After years of success in reducing the number of fatalities in construction, the industry suffered a setback this year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) workplace fatality data showed that deaths in residential and commercial construction actually increased 1 percent to 874 over 2013’s total of 828.
After seeing a record low of 738 deaths in 2011 – and experiencing a record high of 1,239 in 2006 – the increase is disappointing and unacceptable, as nearly all of these fatalities are considered preventable.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is urging all firms, regardless of size, to take several steps to improve workplace safety. HCSS is in on the fight too, with safety white papers, case studies, free tools, and more to help you better understand your own safety program and keep your employees safe.
Here are a few links from HCSS to get you started:
Fatal injuries involving workers ages 45 and up increased drastically this past year, with deaths involving ages 55 and up jumping 9 percent to 1,621 – the highest total ever recorded by the CFOI.
And as younger workers are replacing those aging out of the construction industry, it is more important than ever to instill the proper habits and training at the onset of their careers. Read more on how to get safety ingrained in new hires here.
The AGC performs an in-depth analysis of effective construction safety programs as part of the Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards, given each year to the top construction safety programs in the country. Read tips on how to enter and win the CSEA here.
The AGC also issues a white paper discussing effective practices in construction safety learned from the CSEA. Read the 2015 report here.
But with an increase in fatalities and a shortage of workers plaguing the construction industry – 15 percent of companies reported to the AGC that difficulty hiring new workers contributed to safety issues last year – the AGC has turned its annual analysis into 13 easy-to-use, easy-to-follow steps proven to improve safety.
These recommendations come direct from the CSEA entries and can help you upgrade your own safety program.
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