Why Construction Safety Matters to You
Construction Safety and OSHA Compliance Matter
June is National Safety Month and there is no better time to discuss construction safety. Unfortunately, construction deaths account for 1 in 5 private industry worker fatalities every year. According to OSHA, out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2015, 937 or 21.4% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. Private sector worker deaths in the construction industry include falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (64.2%) the construction worker deaths in 2015.
Construction safety matters to construction company owners, employees and subcontractors. That’s obvious. But construction safety also matters to project owners and clients and it should be discussed when initiating a project with any construction company.
Safe job sites mean clean job sites, job sites that are fully staffed, and have the adequate number of safety measures implemented for compliance. This means your project has a greater likelihood of being completed on time, on budget, and with few to no safety citations that can hold up a project indefinitely.
When interviewing a construction company, make sure to ask about OSHA training, job safety records, specific requirements for your project (clean room, industrial, medical, etc.) and how to company ensures its safety compliance including reporting incidents. Many times, a construction safety officer ensures the proper training has taken place and that projects adhere to all safety regulations.
Don’t let your project suffer delays due to unsafe working conditions. Do your due diligence to find a company with an excellent safety record.
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