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Today’s construction CEO understands the importance of improving safety. The challenge is how to improve safety without negatively impacting the bottom line.How can we improve safety without negatively impacting the bottom line?
The need for safety in construction is driven by escalating costs of accidents and workers’ compensation insurance, third-party liability suits and the passage of more-stringent safety regulations. However, a mindset still exists within the construction industry that construction work is “inherently unsafe”. That attitude must change.
Occupational injuries and fatalities in the construction industry cost Washington residents $762 million between 2008 and 2010, a new Public Citizen report shows. The report, “The Price of Inaction: A Comprehensive Look at the Costs of Injuries and Fatalities in Washington’s Construction Industry,” quantifies the estimated costs of deaths and injuries in the state’s construction industry by considering an array of factors. From 2008 to 2010, Washington recorded 34,700 construction industry injuries and illnesses, of which 16,600 required days away from work or job transfer.
This document provides a presentation on Workers' Compensation Costs of Falls in Construction representing data from 38 states reporting to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). Falls from Elevations by roofers cost approximately $54 million per year. Average lost time claims cost approximately $106,000 each. Falls from Elevations by Carpenters cost approximately $93 million per year. Average lost time claims cost over $97,000 each.
This information and other resources are also available on the OSHA Residential Fall Protection Page at: http://www.osha.gov/doc/topics/residentialprotection/index.html.
A Controlled Insurance Program (CIP) or Wrap-Up is an effective way to improve the safety and reduce insurance costs of large, multiple-contractor, construction projects. With a wrap-up, a single sponsor (either an owner or construction manager/general contractor) purchases insurance to cover the owner, construction manager and every contractor and subcontractor working on a project. Professional liability insurance and other coverages for engineers, architects and consultants is generally excluded. As is asbestos abatement, hazardous materials remediation and demolition. These activities are considered high risk and are often associated with long term exposures.
In 2006, a group of safety specialists and designers gathered in Europe to discuss safety by design-primarily how to incorporate safety concerns early in the design process. This article examines some of the key ideas from the workshop.
Often, SH&E professionals must try to convince decision makers to support safety programs without knowing much about the thought processes behind their decisions. This article highlights some results of a survey that explored how 231 senior financial executives or managers for U.S.-based companies with 100 or more employees perceive workplace safety issues.
Not-for-profit membership organizations such as ASSE rely on their volunteers to fulfill their vision and goals. To be successful, a volunteer-based member organization must continue to develop strong leaders. This article examines one theory of leadership and how it can be applied to build a successful leadership chain.
Haz-Map, a decision-support relational database, was designed to help physicians and other safety and health professionals retrieve information about hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases. The database features a collection of key facts about diseases caused by chemical and biological agents in the workplace. The open-access database is published on the National Library of Medicine website.
This article describes the elements of andragogy-the study of adult learners-and the importance of incorporating these learning principles into safety training. In addition to examining current adult education theories, the article defines andragogy and discusses elements of adult learning. It also reviews a limited study regarding the inclusion of adult learning principles in safety training.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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