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Spotlight on Northside Ford Truck Sales



Spotlight on Northside Ford Truck Sales

AGC has greatly valued Northside Ford Truck Sale’s partnership since 2012, and has supported their efforts to build relationships across the many different companies within the region’s construction industry.

Northside is the only Ford dealership in the Northwest that is exclusively dedicated to Ford Trucks. From Crossovers to the F-750 trucks, Northside has them all. Northside can provide a complete fleet program, including sales, leasing, parts, maintenance, telematics, and experience.

Northside’s mission is to provide their customers with the best service to keep their fleet up and running whether that be parts, service, or a new or used truck. Northside is not one sided though; they offer retail vehicles as well as commercial vehicles. Northside inventories the Escape, Edge, Explorer, Expedition as well as the F-series pickup trucks with the options that are the most popular for the retail market.

Meet Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly is Northside’s primary representative working with the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter. He has been heavily involved with the chapter for the last eight years. He has over 40 years of experience in the commercial vehicle sales and leasing industry, and is Master Certified by the Ford Motor Company’s Commercial Vehicle Center program. Bob attends nearly all of the chapter events, and dedicates time to the committees that help to plan the events as well. He is always willing to lend an extra hand during set-up or take-down and is a great guy to have on your team. If you don’t know Bob yet, make sure you introduce yourself at our next chapter event. He’ll be there!


Respect the Zone: Slow Down in Work Zones

Respect the ZoneOn any given day, there are more than 500 active work zones in the state of Oregon, and they operate day and night. It’s imperative that motorists slow down and drive with focus as they approach, enter, and travel through work zones. Dangerous driving behaviors can injure or kill drivers, passengers, construction and utility workers, and public safety professionals.

2011–2015 Work Zone Data

  • Oregon averaged 488 work zone crashes, each year.
  • Oregon averaged 13 serious injury crashes and 5 fatal crashes each year.
  • On average, a work zone crash occurs in Oregon every 18 hours.
  • More than one person is hurt every day in a work zone crash in Oregon.

Safety Tips

  • Pay attention: Whether you are driving, bicycling, or walking through work zones, observe and obey posted warning signs and flaggers.
  • Orange is your clue to slow down! Pay extra attention when you see orange signs, barrels, cones and barricades.
  • Expect the unexpected: Speed limits might be lowered, travel lanes narrowed or eliminated, and people may be working near travel lanes.
  • Slow down: Obey all speed signs. Speeding is a leading cause of work zone crashes.
    Don’t tailgate: The number one reason for crashes in a work zone is tailgating. Don’t follow too closely and slow down.

May is Oregon Transportation Safety Month! Information provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Last Chance to Register for the Southern Oregon Golf Tournament

AGC Southern Oregon Golf


Join us at the beautiful Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls for the Board of Directors Meeting at 9 am, followed by the Southern Oregon Golf Tournament at 1 pm. Registration Closes on Friday, May 19 so register your team today.

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All proceeds are donated to OIT Construction Programs to support future contractors in Southern Oregon. A huge thank you to the generosity of our 2017 sponsors who make this event and the donation to OIT possible.
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◊ AGC Health Trust Benefit Trust
◊ Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc.
◊ Bob’s Excavating
◊ Bogatay Construction Inc.
◊ Daily Journal of Commerce
◊ Foster Denman, LLP
◊ Henris Roofing & Supply of Or Inc.
◊ J B Bteel Inc
◊ Knife River Corporation
◊ Knife River Materials
◊ Modoc Contracting Co., Inc.
◊ Northside Ford Truck Sales
◊ Precision Electric
◊ Stoel Rives LLP
◊ Ward Insurance
◊ Welburn Electric, Inc.
◊ Wilson Equipment Inc/Bobcat of Medford
◊ Winema Electric, Inc.

For more details on this event visit our webpage.

OP-ED: It’s transportation safety awareness month

SC2013_DJC_320x320Mike Salsgiver, Executive DirectorWith spring temperatures finally on the rise and more sun in our forecast, construction work across the region is in full swing. Across the city and up and down the I-5 corridor, drivers are seeing a large number of work zones on their daily commutes.

We are all used to seeing the flashing amber lights and the orange construction cones, but what can we do to ensure everyone stays safe as the highway construction season gets under way?

Construction on our roads and highways is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. The risk of death on a highway construction job is seven times higher than for an average worker.

