While strides are being made to improve safety on construction sites nationwide, the construction industry still has a long way to go before achieving a zero-injury culture. The industry experienced approximately 800 fatal work injuries in 2013 — the highest number of fatal work injuries of any industry sector, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Construction companies must do their part—not only facilitating safe work sites at their companies, but encouraging a culture of safety across the entire industry. A good starting point is to participate in Safety Week 2015, an initiative sponsored by more than 40 global and national construction firms.
The aim of Safety Week 2015, which will take place between May 3 and May 9, is to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. Your company can participate in Safety Week by:
- Having a safety fair with vendor participation – fall protection, PPE, blood pressure testing, wellness programs, chair massages, etc.
- Hosting safety-related contests for employees
- Involving the families of workers by hosting a poster contest, writing them letters emphasizing you value your employees safety, or providing safety advice for the home