Statement from OSHA Regarding Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries reports there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a 7-percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.

More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event in 2016, accounting for about one out of every four fatal injuries. Workplace violence injuries increased by 23 percent, making it the second most common cause of workplace fatality. Today’s report also shows the number of overdoses on the job increased by 32 percent in 2016, and the number of fatalities has increased by at least 25 percent annually since 2012.

Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, issued the following statement regarding the report:

“Today’s occupational fatality data show a tragic trend with the third consecutive increase in worker fatalities in 2016 – the highest since 2008. America’s workers deserve better.

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is committed to finding new and innovative ways of working with employers and employees to improve workplace safety and health. OSHA will work to address these trends through enforcement, compliance assistance, education and training, and outreach.

“As President Trump recognized by declaring opioid abuse a Nationwide Public Health Emergency, the nation’s opioid crisis is impacting Americans every day at home and, as this data demonstrates, increasingly on the job.

“The Department of Labor will work with public and private stakeholders to help eradicate the opioid crisis as a deadly and growing workplace issue.”

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

OSHA News Release:
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Notice from PEPCO:


Effective January 1, 2018

PEPCO will no longer sell materials for service connections or work in public space.

If you have any questions, PEPCO advises you to contact your Distribution Engineering Representative for the list of new suppliers.

Montgomery County: 301.670.8700

Prince Georges County: 301.967.5800

District of Columbia: 202.331.6237

JESCO will be hosting Demonstration Days, featuring the brand-new John Deere 345G Excavator, as well as the following equipment:

Excavators-The new 345G,  350G, 245G, 135G, 85G, Dozer’s 450K, 650K Smart Grade, 700K Smart Grade, Wheel Loader’s 544K,  CTL’s 333G, Bomag BMP 8500, BW141, BW177 and MORE!


When:   December 14 and 15    9am-2pm

Where: Operating Engineers School, Local 37.     5021 North Point Blvd,  Baltimore  MD  21219


Door Prizes for ALL attendees!

To pre-register:  go to and click on Demo Day banner

DC Water has announced that they will be delaying the implementation of the System Availability Fee from January 1, 2018 to June 1, 2018.

DC water is reminding DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs construction permit applicants that the System Availability Fee (SAF) goes into effect on January 1, 2018 and that once in place it will impose a one-time fee on new, renovation and re-development construction projects.

In 2015, DC Water’s Board of Directors started a process to get public input about the fee and the regulations for implementing it were approved in 2016, and published in the D.C. Register on June 17, 2016.  DC Water will begin assessing the SAF on January 1, 2018.

DCRA Construction Permit Applicants who want to be exempt from the new SAF must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. By January 1, 2018, you must submit sufficiently complete project plans and specifications to DC water and pay the DC Water Engineering Review fees at the time of the submission.
  2. You must be a DCRA Construction Permit Applicant  i.e. your plans to construct the project for which the SAF exemption applies must be “Under Review” by DCRA on or before the date the DC Water Certificate of Approval is issued.
  3. DC Water must issue your Certificate of Approval by January 1, 2018.

For More information about the SAF, please visit the DC Water website at

SIH DC Water Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project Outreach


George S. Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, has notified the Board of Directors of his intention to step down from his current role as of December 29. Hawkins, 57, joined DC Water in 2009. Today’s announcement caps a 20-year career as a chief executive of nonprofits and government agencies.

In the next phase of his career, Hawkins will begin work on a book about transformational leadership in the water sector; assume a role as an adviser to DC Water’s Blue Drop nonprofit affiliate; and continue to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council and on several boards including the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the US Water Alliance.

Hawkins released the following statement:

“This job has been the privilege of a lifetime. I haven’t dug a single trench, turned a single valve or processed a single payment. But I’ve been fortunate to come to work every day with 1,100 men and women who are among the world’s best at what they do. For their work at my side, providing something so essential — indeed, the stuff of life itself — I will always be grateful almost beyond measure to Team Blue.

“I am stepping back from a day-to-day role at a water utility, but I’m as committed as ever to the future of the water sector. I will continue to coach future leaders and provide guidance to fellow executives who want to do as we did at DC Water: connect with customers, build a world-class team, drive a relentless focus on innovation, and achieve the financial security to upgrade infrastructure for future generations.”

“George Hawkins has given extraordinary service to the people of the District of Columbia and the entire region,” said Nicholas Majett, Vice Chair of the DC Water Board of Directors and Prince George’s County Chief Administrative Officer. “The Board is grateful for George’s eight years of leadership and looks forward to an orderly transition during his remaining months at DC Water.”

An opportunity to hear about changes occurring in the DC Water Small Diameter Water Main (SDWM) Specifications, learn more about Good Faith Efforts, and provide feedback for future consideration by DC Water.

Sept 19, 2017 @ 2 – 4 PM


Sept 21, 2017 @ 6 – 8 pm

DC Water Board Room
5000 Overlook Ave. SW
Washington DC

RSVP To Valerie Nixon At

Print and Post Flyer:        2017 SDWM Conf Flyer

On Thursday, August 17, news sources began reporting that the Trump Administration will abandon its Advisory Council on Infrastructure that was formed in his July 19th Executive Order. This news comes from an unnamed White House official after President Trump disbanded both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum in the wake of the Charlottesville, VA protests response.  

The Advisory Council on Infrastructure was intended to advise the administration on to fund, support, and deliver $1 trillion in infrastructure projects that President Trump campaigned on last fall. The President had tapped two New York developers to lead the council, but no other appointments had been made. Despite the disbanding of the council, senior White House officials still claim hope for an infrastructure panel this year.

NUCA will continue to  press the Administration and Congress for a comprehensive, robust infrastructure plan. While the disbanding of the council may be a setback for the plan, it may also be an opportunity to prioritize the water, sewer, transportation, and energy infrastructure upgrades that will make a significant and meaningfully positive impact on Americans daily lives and the economy.