There are hundreds of active work zones in Oregon. The sheer number of work areas dramatically increases the danger to workers from inattentive drivers. National studies show that driver inattention is the leading cause of work zone crashes; speeding ranks second and driving too fast for conditions is a close third.

Time and again, we are reminded that many people do not understand the severity of the situation until after an accident has occurred. Traffic is stopped and people are frustrated. They push or ignore the rules of the road, and most of the time do not realize their commute home is through another person’s place of business.

Work zone crashes are serious for both drivers and workers. In Oregon and nationally, more drivers or their passengers are killed or injured in work zone crashes than workers, and 40 percent of crashes occur in the transition zone before the actual work area. In Oregon, a work zone crash occurs every 18 hours, and each week more than one of those crashes can be attributed to a distracted driver. Examining data from the past five years in Oregon, there is an average of 477 work zone crashes per year – including an average of seven fatal crashes and 20 resulting in serious injury per year.

From a construction perspective, work zone accidents also have a pronounced impact on project schedules and costs. Twenty-five percent of contractors reported that work zone crashes during the past year have forced them to temporarily shut down construction activity. Those delays were often lengthy, as 38 percent of those project shutdowns lasted two or more days (an indirect safety cost).

All work zone accidents are avoidable. To draw attention to this, the Associated General Contractors’ Oregon-Columbia chapter, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Trucking Associations, AAA Oregon/Idaho, the Oregon State Police and several area law enforcement agencies have worked together over the past couple of years on the “Orange is your clue” campaign to spread the word about work zone safety.

Throughout the campaign, stakeholders and agencies have stressed that a successful approach to work zone safety must take into consideration:

  • engineering a positive separation between the public and workers on job sites;
  • enforcing appropriate work zone speeds with the presence of police vehicles in and around job sites;
  • educating the public about identifying work zone signs and obeying speed zones; and
  • coordinating emergency medical services between all first responders.

But what can a normal driver on the road do to ensure the safety of highway construction workers?

A construction work zone is considered “operational” 24 hours a day, whether workers are present or not. It is critical for drivers to remember that they are driving through a place of business (and fines are double). Because of this, it is imperative that the public pay attention, slow down and expect delays while approaching work zones, because many can have narrow traffic lanes, closed shoulders and workers close to live traffic.

With free, active maps on every smartphone, there is no reason why drivers should not be aware of conditions facing them. If the maps show delays, plan an alternate route.

Also, the color orange is your clue! When orange signs, barrels, cones and barricades are in place, drivers should SLOW DOWN and watch for highway workers.

Especially as our industry begins its busy season, there are new opportunities to refocus on the importance of safety in work zones and the incredibly critical role the public has in maintaining a safe work environment for our employees. There is nothing more important than for drivers to arrive alive, and for our workers to go home to their families every night.

To learn more about work zone safety, visit

Mike Salsgiver is the executive director of Associated General Contractors’ Oregon-Columbia chapter. Contact him at 503-685-8305 or

This column originally appeared in the Daily Journal of Commerce and can be viewed here (subscription required).

Work Zone Crashes: An Avoidable Tragedy

Work Zone Crashes: An Avoidable Tragedy

May is Oregon Transportation Safety Month! Information provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

AGCA Foundation Workforce Development Scholarship Deadline: 6/1

AGCA Education and Research FoundationThe AGC of America Education and Research Foundation offers Workforce Development Scholarships to students enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of construction.

This is not the AGC scholarship for students in four-year degree programs. If you wish to apply for that scholarship, go to when the application opens in July.

The Workforce Development scholarship is for students pursuing associate degrees, technical training or certificates to enter the construction industry. This scholarship is for $1,000 per year and can be renewed for up to two years.

This is a national scholarship program. Most of the AGC chapters offer scholarships to students in their areas as well. Check here to find an AGC chapter from your home state or in the state in which you attend school to see what they offer for this type of educational program.

Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2017 and are for the 2017–18 academic year. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be notified by July 2017. The next step is an interview with a contractor in your area. Following the interview, scholarship recipients will be selected and announced in August 2017. Students will receive their awards at the start of the September 2017 school year.

To apply, applications must be completed online. All applicants must sign-up for new login information before starting the application.

There are two very important things to remember:

  • You must meet the criteria to apply.
  • Be sure that your evaluator (either a teacher or an employer) knows that you are requesting a recommendation and log back in to your application to ensure the recommendation has been submitted. Your application is not complete until the evaluation has been completed AND YOU SUBMIT THE APPLICATION.

