NUCA News Summary – January 2021
News & Advocacy
Construction Industry COVID Stand Down, Jan. 11-15
The U.S. construction industry is holding a COVID-19-focused safety stand down the week of Jan. 11-15. NUCA enthusiastically supports this stand down and encourages all of our members to take a half-hour next week to remind their employees about the risks of COVID-19 in your workplace, wearing masks and other PPE, social distancing, frequent handwashing, disinfecting work surfaces, and staying home if you suspect sickness. NUCA's COVID-19 Toolbox Talks handout can remind your employees about how to mitigate this virus in your workplace.
New Congress Opens: House Priorities Are Infrastructure
The new 117th Congress opened for business on Sunday, with the re-elections of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). NUCA's legislative outreach to lawmakers in the last few weeks emphasized the industry's optimism that the long-awaited infrastructure bills sought by the U.S. economy will have top priority in the House during the first half of 2021. We will keep you informed on the latest Congressional action via this newsletter, our NUCA social media accounts, and our Muster advocacy alerts. Learn more here.
U.S. Chamber Opens "Build By the Fourth of July" Campaign
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce greeted Congress with its new infrastructure advocacy campaign. "Investing in America’s infrastructure is critical to our economic recovery, prosperity, and quality of life. The longer our elected leaders wait to pass legislation, the more our roads, highways and bridges will deteriorate," opened its website. NUCA is a Chamber member and agrees that the new 117th Congress needs to move this critical national issue to the top of its to-do list. Read more here.
NUCA's 2021 Convention - Back to the Beach: Early Bird Registration Ends January 8
NUCA is headed back to the Naples Grand Beach resort for our 2021 annual meeting & convention, Feb. 4-6, 2021. We are excited to revisit an amazing location on the beautiful beaches of Florida for another memorable NUCA convention! Get out of the house and come safely network with your fellow NUCA members in a beautiful setting. Learn more here.
Let 2020 Be the Year of Your NUCA Award
Don't let 2020 be a lousy year. We know you've got some great projects to show off or you know a member who demonstrated extraordinary leadership this year. Nominate amazing individuals and projects for a NUCA Award. Deadlines extended to January 8: Start here.
NUCA WINS: A Best Practice in Reporting
NUCA's Workplace Incident Notification System (NUCA WINS) is an incident recording app that employees' can easily operate on their mobile device to document the situation at the point-of-occurrence. In a matter of a few minutes' incidents can be easily and completely documented, including: injuries and illnesses; property, liability, and utility strikes; near misses; safety observations; and more. Learn more here.
Trench Safety Stand Down: June 14-18, 2021
NUCA leadership released the dates for the next TSSD, scheduled for June 14-18, 2021. NUCA's member-wide safety stand down presents the opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees and others about safety around excavations and protecting employees from trenching hazards. This will be NUCA's eighth TSSD event (and our second June Trench Safety Month), so please mark those dates on your 2021 training calendars and plan to participate.
New NUCA@Work Look Introduced
As you can see, NUCA's 2021 initiatives also include a new look for this e-newsletter! We've freshened the masthead, included more industry and membership news, and included some advertising opportunities just for NUCA members. Let us know what you think with an email to our editorial staff, Robert Baylor or Zak Jordon.
Toolbox Talks: OSHA Revised Hazard Communication Standard
The first of our new round of Toolbox Talks are now available on the TBT page. This week's topic, OSHA Revised Hazard Communications Standard.