During the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health conference, a shocking statistic was made public, according to Straits Times: 9 out of every 10 deaths in the construction industry could be attributed to employees learning unsafe behavior when training for the job. This line of thinking doesn't start with workers, though—it begins with the company itself.
While workplace injury rates have improved in recent years, many businesses are still struggling to protect their employees. Approximately 2.9 million American workers sustained injuries or contracted illnesses on the job in 2016, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In short, there is room for improvement. Firms looking to close the gap should consider embracing incident management strategies and tools.
The diversity of modern work environments means that while the majority of the workforce spends its days in a building, it is equally likely others work in the great outdoors. And while the latter work hazards may differ greatly from those encountered inside, companies still need to make sure that their occupational safety protocols are compliant with federal regulations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released best practice guidelines for health and safety management in the construction industry—its first such update in nearly 30 years.
While the announcement doesn't contain any changes in legislation, it does provide important and useful insights safety managers can absorb and disseminate throughout their workplaces.