Lean Construction Institute Introduces New Safety Management Resources for Design and Construction Industries
(Arlington, Virginia) — Lean Construction Institute has published a new library of safety training resources for the Design and Construction community.
“Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction job sites across the U.S.,” said Dan Heinemeier, executive director. “Any one incident is one too many.”
The statistics for safety in the Design and Construction world are staggeringly in support of a need to focus more heavily on workplace safety:
- Slips, trips and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.
- An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, 65% of the construction industry, work on scaffolds, which cause 4,500 injuries and more than 60 deaths each year.
- The top four injuries leading to death in the field (the “Fatal Four”) are: falls, getting caught between objects, electrocutions, and being struck by objects.
“Eliminating the ‘Fatal Four’ would save the lives of 435 construction workers each year,” said Heinemeier. “We are excited to be able to provide these invaluable resources to the Design and Construction industries.”
LCI’s safety resource library includes:
- Safety in Construction:
Resources from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards.
- Safety in Design:
Materials from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), including the agency’s Prevention through Design national initiative, which seeks to prevent occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities through the inclusion of prevention considerations in all designs that impact workers.
- Safety Training and Toolbox Talks:
A library of Toolbox Talks, informal group discussions focusing on a particular safety issue, which are intended to facilitate health and safety discussions on the job site.