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Construction Safety - What's Wrong With This Picture?

Julie Copeland

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Back in August of 2012, in the hope to capture the excitement of building resurgence, With permission granted and appointmentsConstruction Safety made, Builder magazine sent photographers to various building sites across the U.S.  They were thrilled when the photos started coming in as they showed the buzz of new business amidst a gloomy economy.

Check out this photo to see how many safety violations you can find. This is a real photograph of real people and has not been retouched. 

Builder magazine did an earlier feature on jobsite safety back in July 2005 when they sent the photographers, unannounced to various sites.  At that time the usual reaction of workers was to run to grab their hardhats and generally make sure they were doing their jobs safely and correctly.

“It’s clear that something has changed over the past few years on the jobsite” says Denise Dersin of Builder magazine. “To me, that can only mean one of two things: that workers are not being properly trained in jobsite safety or that they are not taking that training seriously. Whichever it is, the result remains the responsibility of the employer.”

The injury statistics are staggering.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), out of 4,114 worker fatalities in private industry in 2011, 721 or 17.5% were in construction.  The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls (251), followed by electrocution (67), struck by object (73) and caught-in/between (19).  These “Fatal Four” were responsible for nearly three out of five (57%) of construction worker deaths in 2011. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 410 workers' lives in the U.S. every year.

Let’s get together and make jobsite safety a priority this year.  Arbill is committed to helping you provide your people with a safe work environment.  We don’t only offer safety products but safety services as well.  We won’t stop trying until every employee gets to go home safe every day.

Visit arbill.com to get more information on how to eliminate the Fatal four and save 410 workers' lives every year.  Subscribe to our Safety Blog where you will always find great tips and up to date Safety information.

Topics: safety, Arbill, safety training, safety violations, safe work environment, construction safety

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