The findings of the latest SmartMarket Report on safety management show that a higher number of general contractors and trade contractors report that they are experiencing benefits from their safety investments. As the ability to retain and attract staff is becoming more important to remain competitive, a safe workplace is a requirement for all business owners.
“Building a Safety Culture: Improving Safety and Health Management in the Construction Industry” identifies several reasons why a safety culture is often very different for general contractors and large companies than it is for small specialty trade contractors.
Organizational structure and availability of resources are two big factors that define a safety culture in the construction industry. The report also suggests that the construction industry may be on the cusp of a strong increase in the use of online training, spurred by advances in mobile devices and better software.
SMACNA is an Association Partner on the report and SMACNA’s Director of Market Sectors and Safety Mike McCullion, ARM, CSP, provided commentary on several issues.
He noted SMACNA’s collaborative efforts with the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) in helping SMACNA members address the challenges that small businesses face. Together, SMACNA and SMOHIT produce training aids that are used by training centers and contractors throughout the country.
Read more on the report and other safety resources on the SMACNA safety web page.