Constructor - July/August 2014 - (Page 13)
Working Toward an Even
Safer Construction Industry
IN 2012, 809 CONSTRUCTION workers died while on the job. Yes, some of them worked
BY AL LANDES
to push for
work zones by
workers and cars.
in single-family home construction. Yes, some of them chose not to follow their safety
training. Yes, that number is far lower than the number of fatalities this industry experienced as recently as 2009. But absolutely none of that should take away from the fact
that every one of us needs to redouble our efforts to make sure every single one of our
workers returns home safely, every day.
So what do we need to do to make our worksites even safer? The data tells us that
three-quarters of those fatalities are attributable to one of three causes: falls, slips and
trips; transportation incidents; and contact with objects and equipment. That means we
should focus much of our safety efforts on tackling those three safety areas. Fortunately,
AGC can help in each of those areas.
For three years running now - thanks to a Susan Hardwood grant from the U.S.
Department of Labor - this association has been offering fall safety training designed
to help ﬁ rms protect employees from falling, slipping and tripping on the jobsite. These
in-seat classes are available in both English and Spanish and are scheduled in various
parts of the country throughout the year. Check with your local AGC chapter to see if
they have one scheduled soon.
We have also been working to help reduce the number of transportation incidents that
threaten our workers. That is why AGC continues to push for safer highway work zones
by ﬁghting for tougher penalties, stronger enforcement and barriers between workers
and cars. We have also been front and center in a years-long public education campaign
designed to get drivers to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zones.
And through our partnership with insurance ﬁ rm Zurich, we continue to offer a
comprehensive training program designed to help construction workers avoid getting
struck by objects and equipment. It's integral that we're making sure workers on jobsites
know where their co-workers are and what they are doing at all times.
AGC also offers broader safety training opportunities. Thanks to our partnership
with Click Safety, member ﬁ rms can take a wide range of programs, including the OSHA
10-Hour, online. And if you want to pick up the latest safety tips, just sit in on our Willis
Construction Safety Excellence Awards competition during the Annual Convention. The
ﬁ rms competing for this annual recognition are putting in place some pretty amazing
safety programs that each and every one of us should be copying.
In other words, there is plenty that AGC offers to help every one of us make our work
sites even safer. So as we gear up for a, hopefully, busy summer construction season, my
challenge to all of you is to do everything in your power to make sure everyone of your
employees makes it home safely at the end of every work day. Thank you and please let
us know how we can help.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2014
BIM: Where Is the Money?
Life Inside the Cone Zones
Cost-Effective Mobile Apps for Contractors
The AGC Alternative Cuts Cost and Burden of Health Insurance
Recipe for Success
Profiles in Synergy
Equipment Costs Down, Bottom Lines Up
Willis and AGC: Partners in Safety
2014 AGC/willis Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Recent Trends in State Laws Affecting Construction
A Contractor’s Perspective: Where Is Our Industry Headed?
Defying Gravity and All Odds
AGC in Action
Innovative Program Gives Job Seekers Virtual Experience in Highway Construction Careers
From Classroom to Construction
Opportunities Grow, but Contractors Find Challenges With Sureties
Member and Chapter News
Legislative and Regulatory News
The Ship in the Bottle and Other Bookish Tales
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