Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

2018 Safety Survey Profile Statistics Now Available

Each year, SMACNA’s Safety Excellence Award Program attracts a rich collection of entries from many qualified safety programs. A byproduct of these submissions is that SMACNA collects important safety and health data, which in turn becomes SMACNA’s Safety Statistics Profile.

This year submissions increased by 22 percent, setting a record number of respondents to SMACNA’s 2018 Safety Survey. The results of this year’s study are compiled in SMACNA’s detailed 2018 Safety Statistics Profile, now available on SMACNA’s Safety web page.

Highlights of this year’s key findings include:

  • The reported average OSHA incidence rate was 2.25. An OSHA incidence rate is a mathematical calculation of recordable injury and illness incidents per 100 full-time employees during the year. While it is slightly higher than 2017 (2.22), it still reflects the very low incidence rates of members’ successful safety programs compared to the industry average (>5.00).
  • The average reported Experience Modification Rate (EMR), the insurance industry measure of injury and illness occurrences, was .79, an improvement over last year and on par with historically low EMR results from prior survey years.
  • SMACNA started recording lost workday cases in 2013 to evaluate the severity of injury and illness cases. This year, the average lost workday case was 0.97, which was the lowest in three years.
  • The findings of a combined low EMR and low lost workdays indicates that most cases do not result in significant time away from work.
  • As in prior years, 99 percent of contractors reported that they have written safety and health programs and that most conduct regular safety inspections and use Toolbox Talks during weekly safety training sessions.
  • In addition, OSHA 30-hour training is growing in popularity as 60 percent of companies reported providing this level of training, an eight percent increase over last year (52 percent). This is not surprising as more owners and general contractors are looking for a highly trained workforce.
  • Once again this year, drug and alcohol polices proved important to safety and health programs’ success. Companies without such policies had a 39 percent higher OSHA incidence rate than companies that did have drug and alcohol programs.

Winners of the United States and Canadian Safety Award Programs were announced earlier this month. First-place winners will be recognized at SMACNA’s 75th Annual Convention in San Diego in October.

SMACNA is grateful to all the members who participated in the 2018 Safety Excellence Award Program. For more information, contact Mike McCullion, director of market sectors and safety, (mmccullion@ / (703) 995-4027).