John Donne said, “No man is an island.” The same can be said for construction firms. Today’s general contractor requires a vast network of subcontractors and suppliers to deliver projects on time and within budget. But contracting with these vendors brings additional risk as GCs are ultimately accountable for all project operations, whether they’re performed by their own employees or vendors. This risk includes supply chain interruptions, safety violations, quality of work, project delays and licensing issues, just to name a few. Meanwhile, choosing the right vendor can ease some of the heavy lifting and accelerate projects at the same time. To help you in your search, here are [Read more…] about 17 Tips for Choosing Construction Suppliers and Subcontractors You Can Trust
Keeping people injury free at work and at the job site is always the top priority. With that said, Total Recordable
Injury Rate, commonly known as TRIR, is an indicator that can help your company assess your safety performance and how other companies assess you.
TRIR is determined using the following calculation:
Total OSHA recordable injuries x 200,000 / total hours worked = TRIR
With this in mind, here are a few tips on how to improve your TRIR with a Safety Performance Plan.
Some suggest that awareness alone is sufficient for a safe workplace. But it’s important to make the distinction [Read more…] about How to Improve Safety Performance and TRIR
Falling objects, such as work materials and tools, present a serious safety concern whenever work is done overhead or in an elevated location. This hazard is commonly forgotten until a near miss or injury serves as a stark reminder.
The solution is simple: Be proactive and “Stop the Drop”. Simple passive and active safety measures can minimize the risk of falling objects and protect workers below. Several of these are listed below. But first, it’s important to understand how quickly seemingly harmless falling objects accelerate to deadly speeds.
Falling Object Statistics
- A solid object dropped from 64 feet will hit the ground in 2 seconds at a speed of 43.8 miles per hour.
- The same object dropped at 106 feet will hit the ground in 3 seconds at a speed of 65.8 miles per hour.
- A 2-ounce pen dropped from 230 feet has the potential to penetrate a hardhat.
Tips for Preventing Falling Object Injuries
An “accident” is normally defined as an unexpected or unforeseen condition with an element of “chance”. In the world of construction, incidents can happen to even the most experienced professionals and are not normally due to “chance”. Incident causation is usually based on unsafe acts and/or unsafe conditions and therefore can be prevented. Developed in the late 1920s, Heinrich’s Domino Theory regarding the sequence of events that lead to construction injuries still holds true today. The theory states:
- Social Environment [that develops…]
- Undesirable work traits – recklessness, lack of knowledge, nervousness [that creates…]
- Unsafe work acts / Unsafe work conditions [that cause the…]
- Incident [that results in…]
This theory places strong emphasis on the Unsafe Work Act / Unsafe Work Condition “domino” as Heinrich believed that unsafe acts more frequently are the cause of [Read more…] about Common Mistakes that Lead to Construction Injuries….And How to Prevent Them
Learning to recognize hazards and establishing a low risk tolerance is the first and, perhaps, most important step toward instilling a climate of safety and reducing costs associated with poor safety performance.
What’s your Risk Tolerance? Does your team know how to recognize and correct hazards on the job site? Unsafe work behaviors are increased by inattention as a result of repetition and/or becoming complacent and overconfident with the job task. The result is an increase in unsafe behaviors that cause work-related injuries.
Hazard recognition requires daily practice. Teaching workers to evaluate every task or situation over the course of a project can have a tremendous impact on safety awareness and [Read more…] about Understanding and Evaluating Hazard Recognition and Risk Tolerance
Finding a worker at a construction site with knowledge of electrical work is not difficult. Many tradesmen know the basics. But when it comes to connecting the electrical service to your office trailer, a licensed electrician is a must. Read on to learn 6 reasons why you need a licensed electrician to connect the electrical service to your office trailer.
This is the second most common cause of fatalities in the construction industry, according to OSHA.
Improper installation, grounding or wiring can cause electrical fires within seconds.
Denied Insurance Claims
You may not have the proper insurance to adequately protect your company.
Denied Certificate of Occupancy
Improper installation can delay permits and your project start.
You may be cited for a violation by OSHA or other regulatory agencies and face fees well above the cost of a licensed electrician.
Damage to Electrical System
Overloading of circuits can damage electrical components, delay occupancy and add repair costs.