Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer on-the-job injuries at construction sites across the U.S. Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2013, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In addition, three of the top 10 standards violations that resulted in worker deaths in 2013 were construction-related, including No. 1, fall protection; No. 3, scaffolding requirements; and No. 7, ladders.
The Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum have joined forces to promote safety week, with the goal to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.
The groups’ collective mission for Safety Week 2015 is to partner together in:
- Thanking workers for supporting safety and recognizing their efforts to be injury free
- Increasing awareness of the importance of being committed to safety, every day
- Inspiring all industry members to share best practices and to work together to strengthen the industry’s safety culture
- Celebrating the need to be injury free
- Conducting on-site safety awareness activities to support education
This year, there are more ways than ever for companies and individual workers to get involved.
Events and Activities
Participating companies are encouraged to:
- Visit the Idea Book for events and activities to hold throughout the week
- Invite OSHA on site to discuss injury statistics and other industry items.
- Host a Safety Roadshow and invite vendors to showcase new tools and safety equipment.
- Invite local union representatives to engage in Safety Week events.
- Hold safety training sessions such as fall protection and ladder safety.
Company leaders are encouraged to make a project-specific personal commitment pledge, asking these basic questions:
- How engaged am I currently in company safety programs?
- Can I increase my engagement levels with the project teams?
- Can I make a difference to our workers’ safety by engaging more?
- Does our company empower me to make a difference in workplace safety?
Individuals may also:
- Follow discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #2015SafetyWeek
- Join the Construction Industry Safety Week LinkedIn Group
For more information, visit the Construction Safety Week website at safetyweek2015.com.