These days it is hard to come by any good news for or from the construction industry, so I thought I’d share some very good news: our industry continues to improve its efforts to keep its workers safe.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported that construction fatalities in 2009 fell 16 percent to 816, making it the lowest fatality rate in 18 years, according to preliminary numbers. The final report will be released in April 2011.
“The BLS census of fatal occupational injuries once again reinforces how the construction industry continues to build upon and refine site safety practices to prevent injuries to our greatest assets – our employees,” said Chris Williams, Associated Builders & Contractors’ national director of safety. “The continued, long-term reduction in construction industry fatalities is proof that the industry commitment to proactive safety training and hazard identification is still the most effective method to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. The construction industry continues to work towards our ultimate goal of sending every employee home safely every night. Both employers and employees will continue to partner to develop new practices and procedures that will continue our march toward that goal.”
Some times different parts of the industry see things differently: management and labor, open shop and union shop, general and sub, but one thing we all agree on is the importance of providing a safe work site, and that we can accomplish this significant goal better if we all work together as a team.