In 2017 the construction industry is one of the most dynamic sectors of the U.S. economy. Residential construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large scale painting jobs are all booming.

Health and safety issues are among the top challenges facing the industry in 2017, according to the State of Construction Management Report Health and safety is a daily challenge for construction business owners, general contractors, superintendents, and subcontractors. In fact, 80 percent of all construction industry respondents to the management report say safety is their number one business priority – tops among all priorities (such as cost savings, project management and efficiency).

In 2015 the U.S. construction industry employed 9.5 million workers. These workers engage in many jobs that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos. Consider these facts:

  • One in ten construction workers are injured every year, according to OSHA
  • The construction industry is #2 in the United States for fatal injuries in workers younger than 18, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Sixty percent of construction workplace injuries occur within the employee’s first year of employment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 
  • Falls are the greatest cause of fatal construction injuries, according to the Center for Construction Research and Training

In this ISHN ebook we offer you articles on fall protection equipment and training, accident prevention strategies, research, motor vehicle safety, and profiles of OSHA construction-related standards: the new silica rule, ladders, welding and respiratory protection.

I’m sure you’ll find ISHN’s Safety in Construction ebook to be an asset in addressing construction’s array of risks, ensuring regulatory compliance, and preventing serious injuries and fatalities.

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