Construction Industry Is Using Technology, Training and Regulations to Build a Safer Future


Cutting-edge technology is increasingly being deployed on construction sites to create greater awareness for workers of the potentially hazardous circumstances surrounding them.

There are many industries that involve a significant amount of danger for those who earn their livings within them: transportation, health care, emergency services and manufacturing, to name just a few of the riskier ones. None, however, are more dangerous than the construction sector. Year after year, the numbers bear this stark reality out. According to OSHA, about one in five worker deaths (1,061) in private industry in calendar year 2019 occurred in construction. For the past nine years, the most-commonly cited OSHA standard is Fall Protection, Construction.

Among the various causes of death in construction are four that occur frequently enough to warrant their own collective moniker: “The Fatal Four.” This includes falls, which accounted for 36 percent of U.S. construction deaths in 2019; struck by … Read more...

Stand Down for Fall Safety

This week is the National Safety Stand-Down in the United States, which raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction on May 3-7 is led by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reduce injuries and fatalities from falls.

Each year, OSHA publishes a top 10 list of the most frequently cited violations it has recorded. The list for 2020 is largely unchanged from 2019, suggesting that little progress has been made addressing the most common workplace incidents, four of which are related to fall protection: fall protection (general requirements), ladders, scaffolding and fall protection (training requirements). OSHA logged nearly 12,000 violations for these four standards.

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 401 of the 1,061 construction fatalities … Read more...

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry in the United States

COVID-19 and Construction

New research released by the Center for Construction Research and Training focuses on the economic impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry through September 2020, examining construction spending, new residential construction and the well-being of small businesses.

A recent report published by the Center for Construction Research and Training notes that COVID-19 has had a “stark impact” on the U.S. economy and many industries, including construction. “Impact of COVID-19 on Construction Businesses and Productions,” published by researchers Samantha Brown, MPH, Raina D. Brooks, MPH, Xiuwen Sue Dong, DrPH, found that while stay-at-home orders aided in “flattening the curve,” they had stark impacts on U.S. workers and businesses, including construction.

The pandemic hit some sectors of the construction industry harder than others, researchers reported. Overall construction spending dropped $68.4 billion from January to May and increased by $44.7 billion from May to September in 2020, remaining about $23.7 billion below January … Read more...