Origins Of Construction Safety Week
The need for change in safety awareness came to light in 2014, when numerous deaths were reported on construction sites in the New York area. More than 60 national and global construction firms came together and created the (CISI ) or The Construction Industry Safety group and the (IIF) Incident and Injury Free Forum, and together they created the first U.S. Construction Safety Week, which is held during the first full week of May since 2014.
The Reason Behind The Week
The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2015 there were 937 deaths in the construction industry. Overall roughly 150,000 people are injured yearly in construction site accidents. The BLS construction industries "Fatal Four" statistics showed:
Falls — 364 out of 937 total deaths in construction in CY 2015 (38.8%)
Struck by Object - 90 (9.6%)
Electrocutions - 81 (8.6%)
Caught-in/between* - 67 (7.2%)
(*This category includes construction workers killed when trapped or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material)
With the statistics like these, it is apparent that safety on the job site needs to be at the forefront of every company.
Mission Of The Week
The creation and activities surrounding Construction Safety Week encourage employers and employees to take their safety and the safety of their co-workers into their hands, by bringing together as many construction companies as possible to focus entirely on safety on the worksite, also making sure that while shaping America they also make it home safely to their families
Construction Safety Week Events
During Construction Safety Week, companies stop production to have safety meetings and events; the events are not mandatory. However, workers are encouraged through incentives to join in and focus on one of the most important things in the construction industry which is safety not only for themselves but also their co-workers.
During Construction Safety Week sites from all over hold training sessions, seminars and participate in emergency action drills and inspections. Fun activities such as safety games, scavenger hunts, and lunches are used to encourage participation in this week long event.
In 2015 there were 40 companies that sponsored Construction Safety Week. In 2017 there were 58 companies and at least 25 alliances with groups such as OSHA, NAOSH, and CCS to name a few. Along with these alliances, there are several large insurance companies that are also getting involved in this movement. Everyone is encouraged to join in, and together they hope to change the status quo.
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