Construction and Industrial sites are dangerous places. Heavy construction equipment, working at heights, heat and cold stress, and many other risks can put your crew in harm’s way. Injuries and fatalities can be prevented with the proper safety equipment, personal protective gear, and training.
Between high turnover, lack of communication, and unavoidable environmental hazards, many workers may not have adequate equipment or training to keep them safe. Seasoned workers may have a skewed perception of risk and avoid proper safety techniques. It is crucial you have a well-equipped and trained crew that can not only meet but exceed OSHA requirements.
The top causes of injuries are:
- Overexertion (from lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing objects, heat and cold stress)
- Falls on same level (fall to the same working surface or against objects above same surface)
- Falls from heights (fall to a level below working surface – tend to lead to more deaths)
- Being struck by object or equipment (objects falling, flying, swinging or rolling)
- Other exertions (such as over-reaching, sitting, slipping without falling, bending, etc.)
The return on investment in safety products and training can save projects tens of thousands of dollars on a single injury. On average, a single injury can cost an employer over $40,000. A single death can be well over $1.4 million.
Although cost savings are a motivator, safety’s biggest return on investment may be human capital. Employers should not base decisions on whether a particular change will result in cost savings, but instead on whether it will keep workers safe.
In 2000, Troy Ebbert realigned our focus on safety. Our company has undergone extensive training and certification allowing us to offer safety training programs to distributors and end-users.
Fully understanding all the costs associated with workplace injuries is difficult. The Ebbert Company provides a comprehensive approach to safety, getting the right equipment, providing product knowledge, and conducting safety training to get the job done.