In 2014, 20.5% of all worker fatalities were in construction. That equates to one in five worker deaths last year. Of those construction fatalities, a full 58% were comprised of the “fatal four” causes; falls, being caught between objects, electrocution and being struck by an object.
In 2014, the United States suffered from 4,679 fatal work injuries. On average that is 13 deaths per day. Surprisingly, some of the most dangerous jobs also have the lowest annual salaries. The infographic below investigates the top dangerous jobs in the United States.
Empowering employees to adopt new safety practices can be a safety manager’s greatest challenge. What one person considers unsafe or dangerous, another person may view as acceptable.
Most construction projects require a bit of digging and drilling into the ground. The earth has a way of burying treasure and history has plenty of uncovered mysteries. What many of us don’t realize is that construction workers can be uncovering history on any given day.
In construction, there’s an alarming but little-known statistic: a construction worker is six times more likely to die from suicide than from a workplace accident. For construction workers under the age of 24, that risk is ten times more.
Each year, many people are either injured while working or develop medical diseases or conditions due to workplace exposures, but getting workers’ compensation can be a complex process if you’ve never navigated it before.
A Gallup survey of 2015 revealed that only about 30% of Americans are actively engaged in their everyday work. Disengagement in an office setting leads to lower productivity and profit loss, but disengagement at a construction site could lead to employee injury or even graver consequences.
2015 saw a record high in roadway construction in the US, with an expectation that construction in 2016 will only grow. Thus, safety training will require particular effort to ensure best practices are established throughout any road construction projects.
In 2016, there is an app for everything. For the construction industry, the number of apps to choose from is increasingly large. 2015 saw iOS and Google Play app downloads reach over 260 billion. Construction managers have to deal with a tremendous amount of data and make decisions based on this data daily.
Workplace injuries have a negative impact on your business, with much more than financial costs to consider. A reduction in productivity, lower staff morale and a damaged reputation are just some of the other costs associated with injuries in the workplace.
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