Chapter Corner

Alex Hearn

Is Safety Worth the Cost?

Safety needs to be a high priority for all construction contractors because of its direct impact on productivity and profitability. Based on the latest data available in the United States, the construction industry alone accounted for 16 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2012, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The construction industry is, by most statistical rankings, among the top 10 most dangerous work environments in the United States often just behind logging, commercial fishing, or aircraft operations.