Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


2015 Safety Survey results boast lowest incident rate ever

Sep 03, 2015

15SafetySurvey-hpThe results for SMACNA’s 2015 Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) represent more than 64 million man-hours worked in the previous calendar year. The 222 participants for the 2015 survey, including 89 member companies who reported “zero injury incidents,” represent the high level of safety awareness within these organizations. As evidence, the average OSHA incident rate (2.48) for 2015 is the lowest rate ever recorded for the survey.

The 0.81 average EMR (experience modification rate) remained consistent from the year before as companies continue to focus efforts on injury case management. 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 sessions.

The use of SMACNA training products, reported by 87 percent of respondents, increased from the year before, as did the number of companies using SMOHIT products (59 percent). For the third year in a row, the number of companies utilizing a drug and alcohol program increased, this year to 83 percent.

The online submittal process through the SMACNA website continues to grow in popularity. It also allows participants to print their individual results.

SMACNA’s detailed Safety Statistics Profile 2015, with in-depth safety statistics, is posted under “Surveys and Statistics” on SMACNA’s Safety Web page.

SMACNA would like to thank all our members who submitted safety surveys.

This annual program allows SMACNA to collect significant safety and health data and recognize members for their outstanding safety performance.

To view the list of safety winners, see SMACNA’s Safety Web page or the July 2015 issue of SMACNews.

SMACNA would also like to thank our Canadian members who submitted surveys for SMACNA’s inaugural Canadian Safety Excellence Awards Program. Participants were recognized this summer and, beginning next year, SMACNA will formally recognize Canadian firms based on specific man-hour categories.

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