January 19, 2017 / By Donna Reist, Corporate Marketing

Make a Resolution for Construction Site Safety in 2017

It’s the time of year when people make resolutions for self-improvement. Why not extend the practice to your business as well?  If you have commercial construction projects on your 2017 agenda, the best resolution you can make is to choose a contractor with a commitment to workplace safety to ensure your projects stay on track and reduce your risk.

Construction Site Safety Tips based on Top OSHA Citations for 2016

Every fall, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the top on-the-job hazards based on violations throughout the year. According to OSHA data, construction represents one of the higher hazard industries that it monitors, noting, “Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.” Here are some tips for mitigating the top construction workplace hazards based on citations issued in 2016.

Fall Protection—The lack of fall protection tops the list, with hazards related to scaffolding and ladders also in the Top 10. In fact, OSHA reports that close to 40 percent of all construction industry deaths are due to preventable falls. To ensure safety, contractors need to:

Personal Protection—Construction sites also contain many hazards that can impact workers vision and respiratory health. A new OSHA rule went into effect in 2016 requiring contractors to:

Hazard Communication—Contractors also need to support safety programs with consistent, clear hazard communication. OSHA recommends that contractors:

Safety programs don’t just benefit the workers; an incident-free workplace keeps your project moving smoothly and mitigates financial risk of legal actions or higher insurance due to on-site injuries. When selecting a residential or commercial construction contractor, make certain that the contractor you choose has a clear commitment to workplace safety and a reputation that backs it up. Just last month, OSHA recertified MV Commercial Construction as a Mobile Workforce Star participant in its Voluntary Protection Programs, writing, “VPP participants serve as models for other employers, workers, and unions by operating excellent safety and health management programs.”

DID YOU KNOW… As of February 28, 2017, Miller-Valentine Construction completed 1,187,914 hours worked without a lost-time accident?

Talk to Miller-Valentine Group to learn how our workplace safety program can have a positive impact on your next construction project. Contact [email protected] today.