Construction is one of the highest-risk industries in the world. From financial and legal threats to jobsite hazards, contractors are faced with many challenges. Construction Safety Week’s mission is to shed light on creating a safety culture that supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of everyone on the jobsite. STACK stands by promoting a supportive culture in construction to keep our industry physically and mentally safe and sound.
We’ll guide you through the real data surrounding construction safety, why collaboration is vital for your team’s protection, how to improve training, and how cloud-based software increases collaboration and safety.
According to Construction Safety Week’s website, one in five construction workers struggles with mental health issues. That, coupled with the CDC’s report that construction has the highest suicide rate in any occupation, is truly alarming. Mental Health awareness and education are extremely important, as important as wearing PPE. Empowering your teams with available resources (see end of article) and support is a crucial part of your job and responsibility as their leader.
On the physical side of safety, the construction industry is ranked number one in fatal work injuries. OSHA’s ‘Fatal Four’ Hazards – falls, electrical exposure, struck-by and caught-in/between situations – are truly concerning, but more importantly avoidable.
Without an organized infrastructure to track and share information, you risk jobsite injuries, financial exposure, scheduling issues, and damaging your company’s reputation. You can improve collaboration with new technology to stay in the game and stay safe.
Traditionally, contractors will call a safety meeting, but word of mouth is inefficient. Once the message to meet gets across the jobsite, you’re waiting for everyone to gather at the location. That lag time could be detrimental if there is an emergency.
Another dangerous situation is lack of collaboration with scheduling. Construction projects are constantly being modified, and if subcontractors aren’t being updated with changes you can have people working on top of each other. There are major fall hazards if there isn’t enough room for people to do their job and they are working in unsafe conditions.