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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.
Checklists seem simple, Gawande says, author of the best-selling book, Checklist Manifesto. They are sometimes hard for us to accept when people are in complex jobs that rely on experience and skill. Just ticking boxes on a checklist is not the ultimate goal, the goal is to embrace a culture of team
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.
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.
The construction industry is no different, and an effective induction can mean the difference between a safe and hazardous worksite. A busy construction site can present many potential dangers and showing someone the ropes isn’t always enough to avoid tragedy.
During the initial phases of implementing checklists, across nearly every industry, there is opposition. It’s disconcerting to think that after years of training in a particular field and after all the experience that we’ve amassed at our jobs, they could be reduced to something as simple as a check
The transformation has been a critical shift in an industry where safety is the number one priority. Using checklists has made all the difference in this industry and aircraft accidents have been on a steady decline since the 1980’s, when checklists were developed for flight crews.
In order to elicit real change within an organization, like change in safety behavior, you must get buy in from each individual employee. By focusing on implementing new tools or processes, we can sometimes forget that addressing behavioral change is the the way to decrease safety incidents.
You’re no longer using paper for project management, invoicing or to communicate with all the stakeholders involved in your business. Why would you continue to use paper checklists for safety or quality assurance?
We are constantly receiving feedback that SafetyCulture iAuditor is making our users better at their jobs and even getting them promoted. Recently, we’ve seen that go one step further, with two of our users winning prestigious safety awards by implementing the SafetyCulture iAuditor app into their workplace.
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