A recent safety survey from 360training.com, a provider of online OSHA and EHS training in the eLearning industry, surveyed more than 1,000 adults (18+) who work in industries impacted by EHS (construction, oil & gas, utilities, manufacturing, etc.) to identify what people’s top safety concerns are in 2019, how those concerns vary based on an employee’s age, industry, gender or job role, and explore solutions for creating safer and healthier work environments for all.
Here are some of the highlights from the construction-related respondents:
- Top areas of concerns for construction workers in 2019: After slips, trips and falls (43%), which was the number one workplace safety concern across all industries, construction workers are most worried about electrical hazards (13%) and falling objects (10%). In fact, those in construction are 233% more likely to choose falling objects as their number one workplace safety concern, when compared to those in other industries. A sheet metal joyrneymen respondent pointed out,“Projects are faster track, with multiple trades, not all contractors are as safety conscious as others. General Contractors are not hiring enough Laborers for proper site cleanup [so there are] more trip hazards.”
- Concern for on-the-job safety is on the rise: 39% of all respondents are more concerned with on-the-job safety this year than they were last year. When asked to explain why they were feeling more concern, a construction operating engineer said:
"[It] seems that safety on the job is becoming more and more a passive discussion and not an active process. Even the safety reps seem to be more relaxed and are not enforcing policies as they should."
- For many in construction, on-the-job safety concerns are always present: Construction workers are 27% more likely than those in other industries to worry about getting injured because of their job on a daily basis. According to one construction electrical supervisor respondent, "I see helpers coming into the trade with less training and concern for safety.”
“After becoming a safety officer, I have become aware that the most important jobsite safety issue is pre-planning, preparation and training. Most companies send new workers into the field without proper safety training… Planning for the overall job and the task at hand is often not done properly, and if done it is not communicated to the worker.” – Construction, Site Safety and Health Officer
- Construction boasts a higher volume of training, but there is still room to grow: Respondents in the construction industry were 18% more likely to say their employer invests in job-skills and career development training than those in other industries. However, more than half of the respondents in construction (55%) expressed they are extremely interested in receiving more training.