July 27, 2020

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Crisis! - Are You Ready?
Don't Let 30 Years of Hard Work Get Destroyed in 30 Seconds 

OCA/AGC’s newest member discount helps protect your hard-earned reputation in a crisis. OCA is excited to announce a new partnership with CrisisDriver, and a 15% member-only discount off CrisisDriver’s industry-leading incident response and crisis communications solution.

CrisisDriver combines a web-based command center and mobile app that enables contractors to build project-specific response and crisis communications plans to quickly and successfully manage negative events. The CrisisDriver mobile application and web-based administrative portal offers organizations a comprehensive and customized solution for managing all types of incidents. With this tool, you’ll be equipped to properly manage a crisis from beginning to the end while communicating clearly throughout the process.

The CrisisDriver solution comes pre-loaded with construction-industry buy-time statements, messaging and communication templates, and risk management best practices from crisis communications expert Anthony Huey, who has more than 25 years of boots on the ground experience in crisis management and media relations.

Interested in learning how CrisisDriver can help protect your company’s reputation? Available to OCA Members at an exclusive discount, click here to learn more or schedule a short demo today.

Through this exclusive program, OCA members will receive a 15% discount off the base industry subscription to the CrisisDriver service, as well as add-on service modules.

OCA Membership Benefits:

+ Exclusive CrisisDriver pricing

+ Exclusive access to construction-industry resources

+ Pre-loaded construction-industry buy-time statements, messaging and templates

+ Included risk management best practices + Customizable crisis communications action plan

+ Special discounts

+ OCA-specific documents & resources

For more information or to take advantage of this OCA member-only benefit, visit https://www.agc.crisisdriver.com, https://www.agc.org/crisis-driver or contact Anthony Huey at 614.486.5000 or info@crisisdriver.com

Unemployment Claims Webinar – August 20 Free for OCA Group Rating Program Participants

One additional benefit of participating in OCA’s group rating program for workers compensation insurance is being able to take advantage of free training opportunities offered by our group TPA, CompManagement/Sedgwick.

On August 20, 2020, from 2:00 -3:00 p.m. CompManagement/Sedgwick will conduct a free webinar designed to help employers properly handle unemployment claims. You will learn helpful tips on using your employee policies and documentation to have the best chance of prevailing in unemployment claims. This program will be particularly helpful considering the uptick in unemployment claims triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your company participates in OCA’s Group Rating Program for workers comp, or if your company utilizes CompManagement as a TPA for workers compensation, please click here to register for the free webinar.

BWC Webinar -  Driver Safety Program - Tuesday, July 28

BWC is hosting a webinar titled Developing a Driver Safety Program on Tuesday, July 28 (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.). The webinar will give attendees information needed to reduce costly injuries, fatalities and property damage. Additionally, participants will learn how to guard against company liability associated with auto accidents and reduce the risk of life-altering injuries.

This webinar will be instructed by Joe Koehl, a National Safety Council defensive driving instructor and Loss Prevention Supervisor in BWC’s Dayton Service Office.

Additional information, including registration instructions, can be found in the attached flyer. We have also provided the August webinar series schedule for your information.

For more information or assistance when registering, contact BWC’s Kaylee Blevings at Kaylee.b.1@bwc.state.oh.us

OCA is Here to Serve YOU

As OCA members traverse today’s challenges and position themselves to most effectively capture opportunities, remember – we are here to help.

Your firm is one of the many companies charged with creating and maintaining Ohio’s highways and bridges. You and the work you do are essential to keep Ohioans moving. And you are doing an exemplary job!

Throughout the last several months, you’ve told us that:

• having an advocate in areas like public agency (including ODOT) communications, labor relations and legislative issues is critical,

• having a partner to wade through the endless complex updates and changes our industry is experiencing daily, pull out the details that matter most and communicate that information in a timely, concise and easily accessible manner is invaluable, and

• staying engaged and connected with the heavy/highway community is more important than ever.

OCA is proud to be your advocate and partner. Everything we do is for the benefit of our members, and we continue to depend upon your input to know that we are providing what you need – when you need it.

Please continue to reach out to us with suggestions, questions and concerns. All of the OCA staff members welcome your input. You are also encouraged to reach out to Lynda Pomeroy, lpomeroy@ohiocontractors.org to confirm your firm is maximizing the value your receive from your membership investment.

OCA’s Group Rating Program for Ohio Workers Comp

Each year Ohio employers can participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies.

Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To succeed in accident prevention, we encourage you to use the many resources available to you. We believe a group-rating program is a partnership that includes you and your employees, your sponsoring organization (OCA) or third-party administrator (CompManagement) and BWC. Each has specific roles and responsibilities, all designed to assist in preventing workplace accidents.

