Concrete and construction work are inherently dangerous, but placing safe construction practices front and center for your crew can make a world of difference. Here are just a few startling statistics to consider:
5,147: The number of private industry workers who died on the job in 2017
That translates to:
99+ worker deaths per week
14+ worker deaths every day
While the numbers might be troubling, there are ways to encourage safer practices on the job site. Here are a few suggestions from the General Chipping crew:
Make Toolbox Talks a Regular Part of Your Routine.
They don’t take long, and they help ensure everyone is on the same page. Learn more on our "Focusing in on Safety: Toolbox Talks" blog post.
Take Outdoor Conditions into Consideration.
Extreme temperatures introduce your crews to additional on-the-job dangers. For more information, visit our weather-related blog posts, "How Can I Protect My Team During Hot Summer Months?" and "Gear Up for Cold Weather Concrete Work."
Remind Crew Members that the Way They move Matters.
Repetitive motions and heavy equipment can lead to devastating physical injury. You can find great information on this topic by checking out our blog post "Safety at the Forefront: Ergonomics in Concrete Work."
Have the Right Gear at the Ready.
A properly fitted hard hat can save lives. Make sure your crew is always equipped. For handy information you can pass along to your crew, check out our hard hat blog post, "Safe Practices on the Job Site: Proper Hard Hat Fit."
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Concrete and construction crews find themselves up against a myriad of dangers on a daily basis. For additional insight into safe construction practices, visit our dedicated "Job Site Safety" blog page. Of course, if you have additional questions, you are always welcome to contact the General Chipping team. We're happy to help!