The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, released the second edition of its popular “Construction Safety Management and Engineering” book with updated standards and technical issues in construction.
The first edition, printed in 2004, is one of ASSE’s best-selling books. The revised edition will include construction standards adopted over the last 10 years, as well as chapters devoted to fall protection, steel erection, scaffolding safety, electrical safety and excavation.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of more than 4,000 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2012, 806 or 19.3% were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, struck by object, electrocution and caught-in/between.
“Anyone interested in construction safety and its impact to the global workforce will find here a useful reference book and guide to understanding a very complex subject,” said Dr. Daryl C. Hill, a past-president of ASSE, who edited the contributions of more than 40 industry experts to the new edition. “The aim is to provide a tool to address the many hazards in construction and ensure that human suffering and harm is eliminated in construction throughout the world.”
The 890-page book, over two years in development is available for purchase online at http://www.asse.org/cartpage.php?link=4447. The cost is $129.50 for ASSE members and $195 list price.
“As safety professionals, we need to take full advantage of every available resource to help us do our job,” wrote Eddie Greer, a past ASSE president in the book’s forward. “This text is just that, an available resource relying on subject-matter experts to help make a difference.”