COVID-19


AGC of Minnesota is committed to serving our members as Your Trusted Resource throughout this public health crisis.

We are coordinating with AGC of America regarding needs and measures to address economic and job safety concerns, and have been in regular communication with state agencies with construction contracts, as well as public-funded contracting authorities, regarding how COVID-19 may affect projects, from potential delays to potential safety precautions. 

To maintain best safety practices, we are working and holding all meetings and educational sessions remotely.  Our phone lines and email addresses are open, and we will do our best to respond to any requests in a timely manner.

Click the links below for topical resources.

 


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Timeline

 
DATE EVENTS
Wednesday
April 01
Tuesday
March 31
Monday
March 30
Saturday
March 28
  • AGC of America provided narrative to the updated federal guidance from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that clarifies construction’s critical role in supporting essential infrastructure.
Friday
March 27
  • AGC of Minnesota added Best Practice Resources from AGC members - click the Recommended Practices menu below.
Thursday
March 26
Wednesday
March 25
Monday
March 23
  • AGC of Minnesota held a webinar for members on "COVID-19 Industry Developments."  
    • View/Hear the webinar
    • View the slides
    • Handout from AGC of Houston referenced in Doug Swenson's presentation
    • To stay up to date on all AGC related information, please download the AGC Connection app from the App Store or Google Play.  Restricted to AGC members only, and users will need login credentials from www.agc.org (click "Register" at the top left if you do not already have login credentials with AGC of America)
Friday
March 20
Thursday
March 19
Wednesday
March 18
Tuesday
March 17
  • AGC of Minnesota issued a joint Statement of Support for Continued Construction Operations with industry partners.
  • AGC of America released released a nationwide statement of similar significance and message.
  • Vice President Pence publicly suggested that construction companies donate their N-95 masks to local hospitals and refrain from ordering additional masks. It is the position of AGC that this should be considered as a voluntary gesture and not a mandate.  Of course, any firm with a surplus of masks should consider donating them to heath care providers 
  • The US Treasury announced a 90-day tax payment extension.
Monday
March 16
Sunday
March 15
Friday
March 13

Webinars and Education

Both AGC of Minnesota and AGC of America are holding regular opportunities for members to hear the latest information on policies affecting our industry.

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Construction Job Site Practices

Highway/HeavyAGC of Minnesota COVID-19 Recommended Practices (including best practices) for Employers & Employees on Highway / Heavy / Utility Construction Jobsites

BuildingAGC of Minnesota COVID-19 Recommended Practices (including best practices) for Employers & Employees on Construction Jobsites

Best Practice Resources from AGC of Minnesota Members:

Listen to the AGC of Minnesota webinar (March 23), which includes a presentation by Doug Swenson (AGC) on construction job site practices. View the slides

AGC of Houston has compiled this good list of COVID-19 Recommended Practices for Construction Jobsites.  Also available in Spanish.

The AGC chapter in Philadelphia (General Building Contractors Association, Inc.) has put together these useful safety tools to use in employee communication.

IS COVID-19 A RECORDABLE INCIDENT?

For details on AGC's role in the revision of OSHA guidelines on limiting the parameters under which COVID-19 is a recordable illness, click here.

OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log.

While 29 CFR 1904.5(b)(2)(viii) exempts recording of the common cold and flu, COVID-19 is a recordable illness when a worker is infected on the job.

COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties.  However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are met:

  1. The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
  2. The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5; and
  3. The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g. medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work).

Employment and Business Resources

AGC of America Resources

Main Portal: https://www.agc.org/coronavirus-covid-19

Minnesota State Department Resources

From the Governor:

  • Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20: Minnesota Under "Stay Home" restrictions effective Friday, March 27, 11:59 pm
    • CONSTRUCTION LISTED AS ESSENTIAL, NOT SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS OF NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
    • Essential business employees are permitted to travel to and from work without violating the new Stay Home Executive Order issued by Governor Walz. AGC has developed an Essential Worker Verification Form for all employees that verifies exempt workers, accommodating their work travel.The verification form is NOT a requirement of law or the Governor's Executive Order 20-20. The form is only a convenience for an employee should they desire this level of comfort that their travel is authorized for essential business. If you use it, the form can be signed by someone in your organization (not MnDOT or another owner/public authority).

From the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry:

From the Minnesota Department of HealthStrategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota

From the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development

From OSHA:

AGC of Minnesota Advocacy on COVID-19

Correspondence:
In the News: