Construction safety: Can management prevent all accidents or are workers responsible for their own actions?

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The construction industry has struggled for many years with the answer to the question posed in the title: Can Management Prevent All Accidents or Are Workers Responsible for Their Own Actions? In the litigious society that we live, it has become more important to find someone {open_quotes}at fault{close_quotes} for an accident than it is to find out how we can prevent it from ever happening again. Most successful companies subscribe to the theme that {open_quotes}all accidents can be prevented.{close_quotes} They institute training and qualification programs, safe performance incentives, and culture-change-driven directorates such as the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP); yet we ... continued below

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Cotten, G.B. & Jenkins, S.L. October 1, 1997.

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The construction industry has struggled for many years with the answer to the question posed in the title: Can Management Prevent All Accidents or Are Workers Responsible for Their Own Actions? In the litigious society that we live, it has become more important to find someone {open_quotes}at fault{close_quotes} for an accident than it is to find out how we can prevent it from ever happening again. Most successful companies subscribe to the theme that {open_quotes}all accidents can be prevented.{close_quotes} They institute training and qualification programs, safe performance incentives, and culture-change-driven directorates such as the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP); yet we still see construction accidents that result in lost time, and occasionally death, which is extremely costly in the shortsighted measure of money and, in real terms, impact to the worker`s family. Workers need to be properly trained in safety and health protection before they are assigned to a job that may expose them to safety and health hazards. A management committed to improving worker safety and health will bring about significant results in terms of financial savings, improved employee morale, enhanced communities, and increased production. But how can this happen, you say? Reduction in injury and lost workdays are the rewards. A decline in reduction of injuries and lost workdays results in lower workers` compensation premiums and insurance rates. In 1991, United States workplace injuries and illnesses cost public and private sector employers an estimated $62 billion in workers` compensation expenditures.

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  • Decontamination, decommissioning and reutilization of commercial and government facilities, Knoxville, TN (United States), 7-12 Sep 1997

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  • Other: DE98050308
  • Report No.: INEL/CON--97-00182
  • Report No.: CONF-970952--
  • Grant Number: AC07-94ID13223
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 565255
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc689717

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Cotten, G.B. & Jenkins, S.L. Construction safety: Can management prevent all accidents or are workers responsible for their own actions?, article, October 1, 1997; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc689717/: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.