Each year, OCA publishes and distributes a group rating safety accountability letter. This letter outlines the safety services expectations you should have as an employer enrolled in a group-rating program. We encourage our members to review the letter here. It is also posted on our website at www.ohiocontractors.org in the Safety Resources Section.

If you have any questions about OCA’s Group Rating Program for Workers Comp, please contact Mark Potnick in the OCA office.

ODOT Offers Work Type 26 - eLearning Course (Online) and Testing Sessions (Columbus, Ohio) - July / August 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is currently not feasible to conduct instructor-led sessions of the Work Type 26 Structural Steel Painting Class, which previously has been scheduled several times per year. On behalf of ODOT’s Division of Construction Management, please note that the following two-step option is now available.

1. Work Type 26 eLearning Course (Online)Click here for details on how to access the online training (3 modules).

2. Work Type 26 Testing (Columbus, Ohio)Click here for details. Successful completion of the online training is required in order to proceed with Work Type 26 Testing.

Persons who successfully complete the Work Type 26 eLearning Course can proceed with registering for Work Type 26 Testing. Registration is now open for the following sessions.

     • July 28 – Morning » Click here to register.
     • July 28 – Afternoon » Click here to register.
     • August 11 – Morning » Click here to register.
     • August 11 – Afternoon » Click here to register.
     • August 25 – Morning » Click here to register.
     • August 25 – Afternoon » Click here to register.

Pre-registration is required for Work Type 26 Testing. Seating capacity is limited for each session, based on social distancing requirements due to COVID-19.

Please review the important updates and new safety protocols for testing as described per the links above. Looking ahead, additional sessions of Work Type 26 Testing (for Fall 2020) will be announced in several weeks.

Questions about Work Type 26 can be directed to: David Flood – David.Flood@dot.ohio.gov or Tina Collins – Tina.Collins@dot.ohio.gov, with ODOT’s Division of Construction Management.

Worksite Traffic Supervisor (WTS) Prequalification Testing

On behalf of ODOT’s Division of Construction Management and Office of Roadway Engineering, the following additional sessions of Worksite Traffic Supervisor (WTS) Prequalification Testing are now open for registration:

• August 18 – Morning » Click here to register.

• August 18 – Afternoon » Click here to register.

• September 1 – Morning » Click here to register.

• September 1 – Afternoon » Click here to register.

Click here to access the PDF flyer with recent updates.

Prerequisites – Do not register for WTS Prequalification testing until the prerequisites have been completed. Please see the online registration form and flyer for details.

Pre-registration is required for WTS Testing. Due to social distancing requirements per COVID-19, seating capacity is limited for each session. Please review the important updates and new safety protocols as described per the links above.

   Construction Changed His Life: Meet Logan

Logan Bushe is a 22-year-old carpenter apprentice at Beaver Excavating Company.

“I wouldn’t want to do anything else,” he says.

And even though he’s exactly where he wants to be, his path to where he is today wasn’t always clear. At just 18, Bushe was arrested. After the incident, Logan wasn’t confident he would be able to get a job. All he knew was that he was going to put all of his energy and effort into finding a new path forward.

“I wasn’t going to let it stop me from getting a job,” he said. He told himself, “I’m going to stay focused and stay with it.”

After his run-in with the law, Bushe found his way to a path that would eventually change the course of his life. His father advised him to focus on entering the workforce and earning money. After a few years, he could go back to college. His dad told him, “Don’t go into debt. You can pay for college on your own. Start working and saving while you’re young.”


OCA is pleased to have received applications for membership from the following companies: 

Contractor Members:

Company: Amaazz Construction
Member Type: Active
Member Description: Pipe, Asphalt Products, Concrete, Design-Construct, Excavation/Earthwork/Site Development, Heavy Highway Construction, Pavement, Reinforcing Steel, Sawing, Concrete/Asphalt, Traffic Control
Primary Contact, 614-454-3303, brad.jones@amaazzconstruction.com
Chapter: Columbus

Company: OH-3 Corporation
Member Type: Active
Member Description: Demolition, Excavation/Earthwork/Site Development, Soil Remediation
Primary Contact: Otha Hilson, President, 330-651-5401, oh3corporation@gmail.com
Chapter: Youngstown

Associate Member:

Company: Parsons Member
Type: Associate Member
Description: Engineers
Primary Contact: Todd Bergstrom, VP/Critical Infrastructure, 330-607-6643, todd.bergstrom@parsons.com
Chapter: Akron/Canton

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