Construction is often cited as one of the most dangerous industries in the country. According to the Reports of Fatalities and Catastrophes Archive from the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 200 construction workers died on the job in less than four months in 2017. A great deal of these injuries were the result of on-site hazards related to heavy machinery, scaffolding and contact with equipment that often requires extensive safety training.
Unfortunately, employees who are still acclimating to the job site and project-specific safety procedures are more likely to be injured at work. According to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half of the injuries and illnesses experienced within the construction industry occurred within the worker’s first year of employment.
To help reduce the increased risk of injury for recently-hired or less experienced employees, construction companies can consider implementing the below strategies to ensure their workers and jobsites are as safe as possible.
By implementing the above guidelines, construction companies can be rest assured that they are taking the appropriate steps to ensure their less experienced workers, along with more tenured employees, fully understand all project safety measures and know how to transfer this knowledge into actionable precautions. Consulting your insurance broker as a trusted partner can also help to identify solutions that are tailored to your specific operational risks, helping to reduce the probability of an accident.