Narrow by location

Report: Construction Firms Could Better Protect Workers From Noise Hazards

Construction

Reposted with permission from constructionexec.com, February 19, 2019, all rights reserved. Copyright 2019.

iven that about three-quarters of construction workers are exposed to noise levels above the recommended limit, 83 percent of the 237 contractors surveyed for a new Dodge Data & Analytics SmartMarket Brief say they’ve purchased quieter equipment, yet well over half of those firms report their company could do better.

Additionally, 85 percent of contractors report using hearing protection onsite more than 50 percent of the time, yet less than half say they always use it, suggesting a significant opportunity for improvement in the industry. Digging deeper, the survey determined small companies lag behind large and midsize ones in the use of hearing protection. Also, half of general contractors report always using hearing protection, compared to about one-third of trade contractors.

Only 35 percent of contractors report that they place loud equipment behind barriers (more than half of the time) to protect workers from the damage caused by noise. It’s slightly more common to isolate loud equipment from the work area, with 43 percent of respondents implementing this practice more than half of the time.

Read the full SmartMarket Brief for more information on musculoskeletal injury prevention, materials handling and safe lifting best practices, and safety leadership and mentorship.

Make Sure Project Estimates Make—Not Break—Your Business

Reposted with permission from constructionexec.com, July 23 2019, all rights reserved. Copyright 2019. At 327.2 million people, the United... »

No. 7 of the Top 10 Horrible, Terrible, No Good Mistakes Lawyers Make in Mediations

By David K. Taylor, Bradley This post is a continuation of the 10 most horrible, terrible, no good,... »

Subcontractor Selection Checklist

Reposted with permission from constructionexec.com, February 14, 2019, all rights reserved. Copyright 2019. The success of any construction project... »

Price Volatility, Tariffs Offer a Wakeup Call for New Collaborations

By Robin Savage, President/COO, Robins & Morton Owners, contractors, and designers face increasing headwinds as we cope with... »

LEAVE YOUR COMMENT

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *