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C-Suite Safety Engagement Cuts Incident Rate by 63%, ABC says

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Companies whose C-level managers are actively engaged in safety programs witness a 63% TRIR reduction and a 64% DART reduction, according to a new report by the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Leadership commitment is key to create conditions for people to do their work without incidents, the report reads. Leadership also plays an important role in shifting the organizational culture towards prevention. The ABC study highlights prevention and planning as two effective strategies to curb incident rates. And this starts with an analysis of leading and trailing indicators.

A biannual safety performance review which assesses results and reveals opportunities for improvement is critical to keep managers “grounded in reality”. Companies that include this tactic in their toolkit are 60% safer.

Business leaders should take personal accountability for safety across the company, asking for feedback and assigning the resources needed.

In this process, weekly supervisor safety meetings have been found helpful in mitigating hazards. Information that is clearly and regularly communicated to all employees, helps them fend off risks. Daily toolbox safety talks, including brief single-topic training sessions reduce TRIR by 85%, ABC noticed.

A consistent policy on the use of PPE reduces incidents by 55%, according to the study. Employees should be trained in PPE selection, inspection, use and care. And a refresher training should be conducted at least annually.

A third of jobsite incidents are related to drug or alcohol use, ABC notes. That is why stricter policies when testing new hires bring clear benefits.

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The ABC 2019 Safety Performance study is based on submissions of unique company data gathered from members that deployed its STEP program in 2018. Established in 1950, the Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members.