction found in our work environments.   If you want to learn more about the current state of addiction in Wisconsin and best practices to effectively manage employees who are under the influence, then you need this presentation! The experts will guide you through what you need to have in place to effectively and safely manage employees of substance abuse and the impact drugs can have on your bottom line (Safety, Productivity and Team Morale).
– Kimberly Michaud, RN, BSN, & Pam Krueger, MSW, Aurora

Silica – Year in Review
The Silica Standard has been in place for just over a year. In this session we will review the requirements of the standard. We will go through supporting documentation and new information provided by OSHA to assist companies in compliance. We will also be discussing some best practices and common mistakes found throughout this first year of the standard.
– Jared Weber, ABC of Wisconsin

Learn how to prevent the most common violations for commercial motor vehicles (CMV). This includes load securement, hours of service and electronic logging, and updates to CDL and CMV requirements.  There will also be time for Q&A.
– Wisconsin State Patrol

MSHA Qualifications
In this session, participants will learn about the requirements and qualifications to work at a mine. You will be able to ask questions regarding what qualifies as an MSHA worksite. When does a contractor need training to perform work on a mine site?  When and what type of training is required? The difference is Part 46 and Part 48 training. When is refresher training required? What is site-specific training?
Mark G. Johnson - Custom Industrial Services LLC

Leadership Safety Accountability
Changing Safety Culture Through Coaching:  The Goal of this Process is to make stronger leaders, improve communication among your teams, empower everyone, and reduce incidents.
– Rocky Rowlett, Faith Technologies

Noise Exposure
During this presentation, attendees will discuss:
Problems with worker exposure assessment, possible alternatives and ANSI A10.46; hearing loss prevention for construction workers suggestion; Increasing the effective use of hearing protection; application of research to increase the effectiveness of hearing conservation training for construction workers
– Don Garvey, CIH, CSP, 3M Company

Demolition/Health Hazards
This session will discuss common environmental hazards that may be encountered on demolition and renovation projects. The session will build awareness in hazard recognition for concerns such as lead, asbestos, mold and air quality. We will also discuss pre-planning for hazards and control options available.  
– Jim Jozwiakowski, EMC

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