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April 11, 2017

ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Reduce Construction Incidents Up to 87 Percent

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has released its 2017 Safety Performance Report, which shows that implementing the ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process can reduce recordable incidents by up to 87 percent, making the best-performing companies 770 percent safer than the industry average.

“ABC’s third annual report on the use of leading indicators, such as substance abuse programs and new hire safety orientations, confirms that high-performing ABC members have safer construction jobsites,” said ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman. “This is one of the few studies of commercial and industrial construction firms doing real work on real projects, and it shows that implementing best practices can produce world-class construction safety programs.”



The Safety Performance Report is based on data gathered from ABC member companies recording more than one billion hours of work in construction, heavy construction, civil engineering and specialty trades. Participating firms measure their safety processes and policies on 20 key components through a detailed questionnaire.

Key findings form the study:
  • Companies that attained the highest level of STEP participation reduced their Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) by 87 percent, compared to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average of 3.5 injuries/fatalities per 100 full-time employees.
  • A robust substance abuse program/policy reduced TRIR and Days Away and Restricted or Transferred (DART) rates by 36 percent.
  • Conducting a new hire safety orientation lasting more than 200 minutes reduced incident rates by 94 percent, compared to an orientation of 30 minutes.
  • Companies that held site-specific safety orientations reduced their TRIR by 45 percent.
  • Holding daily toolbox talks reduced TRIR by 64 percent, versus holding them monthly.
  • Firms that scored high for management engagement and employee participation reduced their TRIR by 54 percent and 63 percent, respectively.

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