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Putting Safety First
New safety database provides free templates, safety training presentations, and more
By Nancy Erickson
A construction worker in the field utilizes Procore’s safety database to determine job site risks before they happen.
A construction worker in the field utilizes Procore’s safety database to determine job site risks before they happen.
Putting Safety First
New safety database provides free templates, safety training presentations, and more
By Nancy Erickson

eeping construction workers safe is not a proprietary issue. The safety committee at Associated General Contractors of Alaska, or AGC, now offers members and non-members access to a new and improved database housing a wide range of safety-related documents.

AGC made the switch to Procore Technologies’ construction safety database this summer. The new database is much more user-friendly than the previous software program, says AGC Events and Communications Coordinator Kimberley Gray.

“It is now much easier to upload new documents, update documents already in the database, and add new users as well,” Gray says.

“Documents include site-safety inspection forms, examples of standard operating procedures, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, regulatory information,” says Brandi Neuterman, safety consultant and training manager for SafeLogic Alaska.

Neuterman is working with AGC to determine what documents the database will contain moving forward.

Giving Smaller Companies a Leg Up
The Procore database is useful for construction companies of all sizes but might be especially helpful for smaller ones just getting started, she says.

“It’s a free resource to help get a safety program up and running,” Neuterman says. “For established companies, it’s a great place to review and compare their program to what others in the industry may be doing. Companies can share their documents with others, which helps us all learn and grow.”

Access to the database is just a click away. Clicking on the Procore link sends an email to the AGC office requesting access.

“It’s that easy.” Neuterman says.

The free database is sponsored by Swalling General Contractors, LLC, ConocoPhillips, and Roger Hickel Contracting, Inc.

Procore Leading Provider of Construction Management Software
Procore’s Customer Success Manager Sarah Montague is part of the team supporting AGC from initial setup of the software through on-going success. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices around the globe.

“As a nonprofit organization, AGC Alaska receives all of Procore’s tools for free,” says Montague. “These are a great resource for identifying and mitigating worksite hazards and streamlining jobsite communication into one cloud-based location, with the common goal of getting people home sooner to their loved ones at the end of the day.”

“We partner with our clients to ensure their understanding of the tools, as well as how to apply them in their day-to-day on the job,” Montague continues.

These tools will enable AGC to “understand, predict, and correct issues before they become a problem,” she adds.

Looking Out for the Little Guy
“Not every construction company is large enough to hire its own safety coordinator,” says Kirk Waggoner, past chair of the AGC Safety Committee and safety coordinator for Anchorage-based Davis Constructors & Engineers, Inc.

“The goal of the AGC Safety Committee is to help smaller companies and subcontractors have access to as much safety data as possible. If we don’t, they’re going to be coming to my job and doing things that are unsafe,” Waggoner says. “They don’t have the training or can’t send their people to trainings like I get to go to.”

a female construction workers using a smartphone while wearing a mask, hard hat and safety vest on a site
Procore has a variety of software platforms for the construction industry, one of which uses work performance data to help measure impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on projects and workers.
Waggoner says the safety database is populated with several hundred documents and PowerPoint training presentations and categorized by such topics as health, wellness, fall protection, and much more.
The World of Safety Policies
In the safety world, companies often share policies and procedures, or P&P, instead of reinventing the wheel with each new project.

“The safety database is a place where large construction companies can dump libraries of templates, files, and P&Ps, scrubbed free of company names, logos, and mission statements,” says Samuel Cunard, health safety and environmental manager for Tikigaq Corporation, an Alaska Native village corporation in Point Hope.

“Others can access documents, change them according to their needs, drop in their logo, and have everything that is required,” he adds. “Nothing secret about it.”

Cunard gives the example of OSHA safety requirements for construction of a large military installation involving many subcontractors, one of which is hired to clean out a large fuel storage tank. That subcontractor is required to fill out all the necessary forms and can use the construction safety database to access a job hazard analysis form that identifies what the job is, what the hazards are, and indicates how the company is going to mitigate those hazards.

“All the crew will fill out and sign the form that says, ‘We’ll do this when this happens,’” Cunard says. “Then if someone falls down, you have that document.”

“The whole intent of the safety database is for a safer job scene,” explains Cunard, who has worked in construction health and safety in Alaska for more than thirty years.

hands holding a iPad featuring  construction management software
Procore is a leading provider of construction management software whose platform connects every project stakeholder to solutions built specifically for the construction industry.
“So that’s what the construction database is all about: To help those who are trying to do a good job, who need to do a good job and to keep their people safe,” says Cunard.
Procore Much More Than a Safety Database
Associated General Contractors of America Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Brian Turmail labels Procore as one of the organization’s capstone partners in terms of sponsoring events and partnering on initiatives.

“We cooperate with Procore on a host of things—for example, they recently sponsored us on our inaugural National Construction Industry Workforce Summit,” Turmail says.

A big initiative announced last September is Procore’s $250,000 challenge gift to AGC of America as seed money to provide scholarships for African American and other minority students studying construction at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.

“We’re working to make sure our members raise at least that amount so we can put money towards this project,” Turmail says.

He sees these scholarships not just as an opportunity to diversify the workforce in the construction industry but to also diversify leadership ranks as well.

AGC of America also worked with the construction safety software company during the coronavirus pandemic, using its work performance data to help measure the impacts of COVID-19 on the construction industry.

“COVID has turned the safety world upside down,” says Waggoner. “I deal with COVID every day—some days, all day long. It’s taken over what I do.”

Turmail sees Procore continuing to be a great partner.

AGC of America is interested in learning more about the safety database partnership with the Alaska chapter to see if that is something that could benefit members across the country, says Turmail.

“We’ll be watching it closely,” he says.

Nancy Erickson is a freelance writer living in Moose Pass. All photos courtesy of Procore.