Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


SMACNA 2016 Safety Survey results show lowest incidence rate ever

Sep 15, 2016

SMACNA’s 2016 Safety Survey, part of SMACNA’s annual Safety Excellence Award Program, revealed some significant “firsts” this year.

The average number of reported injury or illness incidents, otherwise known as the OSHA incidence rate, was 2.41—the lowest rate ever reported for the safety survey program. The average reported experience modification rate, or EMR, was .78, slightly lower than last year and the lowest rate in the past decade.

The detailed safety survey statistics report, the “SMACNA 2016 Safety Profile” is available on SMACNA’s Safety webpage. The 2016 profile report has been enhanced with new graphics and a more user-friendly format.

Survey results showed that nearly all reporting contractors have an established safety and health program, conduct regular safety inspections, and use toolbox talks and videos during weekly safety training.

The use of SMACNA safety products was the highest of all time—at 87 percent.

In 2016, SMACNA initiated a Canadian safety survey. The data from the Canadian survey program will be collected and provided to SMACNA membership once it is fully available.

SMACNA would like to thank all members who submitted surveys for SMACNA’s annual Safety Excellence Award Program. This program allows SMACNA to collect vital safety and health data, track important safety issues and history, as well as recognize members for their outstanding safety performance.

For questions about SMACNA’s Safety Excellence Awards Program, contact Mike McCullion, SMACNA’s director of safety and health, at (703) 995-4027 or