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Construction can be a risky business – considering 20 percent of workplace fatalities in 2019 were in this industry alone, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Minimizing risk helps eliminate accidents, while keeping workers safe and productive. To effectively reduce risk, it is important to understand the construction industry’s largest exposures and how to eliminate them through a positive safety culture.
Identifying the Fatal Four
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following four exposures were responsible for nearly 60 percent of construction worker deaths in 2019:
Construction companies traditionally address the ‘Fatal Four’ and other inherent risks through trainings, fall protection systems, rules/guidelines, proper equipment and other safety measures. All of these are great tools, but when it comes to risk management, a basic safety program will not get the job done. Organizations must elevate the engagement of employees in safety.
Making safety a part of your corporate culture is the linchpin for good decision-making and communication. It can motivate people to respond appropriately to a problem, event or issue and ensure continuous training and attentiveness on the construction jobsite.
Once employees are engaged in their safety, an awareness develops and preventing injuries becomes part of the job, rather than a reaction. Having a vibrant safety culture is not easy and definitely does not happen overnight. But it is pivotal to ensure an injury-free, productive work environment with reduced risk and lower workers’ compensation costs.
The following are seven common factors found in a true safety culture.
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