Construction Safety Is An Area Of Much Alarm

949 Words Nov 18th, 2014 4 Pages
Construction safety is an area of much alarm, being a big contributor to annual fatalities and injuries. In 2013, the number of workers who were killed on the job totaled 4,405. The number of fatalities in private industry was 3,929 and out of those 796 were in construction (OSHA). From the year 2002 to 2012 construction contributed to 19.5 percent of deaths in the work place (Smith). Through the establishment of OSHA in 1970, fatalities have been significantly reduced. However, the goal to further reduce construction-related fatalities and injuries continues. Construction safety will be analyzed by examining the causes of injuries, the impact of OSHA, and the possible solution by implementing safety by design. For decades construction work related injuries and fatalities have been prominent. Due to an area of high risk, mainly attributed to dangerous equipment and high altitudes, the push towards safety should be a top priority. The National Society of Professional Engineers Code of Ethics states that “ Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.” Also, the American Society of Civil Engineers Code of Ethics states that “ Engineers shall recognize that the lives, safety, health and welfare of the general public are dependent upon engineering decisions.” Safety is of grand priority as the effects of injuries and fatalities involve multiple parties. Among these effects are damages to companies, high costs for compensation, but most important…
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