Construction Safety Nightmares
Don’t be Left Counting Sheep!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
We have been building large, commercial shopping plazas for decades. We have professionals in place at every layer of our organization. Nearly all of the owners, subcontractors, suppliers and insurance agents we deal with are seasoned and experienced. A lot is happening on every job; and even though everyone is experienced, my biggest concerns are accidents and serious injuries. With all of that experience, why do I worry so much?
Dear Counting Sheep,
You worry because you are smart, Counting Sheep. Yes… Ohhhhh Yes… there will be risks. Period. And, yes, there will be accidents and injuries. A construction zone is downright one of the most dangerous places on earth. Operator error, weather, unknown site conditions, falls, electrocutions, vengeful employees, runaway equipment, failed safety measures and on and on and on. Oh… and don’t forget about hazardous materials and dust particles of every kind and nature. Historically, the construction industry accounts for about 20 percent of all workplace fatalities. If you want a little more rest, you might get it if you use your influence to push for a proactive approach from your insurance agent and carriers. These insurance folks don’t wear hard hats much, but they can become your “partners” with the flip of a switch or a gust of wind. Regular interaction and meetings are key. Document everything you ask for and everything you are given. Review past cases and learn from them. Use experts to train your team in accordance with underwriting guidelines. Never ever go to sleep at the switch, Counting Sheep.