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Study highlights significance of safety management

A new report from Dodge Data & Analytics emphasizes the importance of safety training and related programs for construction supervisors and jobsite workers in the U.S.

The Safety Management in the Construction Industry SmartMarket Report covered a number of issues, trends and opportunities the construction industry faces, and how to address safety more effectively. Nearly 315 U.S.-based companies, including general construction and trade contractors, responded to the survey that took place in mid-2019.

Key findings included how contractors’ engagement with safety practices improves their businesses:

  • Jobsite workers and supervisors are seen as the most critical component to jobsite worker involvement (84%), strong safety leadership abilities in supervisors (83%), regular safety meetings with jobsite workers and supervisors (82%) and ongoing access to safety training for supervisors and jobsite workers (77%).
  • 73% of respondents said they rely on supervisors and foremen to deliver safety training to jobsite workers.
  • Contractors’ safety management programs contribute to strong business benefits; 69% reporting increased ability to attract new work; 57% saw improvements in their ability to retain staff.
  • While 66% or more of contractors encourage workers to react to and report hazards onsite, far fewer ask workers for input on safety conditions (50%) or involve workers in safety planning (39%).
  • Contractors still expect to increase their use of online training in the next few years, but, surprisingly, a lower percentage reported using it in the current study than that from 2017.

“The industry therefore needs to make sure supervisors and foremen can provide the safety leadership needed onsite, but the study suggests that the industry tools to do so are not being fully utilized,” the study noted.

Workforce Benefits from Improved Safety

Contractors who rated their safety programs as providing a positive/highly positive impact said the top benefit from safety programs was the willingness of jobsite workers to report unsafe conditions.

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Classes such as OSHA’s 30-hour Construction Training Course can provide the necessary workplace safety knowledge and safety regulation information for not only supervisors, but also staff. Keeping workers up-to-date with safety and training is not only a priority for those at the top, but also those on the ground. Book your safety courses today.