Is it because the industry is reckless and doesnâ€™t care? Is it because employers push the employees too hard? Is it because the employees are not properly trained? It could be any and all of these and usually ends up being a combination of contributing factors.
Workplace accidents affect more than just the victim and the victimâ€™s family. They often affect other employees, the company and at times the community. No one is exempt from accidents. They can and do happen to everyone with no differentiation because of age, ethnic background, economic status or education.
Take a look at the statistics from the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs :
Work Injury Statistics
Like professional athletes, transportation construction workers need the right equipment to perform their jobs effectivelyâ€”and safely! The new American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) training video on the proper use of PPE in roadway and heavy construction sites can help achieve this goal.
The video was developed by ARTBAâ€™s expert safety team and reviewed by leading road construction industry and PPE executives.
Available in English and Spanish on the same disc, the DVD contains two segments.
The first helps company managers understand what to look for when purchasing PPE, and provides tips on motivating workers to wear it.
The secondâ€”and most valuableâ€”is a â€śmust-seeâ€ť for company employees. It compares scenes from sporting events to roadway construction work, educating workers about the importance of properly wearing their PPE even if they donâ€™t see the hazards around them.
The DVD is available for $200 to ARTBA members and $250 for non-members, plus shipping and handling. Order online at http://www.artbastore.org/ or by contacting ARTBAâ€™s Liz Cavallaro at 1-888-821-9868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among other things, the associationâ€™s foundation owns the nationâ€™s largest online resourceâ€”the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, which regularly hosts national and international safety conferences and forums, provides customized OSHA safety training courses designed specifically for road building professionals, presents annual awards that recognize outstanding industry excellence in safety, and offers a host of safety products and publications.
Construction Safety Offers Economic Advantages
by: Greg Sitek
White Paper: A Crash Course On Worksite Safety And Security
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