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Construction Industry Training Council of Washington Hires Education Manager

Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) has hired Jack Chapel as Education Manager. He will manage hiring and development of all CITC faculty, assist with curriculum development, manage craft training programs, and assist with facility expansion and development.  
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Ninety-one students graduated from the Construction Industry Training Council of Washington

Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) held its 2017 graduation ceremonies in both Bellevue and Spokane. A total of 91 students graduated from six of CITC’s 10 training programs.
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YPG Trivia Night at 20 Corners

 Teams had a blast with trivia hosted by "The Fish" Jeff Aaron from Fox Sports 1380.
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Retro Refunds Are Here!

ABC’s retrospective rating refunds were sent out to members during the month of June. The retro program continues to one of the top performing programs in the state, earning members over five million dollars for the 2015-2016 plan year. 
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ABC Raises Over $5,000 for Grassroots Golf!

ABC members and guests had a great time on the gorgeous Harbour Pointe golf course on July 13th at the annual ABC Golf Extravaganza. Over $5,000 was raised for ABC’s community partner, Grassroots Golf Foundation. 
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Congratulations to This Year's Excellence in Construction and Safety Award Winners!

ABC members and their project teams gathered on May 4th to celebrate the ABC Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Spirits were higABC members and their project teams gathered on May 4th to celebrate the ABC Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Spirits were high as each team went up on stage to receive their award. Rafn Company's AMLI Wallingford Apartments project was selected as the Eagle of Excellence winner. Congratulations to all the project teams, as well as the STEP Award and Safety Alliance participants. Thanks to HUB International Northwest for being our presenting sponsor! 
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Laying the Groundwork for a Strong Safety Culture

Follow-up is critical.  Scheduled performance evaluations, which review critical safety topics give employees an opportunity for feedback and allows you to engage them in their daily tasks.  This open communication may lead to questions or suggestions on how to improve the safety aspects of their work environment.  It also gives them ownership in their own safety, which in turn continues to solidify your safety culture.  We recommend one-on-one reviews after 30 days, 6 months and then annually thereafter.  
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ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 770% Safer

ABC recently released its 2017 Safety Performance Report to further the construction industry’s understanding of how to make job sites safer through its Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP). 
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Hiring Practices are Key to Healthy Workforce

One of the key elements of a strong safety culture is understanding how proper staffing and hiring practices can affect your risk to
potential worker’s compensation claims. Staffing is arguably the most important function of management.  Who you hire and how you train will dictate
the health and growth of your company.
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How the Changing Health Care Environment is Shifting the Focus on You

While the current administration continues to work through their collective plan for tweaking the Affordable Care Act, the consistent theme from those in charge revolves around the idea of personal savings accounts for health care expenses. 
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