Read more at AGC of America.

Safety Break for Oregon is May 10

Why Take a Safety Break?

When workers return home safe to their families at the end of the day, workers’ compensation and Safety Break for Oregoninsurance costs are reduced, and productivity improves when workers know they are performing in a safe environment. Your community benefits by knowing that you are an employer who values safety.

Your commitment to having a safe workplace is communicated to your workers, their families and your community. The positive perceptions created about the value of workplace safety and health can yield many positive outcomes for future employee recruiting, sales opportunities, and new partnerships within an industry or a region.

Show your commitment to safety by joining companies all over the Oregon here.

Oregon OSHA has many resources available for you to use. Creating safer workplaces does not have to be overwhelming. Visit OROSHA safety break web page.

Don’t Zone Out: Work Zone Safety Month

May 2017 is Transportation Safety Awareness Month and Oregon’s Kick off to the Work Zone Construction Season

Drivers traveling Oregon roads are asked to recognize the importance of slowing down and driving with focus as they approach, enter, and travel through work zones, for their own safety and that of their passengers, other drivers, construction and utility workers, and public safety professionals. Dangerous driving behaviors have resulted in an increase in fatalities and injuries on Oregon’s roads. Inattention and speed are the most common causes of work zone crashes.

Oregon Work Zone Fatalities Magnitude of the Problem (preliminary data*)

  • Over last five years (2011–2015), Oregon has averaged 488 work zone related crashes per year, averaging 13 with serious injuries, and five fatal crashes per year.
  • On average, a work zone crash occurs every 18 hours in Oregon.
  • More than one person is hurt every day in a work zone crash in Oregon, on average.
  • Work zone crashes are serious for both workers and drivers, but more drivers or their passengers are killed or injured in work zone crashes than workers. On average, 85% of work zone fatalities are drivers or their passengers.
  • Road construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Road workers are six times more likely to be injured or killed on the job compared to other professions.
  • Work zone crashes tend to be more severe versus crashes outside a work zone.

Driving Safely Through a Work ZoneSafety Tips:

  • Pay attention and focus on the single task of driving, bicycling, and walking when traveling through work zones.
  • Orange is your clue to slow down! Pay extra attention when you see orange signs, barrels, cones, and barricades. An inattentive driver is the most common cause of work zone crashes. Fines double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.
  • Pay attention to the driving task – especially in the transition zone of a work zone. Inattentive driving is the leading cause of work zone crashes.
  • Orange is your clue! When you see orange signs, barrels, cones, and barricades, slow down and watch for highway workers.
  • Obey all speed zone signs. Speeds may be reduced for your safety and the safety of workers.
  • Double your following distance. Don’t tailgate.
  • Signal, look, and move safely into the correct lane well in advance.
  • Be alert! Work zones can have narrow lanes, closed lanes, closed shoulders, and workers very close to live traffic.
  • When possible, move over for highway workers. Give workers more room between you and them.
  • Be aware of temporary construction accesses on either side of the roadway.
  • Be cautious and avoid following construction vehicles too closely; they often move abruptly in and out of work areas.
  • Plan for work zone delays. Leave earlier if you can. Be patient and drive safely through work zones.
  • Plan your trip. Start planning in advance by using or TripCheck Mobile to:
    • Check your routes, look for work zones, and monitor road and weather conditions before you leave.
    • Call 5-1-1 for latest traffic, weather, and highway conditions.
    • Avoid work zones by using alternate routes, when practical.

Working Safely in a Work ZoneSafety Tips for Workers:

