May 03, 2016

Construction Safety Week 2016

Hard hat, face mask, hammer, and leather gloves sitting on floor

May 2-6, 2016 is Construction Safety Week, and we wanted to do our part to help keep safety top of mind this week.  So we’re sharing the top five safety standard violations on construction sites in 2015[1], and what you can do to reduce the chance that they’ll impact you.  Why?  Because OSHA says that approximately 38,000 workers in residential construction are injured annually.[2]  And we don’t want YOU to be one of them in 2016!

1. Fall protection and training

Adequate fall protection is the top safety violation at construction sites.[3]  That includes using safety restraints when working over six feet off the ground.  Adequate training is required for anyone working above floor level.

2. Scaffolding Use

Supported and suspended scaffolds should be properly outfitted with rails to prevent workers from falling from an open side. An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65% of the construction industry, work on scaffolds.[4] Following scaffold regulations can minimize your risk exposure.

3. Proper use of Ladders

Forty-three percent of fatal falls in the last decade involved a ladder.[5] Among construction workers, an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms result from ladder use.[6] Learn the rules to comply with ladder regulations, and never put more weight on a ladder than its designed to hold.

4. Wearing head protection

Hard hats are not a fashion statement. Head protection is the fourth most frequent safety violation. All workers should wear a hard hat when there is a potential for objects falling from above, bumps to their heads from fixed objects, or accidental head contact with electrical hazards. Be sure to regularly inspect hats for dents or cracks as well.

5. Following Stairway safety

Construction sites often erect temporary stairways.  Those that don’t comply with regulations are accidents waiting to happen. Be sure to comply with handrail, rise and proper landing regulations, as well.

Creating an Accident Prevention & Safety Plan, including the most common violations, will greatly reduce the likelihood of onsite accidents. In the event of an incident, follow proper accident and injury reporting procedures, including notification to OSHA.  Safety isn’t a management issue.  It requires a commitment from each individual.

ProSight wants to help YOU avoid an accident this week and every week!

 

For more information about ProSight Specialty Insurance’s programs for Luxury Home Builders, please contact Viny Panchal at vpanchal@prosightspecialty.com

 


[1] https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

[2] https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/residential/

[3] https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3252/3252.html

[4] https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/construction.html

[5] http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh.pdf

[6] http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6316a2.htm