Learning from the Past: Building a Safer Environment for the Future of Construction

The National Safety Stand Down and OSHA’s National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down typically are scheduled for the first week of May, but as you know, 2020 is not a typical year. However, construction workers are considered “essential,” and many construction sites remain active, so the postponement of the Safety Stand-Down is no reason to postpone construction worksite safety!

One of the reasons OSHA and other organizations maintain a special focus on construction safety is because it is considered one of the deadliest professions, according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation, for example, continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for nearly one-third of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). Roofers are No. 4 on the list of the 10 deadliest professions, while iron and steel structural workers are listed at No. 8. Those deaths were preventable.

This infographic from Intelex examines some of the common causes of construction injuries and fatalities, lists the world’s deadliest construction projects, and offers insight into the adoption of new technologies that are transforming the construction industry and creating a safer, more productive work environment.

Click here to see the infographic.

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Join us for a May 12 webinar, “Taking Construction Safety Best Practices to New Heights Using Technology,” explores the technology-driven journey of Moss Construction. Moss reduced injuries and illnesses while maintaining an impressive TRIR of 0.44 at a LTIR of 0.15. At the same time, the company experienced a 30 to 40 percent year-over-year growth with approximately $2 billion in annual revenue.

The webinar is hosted by Construction Executive and features Scott Gerard, Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety for Moss Construction, and Scott Gaddis, Practice Lead and VP of Health and Safety for Intelex. Moss utilizes Intelex technology to successfully manage safety performance, reducing injuries and related costs. Gerard also will share some of the ways he’ uses technology to manage active construction sites while dealing with the threat of COVID-19 to both employees and the business. Register now.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Director of Global Content and Brand for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has been the keynote speaker for occupational safety and health conferences.

One thought on “Learning from the Past: Building a Safer Environment for the Future of Construction

  1. As human beings, we’ve all experienced massive change in recent months. Change to how we live our lives, change to how we work and even change to how we interact with our friends and loved ones. As a sector, construction too has had to implement major changes and there will be many more to follow, both directly as a result of COVID, but also for the reasons I’ve outlined above.

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