Whether digging and working in trenches or scaling and working atop scaffolding, individuals who work in the construction industry are exposed to numerous hazardous situations on a daily basis. The dangers of the construction industry are marked by the roughly 80,000 work site injuries that occur on an annual basis.
In an effort to “raise awareness of safety in the construction industry,” members of the The Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum have deemed this week US Industry Safety Week. In cities across the country and right here in San Diego, many construction companies will participate in safety education, awareness and training courses aimed to address important safety issues within the industry.
This year marks the second time that companies and individuals within the construction industry will celebrate US Industry Safety Week. In San Diego, the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego is among those industry associations participating in this year’s events. This year, ABC plans to focus on how to reduce work site hazards and injuries related to falls, electrocution and getting stuck between and being struck by objects.
In the San Diego area, members of ABC may choose to participate in and complete education and training courses through what’s known as the Safety Training and Evaluation Process or STEP. The program helps construction and building companies and individual workers identify potential hazards and discover ways to reduce or eliminate them.
According to ABC, those companies who participate in and complete STEP “receive 70 percent fewer citations per inspection.” Additionally, STEP participants also have fewer reported injuries and fatalities—factors that help prove the importance and effectiveness of this and similar safety programs.
Source: Safetyweek 2015, May 4, 2015
The Daily Transcript, “Every week is Safety Week in construction,” William Smyth, April 24, 2015