Once again, SMACNA firms reported in the 2002 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP) a lost workday incidence rate below the national average of 4.4 for specialty trade contractors.
The average lost workday incidence rate for responding firms was 3.99, falling below 4.0 for the first time and declining from the 4.04 reported last year. Consistent with the last year’s safety survey results, nearly one-third of responding SMACNA Contractors reported zero lost workdays during the 2001 calendar year.
The number of SMACNA Contractors reporting that their firm has instituted a formal drug and alcohol abuse program continues to increase with 65 percent confirming the placement of such a program. These firms also accounted for 85 percent of the total man-hours worked by responding firms.
Ninety-four percent of SMACNA Contractors reported they had a written safety and health program and 93 percent stated their firm has a designated safety coordinator within their organization. There is also an increasing trend toward offering weekly and monthly safety training. Close to 200 firms reported a weekly training schedule with close to 150 firms preferring a monthly training schedule.
The survey received more than 300 responses this year, totaling more than 66 million man-hours worked.
All SMACNA member firms received a copy of the SSEAP report, enabling them to compare their own safety performance to those performing similar types of work.
SMACNA members may review the 2001 Safety Statistics Profile at www.smacna.org on the Safety Web page in the “member’s only” area.