Safety in the Construction Industry

by Daniel Della-Giustina, J.F. White Contracting Co, Newton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


Although the construction industry employs only 5% of the workforce, it comprises 20% of all accidents and 26% of all occupational related fatalities. The costs of acidents is 9 billion dollars annually or 8% of all labor costs. For every dollar spent in accident prevention, there is a five dollar savings in accidents which do not occur. Some of the solutions to this problem are discussed. The seven problem areas are: accident surveillance, construction team interface, education and training, engineering needs, legal legislative aspects, occupational health and primary safety exposures. Safety and health programs must be designed and implemented.

Subject Headings: Occupational safety | Construction industry | Labor | Engineering education | Health hazards | Economic factors | Employees | Acids | United States

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