Currently Reading

Unsafe at Work

Advertisement
Jobsite Safety

Unsafe at Work


April 10, 2019
construction worker at work on home interior
Photo: Unsplash

According to the Federal Reserve, the "gig economy" is the No. 1 issue affecting worker safety in the U.S. This is especially true for contract workers in transportation and construction.

Gig workers in the industry, typically the young and inexperienced, or older workers with slower reaction time and greater health issues, are more likely to have accidents than other workers, per the Bureau of Labor StatisticsCBS News reports that the shortage of healthy workers is a major issue, as workplace overdoses from drugs and alcohol rose 25 percent for five straight years ending in 2017.

Overall government statistics don't reflect how hazardous this corner of the workplace has become. Workers compensation insurers, which have to pay when someone gets injured or killed on the job, report that 2015 to 2018 were four banner years when revenue exceeded business costs and losses by more than 5 percent. Fatal injuries in manufacturing and wholesale trade were the lowest since 2003, according to a 2017 report from the BLS.

But that may not be a reason to celebrate. Vice President Jerry Theodorou of global investment firm Conning, which serves the insurance industry, warned in a report that this may be "as good as it gets." Nearly half of the 2017 deaths happened in just two sectors: transportation and construction.

Read more

 

Related Stories

Jobsite Safety

Lower Workers' Compensation Costs by Having a Plan

Having comprehensive plans in place are the most impactful way to mitigate workers’ compensation costs, says the National Association of Home…

Labor + Trade Relations

How to Keep Team Motivation High and Create a Healthy Workplace

With numerous new challenges, concerns, and worries facing construction workers today, boosting workplace morale and improving on-site safety may not be easy, but it's essential

Electrical

Will GFCI Revisions for Manufacturers Confuse Trades?

The back and forth on changes for ground-fault circuit interrupters and revisions to UL 943 has the potential to affect not just the reputations of home builders, electricians, and manufacturers, but the safety of homeowners and consumers as well 

Advertisement

More in Category




Advertisement

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.


Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Subscribe
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.