We want to give a special shout out to the Associated General Contractors of America! After three years of research and planning, they recently shared recommendations to improve worker safety across the country.
The CEO of AGC of America CEO, Stephen Sandherr, shared his plan in Texas. He said, “While we are making progress, any number that doesn’t start and end with zero is too high,” Sandherr said. “That is why the Associated General Contractors of America partnered with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech to undertake a comprehensive study of every construction fatality that took place over a three-year period.”
The organization’s study found that falls, including falls from ladders, are responsible for 1/3 of all construction fatalities. The AGC announced a new training program to help decrease these accidents.
The plan included specific changes to training plans and work plans. The research highlighted some common misconceptions in the industry. For example, the research contradicted other research that indicates Hispanic workers are more at risk for falls and accidents. The AGC recommends targeting the entire workforce with safety programs, rather than targeting specific segments.
Here’s another great quote from Sanderr, “The bottom line is the best safety programs are grounded in hard data and good research, not bad assumptions and exaggerations designed to support a particular political or social agenda. No wisdom or insight should be proprietary when it comes to the safety of construction worker,” he said. “We all share a common goal: getting to zero construction fatalities.”
We couldn’t agree with him more, and his plan could prove helpful in decreasing ladder accidents.