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Improving Commercial Construction Workplace Safety is Good Business

As a commercial construction firm with 40 years of building experience in the East Tennessee area, Leon Williams Contractors is committed to creating a safe work environment for all employees, whether on the site, in the office or working off site.

However, we are not unusual. In fact every reputable contractor’s project plans include safety standards and processes not only to comply with state and federal regulations, but to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to workplace safety.

Commercial construction accidents have actually fallen, though high-profile tragedies reported in the news often overshadow the improved safety statistics. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in 2011 the U.S. saw the third lowest level of overall worksite fatalities since recording began in 1992.  OSHA noted that of all workplace fatalities, construction worker incidents comprised just 17 percent of the total.

In addition, since 1970, OSHA states:

  • With cooperation between OSHA, state partners, construction employers and other groups there have been dramatic improvements in workplace/worksite injuries and fatalities
  • Workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.
  • Worker injuries and illnesses are down—from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to fewer than 4 per 100 in 2010.

We remain committed to workplace safety by following state and federal regulations regarding equipment safety, training and inspections; keeping records of all incidents on site and off site; displaying OSHA posters in employee areas; keeping records on heavy equipment testing; and providing safety equipment to workers exposed to hazardous materials. Having an emergency plan that is explained to all workers is an added benefit.

Leon Williams Contractors has spent many years building its reputation in the East Tennessee area as a qualified and reputable commercial contractor. We welcome your comments and feedback about our blog topics.

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