Reducing Construction Fatalities

Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2015, 937 or 21.4% were in construction. That is, one in five worker deaths that year were in construction.

The leading causes of private sector worker deaths, excluding highway collisions, in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" were responsible for more than half, 64.2%, of the construction worker deaths in 2015. Contractors need to implement safety programs on the jobsite and leverage tools that will help make the jobsite safer.

Many construction and technology companies have unique safety programs and initiatives. One example of this is the HCSS Safety program, which helps companies develop a culture of safety by empowering employees to contribute to the safety program. This is through cloud-based storage and reporting of critical safety data: safety meetings, near misses and incidents reporting, training, and job and activity hazard analysis, among other record keeping items. HCSS Safety assists contractors in effectively and efficiently managing their safety programs.

The program allows safety personnel to personally contribute observations and shows all near misses and incidents by location and by date range in the event of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) audit. The manager system allows all reports to be quickly accessed, using easy data-mining filters.

With the help of systems and safety programs such as this one, contractors can create a safer jobsite for all involved.

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