  • Expect the unexpected. Assume drivers don’t see you.
  • Understand the difficulty drivers have negotiating work zones. Minimize impacts to traffic flow by not requiring drivers to make sudden lane changes or encounter unexpected conditions.
  • Pay attention. Beware of complacency—in yourself and coworkers.
  • Avoid having your back to traffic or use a spotter to watch your back for you. Have a communication plan between you and your spotters.
  • Flaggers should stand on the shoulder and focus on approaching vehicles. Avoid standing in the lane, unless visibility is an issue and this location is used to get drivers’ attention to stop. Once traffic is stopped, move back to the shoulder.
  • Bring more attention to yourself by wearing ANSI Class 3 high visibility safety garments—recommended at night or during poor weather and low-light conditions.
  • It is important that all workers within the right of way, including emergency responders, wear safety garments that meet ANSI Performance Class 2 or 3.
  • Do not use personal electronics while operating equipment. Make sure the vehicle or equipment is stopped completely before using a smartphone or smart tablet for work purposes.
  • When you need electronics for your job, remember to look up often and in alternating directions.
  • If a phone call or text must be sent while on the job site, establish an anchor point (vehicle, structure, equipment) to put your hand or arm on while you use the phone. This keeps you from wandering while talking or texting.
  • Do not use electronics while flagging, other than for coordinating traffic control movements with other flaggers.
  • Use properly mounted hands-free devices or voice command.
  • Practice working with complex/electronic devices before getting on the jobsite.
  • Only use personal electronics in approved safe zones or during breaks. Talking, texting, games, and pictures can wait.
  • Some work tasks use handheld devices. Look up every two seconds to check for new risks. Use a spotter if you need to focus away from traffic for longer periods.
  • Be sure to get two full nights of sleep (seven hours each) before working the night shift.
  • If intermittent day and night work shifts are required, establish a four-hour anchor sleep time each 24 hour period and supplement with naps.
  • The best naps are 10–12 minutes long—perfect during lunch breaks.
  • Long, mid-afternoon naps (two hours) prior to night shift work helps reduce sleep debt.
  • Make exercise/stretching part of your daily routine.
  • Stay hydrated with water and some electrolytes (e.g. sports drinks).
  • Watch others for signs of fatigue throughout the work shift.
  • Report unsafe worker behaviors to a supervisor. Remember—lives are on the line!
  • Obey all speed signs. Speeds in work zones may be reduced for your safety and the safety of workers.

WZ Poster Panel 2017Light the Bridges Orange for Work Zone Safety Awareness:

Three Oregon bridges have changed hues for May in an effort to raise awareness for work zone safety. During the month of May 2017 orange lights will turn the Interstate 5 Woodburn bridge, the Union Street pedestrian bridge in Salem, and the Morrison Bridge in Portland tangerine to draw attention to the harm distracted driving and speeding in Oregon’s Work Zones.

Need More Information?

Visit ODOT’s Work Zone Safety program website.

National Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction May 8–12

National Fall Safety Stand-Down

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Free webinar and live Facebook chat on roofing and construction safety to be held as part of National Safety Stand-Down to raise awareness of fall hazards

OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Center for Construction Research and Training will hold the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction from May 8–12. The week-long event encourages employers to pause during their workday for topic discussions, safety demonstrations, and trainings in hazard recognition and fall prevention.

As part of the stand-down, the National Roofing Contractors Association will host a free webinar on May 8 to discuss the hazards present after a worker has fallen from a roof and his or her personal fall-arrest system has deployed or activated. NRCA will also host a live Facebook chat on May 10 to discuss trending roofing and construction safety topics. For more events being held across the country, see OSHA’s Stand-Down events page.

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Falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015. These and other facts about fall hazards are highlighted in new resources from OSHA that employers can use in their discussions with employees during the National Safety Stand-Down. Two videos have been posted on the Stand-Down homepage and a series of infographics can be downloaded from OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign webpage. We also encourage posting of the new videos and infographics on social media using the hashtag #StandDown4Safety.

Last Chance to Sponsor the Southern Oregon Golf Tournament

AGC Southern Oregon Golf

Friday, June 2
Running Y Ranch, Klamath Falls


Sponsorship Opportunities close Friday, May 5

Highlight your company and support future contractors. All proceeds of the tournament are donated to the OIT Construction Program.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event Sponsors: $1,500
Benefits include:
• One complimentary foursome
• Logo on welcome sign and sponsor sign
• Recognition on event web page with a link to your company’s website
• Your choice of golf hole (see Golf Hole benefits)
• Recognition in event blog

Meal: $500
Benefits include:
• Sign at food buffet
• Four drink tickets and two meal tickets
• Company name on sponsor sign
• Recognition on event web page

Golf Hole: $300
Benefits include:
• Staffing your hole and networking with all the golfers
• Sign at hole
• Four drink tickets and two meal tickets
• 6’ table and two chairs
• Company name on sponsor sign
• Recognition on event web page

Driving Range: $300
Benefits include:
• Sign at driving range
• Four drink tickets
• Company name on sponsor sign
• Recognition on event web page

Sign up to sponsor today!


Click here for more details on the tournament.

Questions about sponsorship or this event? Contact Viktoria Schulz events specialist, 503-685-8314.