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NSC Construction & Utilities Division

A network of builders, contractors, labor representatives, regulators, designers, insurance and utility professionals, this Division focuses on helping those working in some of the most challenging industries stay safe at work by advancing best practices in these fields. From residential, commercial and industrial construction to communications, infrastructure and power distribution, all are encouraged to be a part of this Division.

Get Involved

The NSC Construction & Utilities Division has opportunities to get involved in a variety of ways – you can join a committee, take a leadership role, participate in an educational program, or serve on a committee. 

Upcoming Opportunities

The Construction & Utilities Division is coordinating a Ladder Safety Tool Kit. Get involved by completing this form.

Save the Date!

The 2021 Construction & Utilities annual meeting will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. (ET) Monday, Oct. 11, in conjunction with the NSC Safety Congress & Expo. Registration information will be available soon.

Program Committee
The Construction & Utilities Division Program Committee works on planned programming and future series for in-person meetings. In addition to the three, one-hour meetings, expect an additional five hours of work on these projects throughout the year. Click on the dates to register for the June 29 and Oct. 5 meetings.

Engagement Committee
The Construction & Utilities  Division Engagement Committee helps identify ways for Division members to get involved in the work of the Division. In addition to three, one-hour meetings in 2021, there are opportunities to give more time as committee members are able. Click on the date to register.

Contact Sarah Van Huis for more information, or to add your voice and experience. If these committees aren’t what you’re looking for, no problem! Complete this quick survey and help us better understand your needs.

Recorded Webinars

Fighting Falls: Ladder Safety, Slip Resistance and How to Keep Your Team Safe on Site (May 5, 2021)

Kurt Beschorner, PhD, presents information on University of Pittsburgh fall prevention research, including topics such as ladder safety and traction improvement, and how their findings can be transferred to practice. J. Nigel Ellis, PhD, PE, CSP, SPE, of Ellis Fall Safety Solutions, moderates. Watch the webinar.

Prevention Through Design (March 18, 2021)
Brian Hanlon of Citizen's Bank, Daniel Lavoie of Liberty Mutual, Jason Timmerman of Allegheny County Airport Authority and Dr. John Gambatese of Oregon State University discuss prevention through design process and safety benefits. Moderated by Dr. Scott Earnest of NIOSH. Part of the Rising Stars of Safety Leadership series, sponsored by Dow. Watch the webinar.

Excavation and Trenching Panel Discussion (Feb. 4, 2021)

Richard Hearn of National Trench Safety, Kathy Freeman of MCG Civil and Annmarie Robertson of PHMSA discuss working safely while working in the ground. Moderated by Sarah Magruder Lyle of Common Ground Alliance. Watch the webcast.


Construction & Utilities Division Mid-year Meeting (March 3, 2021)

Annual meeting (Oct. 8, 2020

Industry Specific Information

Have other industry specific information to include here? Email it to [email protected].  

Meet the Division Leadership Team

Robert McCall
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Director of Safety, Master Builders' Association of Western Pennsylvania
Construction and Utilities Division Chair

Mike Hill
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Manager, Corporate Safety, Performance Contracting Group
Construction and Utilities Division Vice Chair

Kathy Freeman
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Director of Safety, HEI Civil
Construction and Utilities Division Secretary

David Payton
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Eastern Region EH&S Director, Ericsson
Construction and Utilities Delegates Representative and Immediate Past Chair

Carl Heinlein
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Senior Safety Consultant, American Contractors
Insurance Group
Construction & Utilities Division Program Chair

Interested in joining the team? Join a meeting scheduled above, or reach out to a Division leader or to Sarah Van Huis, Manager, NSC Division Programs.